The "Tom Hanks" of the porn world landed on the front page of Reddit Monday with an appeal to LA voters about a controversial condom use initiative on the LA County ballot this year.
James Deen, 26, is an award-winning porn superstar with boyish good looks and a major fan base -- unusual for men in the adult film industry. GQ called the performer, who's starred in over 4,000 films, "the well-hung boy next door" for his crossover appeal among teen girls. ABC News fawns over his, "curly brown hair, soft blue eyes and fit body" and says he looks like he could be "your neighbor, you classmate or that cute guy at the bar you're hoping will catch your eye."
For the past year, he's also been an outspoken advocate against Measure B, which would mandate condom use on porn sets in LA County. In a final push before Election Day, Deen participated in an "IAmA" chat on Reddit to urge a "no" vote on Measure B.
During the marathon three-hour session, Deen answered queries from adoring fans, let viewers in on little porn productions secrets and extolled the safety measures already in place in the adult film industry.
While Deen uses condoms in his personal life, he is absolutely against a mandate to use protection during production. Deen said Measure B is "unconstitutional," claiming that even if it were to pass, it would eventually be turned over in the Supreme Court (we're not sure how he arrived to that conclusion), and touted the film industry's system of STI testing every 14-28 days.
More interestingly, Deen does think porn films should play a role in encouraging condom use, either with PSA messages before every film on DVD or embedded advertisements from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation on every internet video.
Deen didn't seem to face much of a challenge on Reddit, since the IAmA forum appeared to be flooded with his lovestruck fans. Besides advocating against Measure B, he also spent a lot of time answering their adoring questions. Here are a few of the cuddliest questions and answers.
Q: Do you ever fall in love with the pornstars you are making a film with? Is is hard to part with them after the filming is done?
A: i pretty much fall in love for 45 minutes a day every day with whoever is letting me touch their genitals
Q: How much longer do you want to continue doing porn, and when do you think you'll stop?
A: i want to go until no one wants to look at me naked
Q: I loved your food reviews on your blog and I miss them. Ever bang a chick (on set or real life) while eating a burrito?
A: actually yes. i have been known to "james deen"
Q: Would you say you're the Tom Hanks of porn?
A: i personally would not but i can't judge myself
Q: If I ever see you in public, what can I do that will guarantee that I can have a hug?
Q: Is marriage an option for you? Also, my heart is racing right now.
A: i do want to get married one day
Q: i want to sleep with you. can i sleep with you?
A: sure but you're gonna get cuddled really hard
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Measure B- Condoms In Porn
Measure B would require porn actors to wear condoms on set. <strong>SUPPORT:</strong> The push for condoms in porn is led by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/05/porn-condoms-measure-la-county-november-ballot_n_1651913.html">which says</a> that STDs in the industry are a public health concern and that actors' safety is not being respected. Some porn actors, particularly those who have contracted HIV on set, agree. <strong>OPPOSITION: </strong>Many in the porn industry think that condoms are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/condoms-in-porn-debate_n_1332532.html">unnecessary because</a> the industry already conducts regular STD checks. They also say that condoms would hurt their profit and drive the industry either out of LA or underground, creating even more unsafe conditions.
Measure J - Sales Tax For Transportation
Measure J would extend for 30 years Measure R, a one-half cent sales tax that currently goes towards transportation spending, including traffic relief, light rail construction and road improvements. <strong>SUPPORT: </strong>"Take a look at the congested freeways that wind through Los Angeles County. Motorists sit for hours to move a few miles during the morning commute. The agony continues on the way home. Even the weekends can be unbearable sometimes. That's why Los Angeles County voters should say 'yes' to Measure J, an extension of Measure R from 2008 that will expedite an array of highway improvements and light rail improvements - and do it for far less money." - <a href="http://www.sgvtribune.com/editorial/ci_21773459/our-view-yes-measure-j-traffic-relief">San Gabriel Valley Tribune</a> <strong>OPPOSITION:</strong> Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich was the only board member who voted against the measure, saying that it would cause fares to rise. He also said it was "<a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/08/local/la-me-measure-r-20120808">false advertising</a>" because it would not fund any projects that would be completed in the near future, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Measure A - LA County Assessor, Appointed
Measure A is an advisory measure about whether to change the Los Angeles County Assessor from an elected position to an appointed position. <strong>SUPPORT: </strong>"The office of an elected assessor is one that invites corruption. That's because its work is so directly tied to huge differences in household or business tax outlays for millions of Angelenos. If the value for property tax purposes of a building is adjusted downward from, say, $10 million to $5 million, tens of thousands of dollars in lowered tax outlays are in play. That's what Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez is suspected of doing for his campaign contributors. And it illustrates why it makes more sense for an assessor to be appointed rather than elected." -<a href="http://www.presstelegram.com/opinions/ci_21595434/endorsement-yes-measure-this-advisory-measure-will-send">Long Beach Telegram</a> <strong>OPPOSITION:</strong> "There would be hazards to having appointed assessors as well, given that they would be beholden to boards of supervisors that want to keep property tax money coming in at a maximum rate so they have more to spend… Measure A doesn't answer any of the balance-of-power questions raised by the Noguez scandal. Appointing the assessor and removing the voters' oversight merely trades one set of hazards for another." -<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/endorsements/la-ed-end-measure-a-assessor-20120930,0,5195708.story">Los Angeles Times</a> <em>Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez attends a bail hearing at the Criminal Courts Building in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/The Los Angeles Times, Barbara Davidson, Pool)</em>