2 Girls + 1 Cup = 4 Years In Prison

Sorry to have to bring this up again, but remember 2 Girls, 1 Cup? That unconscionably disgusting video you and your friends forced each other to watch, even though it was an insult to legitimate, hard-working pornographers everywhere? Well I hope you enjoyed yourself, because Ira Isaacs, the guy who made it, is going to jail. 

Prosecutors had been after Isaacs a while: this was his third trial. The charge was “obscenity,” which instantly puts his “art” on the same legal footing James Joyce’s Ulysses once enjoyed. However, Isaacs’ apparent exploitation of women and animals—not to mention his aesthetic interest in sexualized human waste—will not have as strong an influence on English professors. Probably.

Scummy as Isaacs may be, the verdict and punishment are alarming:

According to Morality in Media, Isaacs’ sentence "sends a strong message to the porn industry and to the U.S. Department of Justice that the sexual exploitation of women by pornographers is wrong." Yet no one was forced to participate in making these movies, and no one was forced to watch them. Except for the jurors, who took their revenge last April by finding him guilty on five counts of producing and distributing obscenity—which, lest you forget, is still a crime under federal and state laws, although one that has never been clearly defined. In practice, you find out whether you committed it only after you have been arrested and prosecuted.

Man, those had to be some tense back-room deliberations. With lots of vomiting breaks. And nary a call to review the evidence.

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