2009—A piece published by CNN today, approximately the midway mark of 2012, uncovers a fascinating phenomenon sweeping the Twitter-verse: porn stars are on there.
To which we reply: No shit, Sherlock.
And we take particular umbrage to the fact that the story is littered with photos from our own AVN Awards that are captioned as being from simply "an adult video awards show" (albeit, at least they managed to stumble into what the "A" and the "V" in those pictures stand for). But that's beside the point.
Where to begin?! This is CNN we're talking about here, not Joe Bob's Porno Blog—shouldn't the journalistic acumen be slightly less shoddy? Let's pretend for a second that the topic wasn't porn stars using Twitter, but instead, say, bands using iTunes. Would any news outlet, let alond CNN, publish an entire feature on that today, July 19, 2012, as if it were an emerging craze? Of course not, because it's quite far from anything of the kind.
OK, we understand, regular news reporters aren't as tuned in to the activity of your average porn star as we are (or at least so they'd have us believe), but shouldn't someone writing for such an esteemed institution as CNN have the capacity to do the ever-so-minimal research it would require to determine that this is very old news, indeed?
But let's forgive that for a moment and turn our attention to the very crux of the piece: its thesis, as spelled out right in the headline, that porn stars are using Twitter to "go mainstream." Just one problem: the only support it offers for that theory anywhere in the story is the highly vague statement from James Deen that, "I think a lot of the mainstream thing has to do with Twitter." Well, that settles it, then.
Everything else in the article simply points up the fact that porn stars use Twitter to interact with their fans. You know, just like they and all stripes of other public figures have for literally years now.
Not that we need to continue poking holes in this thing, but we were mighty amused by this tweet about it from one of its very subjects, Dana DeArmond: "I don't actually do stand up. I'm not sure where that guy got that impression."
And we couldn't think of any better way to sum up than with this tweet from another porn star not mentioned in the story, our reigning Best New Starlet, Brooklyn Lee: "If even CNN can't proofread/fact-check properly...the world must be over."
Read the CNN story here.