SAN FRANCISCO, CA — NakedSword.com is fighting a San Francisco anti-nudity ban — and using its Golden Gate series to launch the broadside.
The fifth season of the Golden Gate series opened yesterday with a public protest against SF Supervisor Scott Cox — loosely modeled on real SF Supervisor Scott Wiener — during a campaign rally. Wiener (his real name) pushed through a controversial ban on nudity last year in legendary Castro district, earning him the ire of much of the gay community.
The company responded by holding its own protest by shooting an all-nude scene in Harvey Milk Plaza, with porn star Dale Cooper playing the ersatz Wiener — and attracting national media attention in the process. Wiener himself weighed in on the parody, noting that he was happy they'd at least found someone attractive to play him.
This is the second time in as many months that a NakedSword production has caused political waves. I Want Your Love, a gay independent film that featured explicit sex, was banned by Australian censors when it attempted to screen at festivals in March. The company subsequently released the movie in its entirety online, and CEO Valenti penned an Op-Ed in the Huffington Post suggesting that gay filmmakers might learn from the history and tactics of gay pornographers.
"We're not courting controversy," says Valenti. "But we do believe that one of the few independent gay entertainment networks, we should have the freedom to talk frankly about sex. On or off-line."