Help Me Understand, Porno People

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Dear Porno Pushers:

First off, I realize I’m probably not the best person to relay this message to your industry. I’m not a consumer of porn so much as I am an occasional viewer on the cheap (think pirated GIFs on Tumblr).

I know, I know: I’m trifling, respectable folks pay for their smut, but the rent is too damn high and so are my student loan payments. Besides, this isn’t about me stealing from the adult entertainment industry, it’s about the adult entertainment industry doing itself in over its refusal to take a break from pushing a fantasy WHEN FRIGHT IS ALL AROUND.

I read about the moratorium on porn filming after another HIV scare and well…aren’t y’all tired? There have been two actors to test positively for HIV in the same month and apparently it’s the fourth porn actor overall given what Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, told the Los Angeles Times, “We were approached by a male performer who told us he had tested positive.”

Weinstein wouldn’t give any further details, but did stress that parsing whether or not the actors are contracting the disease on set to be somewhat of a moot point. As he explained, “Whether or not she [Cameron Bay, allegedly] was infected on set, she performed with HIV between her tests. If you think that Russian roulette is a great way to protect workers, then the present system is perfect.”

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