manufactured celebrity sex masquerading as genuine celebrity sex?

According to Justice, Tom Sizemore is not only a tempestuous celebrity with a fetish for exposing himself in intimate moments, but he’s also a skilled manipulator of simulacra, in a Baudrillardian sense. (Sorry, but I really can’t write about porn without throwing in a few pretentious semiotics references in order to distance myself from the subject matter.) The site purports to be a collection of his home sex tapes, but Justice presents a convincing case that the content was actually created specifically for the website itself (which further suggests that Sizemore’s statement that he knows nothing of the origins of the site is another ‘simulacra’, or, in lay terms, a ‘fib.’)

The evidence:

The evidence is the “2257” notice on the site’s homepage. The 2257 notice is a regular feature of professional porn but unknown until now on celebrity websites. Under federal law, 18 U.S.C. section 2257, porn producers must have on-hand –at the time of a film’s production — proof that all actors engaging in explicit sex are over the age of 18. That proof must be a copy of a government-issued photo ID and a list of all names by which an actor or actress is known.

The site warrants that “all models on this web site are 18 years of age or older,” that Evan Horowitz of XPays has possession of the necessary proof, and the actual production dates of all the footage. In addition, 43 different production companies or model agencies are listed as the “custodians of records,” meaning that they have documentation on hand for Sizemore’s on-screen partners. The first name listed, Vivid Video, is one of the world’s biggest porn production companies. “The implication,” says [porn industry lawyer Jeffrey] Douglas, “is that these are the businesses that shot this for him. Someone has hired someone to make the recordings.”

I can’t bring myself to look at the actual footage, though.