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It’s Not Porn, It’s HBO!

Sex sells. Just ask your tween!

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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September 18, 2013 - 11:00 am
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HBO CEO Richard Plepler is thoroughly amused at the fact that his network’s original programming can be so easily misconstrued as pornography.

No, the laughs didn’t come at a Porn Addicts Anonymous meeting. Rather, it was a blip on the Internet’s radar along with the short that garnered the remark and a few million hits to boot. (It’s so NSFW I’ve elected not to embed the actual video — you can find it here.)

According to Plepler, the video showing a series of actors detailing the parts they landed to family and friends who immediately (and ashamedly) assume they’ve been cast in porn films (until the actors explain, “No, it’s HBO!” to unfolding declarations of “I’m so proud of you!”) is good PR:

The HBO CEO said these sort of videos and spoofs prove that the network and their shows have become part of the “global conversation.” Instead of taking offense to the clip, Plepler seems to think the spoof is a great deal of fun.

“If you’re on ‘Saturday Night Live’ or parodied on Facebook you know you’re part of the cultural landscape. The guys who did this did great work. I laughed. I take it in the same manner in which it was intended, with a lot of humor,” the CEO explained.

Some might call Plepler’s reaction refreshingly open, in which case he’d share a title with one of HBO’s newest additions to the “global conversation” about mainstreamed porn. Described as ”multicharacter exploration of the complex, ever evolving landscape of sexuality, monogamy and intimacy in relationships,” Open is slated to premiere in 2014. No news yet on any planned SNL spoofs that will garner hits on Facebook.

The real story in the porn spoof is that Plepler’s comments barely made press. Why? Since its launch in 1975, HBO has generated original programming “featuring high amounts of profanity, violence and nudity” to draw an audience of premium payers. The kids of those original payers are now parents happily buying Victoria’s Secret undies for their tweens because, let’s face it, “no one wants to be the girl with the ugly underwear.”

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"Californication" was not more than a reflection of norms for the typical college educated Californian.......and so what........no one has to watch......people pay for it.
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"It's not porn it's HBO". I wonder if Richard Plepler's reaction would have been the same if told by his 14-year-old daughter that she was in it.
1 year ago
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I find this hilarious! I want good production and great script. I like ultra violence in my entertainment as well as the usually human pursuits of power and money. There are too many people who want to force others to their values. I vote with my money.
1 year ago
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Just as the entertainment media were in the vanguard in normalizing promiscuity, then deviant sexuality, then homosexuality to the point of general acceptance, they now have a new cause - lowering the age of consent. None of this has been merely happenstance, it is pernicious leftwing groupthink. They are coming for the children now.
1 year ago
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“Rape Culture,” “Kulak,” “Capitalist Roader,” hate-filled ideologies invent the ugliest absurd terms; then they act on their fancies.
1 year ago
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Gives a whole new meaning to: Home Box Office... Very, very sad.
1 year ago
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I don't have HBO but I'll watch it from time to time when I travel.

Last few shows I caught were basically tedious dialog/plot with soft port scenes - enough to keep you tuned in until the ending where it appeared everyone was having sex.

But it's flat out porn that's missing extreme closeups of the action and of course the money shot.

Remember when they showed movies?
1 year ago
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American culture, such as it is, has been incessantly debased. It's sluts and thugs 24/7. And we wonder why the true believers detest us.
1 year ago
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Anyone who puts Bill Maher on 7 days a week hours per day / night does not get my vote- that Hack's ratings are lower than whale doo doo and he is still on HBO- I REFUSE to Watch HBO, Danny GLover movies, Mad Damon, Barbra Striesand & rest of Left Hollywood
1 year ago
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I think the name of their club is "Hail Barack Obama".
1 year ago
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I think I get the spoof. The sketch draws from scenes in (I think):

Girls
Entourage
Game of Thrones
Boardwalk Empire

I'm not too sure about #2.
Frankly, I just don't understand the attraction. There really is no reason for the likes of HBO to cater to porn-ish tastes when one can go online and see the hard stuff free. In fact, internet porn is derailing the traditional porn business model. Even the "lad mags" like Maxim, etc. are spiraling down the drain. Who needs to buy peek-a-boo cheesecake off the newstand when...?

Cable should concentrate on plot and character. A little bit here and there if the storyline really requires it. I know, strategically-arranged bedsheets are irritating, I suppose a flash or two will do, but otherwise, big fricking deal.
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