“Huge” star visits the valley

TM -- September 14th, 2006

Adult film actor/director Ron Jeremy visited JMU last night to engage in a debate about the porn industry with travelling anti-porn pastor Craig Gross. Thousands showed up at Wilson Hall to see the sold out show and with a star with a cult following like Ron Jeremy’s, it’s no wonder the debate was part discussion of opposing viewpoints – part rock show.

I wish I would have been there. Even though I know events like this aren’t necessarily aimed at townies like me, I wish the universities in the area did more to promote events and speakers like this off campus. It was only by chance that I heard about and was able to attend very interesting talks given by Bruce Campbell at JMU and Aaron Ruell (from Napoleon Dynamite) at Bridgewater last year.

In case you have the same wish, here are some helpful links:

JMU Program Board

JMU Events

Bridgewater College Press Release Page

EMU event news

EMU events



2 Responses to ““Huge” star visits the valley”

  1. finnegan says:

    I was there.

    The debate wasn’t as mind-blowing as one might think: Ron and Craig are friends, and travel to expos together all the time. I was one of maybe five people that was actually there to see/hear Craig instead of Ron. Here’s Craig’s website.

    One thing that struck me was how giggley and immature college audiences tend to be. I guess I forgot. But when I talked to Craig after the show, he said the JMU crowd was surprisingly polite (he was practically booed off the stage at a college in Boston).

    For anyone interested in this topic of “is porn ethical,” I HIGHLY recommend watching FRONTLINE: American Porn. Probably one of the best (and by far the most tasteful) documentary on the subject. It expolres the financial aspects of the industry, which corporations are profiting from it, and the ways our government affects how these films make money. You can watch the entire documentary (split up into 6 segments) online at PBS.

  2. finnegan says:

    Also, I just realized: the subject of this post is flagged, so if you post a comment, it won’t show up until it’s approved.

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