Of UFC Fighters, Comedians, Poetry & Porn…

On September 1, 2012, in Life, by adultbizlaw

Last night Vanessa and I had the distinct pleasure of being able to spend some time over a dinner with a group of interesting and varied people. We were in Las Vegas and were able to catch Bryan Callen’s comedy show at the Paris Hotel. Afterwards, he invited us to join him, a writer and another comedian and two UFC fighters for dinner. It is always interesting being the “porn people” in a group of mainstream people. Usually, we are inundated with questions about the industry. Last night was no different, however it does give me/us a chance to ask some questions of them as well. It is always a learning experience.

Of course the Mr. Marcus and syphilis topic did come up. However, interestingly only two of the mainstream people were even aware of the situation – one of the UFC fighters and the writer. Which I suppose means that our dirty laundry so to speak hasn’t penetrated the mainstream news as far I as previously believed. However, this subject led us to a more important discussion – testing.

Performers have often compared themselves to athletes and even UFC fighters as far as their job description is involved and how performers are akin to those who fight and exchange bodily fluids in close “hand to hand,” so to speak, proximity. When I told the UFC fighters that as a practice the industry does NOT require full panel testing they were somewhat surprised since they indicated that they have to under go full panel testing as a fighter and could not imagine stepping into the Octagon without both parties being fully testing for all potential diseases that could be passed. They basically indicated they simply would not fight someone unless they were completely tested.

Then the issue of MRSA was raised. If you are unfamiliar with MRSA, that is basically a staph infection that enters the body through the exchange of bodily fluids such as mere sweat through a break in the skin, cut or abrasion. The staph bacteria is quite deadly if it enters one’s blood and difficult to treat with antibiotics. It plagues not only UFC fighters but also porn performers and any other sport where there is body to body contact. We often refer to MRSA or staph infections as a “spider bite.” Apparently there is a special spider that only lives in Chatsworth, California that specifically targets performers and always seems to bite on their victim’s ass region. We do not talk about MRSA that much in the adult industry but it is certainly a topic for discussion on its own. I have personally know numerous performers that contracted it, with one even requiring hospitalization to treat it.

We then moved on from syphilis, testing and MRSA to racism. One of the fighters asked if it were true that some of the women in the industry charged more to perform with a black man than a white one. They were shocked by the answer. Both fighters could not fathom the idea of asking for a higher fight fee because he was fighting someone of a particular race. This notion was so foreign to them it appeared we as an industry were still operating in the dark ages, no pun intended. While they noted there is some racism in the UFC, they for the most part, treat each other like family.

They had to admit that while they are fierce and combative in the Octagon and during practice, for the most part they all have an extreme amount of respect for themselves, each other and the UFC. I got the impression that the both of them truly loved what they did and felt blessed to be apart of it. They are what we used to be – a family. They cared so much for each other they had to admit it was difficult to watch their friend’s fights.

I also got that impression from the comedians and writers in the group. The writer, who has written several movies and TV series, said that whenever he has a chance he always try to write parts into his projects for his friends. The main characters are always cast by the production company but for the lesser parts he has the ability to cast and clearly write for. The other comedian in the group indicated that she has opened up numerous times for Bryan through-out his career. Knowing other comedians I can say that is true amongst most of them. If you ever watch a comedy movie you will always see several comedians in the same movie. Once one comic makes it he/she tries to take his/her friends with them.

To a large extent, that is how the adult industry use to be. A small group of people that knew each other, cared for each other and helped each other when we could. They might not have always liked one another but they stood together. Whether it was against governmental intrusion or attack from the mainstream. I have only been in adult for 8 years and I only caught the tail-end of that period. Vanessa who has been in adult for 16 years remembers it well. It was a much different industry then.

Porn has turned from mom & pop producers to “big international business” with much of the control of the Los Angeles based industry  coming from outside the United States. We are no longer a local industry but instead a part of a global movement. A movement that wants to vertically integrate all aspects of porn, from talent to production to distribution, including hosting, traffic, bandwith and advertising. A one stop shop that some might call a monopoly. Los Angeles may become nothing more than a cog in the wheel of a much larger global “porn” machine.

Perhaps Mr. Marcus’s decision to alter his test was more then just a lesson in paper vs. database or APHSS vs. TTS. Perhaps it was a lesson in what the future holds for porn in the United States. I guess the time has come when people have to decide for themselves which road they want to go down. Jessica Drake probably said it best when she blamed greed as the cause of this situation. It is easy to choose a fast money over long money. It is more difficult to choose money over health. If the those in the industry do not respect themselves, their co-workers and their health there simply will not be an industry in Los Angeles to work in. The hardest decision is to chose family over personal financial interests. I suggest the road not taken…

The Road Not Taken.. By Robert Frost

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 

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The Bryan Callen Podcast Posted

On August 26, 2012, in Life, by adultbizlaw

I was fortunate enough to be a guest on The Bryan Callen Show. You might know him as “Eddie” the wedding chapel owner from The Hangover or “Samir” in The Hangover II. Bryan is a very funny guy and if you ever have a chance to see his stand up show do not miss it. I really enjoyed doing this podcast and I hope he has me back on the show soon. Personal note and how it really is a small world -We are both alums of The American University in Washington D.C. and were both studying there at the same time but didn’t know each other.

I am proud to say we made the Top 5 of What’s Hot and the Top 10 Overall of Comedy Podcasts when it hit iTunes !

Listen to it by visiting Bryan’s website or download it on iTunes…

The Bryan Callen Show – Mike Fattorosi #11 (I even forgive him for butchering my last name LOL)

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PornLaw on Bryan Callen’s Podcast Today

On July 31, 2012, in Life, by PornLaw

You might be asking so what ? And you might be saying who the hell is Bryan Callen ? Well you might not know him by name but I guarantee that you know his face. Bryan Callen is an extremely funny guy and he is my favorite actor from The Hangover I and II. You might remember him as the wedding chapel owner, Eddie and Samir the lady-boy strip club owner. And more importantly, he and I are fellow alumni from the American University in Washington D.C.

So when I got the call to meet him at his home to do his podcast “The Bryan Callen Show” I jumped at the chance to sit down and talk with him about the industry, being a porn lawyer, some of my clients and being married to Vanessa Blue. I obviously wont give away the show but I will link to it once it goes up so you can listen for yourself !

If you want to listen to some of his other shows you can find them here on iTunes… The Bryan Callen Show

And I also have to thank him for the very generous gift he bestowed on me after we were done with taping the podcast. When I told him I had a blog in which I also reviewed different brands of scotch he gave me a bottle of 18 year old Glenmorangie. That my friends is a very expensive bottle of scotch. And I will enjoy reviewing it in Bryan’s honor.

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