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Porn plays well in West Hollywood

Porn plays well in West Hollywood
May 30
19:11 2018

These are times in which reality surpasses satire in absurdity.  There is an adage from the 1800s that warns that “Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.”  The original sentiment may be even more appropriate.  It comes from Sophocles, who wrote in his Antigone that “evil appears as good in the minds of those whom gods lead to destruction.”

That notion leaped into my mind when I read that the city of West Hollywood had declared a day in honor of porn performer Stormy Daniels, with Mayor pro tempore John D’Amico presenting the orally obsessed entertainer with the keys to the city.

For reasons never explained, D’Amico found it necessary to underscore his gayness.  He opened with what appeared to be a straight line for a joke. “What did the gay mayor pro tem say to the porn star?” he asked.  There was no punchline, although one about male genitalia may have suited the occasion.  But no!  D’Amico simply yelled out “Congratulations!”

In an extension of absurdity to the bizarre, the civic ceremony did not take place at City Hall, but at Chi Chi LaRue’s – a sex emporium named after the drag queen and gay porn producer.  Honestly, you just cannot make this stuff up. 

She was joined, or course, by her constant companion and fellow camera lover (and occasional attorney), Michael Avenatti.  He may have been more popular than Daniels with the largely gay crowd, with one man lustfully claiming Avenatti is “cute.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that Daniels “stood next to a mannequin that was wearing chains and a leather harness around his groin, and a poster of herself in black lingerie.”  As one has come to expect from the celebrity-for-celebrity-sake paparazzi and the networks pretending to take any anti-Trump event seriously, Daniels was “surrounded by a sea of cameras.”

West Hollywood is the center of the Bacchus tinsel town culture – surrounded by Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood of hillside sign fame.  Known as WeHo to the locals, it is largely a gay community. Perhaps its most iconic landmark is the famous Sunset Strip that once referred to a thoroughfare and not the town’s ubiquitous adult entertainment.

Of course, this event was never really about Daniels’ conquests … I mean … accomplishments on those loaned out DVDs or her gyrating gymnastics with a firehouse pole as partner.  Those types are a dime a dozen.  It was all about Donald Trump.  That is why the libertine left loves her.

If there was any doubt as to the true purpose of the event, the backdrop featuring the city logo and #resist spelled out in hot pink letters provided a pretty good hint.  In fact, it is only Daniels’ claims against President Trump – and a very ambitious sleazy lawyer – that have brought Daniels out of the obscurity she so richly deserves.

Since the seriousness of the event was not evident, it took other officials to sell that point.  WeHo Mayor John Duran later said that because of the city’s embrace of the LGBTQ community, “we’re being called into action once again to be the voice of the resistance.”

WeHo spokeswoman Lisa Belsanti said honoring Daniels was as “serious as a heart attack” – and just as unwelcome, I might add.  “We’re a sex-positive community.  The fact that Ms. Daniels has a career in adult films? We’re not ashamed of it,” she added.

But again, the purpose was revealed. “If it takes someone like Stormy Daniels to bring this corrupt, morally bankrupt [Trump] administration down, then she really is a hero,” Belsanti argued.  I doubt Belsanti ever considered how laughable it was to advance the corrupt and morally bankrupt porn industry as the best advocate of integrity and high values.  But, that is just me.

With events like this, Saturday Night Live is going to be bereft of satirical material.  I mean, how can you possible create an over-the-top spoof of this one?

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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