Everyone knows that if you’re notable or notorious you can become famous by releasing a sex tape. Pamela Anderson knew it, Kim Kardashian knew it, Paris Hilton knew it, and Colin Farrell knew it. Now, Montana Fishburne knows it.
For those who don’t know, Laurence Fishburne’s daughter is coming out with a sex tape creatively named… Montana Fishburne. I should clarify that it’s not quite a sex tape so much as she has decided to get into porn. As you can imagine the media is all over the, “Celebrity daughter turns porn star” story, and needless to say they are all annoying me.
When I first heard this story I immediately ignored it as just another pseudo celebrity trying to get her name in the press by showing some T&A. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against random acts of nakedness, it’s just that I could really care less as to whom the titties are connected. Recently I caught some press about Montana's movie and was aggravated by the way these “journalists” are handling the story.
In most media outlets, the story is Laurence Fishburne’s daughter has a sex tape. Her name is Montana Fishburne, she is an 18 year old woman with a sexuality all her own. It bothers me that people default to her father and respond as if he has failed her in some way. Her father does not own her sexuality, nor does he own her person. Sure, more people know who her father is, but if the story is important enough to talk about then the media should use her name.
One specific radio program I was listening to started their interview with this oddly somber, almost mournful introduction. I couldn’t understand why until the interview began. From the very first question they berated and talked down to Montana for her choices. I don’t think she called in for a lesson in morality. Jennifer Lopez wasn’t castigated for her choice to make Gigli. Jenna Jameson wasn’t tarred and feathered for making Zombie Strippers, and M. Night Shyamalan wasn’t tossed into a volcano for every single movie he’s ever made, even though it would be well deserved. So what’s different in this case?
The difference is that Montana is doing this of her own accord. In the past when celebrity sex tapes have been released the claim is that they were stolen, or lost in a move, or copied from a hacked cell phone. Her private sex tape wasn’t stolen and released. Montana made a porno. She has decided to become a porn star. Montana Fishburne, with all her daddy issues, has decided to go into porn as a career. Sure, we all know that given a year or two she’s going to repent, claim she has turned her life around, and end up on a book tour helping other young women in her over-privileged position. But for now, she is a proud porn actor(?).
I feel like this backlash against Montana has highlighted several big problems. One being the crucifixion of female sexuality, and another being the hypocrisy of the American media, and for that matter American society. I’m not even going to bother with the obvious gender double standards, instead I am going to focus on the vilification of porn. People watch porn, as adults we can. You do not have to share your porn watching habits, but you do have a responsibility to not vilify that which you consume so fervently. We all know porn is big business. No matter how hard you condemn porn as a whole, it does not stop the fact that you go home at night and watch Sasha Grey get triple stuffed.
The media is framing this attack as a fight for the precious soul of this poor troubled girl . . . bullshit! This is a fight between you, society and your dick; I think we know who’s winning.
What people don’t consider when they vilify porn is that they are really vilifying the people who make it. They are saying that all porn stars need saving . . . but they don’t deserve it, except for the little rich girl. I wonder what makes this specific girl so special that so many bleeding hearts would come to her aid. Let’s be honest, when was the last time the international media got on board with a story about some poor no name minority shaking her ass for cash? Even better, when was the last time you saw a non-white person on the news in any context that doesn’t concern jail time or Barack Obama?
This girl is not special. She is not important. She is not talented. She is not even relevant past her on screen performances. However she is a person who has the right to be treated equally. She has the right to her sexuality. She has the right to her mistakes, but I wouldn't mark this as a mistake. This is just what she wants to do with her life, her body, her mind, and her name. Montana Fishburne is an eighteen year old woman, breaking no laws, and seemingly having the time of her life. What is the problem?
This media circus is just a reminder of the true state of female sexuality in a male dominated world. Treating adult women with less reverence than an adult man is an absurd antiquated notion. Women are not children, nor do they need men to keep them in line. Where is Susan B. Anthony when we need her?
Because this post was more ranty than sexy and because I love ya, below is the sneak peek at her video. Also, just because, I have a collection of pics of her in various states of undress for your veiwing pleasure. Both are NSFW and 18+ only.
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