Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Day in Hollywood A Night in Vienna

The denizens of Tinseltown are turned off by government restrictions on sexual activity.  No problem, most Americans agree.
On the flip side, this left-leaning community gets downright aroused by just about any regulation that government imposes upon private enterprise.
Thus, the irony is delicious when worlds collide and their contradictory views of social freedoms versus economic freedoms explode in their faces.  It is extra special when the unexpected consequences are visited upon their friends.
And so it is that that the adult entertainment industry is fleeing Los Angeles because of work rules mandating the use of condoms in porn movies.  According to L.A. Times in 2013, “40 permits were issued for X-rated productions in the city and county, down about 90% from the estimated number of permits issued in 2012.  And through July of this year, only 20 permits have been issued for adult productions”.   

X-rated productions are bolting in response to Measure B, a city ordinance that requires adult film actors to protect themselves and their costars by wearing protective gear.  Think of this as a helmet law of another kind.  Porn is a fantasy and evidently porn viewers do not want buzz kill thoughts of hygiene or disease control to dampen their ardor.  Assembly Bill AB 1576 would stretch the rubber requirement the entire state.
Sadly, this affects not only on-screen talent but also the behind the camera crews who are being put out of work.  Many productions have moved out of state and even out of the country.
Not only is this a case of the overregulation that righties and libertarians routinely carp about, it is also a First Amendment violation.  After all, shouldn’t filmmakers have unrestricted artistic control over what appears on the screen?  Hollywood directors chafe over studio control.  Do you think that they let would government get the final cut?
Taxation, the Left’s other love is also sinking Hollywood.  Evidently California’s tax structure is too rich for penny pinching producers and stingy studio execs.  Like the porn industry, mainstream productions are moving out of state.  Unlike the adult filmmakers, these producers are not moving because of regulation, but simply to keep more money in their pockets.

Come on guys, is the height of hypocrisy or what?
Evidently what is good for the goose does not work for the gander.  Producer and Democrat activist, Harvey Weinstein, with a net worth of over $200 million, does not think he and his friends make enough money by producing in SoCal.   Weinstein told a UCLA audience that, “There’s no reason for us not to shoot here, except when you do the numbers here and when you do the numbers in New Orleans, it is much more attractive financially.” 
Evidently confiscatory taxation is OK for builders, plumbers, auto mechanics, doctors, dentists, businessmen and everyone else except for film makers. 
California is one of the richest regions of the world.  It has fertile lands, beautiful beaches, a great climate, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, top notch schools and a well educated, highly skilled workforce.  Yet it is broke and in a tailspin due to its collectivist policies.  
Although we are told that there is no business like show business; the same rules of economics apply to all industries. Suddenly, both mainstream and adult film producers have discovered that the economic consequences of excess taxation and silly regulation destroy profits, incentives and prosperity. 
Congratulations.  It’s high time that activist movie moguls demand equal protection under the economic laws for all Americans.

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