Film and TV production is a common sight all over the city of Los Angeles – it’s the home of Hollywood, so that only makes sense. However, people often tend to forget that LA also acts as the home to another, more salacious, film industry. Now, in a situation straight out of The Girl Next Door, the porn industry has come into conflict with the LA school system.
According to The Wrap, the Los Angeles Unified School District has suspended all commercial film production at their school after the recent revelation that a pornographic film was produced at one of their schools. A school official released a statement on the matter:
It is important that we ensure teaching and learning are not disrupted, and that all filming activity is appropriate for our schools… As an organization responsible for educating students, it is essential that we hold ourselves and our schools to a high standard.
The film, titled Revenge of the Petites, was shot over the course of two days at Alexander Hamilton High School under false pretenses. School administrators claim that the film’s producers misled them regarding the nature of the production – they found out after a parent complained – and had they known the film was pornographic in nature, they never would have allowed such a production to take place. Aside from the mere fact that a pornographic film was shot on the property, the production also resulted in damage, as well as scenes involving public nudity.
As a result of this event, any form of commercial film production has been barred from Los Angeles schools until further notice. This means that even mainstream productions will now have to rely on sets – or venture outside LA – if they want to shoot in a school. It’s likely a smart move for the district, as the state of California has endeavored to make an overall effort towards proper sexual education, becoming the first state ever to make consent a mandatory aspect of sexual education. Having porn filmed in their schools could likely send conflicting messages. That being said, this also means that the LA Unified School District will miss out on the $2 million in annual revenue they obtain from film permits and productions each year.
This news represents the latest in a fairly long line of conflicts between the porn industry and California institutions. Over the last few years, more and more regulations have been put into place by the state of California requiring the use of various forms of protection in an effort to promote safe sex – ranging from the obvious (condoms) to the slightly humorous, such as goggles. The state of California has endeavored to make an overall effort towards proper sexual education as well, becoming the first state ever to make consent a mandatory aspect of sexual education.
So for the time being, the porn industry will have to find a new venue to shoot scenes involving schools, of which we just assume there are many. Only one question remains after this scandal: how did they parent who complained find out about the porn? Think about it.