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Is porn any worse than other business?

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So you walk into a room – a huge function in the city – and everyone who’s anyone is there. All the movers and shakers. All the big names. It’s the place to be, the place to be seen.

In a recent interview, we asked Eddy Mbalo, TopTV's chief executive, if he would watch porn. He said: Absolutely. In fact, I would watch it with my wife. Credit: Cape Argus

Except for that guy on the far side. It’s the late Lolly Jackson, or someone just like him. Wealthy as God, owns a dozen nightclubs and some strip clubs, has a blonde on his arm with the legs of a teenage giraffe who looks a quarter of his age. He drives a V12 Lamborghini, the purple one parked illegally outside the entrance.

You’re not sure if you’d like to be seen with him.

But everyone else is above board. Or are they?

It’s sometimes strange where we draw the line between The Establishment and The Mavericks (excuse the pun). Between The Legitimate and The Shady. Between The Gentlemen and The Skelms.

So, let’s asks ourselves a few simple questions:

Sure, they might say no one’s forced to accept their products or services. But we’re entitled to a bit more honesty than that, aren’t we? All of these are pretty mainstream activities – many of which are practised by big, established, “respectable” businesses.

But are the people behind these businesses seriously our chosen “pillars of society”?

This week, TopTV was granted permission to broadcast three porn channels.

I interviewed an expert on what to expect. One of the channels will be “hard-core”. But what does that mean? Could one expect to see stuff like threesomes?

“Yes.”

The whole rugby team finding a beautiful woman in their changeroom – with predictable consequences?

“Yes. You know – normal porn. That’s what people want to see.”

In a recent interview, we asked Eddy Mbalo, the company’s chief executive, if he would watch the content. He said: “Absolutely. In fact, I would watch it with my wife.”

At least he’s honest.

And, to be equally honest, is his “crime” any worse than the others above? Some of the other activities above ruin lives entirely – but happily continue under the banner of “respectability”.

There’s a whole lot of hypocrisy out there, a whole lot of shame – very, very cleverly masked, I reckon.

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