You know what’s hilarious? Sexual assault and miscarriage of justice!

Just kidding, those things are not hilarious at all. But that hasn’t stopped a production house called My Porn Company from attempting to raise 200,000 Euros to make a “porn parody” based on the short-lived rape case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

According to French news outlet The Local, the film will be called DXK and will star adult film actor Roberto Malone as “Dominique Sex King,” Sandra Romain as his wife, and Katia De Lys as the hotel maid.

This goes without saying, but it seems a bit tasteless even for a pornographer to make light of an alleged rape in this way. Porn parodies are supposed to be funny, and there’s nothing funny about this case at all. At best, DSK made some pretty bad decisions and a woman’s life was ruined; at worst, he sexually assaulted someone and never had to face justice for it because of the ridiculous expectations society places on rape victims’ “credibility.” Why would anyone want to add insult to injury by making a fucking joke out of it?

Don’t get me wrong: there is some niche fetish porn that involves simulated rape, and I’m okay with that. But the keyword there is simulated; everyone participating knows it’s purely a fantasy, and no one’s boundaries actually get crossed. I don’t think any reputable kinkster would endorse making light of an actual sexual assault, as that’s pretty much the opposite of “safe, sane, and consensual.”

I also think it bears mentioning that the purpose of parody is generally to bring something or someone down a few pegs: political figures, mainstream culture, etc. To parody someone who has no power to begin with is both cruel and unnecessary.

(Via Slate)