“It’s an exciting time to live in California. On November 8th, we get to vote on porn stars and pot.” ~Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel didn’t need to dig into the details. He was able to size up the travesty of the law at face value:
— Vote #NoProp60 (@VoteNoProp60) October 17, 2016
— FreeSpeechCoalition (@FSCArmy) October 17, 2016
There’s a #NoProp60 rally at noon today in Hollywood. As BusinessWire is reporting, the “‘Yes on Prop. 60’ backers” will be staging a counter” press teleconference” to continue their misinformation campaign.
It’s not just Jimmy Kimmel and the political types, and porn stars, and dozens of smaller local parties, LGBT and civil rights organizations, HIV/AIDS and public health organizations, and many smaller newspapers (Ventura County Star, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the LA Daily News, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Monterey County Herald, the Fresno Bee, the Modesto Bee, the Riverside Press Enterprise and others) who feel this way, so do all seven of the largest newspapers in California:
The Los Angeles Times says the “heavy-handed Proposition 60 would deputize every Californian as a condom cop … an extreme approach — and demonstrably counterproductive.”
The Orange County Register says Prop 60 “could be exploited by people trying to damage a controversial business or earn a cut of a resulting fine.”
The Sacramento Bee says Prop 60 could create “an all-out war, in the courts and by the state, … which could just drive performers further underground and make them less safe.”
The San Francisco Chronicle says Prop 60’s condom requirement “doesn’t make sense” and “invites legal bounty hunting. Also, performers, who often use screen names, could have their identities and addresses made public, a feature that invades privacy and could lead to harm from porn-addled stalkers.”
The San Diego Union Tribune calls Prop 60 “excessive,” noting that the measure “is facing broad opposition, including the state Democratic and Republican parties, AIDS Project Los Angeles and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.”
The East Bay Times says “Proposition 60 is one of those measures that might seem like a good idea until you actually read it .. what we really have here is the daft idea of giving a California porn czar the power to override the state attorney general.”
And the Mercury News notes “State and federal laws already protect adult performers, who are routinely tested for sexually transmitted diseases … this measure could undermine ongoing efforts by the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety (Cal-OSHA) to improve regulation of the industry.”
Just about the only person supporting it is Michael Weinstein, the proponent and sole funder of the initiative, who has created a measure that would allow him to go after adult performers unimpeded, against the will of legislators or state health departments, and funded with state resources. This is a power grab which will disenfranchise and hurt adult workers in the pursuit of one man’s misguided moral crusade.” ~Eric Paul Leue, Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition
What to do now?
First, if you live in California, you already know what to do. If you have friends and relatives in the state, you know what you should be doing: talk to them to make sure they understand the truth, not the hyperbole.
Second, continue to empower yourself
Then cast your ballot:
And now, back to our regularly scheduled pornography.