Skip to comments.California Porn Producers Plead Guilty
Posted on 03/12/2009 3:13:09 AM PDT by GonzoII
A California couple pleaded guilty today to violating federal obscenity laws for making and distributing sexually explicit films that depicted rape and murder, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.
Robert Zicari, Janet Romano and their company, Extreme Associates, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary L. Lancaster to one count each of conspiracy to distribute obscene materials.
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I believe that it’s pretty much impossible for a sane person to fathom the mind that finds murder fantasies sexually arousing. Of course, Hollywood has banked millions of dollars from producing movies that seem to imply I’m mistaken.
“I believe that its pretty much impossible for a sane person to fathom the mind that finds murder fantasies sexually arousing.”
Totally agree, but those people don’t jump from Little House on the Prairie to these things. They start out with the soft stuff, with some people going a little bit more hard core and then a little bit more. Until finally one day they are buying this garbage.
What a lovely couple. “Frontline” did a story on these two a few years back. One of their films (I believe the one that prompted the obscenity charge) featured the rape, beating and simulated murder of a pregnant woman. Of course, some academic might be able to make a case for the movie as a critique of sexism, violence, blah, blah, blah. The female star may be able to declare that, somehow, she found her role “empowering” and some kind of feminist statement. Janet Romano, while tacitly acknowledging in an interview that the kind of people who find her oeuvre entertaining are probably disturbed, then abruptly shrugged her shoulders and made the excuse that at the end of the movie, the two rapists/murderers/woman-beaters are lynched by an angry mob, and that made everything that went on before just hunky-dory. Good times. Pass the popcorn!
OMG...who could watch such things?
Makes me sick just hearing about the films.
You’re wrong. You’re in the wrong thread.
How is she/he wrong? Abortion is horrific. It literally kills one human being and maims the other.
Two victims in one.
No one underestimates the impact of rape. I fully support the Death Penalty for the rapist.
And I do agree with you that there should be no “competition” as to what is the most horrific thing. Both acts are horrific.
But..I just wanted to be clear that you were not implying that abortion was NOT a crime.
It is (in God’s law) and it will be soon (in Man’s Law)
This is an "R" rated movie. Why is this sort of trash allowed, but the other isn't?
I am not sure if I want to watch the movie. It does not sound pleasant.
Unfortunately this sort of thing happens in our society. And the “persons” who do it are protected in large part by the ACLU.
I believe that the answer to your question is “context”. “Last House on the Left”—I’ve seen the original 1973 Wes Craven movie, unfortunately—was a horror film. A tasteless and bad one, certainly; and doubtless a certain percentage of its audience found its scenes of sexual violence arousing. Extreme Productions’ swill, however, is sold as pornography—literature or film intended specifically to arouse sexual lust. It’s the blatant marketing of rape, torture and murder as aphrodisiac that most people of conscience would find obscene and intolerable.
He was finally able to hire an unemployed porn movie star who'd never had any other job.
He had to fire him the first day he worked because every time he'd do a fill-up, he'd open the gas cap, put in the hose and when the tank was about half full, he'd pull it out and squirt gas all over the car.
LOL - not only that, but he kept trying to put his hose in the trunk.
The show was on porn and obscenity prosecutions, in general, and you can still find the web site for it online (with transcript and video you can watch) here. If you want any proof of how demented these people can get and the problem with the idea that anything anyone "consents" to is OK, from the show's transcript:
LIZZIE BORDEN: She knows me. She's my best friend. I know she can take it. And at the end, I give her a hug. I take her out to dinner. We go shopping.
INTERVIEWER: Is she going to take a beating, a real beating?
LIZZIE BORDEN: Yeah. She's really going to get hit. She likes it. It's good. Sometimes, it makes you more horny when you're getting hit. It makes you more, like, wet. It makes you, you know, more tingly down in your genital area.
NARRATOR: Before the scene is finished, Lizzie's friend, Veronica, will be kicked and beaten. She will have oral, vaginal and anal sex with each of these actors. Then they will pretend to cut her throat and leave her for dead in a pool of blood.
LIZZIE BORDEN: I'm a female director, and it's easy for me to say, "Oh, come on, do it," you know, and not just a man. If a guy asks, they're, like, "Oh, he's a pervert." But if a woman asks, they do it.
NARRATOR: We were here because this is one of the places where porn is now regularly pushing the limits. But this was more than we bargained for. And while it appeared that what was happening was legally consensual, we left. The incident, though, caused us to wonder not just about the content but about the human cost, a cost that even porn producers see every day.