Monday, May 24, 2010

Sex Tapes Vs. Pornography

One of the "stars" of a reality show so awful I never watched more than five minutes of it-- "The Girls Next Door"-- and another reality show so awful I never watched more than three minutes of it-- "Kendra"-- has just finalized the sale of a sex tape she made many years ago with her then boyfriend.
Kendra's first pay check for the soon-to-be-released sex tape is a massive $680,000, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.

The reality television star secured the secret payment from Vivid in addition to receiving up to 50 percent of sales, as RadarOnline.com was first to report.
$680K upfront is a large chunk of money, especially when you consider that there is ample free pornography available on the internet (google it; this is a family blog) and that "Kendra" is not exactly an appealing woman.

She's certainly no uggo, but she's not sex-tape-for-$680K-beautiful, either.



If I were an actual pornographic film actress, like Stoya or Eve Lawrence or Jenni Lee or Tori Black or Carmen Kinsley, or any of the dozens of other legitimate pornographic film actresses I've never heard of before, I would be plenty irritated by this.

But it gets even more unfair for the legit porn stars:
Kendra's ex-boyfriend Justin Frye -- the man who orchestrated the deal with Vivid -- sold a virtual library of home videos that numbered as many as 20 tapes and tens of hours of content, RadarOnline.com has confirmed.

It has set up Vivid to release a series of money-making sequels to the Kendra Exposed premiere, which is scheduled to be released on DVD this week.
Does anyone actually watch pornography on dvd anymore? How quaint.

20 "tapes," and tens of hours of content equals pornographic film actress to me. And yet, "Kendra" is the star of two reality shows, and has gotten a massive payday for her-- well, they're not calling them pornographic films, are they?

They're calling them "sex tapes."

There's a difference, somehow, but I am too dense to catch it.

Consider the case of Ms. Penny Flame. Or Jennifer Ketcham. She was a legit porn star who lowered herself to appear in two programs with the disgusting Dr. Drew Pinsky, "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew" and "Sober House." On the final episode, Dr. Drew set up an interview for Ms. Flame I mean Ketcham with a producer for "Access Hollywood," where Ms. Ketcham touchingly revealed that she would be willing to work as a PA if it meant getting her foot in the door at "Access Hollywood."

This was presented as Ms. Ketcham taking new control of her life. Throwing off the shackles of the pornographic film industry that had exploited her.

Kendra seems to be going in the opposite direction. Except, you know, she didn't associate with all those skeevy porn stars. She just made a bunch of sex tapes.

So what is the difference between "sex tapes" and "pornography"? Well, "sex tapes" are what famous or semi-famous people make when they're playing at porn. When they're pretending to be edgy. When they're safe and secure but they want to feel like they're taking bold risks.

And the possible payoff can be, well, $680K. Or, if you're the new wife of the other participant-- you know, the guy who basically served as the famous woman's apparatus-- you might get a new, luxurious Arizona home out of it:
As RadarOnline.com was first to report, Frye -- a newlywed and construction worker -- received $100,000 for selling the tapes.

Now sources close to the 28-year-old reveal he is also getting a percentage of sales, although it is a much smaller percentage than Kendra’s and is set up as a step deal, meaning he will get varying percentages depending on the level of sales.

Frye and his wife plan to use their cut to purchase their first home in Arizona. They married within the past year.
Consider that for a minute. You're a newlywed. Your husband is on the periphery of the z-list because he once dated some former Playboy playmate and "star" of some reality shows, whose shtick is that she's kinda dim and has an annoying laugh. And the two of you are buying a house with his cut of the proceeds from series of pornographic films I mean sex tapes he made with said former girlfriend.

Every day, as she's tending her garden, she gets to think, "My husband's ex helped pay for the rose bushes."

How happy would you be in that situation? What feeling of accomplishment or pride would you have?

"At least my husband wasn't in porn," you can always tell yourself. And you might feel a little better about it, even.

Kendra Wilkinson pic source.

2 comments:

A.Jaye said...

Maybe she's pplanning to divorce the dude. Then it's all hers right?

As far as Kendra goes - her Girls Next Door was about being a concubine of a geriatric right? One of three? This was presented as family viewing.

Porno is a step up.

Though I'm undecided about sex tape.

shampoo said...

my taste in tv shows is bad enough that I DID watch girls next door. I thought it was funny, but the version (e! version) I saw was censored.

it wasn't marketed as a family show, to my knowledge. it ran at 10 p.m. on e! with a disclaimer before every episode and sometimes during the episode as well.

the shows were made to lightly spoof family shows, so in a way it could look like one except for the very heavy emphasis on playboy, three girlfriends, etc. (most of the show).

I only know so many people with kids, but the ones I know don't watch e! at all. I had to explain to them who holly was when she was on dwts.

pretty well everyone knows anything with hef I going to be playboy-related since that is his claim to fame. haha

speaking of hef... he may be why kendra is getting top dollar for her sex tape as he has many lawyers.