“The Kutch” is now on Two and a Half Men, The Simpsons might be getting its own cable channel, and big-name brands Pan Am and Playboy are the focus of two new shows from ABC and NBC, yet television is still struggling to pull in viewers who insist that, Spartacus and True Blood be damned, there still isn’t enough smut on TV!
Where mainstream TV networks fail, though, the porn industry picks up the slack and the recent onslaught of adult titles parodying television and movie staples should provide enough spanking material for any couch potato. Marcia’s Twat: A XXX Brady Parody came out in May from Powersville, Inc. and starred up-and-cummer Jessie Andrews in the title role. Game shows finally got the parody porn treatment with the blandly titled but lavishly produced Official Deal or No Deal Parody from Third Degree and, in quite a bizarre move, Zero Tolerance brought two volumes of a hardcore (and all-adult) version of To Catch a Predator. God only knows what Chris Hansen would say about that!
The big screen has been receiving its fair share of parody treatment, too, with such horror titles as Official Halloween Parody and Official Silence of the Lambs Parody, superhero-themed Spider-Man XXX and Captain America XXX, the special effects extravaganza Pron (parody of Tron), and, oddest of all, an ultra-violent, profanity laden hardcore remake of Quentin Tarantino’s debut film, here titled Rezervoir Doggz, which replaces the original’s all-male cast with Andy San Dimas, Chanel Preston, Kimberly Kane, and Amber Rayne giving performances of which AVN said “truly transcend… what any adult actress should really ever be expected to be capable of.”
University of Iowa M.F.A. sculpture student Emily Moran Barwick has drawn inspiration from a rather unusual source for her recent exhibition at the school’s Eve Drewelowe Gallery: the erect penis of deceased porn legend John C. Holmes. After dying from AIDS related complications in 1988 at the age of 43, Holmes left behind a 2,000-title acting career and a reputation for having the biggest cock in the history of porn. Now with The John Holmes Prick Parade!!! Ms. Barwick is using replicas of a plaster cast of Holmes’ member that she first saw when working at a novelty store in Florida to create debate about, as she told the Iowa Press-Citizen, “body ownership and who owns the body and who is licensed to the body.”
Sending two dozen plaster penises to contributing artists as far from The Hawkeye State as Miami, Barwick then arranged and exhibited such pieces as the technologically-themed trio iCock, Cockberry, and Swiss Army Cock to gallery attendees. The exhibition, potentially offensive to some, is proudly supported by the university’s art department who arranged for the gallery doors to remain closed while the exhibition stood, and marked the entrance with a disclaimer, alerting prudes and neuters everywhere that their delicate sensibilities could be upset by the presence of twenty-four legendary dicks.
Although the exhibition has now closed to the public, interested readers can keep an eye on Barwick’s blog to see her latest exclamation point-laden efforts to encourage a dialog about body image, ownership, and commodification.
Or you can just look at the decorated dicks.
Although it seems to have been a very long time coming, the exclusively adult top-level domain has finally hit the World Wide Web. Officially launching its Sunrise period (accepting applications from trademark owners only) on September 7th, ICM Registry, the company charged with administering the launch of the controversial new url suffix, appear to be on the verge of raking in the cash thanks to yearly fees of $100 to $300 a year. And it’s not just porn companies that will be enjoying the .xxx domains – come December anyone who is willing to pony up the dough can register their very own XXX website, even for something as inoffensive as a Shia LaBeouf fansite.
We’ll have to wait a few months before we see whether or not prominent pornsites migrate to a new XXX domain or remain where they are, sitting quite comfortably on dot coms, dot nets, and (if you can believe it) dot bizs. Is this new XXX domain signaling a sea change that will further separate the adult entertainment industry from its mainstream brother or is it the start of an apparently ever-increasing amalgamation of the two worlds? Only time, and ICM Registry’s annual reports, will tell.