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Porn companies looking to pull out (har, har) of L.A. over mandatory condom law

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If you live in Los Angeles, like I do, then every now and then you'll find yourself in a situation unique to this particular city.

You'll be in a shopping mall, or a Best Buy, or maybe a Pinkberry, with other strangers who are partaking in the same act of commerce you are. And, like anywhere else, you'll peruse the faces to see if you know anyone. And occasionally, you'll see someone who looks kind of familiar, but you just can't seem to place them. Did you meet them at a party? Or were they a supporting actor in one of your favorite shows? And then it'll dawn on you the last time you saw them you were in the comfort of your own home and they were on your computer screen. They were either penetrating or being penetrated, and were screaming like a banshee or grunting like an ogre. And then you'll internally debate whether or not to tell people you're shopping with, as being able to spot a porn actor is perhaps not the greatest skill to reveal to others.

Such is life in L.A.

However, these random porn-star sightings in the city may soon be coming to an end. After L.A.'s City Council passed an ordinance last Tuesday (in a nine-to-one vote) compelling porn stars to use condoms — which many in the industry are actually against because of, let's say, the length of time and amount of power going on in these sex sessions, which simply isn't what condoms are really built for — companies are basically saying, "Fine, we'll just go next door and shoot our porn there."

Steven Hirsch, co-founder and co-chairman of L.A.-based Vivid, says, "Ultimately I think what they will find is people will just stop shooting in the city of Los Angeles. That's a given," reports NY Daily News.

There's also the fact that condom porn just doesn't sell as well as the bareback variety:

"The only thing that the city could potentially achieve is losing some film permit money and driving some productions away, but you can't actually compel an industry to create a product that the market doesn't want," said Christian Mann, general manager of Evil Angel, another major porn production player.

It all comes back to the free market! Anyway, putting aside the legal hurdles that still need to be sorted out, the actual logistics for how a mandatory condom ordinance will be enforced have yet to be dealt with. The actual exodus of the porn industry from The Valley, which would no doubt put quite the hurt on the local economy, is still far away from becoming reality.