October 13, 2001 09:33pm
The Latour Letter - East Coast Video Show
Source: Adult Industry News
by: Miss Charlie Latour
A Show of Unity, Dinosaurs Prevail and Pussysaurs RULES!
Unlike some of the self-serving, self promoting, trash the other person reports that have been made on some adult websites, I bring good news about the East Coast Video Show and for the adult industry, in general. First and foremost, the convention and all of the events went off without a hitch. No terrorists, no false alarms, in fact, the only thing fake were the mountains of boobies on exhibit for all to enjoy. I commend the VSDA, AVN and the other sponsors and supporters who worked hard to keep the convention on track.
There is no better way to "gouge the eye of the beast" than to make them watch America at it's best. Sadly Taliban Broadcasting Network could not be with us because a few of our boys and girls are taking names and kicking ass. In fact, I understand that the entire Taliban leadership and their friends at Al Qaeda are engrossed in a new game, "Survivor-Afgan Adventures". I hear from quite reliable sources that Osama "Little Dick" Bin Laden may be the next person voted out of the country. We'll just have to wait and see.
I arrived on Tuesday in time for nearly all the events. After checking in at my hotel I took a cab over to the convention center. I had a handsome young cab driver whose accent warmed the car like a Caribbean breeze. He thanked me for coming to the convention and wanted to express his appreciation for the convention and for the treatment he had received from the convention attendees. He explained that he was from Haiti and was proud to be working on his citizenship. "If the United States needed me", he explained, "I would be ready in a moments notice to do anything I could, including serving in the military". As I handed him my payment for the ride he grasped my hand and kissed the back of it. "Bless you", he said. I exited the cab with an extra spring in my step. America is a great place!
As I entered the lower level and made my way to the stairs leading to the convention level I heard my name being shouted. I looked around, but saw nothing but a mass of humanity. "Charlie, Charlie, Charlie", I heard again. This time I saw a head popping up and down. The crowd started to part and I could clearly see this tall man, with long dreads running towards me. I recognized this young man immediately. His name is Wally and he is the son of a very high-ranking Nigerian diplomat assigned to the Nigerian embassy in Washington. I had met him three or four years ago at this very convention. We hugged and kissed for the longest time. People were staring as we went through our exchange of greetings. Wally is the eldest son of a very powerful man and came to me four years ago seeking advice on many things, including sex. He is very well educated and a lover of adult material.
This is the true America; a black America, a white America and an America whose arms are still open to the world…the key word…America…. we are all Americans. The knuckleheads around the world see us as a monolith, when in reality the strength of our nation is in the diversity. Wally almost did not come because of the terrorists' attacks, but thought the right thing to do would be to show up. He is learning the American way very quickly!
The show was a bit smaller than last year, but in many ways it was better. There were plenty of things to see, stars to meet and parties to go to. The booths were done nicely and the crowd flowed in an easy pattern. The center of attention is always the GVA mega booth with several companies represented. They are masters at marketing. I was so glad to see Arrow represented by the greatest adult salesman in the industry, Mr. Vince Miller. Vince is always gracious. East Coast mega companies Pleasure and Gotham Gold were well represented. Vince Benedetti, Paul, and Marie were at the Gotham booth. I am amazed at the popularity of their Toe Tails series. I think they are up to number 80 or 81. I can say with great pride that I was Toe Tails girl number 1. I still get letters from fans about that movie. Ahhh, fond memories! I love Vince, Paul and Marie. They are family to me, but its best if you "fuugettaboutit". Taking about "fuugetaboutit", the actress who plays Tony Soprano's sister was visiting the show.
Free Speech Coalition had their booth and the man who is truly the advocate for the fans of x-rated entertainment was once again spearheading the booth with a few new beauties.
Bill Margold is at nearly every convention, hawking T-shirts and taking contributions for the Coalition. It was so great to see him. He is bombastic, quick witted and a true believer. Without him the Free Speech Coalition would lose their soul. His arms are always open to help an actress or actor in distress. He gives so much of himself through the Free Speech Coalition, PAW (Protecting Adult Welfare), F.O.X.E. (Friends of X-Rated Entertainment) and a host of other agencies, which he has been instrumental in helping form. Sometimes I just want to wrap my arms around him and give him the same degree of comfort he has given to so many others. Instead of their famous Strikeout Censorship event they held a fundraiser for the victims of the terrorist attack. A very admirable effort. (Sorry Bill, your beloved Yankees are having problems)
The convention had so many of the beautiful women of porn that I would surely mess up and miss someone if I tried to mention all of them. So many of the adult websites are set up to trash these women and I find that just another form of abuse. Jill Kelly was there in all her beauty, yet some websites viciously attacked her. She is so beautiful, so smart and so successful with Jill Kelly Productions. They're just jealous, Jill, keep up the good work!
Nina Hartley and Anna Malle were there adding grace and dignity to the convention. I also happened upon my great friend Ron Jeremy. Ron and I go back a long way and I always love seeing him. The first day was over and as I left I ran into him in the parking garage. In front of hundreds, maybe thousands of people we hugged, kissed and he pulled my boobs out of my blouse. He is such an intelligent, great guy, who continues to thrill fans through his work with Metro.
My fondest scene with Ron was in a movie called "Lilith Unleashed". This crazy woman played by Tish Ambrose captured us. I had just finished a sex scene with Paul Thomas when she cast me into a dollhouse with Ron, Tasha Voux, and another actor whose name I can't remember. Ron and I went after each other like tigers. Wow, what a scene! There were many of the new young stars signing autographs at the booths sponsored by Vivid and the other big name companies. I just hope that their experiences in this industry are good experiences and that they all have great success. The fans sure appreciated them!
The parties were smashing. I got to a few, but the party in the Copa Lounge at the Sands was the best. Fans, industry insiders and the stars all had a great time. Yours truly had a fantastic time. While on the convention floor I must of signed a few hundred autographs, handed out every last publicity photo I had with me and kissed so many fans that I went through a full tube of lipstick. The feeling inside the convention hall was electric and although a few of the websites will try and stir things up by badmouthing people and calling any actress over 30 a dinosaur, take it from me, there were glamorous women of all ages, sexy guys and fun galore.
Thank you Paul Fishbein, Bill Margold, FSC, AVN, VSDA, the sponsors, the exhibitors, the staff at the Atlantic City Convention Center and a special word of thanks to the thousands of fans who support the concept of adult entertainment free from censorship and Taliban like rules. Setting aside personal likes and dislikes, simmering disputes and past bad faith dealings we needed to pull together. We needed to show solidarity. I believe the industry did just that, and these men, women and companies deserve credit.
You see, the people who demean others, those with the sole objective to be offensive and in your face are the losers. It is their own inadequacies which drive them. To attempt to make the adult industry into another professional wrestling league is sad, but unlike professional wrestling where all the participants are "in" on the storyline, the verbal attacks and rants by some against others in the adult industry who are not "in" on the storyline is pathetic, mindless and harmful to the sexual wellbeing of this nation.
If the image being projected to the public that adult performers are a bunch of loud, foul mouthed, vodka swilling, drug smoking punks then we will continue to lose mainstream support and the tremendous positive impact that the porn industry has had on sexual freedom will be diminished. If you read some adult websites for your news about the industry you would believe this to be true. I can tell you that, for the most part, people were well behaved, polite and excited to be there. But this is the report of one of those dinosaurs. I find that term interesting since at the Copa party I spent the night dancing with dozens of handsome men of all ages and had an exciting time deciding which invitations up to the room I might accept. I can tell you one thing; the guys that did saddle up with this dinosaur (and there were a few) were real men, not punks. I guess some dinosaurs never become extinct! The Pussysaurs RULES!
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