• Tue, Jun 21 2011

People In Porn Say They Don’t Remember Ginger Lee, Daily Beast Is Sad About It

Anthony Weiner sextee Ginger Lee has reportedly performed in nearly 50 adult films. But over at the Daily Beast, writer Richard Abowitz has found that many people in the porn industry don’t know her — including some whose names have appeared beside her in the credits:

“Lee is credited with performing in more than 50 porn films released between 2004 and 2010. Among her self-explanatory titles: Her First Lesbian Sex 14, T and A Buffet, and Barefoot Confidential 44.

Yet, despite the years and credits, few in the adult industry were aware of Lee before the scandal, highlighting just how strangely anonymous this otherwise naked industry can be.”

I don’t doubt that what Abowitz says is true, but what’s strange about the article is the writer’s tone. He makes it seem as though not becoming a legend in the adult film world is the saddest thing that could possibly happen to a porn actress:

“As a supporting cast member in the sexting controversy that felled now-former Congressman Anthony Weiner, former adult-film performer Ginger Lee found a level of fame that eluded her during her years toiling in the adult industry…Among the hundreds of women who appear in adult films, Lee was a wisp in the wind during her porn years. Perhaps for Lee, as for many of these women, that was the plan: to cash out one day with her anonymity relatively intact.”

Yes, indeed. Maybe — and I’m going to go out on a limb here — maybe porn was just a job for Ms. Ginger Lee. Maybe she wasn’t looking for validation, or for fame, or for anything other than the paycheck, just like most other people who are employed.

Of course, there’s also the fact that Lee may actually never have met these co-stars, since scenes are sometimes filmed separately and there’s a chance that, like with animated movies, the actors and actresses paths would never have crossed.

But beyond that, there’s an implication in the Daily Beast piece that everyone who works in porn wants to be the next Jenna Jameson. I’d argue that for every girl who sees herself one day selling millions of copies of her memoir, there’s another who really just wants to make a living.

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