California Prudes Harassing Porn Shoots

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, on March 9, Cal/OSHA imposed a fine of $77,875 on Third Rock Enterprises, a Southern California porn company, for failure to use condoms in sex scenes involving penises, among other safety violations.

Last month, according to XBIZ.com, Cal/OSHA tried to pass even more stringent regulations that would require  “barrier protection for eyes, skin, mouth and mucous membranes.” They wanted to force actors to wear goggles in any scene where any bodily fluid might drip, splash, spurt or flow.  These new regulations would have made French kissing (using tongues) illegal in Hollywood and TV dramas. Cal/OSHA needed 4 out of 5 votes to pass the new regulations.  The crazy thing is that they got 3 out of 5!

Think of it!  Three out of five of California lawmakers thought it would be a good idea to require oral dams for French kissing scenes! Maybe Cal/OSHA should start monitoring high school make-out parties.

Now, the owner of Third Rock Enterprises is James Deen, a well-known porn actor in a world of shit within the adult film biz after getting accused of inappropriate behavior with porn actresses both on and off the set. But that doesn’t mean Cal/OSHA is right.

Fortunately, the fine is unlikely to hold on appeal. According to Reason.com, one porn company that was recently fined $20,000 by Cal/OSHA settled for $685. And when John Stagliano’s Evil Angel Productions refused to settle, Cal/OSHA dropped the charges the morning of the court date and fined Evil Angel some insignificant amount for having a faulty air compressor.

So Cal/OSHA prudes are limited for now mainly to petty harassment of adult film producers and performers.

The great majority of people who work in the industry are opposed to the condom law. The laws are championed by AIDs activists, though the porn industry – with its self-imposed strict STD testing rules – has a lower rate of HIV infection than the general population.

MikeSouth.com, a blog that follows the porn industry, has James Deen’s statement on the whole affair.  For more information on John Stagliano’s long-running battle with government harassment, see Day #4: John Stagliano on his Art, in my AVN / Adult Entertainment Expo Diary.
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One Response to “California Prudes Harassing Porn Shoots”

  1. Prjohn

    This are Democrats that are pushing these things but people in Cali continue to vote for them. Poem industry should moved to Vegas. The loss of revenue is only thing that prevented OSHA from implement this as I thought it was three commissioners that voted against the ban. Just look at laws passed in England in last year which were basically the same. I heard they are pushing for referendum on Nov ballot to have people of state decide on use of condoms in porn movies. ( like that makes sense)

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