Archive for February, 2009

A Tale of Two Porn Publicity Stunts

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You probably remember Ropeadope’s post last month about Larry Flynt’s bailout PR stunt. When I heard about it, I thought it was actually pretty funny and showed Flynt is still on top of his game.

On Tuesday, Steven Hirsch of Vivid offered Nadya Suleman (aka Octomom) one million dollars to star in a Vivid movie. If you haven’t been following the Octomom story (or even if you have), here’s my take: as outrageous as her situation is, I find it tragic in the end – mostly for her children. So when Vivid offered her a million dollars to be in a porno, it felt like a cynical PR stunt to get Vivid’s name in the news. And it was very successful at that.

The next day, Pink Visual wrote a letter/press release of their own. In it, they say, “It simply isn’t in your interest, and more importantly in the best interest of your children, for you to become a porn star” and offered Ms. Suleman one year’s worth of free diapers not to accept Vivid’s offer.

Perhaps you’re saying “but they’re just trying to capitalize on the situation too!” and you’d be right. But you know who looks better in this whole mess? Pink Visual. They capitalized on Vivid’s PR stunt to make themselves look good while making a competitor look bad. As a marketing professional myself, I have to say I was impressed…

Update: Nadya has turned Vivid down (shocking!). According to Radar Magazine, Suleman said, “I think it’s kind of funny that I got offered a million dollars to make porn, those guys at Vivid video must be nuts! Who wants to see me naked? Maybe in a year when the baby fat goes away.”

Ask Rope: Am I Watching Too Much Porn?

One of the questions I receive most often goes something like this – Rope, how do I know if I’m watching too much porn? One barometer I like to use is tattoo recognition. Can you identify a large percentage of performers from their tattoo alone, without the benefit of facial clues? How large a percentage? I would say 90% is cause for concern. I also like to turn the question around on the inquirer. How do I know if I’m watching enough porn? After all, you’re paying for a membership. I would judge a minimum of 20% recognition to be sure you’re getting a good return on your investment. I’ve attached ten images inside. All images are screenshots from scenes appearing on VideoBox. See how many of the girls you can identify by her tattoo. If less than two, please devote more time for porn viewing. More than eight, possibly time to take a breather. An answer key is provided at the bottom of the post. If you identified all ten girls along with the ten scenes the screenshot was captured from, definitely time to seek professional counseling.

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Chayse Evans Interview

Here it is, my long-awaited first interview! I had the pleasure of talking to the very lovely Chayse Evans at the convention last month and she was awesome.

Watch the video to see our conversation about her fans, her self-described nymphomania and why she can’t wait to shoot her first anal scene.



You can look forward to seeing Chayse on VideoBox in the very near future!

Saturday Survey: Favorite VideoBox Studio

VideoBox is currently represented by the presence of over 200 studios. To keep this poll manageable, I’ve narrowed the list of contenders down to 20. Undoubtedly, I’ve left out the favorite of some in the membership. If your choice has not been listed, please submit a write-in vote by leaving a comment to the post which specifies your selection. Included in the poll are Acid Rain, Amateur District, Brandon Iron Productions, Combat Zone, David Luger Productions, DVSX, Elegant Angel, Fusxion, Hundies Entertainment, Lethal Hardcore, Mayhem, Notorious, Overboard Video, Pink Visual Productions, Platinum X Pictures, Private, Red Light District, Sin City, Smash Pictures, and Vouyer Media.

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Favorite VideoBox Studio?

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Attention: SF Bay Area Members

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Do you live in the San Francisco Bay Area? Would you like to help VideoBox test enhancements we’re developing for the site?

We’re recruiting 3 current members of VideoBox for a usability study and I’d love it if they were blog readers. The study will take approximately one hour and will be conducted in the VideoBox office in downtown San Francisco.

If you have an hour after work, want to help make the site better and could use $100, email me at blog@videobox.com for more information!

New Red Light District Movies

Your vote will determine which of these new Red Light District DVDs will go up first!

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Which Red Light District DVD Do You Want to See First?

  • 110% Natural #13
    (21%, 168 Votes)
  • Fucking Me POV #4
    (18%, 140 Votes)
  • Cum Swapping Sluts #7
    (17%, 131 Votes)
  • 1 Dick 2 Chicks #5
    (16%, 129 Votes)
  • I’m Only Squirteen
    (11%, 84 Votes)
  • Bang That Black Bitch White Boy #3
    (9%, 73 Votes)
  • Darkside
    (8%, 63 Votes)

Total Voters: 788

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Would You Vote for Stormy Daniels?

Stormy Daniels for SenateA group called Draft Stormy in Louisiana is trying to encourage Wicked contract star Stormy Daniels to challenge the Republican incumbent David Vitter for his senate seat. Vitter espouses very conservative policies, but has been implicated in the D.C. Madam case, making him another in a long line of hypocritical conservative politicians ensnared in sex scandals.

The only even marginally successful porn star-turned-politician that I know of is the former Italian parliamentarian Ilona Staller (aka Cicciolina). American porn stars who’ve attempted to enter politics and failed have included the likes of California’s Marey Carey and Nevada’s Mimi Miyagi.

I don’t know whether U.S. is ready for a porn star politician (I suspect not), but to be honest, if I had the choice between Stormy Daniels and David Vitter, I’d give Stormy a chance. I met her a few years ago and found her to be very intelligent, thoughtful and interesting person. I don’t think that having sex on camera should disqualify a person from holding public office, especially in a country where a pro wrestler can be elected governor of a state (I’m talking about you, Jesse Ventura).

What do you think? Would you vote for Stormy? Do you think she’ll even agree to run?

Poll: You Make Three (part 4)

Happy Groundhog Day. It’s official, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and six more weeks of Winter are upon us. Let’s warm up with the fourth edition of our threesome poll. Voting is still open in poll #1, poll #2, and poll #3. You’ve been selected to participate in a threesome and can choose to join one of the following pairings. We’ve made the assumption all the girls are still active and in their prime.

Ariana Jollee & Dana Vespoli
Babalu* & Mona Lisa**
Faye Valentine*** & Missy Stone
Jayna Oso & Loni
Kissy Kapri & Missy Monroe
Lela Star & Rachel Starr
Lexi Belle & Kacey Jordan
Liliana Moreno & Peaches****
Madison Ivy & Madison Scott
Maya Hills & Riley Mason

*One scene credited as Babaloo and one scene credited as Bab Lu. The Babalu link above will pick up the scenes credited as Babalu Monike.

**Ignore the Elvis Slept Here scene. Different Mona Lisa.

***One scene credited as Faye Reagan.

****Peaches from the Breakin’ ‘Em In #2 and Just Over Eighteen #3 scenes.

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Which pairing would you choose to join?

  • Lela Star & Rachel Starr (19%, 306 Votes)
  • Liliana Moreno & Peaches (14%, 227 Votes)
  • Lexi Belle & Kacey Jordan (14%, 218 Votes)
  • Ariana Jollee & Dana Vespoli (11%, 180 Votes)
  • Faye Valentine & Missy Stone (10%, 169 Votes)
  • Jayna Oso & Loni (10%, 154 Votes)
  • Maya Hills & Riley Mason (9%, 150 Votes)
  • Kissy Kapri & Missy Monroe (5%, 84 Votes)
  • Madison Ivy & Madison Scott (4%, 65 Votes)
  • Babalu & Mona Lisa (4%, 60 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,613

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