FSC Calling For Voluntary Shutdown of Porn Production (Coronavirus)

Free Speech Coalition

FSC Asking Porn Producers To Halt Due to COVID-19

The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is calling for a voluntary shutdown of all adult entertainment productions in the United States and Canada through Tuesday, March 31. This is due to the coronavirus outbreak which has just recently came to the United States. This follows their previous advisory on the 13th of March, encouraging halting of production and/or sticking to indie content.
The updated advisory calls for all producers to cancel shoots and for performers to stop filming with any partners who they are not currently residing with. FSC also cites orders from the California Governor and other governments who have implemented laws banning all non-essential businesses, which porn shoots would qualify as. You can find their official statement below.
 

Original Statement From FSC:

In accordance with the recent order from the Governor of the State of California to close all “non-essential businesses,” and similar orders from other government officials throughout the United States and Canada, we ask that producers cancel all shoots through March 31, and recommend that performers immediately stop filming with partners who are not a part of their household. We do not take this step lightly.

We ask that all members of the adult industry stay home as much as possible, leaving the house only for necessities. We all must do our part to flatten the growth curve of this global pandemic.

PASS will remain online. While we are calling for an immediate halt to production, we do not want to compound the situation by removing a critical tool for safeguarding the health of our community. We will not penalize talent who send their test results to PASS, nor will we penalize anyone who logs in to PASS to check test results. 

We strongly encourage everyone to follow all recommendations from local public health agencies and the CDC regarding coronavirus prevention. Do not take chances with your health or the health of others.

Alert us immediately at pass@freespeechcoalition.com if you or someone you have had contact with tests positive for the coronavirus. Your information can be kept private.

For additional information, contact your local public health officials.

 

Open-Letter From Michelle L. LeBlanc, FSC Executive Director

In addition to the call to voluntarily cease filming, Michelle L. LeBlanc, the FSC Executive Director also wrote an open letter to the adult industry regarding the coronavirus outbreak:

Dear Community,

Last night, FSC called for the voluntary shutdown of all adult sets in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We did not take this decision lightly. We understand that, for many performers, producers, and crew, the economic impact this will have is potentially devastating. Several states, including California, have called for the suspension of all non-essential businesses, and we expect more states to follow.

FSC is currently working on a plan to help workers and businesses survive this crisis. We are talking with our members at all levels to find solutions and resources to lessen the impact. This could involve expanding the Performer Subsidy Fund to include crew, for example, or working to coordinate resources among community members. We are working as quickly as possible to develop relief plans, and welcome ideas and contributions. 

In the short-term, for those who do not have reliable, affordable access to a doctor for non-urgent medical issues, an entry-level membership with FSC will give you access to Teladoc for just $10 per month when you use the discount code 5OFF. (Sign up for the “Supporter” level here.)

This is an unprecedented challenge to the health of the adult industry, but we have faced challenges before. The FSC was formed to protect our members from being arrested by moralistic crusaders in the government, and we fought to overturn unjust laws. Our testing system was forged during the HIV epidemic and has helped us create an industry that is a model for prevention. While this immediate challenge may feel overwhelming, I know our industry will come back even stronger.

Right now, we must protect not only our own health, and the health of our community, but the health of communities around us, particularly those who are older or immunocompromised. Currently, the only known way to stop the spread of this virus is to severely limit contact with others, and public health authorities have recommended limiting all non-essential activity. While you may feel comfortable tolerating risk, each interaction has the potential to spread the virus to someone who cannot, overloading healthcare systems and hospitals as we have seen in Europe. 

We understand how difficult this is, and are working to help reduce the impact on all our workers and businesses. In the coming days, we will offer more guidance and resources. As always, we continue to fight for you and this industry.

Be safe,
Michelle L. LeBlanc
Executive Director