Saturday, July 17, 2010

Listen to Reason

Ever wonder how Reason magazine keeps Nick Gillespie and his ilk in the lap of luxury? Follow the Fountainhead:

In December 2007, Bradley—using a fictitious name, credit card number, and address–ordered copies of Milk Nymphos and Storm Squirters 2: Target Practice from the website to a location inside the District of Columbia. John "Buttman" Stagliano, accused of filling Bradley’s order, now stands trial for obscenity charges in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


Before starting the porn, court officials examined the IDs of everyone in attendance to verify that they were over the age of 18. Prosecutors briefly fumbled with the DVD system—the jury caught an extra scene of two women making out in cat costumes—before arriving at the main event. Milk Nymphos was screened on two large televisions, one on each side of the jury box. While it was certainly possible to catch the on-screen action from many angles in the public viewing area, it was clear that the material was intended for inspection by the jury, not the audience. This point was reinforced by Leon’s decision to play audio through Court-issued headsets, which members of the public were not provided. (Leon made a slight exception for the press, issuing two headsets to be shared among the several reporters present).

Without headsets, the public missed one of the most interesting aspects of the scene that the prosecution decided to show—the repeated use of racial slurs.

The 50-minute-long Milk Nymphos scene involves two white female performers, one black male performer, and a whole lot of milk entering and exiting various orifices. One of the female performers repeatedly refers to her male co-star as a “nigger,” declaring, for example, “Come on you nigger, fuck me in the ass,” and imploring the other female performer to “look in his eyes when you suck his nigger cock.”

Stagliano was acquitted. He should be free to make his movies -- "award winning movies," Reason constantly assures us -- without fear of prosecution. Gillespie should be free to watch them. Reason and Gillespie should be free to suck from Stagliano's teat, as they say.

You'll pardon me if I don't shake hands with them.

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