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On why ex porn stars becoming teachers is a non-starter

On why ex porn stars becoming teachers is a non-starter

Shawn Loftis, aka Colin O’Neal is back in the news.  At first Loftis made headlines a while ago because he got his teaching certificate revoked for (gasp!) having performed in gay porn.  Now he’s back in the headlines because his teaching certificate has been reinstated:

Loftis notes that by the time an administrator discovered he had done porn, it was in his past:

This is my past and I left it behind. I can use my experiences in life to teach kids. The key point is that they said when you go back to the classroom and a student brings this up to you, you will be able to handle that. I thought that was highly progressive of them.

Unlike California, Florida does have a moral terpitude rule for teachers who can be fired if they’re found to be involved in immoral activity.

However, Loftis noted that during his state hearing in Orlando, most of the cases involved teachers accused of felony crimes such as drug use and theft.

“There’s no debating whether you were convicted of using drugs or stole something,
but there is debate on whether my past was illegal,” he says. “It was not.”

And, proving once again that he’s a total doofus, enter John Aravosis, who wouldn’t want his kids around Loftis because of his porn past.  That is, you know, if he actually had any:

I’m not sure I’d want my kid (had I one) being taught by some woman who just two years ago starred in and directed porn, and owned her own porn company.  I’m not entirely sure why I should be more sympathetic because in this case the “victim” is gay.

Thirty-six-year-old Shawn Loftis spent six years in the gay porn industry as an actor, director and owner of his own company, World of Men, but decided he was done in 2010.

He thought he had left it in the past, until he got his first substitute teaching job at Nautilus Middle School in Miami Beach.

The school’s principal went on a “moral crusade” against him, Loftis said, and he was fired for violating the Miami-Dade School Board’s code of ethics and for gross immorality. That led to the Florida Department of Education’s decision in November to deny Loftis from getting a teaching certificate for five years.

“Porn is not moral turpitude,” he said.

I’m not sure where I stand on him being denied a teaching certificate – if some school wants to hire him, with knowledge of his background, that’s their call. I do know that I wouldn’t be comfortable with a porn star, just two years out of the business, teaching my 10, 11 and 12 year old (again, had I kids).  Having said that, I don’t think we should make porn illegal, and I’ve watched it from time to time.  So I guess that’s hypocritical of me.  But I also wouldn’t likde my kid marrying a porn star, or my friends dating one.  And I suspect a lot of otherwise fair-minded people would agree with me.  Is that hypocritical too?Is porn really just like any other job?

Thanks, John for saving the trouble of my calling you a hypocrite.  You saved me the trouble.  I took it all on my own to call you a doofus, because as someone who proclaims to be all about equality for all the gays, you easily have drawn the line in the sand (and yes, it’s that line behind you).  Apparently porn stars get to wear a scarlet “A” around their necks for all eternity.

The million dollar question for me is: why should they?  It’s ok to watch porn, but damn the performers who you’re so busy enjoying?  Let me let you in on a few secrets:

  • Having performed in porn 1000 years ago, I can tell you first hand that it is a job, albeit one that you can physically enjoy.  Most of the time.  More often than not you get along with your scene partner(s) and get to build some chemistry beforehand, sometimes you don’t and guess what?  The scene still has to go on anyway, complete with a room full of people including a cameraman with his lens 2.5 inches from your ass (among other places).  You have to turn on some acting skills and cross your fingers that your faking it is coming across as believable. And, to head off the question:  yes, my films are still out there, probably under the “vintage” category.  I’ve not done one in more than 20 years.
  • I know alot of people still in the business, and their reasons for staying in it are varied and sundry.  Some love the money, some truly love the exhbitionisism of it all, some love both.  None of them that I know are in porn because it’s the only gig that they can get.  Out of all the performers I know, not one doesn’t have a college degree, and more than one has multiple degrees.  For the record, every single one of them that I do know is easily at the front of the line to help out when the LGBT community needs something.
  • If Loftis decided to leave the business, should he go into teaching?  Why the hell not?  As someone who actually has a kid, I wouldn’t give a damn about his porn past.  My criteria for passing judgement on his being in the classroom begins and ends with “Is he a good teacher, and is my kid learning?”.  Period.  If he’s a crap teacher, then either fix his abilities or get him the hell out of there.  He’s not bringing in his filmography for show-and-tell, so my kid isn’t being “exposed to anything.”
  • Does Jason know about my porn past?  You bet he does, and no.  I have not shown him the movies; that’s just an idea I can’t get with just yet – if at all.  Do you want to see your parents having sex?  PS: my current employer does know about my porn past, as all of them have.
  • If Loftis, or any other porn performer wants out of the business, then let ‘em.  They should be allowed to pursue any career they’re qualified for, without having to wear the mantle of being an ex-performer as a yolk around their neck.

For John Aravosis to perpetuate a stereotype about performers with the line that, “I also wouldn’t likde my kid marrying a porn star, or my friends dating one” is, in fact, ridiculous hypocrisy.  And, to steal his line, I suspect a lot of otherwise fair-minded people would agree with me.

It’s positively amazing to me why it requires thousands of articles of debate when a former porn star breaks into a different business like real estate, mainstream acting or otherwise

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  • Caroline Lamb

    I agree with everything you said here!

     

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  • ngforequality

    Gotta love the hypocrisy. We have a guy who who goes legit and fights hard to stay legit and Aravosis, an activist who wants the gays to subscribe to heterosexual paradigm, attacks him for it.

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