I am not a huge fan of porn for a variety of reasons, but if people want to watch it, that's their business. Just don't shove it in my face. Yet, that's exactly what happens if you watch Comedy Central late at night.
The Girls Gone Wild juggernaut is a soft-core porn empire that builds its business on the backs of drunken teenagers who strip and perform sex acts for the camera. Usually, these girls are picked up at nightclubs where they are already drunk and not quite in their right minds. (Read this article for an eye-opening look at what really goes on behind the scenes at Girls Gone Wild.)
The "brilliant" marketing strategy of Girls Gone Wild has been to pander to mainstream audiences by advertising on cable networks such as Comedy Central. Originally, the ads were tasteless but cheesy more than anything, and involved shots of girls flipping up their shirts for a quick flash that was censored by a black bar across the chest.
Now, the Girls Gone Wild ads have turned into full-on soft-core pornography. Women lick other women's breasts, take each other's clothes off, and quite obviously masterbate onscreen - all in a 30 second commercial.
Trendy lesbianism is the focus of the current ads, which seem to be all about showing women having sex with other women.
The ad I saw last weekend was during a showing of an edited version of Trading Places, where Eddie Murphy couldn't even say the word "fart" on the air. Yet, misogynist porn seemed to be OK as long as it was in an ad form and shown 10 minutes after midnight.
Frankly, I'm sick of being subjected to pornography when I simply want to watch some comedy. I'm also sick of men thinking this sort of thing is "normal." (I got accosted by a man at a gas station last week who wanted me to flash him.)
Therefore, I have started a campaign to ask Comedy Central to stop showing the pornographic Girls Gone Wild ads. I'd be thrilled if they stopped showing all Girls Gone Wild ads, period, but I feel it would be at least some small victory if they would tone the ads down in the least.
If people want porn, they can go pick it up from an adult store or pay extra for the Playboy Channel. It should be kept off of mainstream cable channels as far as I'm concerned.
If you agree, please sign the following petition and forward to as many like-minded folks as possible. Since I just posted it, there aren't many signatures yet, but it needs to gain momentum to carry any sort of weight.
Remove Pornographic Girls Gone Wild Ads From Comedy Central