We often times nowadays see porn stars try to transition to different careers after they are done in the adult entertainment business. Take Sasha Grey for instance. She started working in the industry in 2006 and by 2011 was done creating new material. Sad, I know. She has since decided to move into a variety of other fields including modeling, acting, and even starting a musical group called aTelecine.
This all seems fairly normal, right? Sasha Grey is a young, attractive woman who wants to get into different aspects of the entertainment industry. Well, why then was there so much backlash when it was revealed that New York district attorney, Mark Suben, had a history of making adult films?
Suben has been DA since 2008. During his campaign for re-election, however, it was brought to attention that back in the 1970s Suben was known by another name, Guy Thomas. This was Mark Suben’s pseudonym when he was performing in movies. If you’re unfamiliar, I highly recommend checking out one of his films such as Juice or Lecher.
So what exactly is the difference between what Sasha Grey is trying to do by advancing her career and what Mark Suben did? The only thing separating the two that I can see people having a problem with is that Grey is continuing her career in the entertainment business while Suben has moved into a more societal role.
This should not be an issue this day and age! What Mark Suben did was perfectly legal. People who have an issue with the adult entertainment industry need to realize that the actors and actresses are no different than anyone else. This situation should be treated like any other form of entertainment.
For instance, take an action movie star like Arnold Schwarzenegger. The man performed in many movies that provided entertainment for a variety of people. However, not everyone liked his movies. There are certainly those people out there who aren’t Terminator and Predator fans. This didn’t stop Schwarzenegger from becoming Governor of California, though. People don’t hold his acting past against him.
So why is Mark Suben’s case any different? Pornography should be looked at in the exact same light as action movies or sports or video games. These things are all forms of entertainment that some people like and some people do not. What Suben did was absolutely fine, and he in no way should have to answer for his own personal decisions that took place 40 years ago.
We need to stop having this social stigma of the adult industry that labels these men and women as sex-crazed monsters that are a danger to society. They’re people just like everyone else and are often very intelligent. Do the rest of us do the same job for our entire lives? Chances are, no. People do all sorts of odd jobs in their youth to make ends meet. It could be working in retail or construction or at a bank. Whatever it may be, it doesn’t mean that it’s what we have to spend the rest of our lives doing.
And that’s what Mark Suben did. He started in one field and transitioned into something he could make a career out of. He shouldn’t have to worry about hiding this part of his life out of fear that people will judge him. I feel like this advice just can’t be given enough in today’s world. Just because you don’t like something, doesn’t make it particularly bad. So rock on Mark. I think what you’ve done is pretty awesome.