LOS ANGELES—Evil Angel owner John Stagliano appeared this morning on widely heard KROQ drivetime show "Kevin & Bean" to discuss "Safer Sex" ballot initiative Measure B.
After explaining the regulations Measure B would put into place—describing them as "basically Big Brother coming in" and government officials "looking for something else to control"—Stagliano engaged in a somewhat heated debate with host Kevin Ryder about whether or not the measure was any different from government enacting laws mandating that construction employers require their workers to wear hardhats.
"Arguably, it is no different," Staliano said, but maintained that it's not the government's job to enforce such regulations, rather it's up to industry to regulate itself.
Saying he was "playing devil's advocate," Ryder argued that without the existence of these laws, companies would never enforce precautionary outfitting like hardhats because they affect a company's bottom line.
"You know that for a fact?" Stagliano asked. "You're saying there are scientific studies that have been done that prove without regulation companies would just send miners down into coal mines to die?"
"Yes I do," Ryder asserted.
"Well I disagree with you, sir," Stagliano said.
Many invovled in the adult industry have concentrated their efforts on defeating Measure B, which appears on the Nov. 6 ballot. Several news media outlets, including the Los Angeles Daily News and the Los Angeles Times, have denounced the proposed legislation, which would require male performers to use condoms and all performers to use other barriers in all productions.
Measure B, funded and placed on the ballot by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), would require the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to license and permit adult movie productions in unincorporated areas of the county and create what the detractors calls an "unworkable" system of on-set inspections by county personnel to enforce the use of condoms by performers.
Sherri Shaulis contributed to this story.