Porn Star Pokes Videogames

January 11, 2010 -

Anti-game crusaders may have a new (and unlikely) ally—porn star Ron Jeremy.

The subject of videogames cropped up in a debate at the Consumer Electronics Show between Jeremy and anti-pornography activist Craig Gross reports PCMag. The inclusion came as Jeremy was attempting to infer that the porn industry is in business only to serve adults over the age of 18 years old.

He stated:

We don't want kids to watch porn. Though if they do, he added, there are far worse influences out there — like video games.

 

[Studies have] found that violent video games are much bigger a negative influence on kids

Gross and Jeremy did manage to agree, however, that it’s up to parents to keep explicit or non-age related material out of the hands of their kids.

GP: Having a hard time (no pun intended) here believing that Ron has read all the relevant studies. This incident just illustrates (laughably) how much of a scapegoat videogames have become for social ills. Perhaps a new pro-videogame crusade could be launched under the banner "At Least It's Not Porn," or Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom and Ron can team up to promote the evils of games.


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Let me be the first to tell you that that festival was FAR, FAR, FAR more extreme than anything I've seen here in Milwaukee. Those images are probably something I would have avoided, if I were there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folsom_Street_Fair

That being said, The Folsom street fair is a festival of sexual expression, and BDSM, NOT a Gay Pride Fest. Yes, clearly there are many gay individuals there, but the festival itself is NOT focused on gays, gay pride, or gay rights. It's focused on Bondage, Exhibitionism, and extreme fetishes. This example, while clearly the extreme side of sexuality, and something I, personally, don't have too much interest in, is still just an expression of sexuality. If you don't want to view extreme acts of fetishism and bondage, you probably shouldn't go to an extreme fetish festival.

To be completely honest, some sexual expressions still freak me out, personally. But, unlike you, apparently, I know that different people have different fetishes, and to each thier own.

Edit: In addition, after exploring that ZombieTime link some more, it's clearly a right wing rag, and it clearly omits many details in order to steer it's narrative to support the right wing. I knew that folsom street festival wasn't as bad as he was portraying it.

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And it is still probably tamer then, say, Mardi Gras.

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"every time shit like this happens, I guarantee it sets the gay movement back."

Replace gay with "conservative" and it applies to the entire conservative side of america every time a conservative opens his mouth.

And by saying "worst aspects" and "worst impression" just shows your typical and unsurprising bigotry.

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If you don't think showcasing things like the leather and fetish gay crowd at gay pride parades is showcasing some of the worst aspects of the gay lifestyle as a whole, I'm going to go ahead and call you an idiot too. 

Why not showcase the great successes?  The well raised children and stable families?  No, that's too sensible.  Let's showcase the things most likely to shock and scare the rest of society.

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How are they the "Worst Aspects of the Gay lifestyle"? Clearly, your mind is too closed to comprehend the whole "Sexual Expression" thing. These people aren't some criminal element, the majority of them are probably totally normal, producing members of society on any other day. Yes, what they are doing isn't socially acceptable by the mainstream standards, but they are willing adults engaging in consenting practises, and the festival itself sets up an atmosphere of exhibitionism and public sexuality from the start. Like I said, it's an expression of sexuality, and there's nothing wrong with it. On top of that, according to the link you posted, the people who WERE in attendence seemed to enjoy and encourage the public antics, and nobody there voluntarily was offended by it. Therefore, I see nothing wrong with that kind of expression.

The ONLY thing that I think I'd classify as a negative thing would probably be the amount of unprotected sex happening. That could pose a public health risk, in an atmosphere like that. Other than that though, to each thier own, like I said before.

 

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Why not? It works for conservatives and their media groups.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

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I find myself not particularly caring whether Ron Jeremy thinks video games are "worse" than porn, but I do think it's hilarious that the picture you've chosen to accompany this writeup has him looking exactly like Mario.

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Actually, this is perfect! By relating Ron Jeremy to anti-gamers, it makes them look bad. Same way relating relating Jack Thompson to the church gives them a bad rep. Same way relating school shooters to gamers give us a bad rep. I'm tired having to wash my hands of all the @$$#*!!s who claim to support my cause! It's time to turn the tables!

 

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I kind of like it. "Video Games: At least it's not porn!" It has a nice ring to it.

We could send out polls to people, with the question: "Would you rather have your child play video games or watch pornography? (Yes) - (No)"

That way, we can claim that 98% of American Parents support video games, when the poll comes back!

It's PERFECT!

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As I recall, there was a similar survey.  Unsurprisingly, more would prefer their kids see scenes of severed heads then scenes of consenting adults getting it on.

Ah, here it is:

According to WTP's data, here's what parents found most offensive in video games:

  • a man and woman having sex (37%)

  • two men kissing (27%)

  • a graphically severed head (25%)

  • multiple use of the F-word (9%).

 

Andrew Eisen

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"...more would prefer their kids see scenes of severed heads then scenes of consenting adults getting it on."

Which just goes to show how stupidly prudish, sick and ass-backwards our society is.

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Huh.. Interesting, because I'd rather see two consenting adults getting it on than a graphically severed head. If that head is anywhere near realistic, it would make my stomach turn.

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After subject to watching consenting adults get in on in public, such as on the bus, I can say that I would much rather see their heads rolling around.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

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Looking at another survey from the same article shows parents are a bit more concerned about GTA than pornography.

The second poll... queried parents on what they’d be most concerned about their 17-year-old child indulging in while at a sleepover. More than 1,600 respondents revealed they’re more apprehensive about their child smoking marijuana (49%) and playing the video game Grand Theft Auto (19%), than watching pornography (16%) and drinking beer (14%).

Not sure why they'd care that a 17-year-old is playing GTA or watching porn but there you go.

 

Andrew Eisen

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4Chan vs video games. You decide.

 
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Andrew EisenEh, could be laziness, lack of imagination, bandwagon hopping or maybe Alexander's article inspired them to publish their own takes. Nothing wrong with that.07/31/2015 - 3:06pm
Goth_SkunkIf laziness was indeed the reason other sites produced articles of a similar vein, the laziness must reach levels that would make a cat blush. How lazy does one have to be unable to stop and think "maybe this isn't a good idea...'07/31/2015 - 3:04pm
Andrew EisenThe Mary Sue article title I'm a bit more comfortable being called clickbait as it's a deliberate misdirection but it's done for humor's sake so I personally give such things a pass.07/31/2015 - 3:01pm
Andrew EisenI count six similar titles and two of the authors aren't even journalists, let alone game journalists. It doesn't reek of collusion, it reeks of laziness, if anything. A few others saw Alexander's piece and wrote their own.07/31/2015 - 3:00pm
Goth_Skunkfeed. Additionally, I'm baffled by the irony of someone named 'Infophile' taking a Mary Sue article seriously. Ignoring that I won't give that site a second of my time, that article headline is blatant clickbait and should be ignored on principle.07/31/2015 - 2:58pm
Goth_SkunkI agree with Benohawk: The title of the article meant that the article was worth ignoring. Alas, when 9 additional sites pop up with similarly titled articles of their own, it reeks of collusion and an attempt by the press at large to bite the hands that07/31/2015 - 2:56pm
Andrew EisenAh, okay.07/31/2015 - 2:46pm
benohawkI'm saying that the refrence in the article to the old title would need to be changed well the primary point of the article would be kept the same. Not something that should be an issue if the objective wasn't to be provocative.07/31/2015 - 2:41pm
Andrew EisenYou're saying the article should be altered to fit a different title. I want to know what title you find more appropriate for the copy as is.07/31/2015 - 2:34pm
benohawkIt would take a minor rewrite to the article, but I'd call it 'What is a Gamer' but go for the same point. you don't have to sell to jerks07/31/2015 - 2:33pm
Andrew EisenI still say "clickbait" is thrown around way too casually, to the point where it's completely meaningless. That aside, what alternate title would you suggest?07/31/2015 - 2:22pm
benohawkt was still delibrate clickait, something I would expect from a Gawker outlet, the article would of likely been much better recieved with a nicer title07/31/2015 - 2:18pm
Andrew EisenProvocative title to be sure but I didn't find it inaccurate or not reflective of its text.07/31/2015 - 2:12pm
benohawkGamasutra shouldn't of gotten clicks for the article until they had published under an accurate name instead of some pathetic clickbaiting07/31/2015 - 2:09pm
benohawkThe title of the article meant that the article was worth ignoring, not launching a massive campaign to try and end the site it was on.07/31/2015 - 2:08pm
Andrew EisenI will Ouija him my unceasing indignation!07/31/2015 - 1:59pm
Infophile@AE: The fact that he's dead does a good job of ensuring he won't hear it.07/31/2015 - 1:59pm
InfophileGood to hear. Just wish everyone offended felt that way07/31/2015 - 1:58pm
Andrew EisenRoger Ebert will never hear the end of my disdain for his I Spit On Your Grave review! http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/i-spit-on-your-grave-198007/31/2015 - 1:57pm
Big PermI don't support the email campaigns. I wouldn't support a comics venue getting them because of being offended, so it'd be hipocritical for me to do it to those who offend me07/31/2015 - 1:53pm
 

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