Last month, we brought you the news that Teen Mom‘s Farrah Abraham and James Deen had shot a porn. While it certainly seemed like an odd combination, which we noted at the time, it wasn’t a particularly big story. People have sex all the time; sometimes, people are paid for it. Millions and millions of folks, myself included, watch a fair amount of porn. Provided the people involved are consenting adults, everything is a-okay! So why is the Internet blowing up with judgment at Abraham getting a lucrative pornography deal with Vivid Entertainment after her “sex tape” (i.e. budgeted, professionally produced pornographic film) was leaked.
Vivid will soon release the film, Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom (the porn world lacks creativity when it comes to titles), and Abraham sounded pretty happy about it in a statement released yesterday:
“I am happy with the seven figure settlement I have reached, with who I feel to be the best adult entertainment company in the industry, Vivid. This is a risk for me to take, however I feel comfortable having given the rights to Vivid, a company I know can handle the media and press surrounding my sexuality.
“I am very pleased with the outcome and to have this opportunity to be an entrepreneur in another unexpected light in my life. I look forward to my future goals of completing my Masters degree, focusing on being a great mother for my daughter as well as many other culinary business endeavors in the future.”
Cool, so she’s doing some porn, getting money and then plans on getting a graduate degree so she can do cooking stuff. As any Gloss reader already knows, we don’t take issue with porn nor the people who star in it, so this sounded like a solid plan to me. According to others, however, she is a terrible human being who doesn’t deserve to have a child.
When an article was posted on the NY Daily News, as well as plenty of other sites where readers can comment, people got a bit vicious. While this is to be expected whenever a woman — especially a mother and especially especially a teen mother (though she is now 21) — it is still totally inappropriate. Observe:
Ah, yes, the porn equivalent to the “you’ll regret those tattoos when you’re old and saggy” argument.
And hopefully, one day this commenter will be able to read, as well.
“Steady, honest work?” I won’t even get into how much is wrong with this comment.
Also, people who have been in the porn industry who were taken seriously in their careers: Jackie Chan, Cameron Diaz, Matt LeBlanc, Sasha Grey, David Duchovny, Marilyn Monroe, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jane Fonda, Colin Farrell…
She should be so lucky to make a measly seven grand in the course of an hour!
And then MORALITY came knockin’ on the door. Literally. Morality. Somebody is calling themselves that.
Uh, is she? Because last I checked, her daughter wasn’t in the room for the porn’s filming (which would be child abuse). That’s like saying a lawyer who’s defending a terrible criminal is dragging his or her child into that courtroom simply by doing their job, even if the kid never knows anything about the case.
…And then sometimes comments were just totally irrelevant.
In general, the sentiment was very slut shame-y, though some people defended her. I think it’s fascinating just how angry people get at the idea of young women, including mothers, participating in pornography. This whole “she’s going to be poor and worn out and disgusting because SEX” bullshit is ridiculous. Yes, plenty of people who are in the porn industry aren’t rich, but plenty of people in retail, food service, blogging (HI), education, construction and innumerable other job fields aren’t rich, either. Should we really assume we know where her career is going, her exact reasons behind it and how it impacts her child? I may not think Abraham is the best role model in the world (she was pretty bratty on Teen Mom, though to be fair, she was a teenager), but I certainly don’t think she’s the worst, either. In fact, her casual, optimistic public take on sex is something that actually makes me like her better than ever before.
Side note: she is killing it with that bathing suit. Is it impractical and a little tacky? Yes. Would I wear it to a party with high-waisted shorts and giant heels for a ridiculous/awesome 70s look? Hell yes.
Photo: KVS, PacificCoastNews.com