LOS ANGELES—Nearly 100 adult studios have signed on for next Monday's HotMovies.com "FreedomStreams" benefit to aid the Free Speech Coaltion (FSC) in its fight to overturn Measure B. Participating studios will donate their earnings to the cause from the sale of movies through the site that day, with HotMovies matching donations up to $10,000.
The event was partly spearheaded by Vivid Entertainment vice president and FSC board member Marci Hirsch, who said, "Ordinarily you think of April 15th as ‘tax day,’ but this year it means something even more important for the adult industry—it’s a chance for us all to exercise our rights and overturn a ridiculous law that affects an entire industry. For any consumers that have been planning on streaming or downloading a hot new film, we urge you to do it through HotMovies.com on April 15th so you can help this vital cause.”
HotMovies director of business development James Cybert reported, "We had a very positive response to our initial announcement that we were organizing the ‘FreedomStreams’ program. Along with Vivid, the biggest names in the industry are on board, including Evil Angel, Private, Adam & Eve, Hustler Video, Pleasure Productions, Wicked Pictures, Ed Powers, Girlfriends Films, Porn Pros, Homegrown Video, Forbidden Fruits Films, Mile High Media, Combat Zone, Brandon Iron, New Sensations, Kink.com, West Coast Productions, Zero Tolerance and many others."
Another supporter is porn legend Ron Jeremy, who quipped, "As you may have read in the news, Measure B broke my heart. Seriously though, I'm not letting anything stop me from supporting this great cause and I encourage everyone to join me."
HotMovies has sponsored FreedomStreams events since 2006, and through them raised tens of thousands of dollars for FSC, which lobbies in Washington and other key battlegrounds to protect first amendment rights on behalf of the adult industry.
“More than ever before, we are under attack,” Cybert said. “The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) pulled the wool over voters’ eyes last fall and the result was a measure that is designed to suppress adult filmmaking in greater Los Angeles under the guise of worker safety. It requires all adult performers to use protective barriers such as condoms and dental dams when performing any act likely to generate bodily fluids. It creates the need for oversight by already taxed law enforcement and government agencies. And it is entirely unnecessary because the industry already polices itself very, very effectively. Measure B completely ignores all common sense and, perhaps most importantly, the overwhelming desire of the performers themselves.”
HotMovies content producers wishing to participate in the FreedomStreams benefit should email [email protected] or contact the HotMovies studio team at (800) 611-MOVIE.
Anyone else wishing to contribute need only to log into HotMovies or FreedomStreams.com on or before April 15 to buy minutes, and redeem them on tax day. To make direct contributions to support the FSC visit www.stopcondomlaws.com.