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The Porn Industry Has Gone Too Far

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I'm sure it comes as no surprise to anybody that the porn industry exploits its performers. Many impressionable young people with stars in their eyes arrive in LA every day and realize all too soon that this is a hard town, an unforgiving town. And for whatever reason wind up doing porn. Your heart goes out to them (more the girls, but still).

There is a new trend in Adult Entertainment that I find disturbing. Companies are beginning to produce XXX parodies of popular sitcoms (like The Brady Bunch, Cosby, and Cheers). I have no problem with that. If you only knew some of the stuff we all pitched in the room that didn't get in I guarantee it was rougher than those parodies.

But here's my problem. It's one thing to ask these porn "stars" to do degrading acts like have sex with animals or five guys or to be ravaged while shackled and chained. It's quite another to ask them to be funny.

I mean, you have to draw the line somewhere. When a girl agrees to do oral that doesn't mean bar schtick. When a guy says he'll go down on you he doesn't mean a pratfall. Allow these people some dignity.

You're putting them in an impossible situation. Those comedy scenes will live on and haunt them the rest of their lives. How will they explain them to their kids?

So I implore the porn industry -- don't let this situation get so out of hand that Congress has to step in.

My other concern is that in short order these companies will run out of long running sitcoms to parody. And I for sure do not want to see the XXX version of The Golden Girls.

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