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Recent Comments

  • Here is your code of conduct’s rule #1 (18)
    • Sam38g: Every porn director, owner, producer & agents brag about doing hitting on & fucking the female talent. There is only one company in...
    • Sam38g: Just because you go to the police does NOT mean the DA will file charges. In fact, more than likely NOT. Majority of the time the police...
    • Sam38g: Congrats, very proud of you. If there is violence or verbal abuse on a set, not signing the paperwork will only make it worse. You want to...
    • mharris127: At least during Upper Floor events at Kink people were interviewed and signed a model release directly before leaving the event. Yes, a...
    • Dirty Bob: I guess we both disagree. Try this scenario: You attend an event that is being filmed that also says that, by entering, you are aware...
    • MikeSouth: DB you are incorrect…after speaking with a well known attorney in entertainment law a model release signed prior to shooting the...
    • mharris127: Maybe talent could answer that question definitively but my impression is that most directors and producers don’t fuck the talent...
    • Dirty Bob: Also, you say that “if you sign a model release preemptively then it becomes harder to say no during a shooting ” and that...
    • Dirty Bob: Another way to look at it – let’s say the scene has 5 people involved. Four of them sign a release, but one holds things up...
    • jw: So mharris127 I hope MindGeek will cut all ties with Tony T and CET. And for that matter, every other talent too. Why would anyone want to give...
    • Karmafan: Do producers and agents still use the casting couch to try out new girls that want to be in porn?
    • SabrinaDeep: @BT It’s a dead end road. I don’t doubt that Nikki was assaulted. But I’m not sure either, Same was about the James...
    • mharris127: James Deen, assuming he did half of what he is accused of non-consensually doesn’t have any business in porn. I tend to believe...
    • BT: And, remember what happened – or didn’t happen – to James Deen. Allegations were made. I think most people believed them....
    • Karmafan: Congrats to you Sabrina.
  • Will Adriana Chechik Get Robbed Again At AVN (4)
    • MikeSouth: Yer right Matt but in full disclosure I am still in full control of this site but that may not be the case for long. I am entertaining...
    • mharris127: If they are begging and pleading you to redact the post they should have had enough dignity and morality to respond right there and...
    • MikeSouth: Im normally not one to do this but after a lot of begging and pleading from AVN I am redacting this post until AVN responds (which they...
    • Karmafan: Pierre Woodman said the same thing. When he advertised in AVN he got lots of nominations. Since he stopped advertising he gets 0...
  • Trump Nation in T Minus 9 Days (1)
    • artwilliams: A superpower led by an ill tempered, vindictive sociopath with multiple failed businesses. How bad could it go?

Dear LurkingReader

I hope I’ll be forgiven to use my author credentials to answer a reader’s comment which I could have simply answered in the commentary accordingly. Fact is that I have received similar questions in the last few days and a proper post gives me the opportunity to answer and to clarify my position once […]

Another Thank You This One to M3Server

In the many years that I have had this blog I have had many hosting companies including all the big adult hosting companies, M3Server stands out for several reasons.

First they have pricing that is as good as anyone and better than most, whether you need a dedicated server or a virtual server, managed […]

Where Did We Go Wrong?

There are no pornstars like this anymore

Ten or twelve years ago by any account we had a hugely successful business. Porn survived recessions and economic bumps, bull markets, bear markets and assaults by the federal government, so how is it that today we are a shell of our former selves?

One thing I […]

Is There An HIV Positive Male Performer Working

One of the things I have been chasing for two weeks is a rumor that there is an HIV positive male performer working in the biz. He is passing the Industry test because his viral load is undetectably low.

This is mostly coming from female performers spreading the word via social media. I have […]

The End Is Nigh

First I want to wish you all a happy yuletide season, whatever it is you celebrate, I hope you spend it with family and friends and I hope it is healthy, happy and that the new year is prosperous.

As many of you have figured out Dec. 31st is the last post by me […]

Nikki Benz, MindGeek and The FSC

I took the day off yesterday but I did get a lot of emails about the Nikki Benz thing. I’m sure you are all aware of it by now but to make a long story short she was assaulted on a Brazzers set by Director Tony T (who incidentally owns a stake in cutting […]

When It Comes to Shy It Aint Love

The best way to really piss me off…and I mean really is to have hubris to tell someone “Mike South writes whatever I tell him to.” I am my own person and right or wrong I write what I think is relevant, nobody dictates what I write.  In some cases if you are paying […]

Fabian Goes To Jail For 16 Months

Fabian was sentenced to 16 months in German Prison for Tax Evasion, he was also fined 150,000 Euros.

The 16 month sentece was “put to parole”

you can read the details here.

https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spiegel.de%2Fwirtschaft%2Funternehmen%2Fyouporn-gruender-fabian-thylmann-wegen-steuerhinterziehung-verurteilt-a-1126573.html%23ref%3Drss

(This is the english version through google translate.

Apparently there is an error with google translate, I am told the original […]

This Site Has Not Been Sold

To set the rumor mill at ease mikesouth.com has not been sold.  It is true that I am close to retiring from it, it has not  been sold nor is it likely to be sold.  I have considered just turning it over to one or more of my writers nothing has been decided st […]

Closing in on 60

As I write this I am thinking,  I have been considering retirement for a long time, my 59th birthday is coming later this month and I was reading one of my old interviews yesterday, It was in Adam Film World way back when I first got into the biz in the early 90s.  When […]

VICE Quotes Me, MindGeek Scams a Few More Media Outlets

Another of my interviews came out in the last few days, this one is in VICE. Its a story on MindGeek and their presence in Montreal and you can read it Here.  I always like helping Vice because they always  quote me correctly, in context and they give me credit in the form of […]

One Nation Under Surveillance

This is EXACTLY the kind of thing that ends up being used inappropriately and no doubt will be used against porners. Dont start finger pointing at Trump or Obama either it was passed by a Republican House and senate and signed by a Democratic President, just another example of the supposed two party system […]

Theres no Such thing As Free Porn xHamster Hack Compromises 380,000 Users

I have long said that in the end you are gonna pay for that porn you watch on the tube sites and this is the kinda thing that bears me out. You may be thinking big deal they got passwords to a porn site BUT the also got info about the users and without […]

Please Pay Attention to the Author Line in Posts

I have several people currently writing for mikesouth.com, they may post at will and posts are not reviewed or necessarily the position of me.

I like having people in the industry contribute here and I have no problem if they don’t agree with me, I even encourage it!  That’s what it’s all about, when […]

Will The FSC Prove Me Wrong?

Porners were given a reprieve by voters in California on Tuesday. Prop 60 failed to pass. The question now becomes what will Porn Valley do with the huge break they were given? You see there is still a problem with rampant STDs, there is still the fact that a performer who wants to use […]