Lena Paul was very upset by the news that Evil Angel hired James Deen and made a series of tweets about it.
I love shooting for
@EvilAngelVideo but after their CEO chose to fetishize the pain felt by victims of abuse in their new project, insultingly titled “Consent,” in which a performer details her suffering and long term health problem (jaw issues) caused by workplace abuse, I don’t think I can continue to shoot for them in good conscience. John Stagliano, I have tremendous respect for you as a pornographer, but as far as I know you have never been raped or sexually assaulted. Do you understand that inserting a woman recounting her trauma as the preface for a for-profit pro porn scene isn’t just “edgy” but inhumanly insensitive? It’s fine that Casey wanted to shoot with James but this is how you execute it? This is why SWERFs try to shut us down. Have you no empathy? No concern for the women you employ & the message this sends?
I try to pride myself on not being an individual prone to fits of emotion but I’m deeply unsettled by this. This is more than an examination of sexual politics, this is a slap in the face of attempts to modernize and humanize us as porn producers and performers. This sets us back have all the opinions you want, I encourage the spirit of discourse and I’ve met James and found him to be perfectly benign onset. But THIS? This is the route you take??? You’ve alienated so many people and I cannot in good conscience ever work for you again, which saddens me.
To all the directors of the
@EvilAngelVideo: it has been a pleasure to work with you. To Mr. Stagliano: I recognize you will discount this message as hysteria and I hope one day you see this doesn’t come out of pettiness but genuine pain. Women have called me in tears today
Because someone as powerful as you normalizing this type of behavior is literally their worst nightmare every time they go to work. Shame on you. This isn’t a middle finger and a wink to political correctness, this is a middle finger to the 50% of your staff that’s female.
Sorry guys. I know you love my content with Evil and I do too, but I’m taking the pay cut on this. I try to get along with everyone, but I’ll absolutely be nauseous for the rest of my days when I step on an Evil Angel set and will be unable to deliver a good product for them.
I found the heart of a lion, in the belly of the beast. I held it in my hand, and I could feel the beat.