Do you ever listen to Playboy Radio? I do occasionally and find some of the shows kind of entertaining. But, listening to it over the course of a few evenings last week, I noticed something I found off-putting.
Many of the evening shows seem to to built on a model of providing 80s and 90s porn stars a platform for giving sex advice and sharing sexual stories. Despite the title of this post, I am a realist. I wasn’t really expecting Christie Canyon, Lisa Marie or Ginger Lynn to be heroes per se. But I did respect and hold them in esteem for surviving and thriving in an industry where keeping your dignity and self respect is tough.
In my imagined world, these former porn mega stars were hybrids of Nina Hartley and Susan Sarandon, passionately advocating for sexual rights, debating sexual politics and regaling us with stories of sexual orgies at imperial palaces… all the while sipping martinis in the Playboy Radio atrium and reminiscing about the past.
They have lived in the light of Hollywood (well, at least the Valley) and I had expected a little more glitter.
They are not glittery. To say the least. They are crass, mostly un-insightful and, from what I can tell, a little bitter. Their sexy stories are banal compared with even mediocre writing on Litterotica.com, their insights on the porn and adult industry or anything beyond are infrequent and simplistic and their mannerisms are crass (this may be personal taste; some may like this)
To be clear, I am not trying to trash Ginger, Lisa Marie or Christie personally – they are what they are and they have to make a living – and there are certainly many people who would be worse on radio, myself included. But I am surprised there is a market for entertainers with (i) so little to say and (ii) such a poor media presence. They certainly fall short of the Playboy brand of ‘sexiest radio on radio’.
I guess I hold onto an illusion that Playboy holds this esteemed niche in the adult industry where class, glamour and porn can live together in a Disney-like erotic theatre.
Nope. So, now, begin humming the amazing song, Breathing Underwater, by Canadian mega-talent Metric (google the song if you don’t know it) – “They were right when they said we should never meet our heroes”…. “its like I’m breathing underwater”.