The enjoyment and consumption of pornography is still a “don’t ask, don’t tell” situation where nobody talks about it openly, but it seems like almost everyone indulges in privately. Yet if porn isn’t as dirty as it used to be, it occasionally reminds polite society why it still deserves its sleaze ball reputation.
The man widely believed to be behind the porn industry‘s syphilis scare last year, adult performer Mr. Marcus, was sentenced today to 30 days behind bars for “knowingly exposing at least two co-stars to syphilis after testing positive for the disease days earlier,” the L.A. City Attorney’s office announced this afternoon:
His case rocked the porn world and sparked a short moratorium on production at a time when the industry was being pressured to adopt mandatory condom use, something that is now law in most of L.A. county.
Mr. Marcus will also see 36 months probation and 15 days of community labor, prosecutors said.
Four words of advice, Mr. Marcus. Don’t. Drop. The. Soap. A fellow inmate might want to show they’re ready to break into the jizz biz. By way of your rectum.
Porn may have become more mainstream in how the larger society views it and how it runs as a business, but it is still a business that traffics in flesh for fantasy and as such draws like moths to a flame some of the most desperate, damaged, depraved and unethical people in the world.
Some get out of it with body and soul intact. Others are left scarred for life based on their experiences. Sexually transmitted diseases and HIV are part of the risk of having sex with strangers all the time. There has to be a system in place to where the performers are being tested regularly and all it takes is one egotistical asshole to do what no law has done; shut the porn industry down.
“A lot of people in this industry didn’t know, were totally unaware how syphilis works. How this test reads it. I tried to cover it up. I didn’t want to have to share that part. Because I said it was like the scarlet letter. It’s the word. Syphilis, whoa. Mr. Marcus, syphilis? Mr. Marcus, the one I worked with? The one that everybody works with? The one that’s been in this industry forever?”
While others are probably culpable in allowing Mr. Marcus to perpetuate his dangerous deceit (and he may have contracted it from another porn star), the primary person responsible is Mr. Marcus. Remember: he deliberately altered his test results to indicate he didn’t have syphilis. That is stupid, selfish and high-risk behavior that justifies spending a little time in the slammer to think about his thoughtless behavior.
This isn’t about porn as much as it is about one extremely reckless, selfish and flat-out stupid “actor” who exposed women to a STD he knew he had, but kept working anyway. He knew what he was doing was wrong and putting others at risk. He simply didn’t care. These women were NOBODY to him.
Porn endures because it caters to fantasies of high-risk, yet risk-free sex, sex, sex. That’s one reason the industry is fighting legal initiatives to make condom usage mandatory. The pornographers claim it’s freedom of speech issue. It also interferes with the fantasy and the cash flow and that can’t be allowed.
Then along comes a 19-year veteran of porn who instead of wrapping that rascal or shutting it down until his infection cleared up goes full stroke ahead and screws up the screwing. Shit just got real.
30 days? The bastard got off easy.
- Porn Star Mr. Marcus To Do Jail Time #STD (blogboyz.com)
- Hats Off To You: Mr. Marcus Sentenced To Jail For Exposing Female Co-Stars To Syphilis (crunktastical.net)
- Nasty Mr. Marcus Gets Sentenced for Spreading Syphilis (thegrid6.com)