The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1434  Tuesday, 28 May 2002

From:           Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 25 May 2002 12:46:18 +0100
Subject: 13.1414 AVN Story on Hotel O
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1414 AVN Story on Hotel O

In the past Richard Burt has promoted porn films as a subject of
academic study on this list, and I've been unpopular for arguing that
this is politically objectionable.

The standard argument against my position has been based on Burt's right
to free speech, and it has been alleged (by Burt and others) that I must
be a puritanical stuffed shirt to think that this industry harms the
women involved in its productions and demeans women generally.

My purpose in making this posting is to put on record (specifically, the
SHAKSPER archive) the fact that Burt has now promoted on this list a
film in which he participated by writing the screenplay and casting the
actors (see posting SHK 13.1414  Friday, 24 May 2002).  This shows, as
if it needed demonstrating, that Burt is not an objective cultural
critic reporting on the phenomenon of Shakespeare-related porn, but is
himself part of this pernicious industry.

The owner of the porn-production company for which Burt did this work
claims that its "interracial and ethnic products" are well known. You'd
think from this terminology that the films were progressively
multicultural, but actually this is a sanitizing gloss to obscure the
real interests served. The porn-production company's website, however,
assumes that its readers know what these neutral-sounding words really
denote. A typical example film promoted on the website is "Once You Go
Black #45 - Ebony Blow Job Babes", described as "4 Afro Bangin' Hours!
Starring: Miscellaneous Ho's!" [Emphasis as in the original.]

Gabriel Egan

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