Ron Jeremy: Games A "Worse Influnce" Than Pornography
Warning: the subject is controversial enough. This will not result in a war in the Comments section. Consider this a heads-up, people.
As you all know, there are plenty of video game haters out there, regardless of the advancements the industry has made in the past three decades. And not surprisingly, there are plenty of anti-pornography activists as well. So what happens when a member of the latter group comes together with legendary pornstar Ron Jeremy at this year's Consumer Electronics Show? Well, it didn't come down to fisticuffs but you had to expect that a few barbs and jabs would be tossed into the discussion. Jeremy was speaking about pornography in the age of the Internet and Crag Gross, an anti-porn activist, went at each other in "The Great Porn Debate" that didn't really feature the fireworks everyone anticipated. You can check out some of the highlights but obviously, there's one comment from Jeremy that's going to get on a gamer's nerves:
"We don't want kids to watch porn. Though if they do, there are far worse influences out there — like video games. "[Studies have] found that violent video games are much bigger a negative influence on kids."
Gross countered that while porn may not be catering to a younger demographic, the Internet has almost made this a moot point, anyway. His quote - which is great, in my opinion - says that "what we used to have to work hard to find, you now have to work hard to avoid." Jeremy quickly blamed the parents, saying they had "better start to learn the Internet." Obviously, this is an argument that could go on until the end of time and few will emerge unscathed if they really dive right in. I don't feel like getting involved; please bear in mind that I interviewed a pornstar on this site, so it would be somewhat hypocritical to fully take one side of the issue. After all, Mia was one of the more pleasant interviews I can remember, and I've done a lot in my time. However, I will say this:
I know a lot of people who grew up with video games since the age of three or four. ...I do not even want to meet the person who grew up with porn since that age. No, thank you.
1/10/2010 9:56:28 PM Ben Dutka