Some planning documents submitted to the city of San Francisco this week revealed that Kink.com CEO Peter Acworth is threatening to move the production arm of his porn company out of the city for good.
As Mission Local reports, the plans call for most of the enormous, former National Guard Armory complex in the city’s Mission district to be converted to office use (much of it is already used for offices, however an upper floor, a gymnasium, and multiple rooms in the basement are used for porn shoots daily for Kink’s various straight and gay web channels). Acworth says, “The fact is that new regulations threaten to essentially criminalize the production of hardcore pornography in California,” and he adds that proposed regulations not yet in place with Cal/OSHA would make porn production here prohibitively expensive.
Why so expensive? The threatened move comes after Cal/OSHA levied $78,000 in fines against Kink in January, citing unsafe-sex complaints that, Acworth contends, were filed by L.A.-based pro-condom group the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. AHF has had it out for Kink, and immediately leapt on the story of performers Cameron Bay and Rod Daily getting infected with HIV last year even though all signs point to the probability that neither were infected on set they were in a relationship and having sex together off-set, and all their scene partners tested negative. AHF quickly held a press conference with a teary Bay, suggesting that she was faced with dangerous conditions on set.
Acworth and many other in the straight-porn community object to the forced use of condoms on set, which is something that’s being proposed as a statewide regulation. All performers at Kink are offered the choice of using condoms, and most on the straight side opt out. All gay scenes at Kink require condoms, and all performers, gay and straight, are getting tested every 14 days. The new proposed regulations would also require further documentation of that testing sent to the state.
Anyway, nothing may come of this, or something might, and it likely won’t matter to fans of Kink’s whipping, humiliating, electrode-shocking, wrestling, and pissing videos.
Previously: KINK.COM LASHES BACK AT CAL-OSHA OVER FINES