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Forbidden America, episode 3 review: has Louis Theroux lost touch?

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We expect the weird from a Louis Theroux documentary and the latest edition of his latest series, Ban America, does not disappoint, at least in that respect. Three young women are standing out in the sun in California with three giant dildos on their bodies, as if they were about to hug someone with half a kilo of latex. To be fair, that’s pretty much what happened next. In typical Theroux pseudo-innocent style, the documentary writer asks the performers with that trademark curiosity in his voice: “It’s strangely empowering, isn’t it?” Arrange. The trio happily tells Theroux that the forced to make a nice change leaves them on the other end of the stick, so to speak.

In “Porn’s MeToo”, Theroux is “crossing the battlefield of consent”. As Theroux observes, porn is a world “dedicated to testing the boundaries of taste and taboo”, and transformed by the web and new attitudes and standards, as well as the MeToo movement. its own. The emergence of the likes of OnlyFans means that performers can deal directly with their customers without the need for dealers and manufacturers to cut and pressure them to do things they don’t want to. They can make very good money. For example, Mia Malkova, who lives in a $4 million mansion in Portland, tells Theroux she makes $150,000 to $250,000 a month — “I love OnlyFans,” she says. “I didn’t do that when I was filming for a company.”

Less happy are the exes who once controlled the industry and were accused of sexual abuse. Theroux didn’t have to do much to get them to betray their sense of entitlement. For example, Pierre Woodman (whose real name is not known to me), is a 58-year-old man whose specialty is first-time anal sex with an 18-year-old woman.

I wonder if Theroux might lose touch (no pun intended). Like when he confronts white nationalists and radical rappers on the first two shows of the series, too many of his interlocutors are wise for him, and he I don’t understand them that much. For example, Derek Hay, an agent accused of abusive and illegal behavior, remained calm throughout his conversation with Theroux, and refused to bait or get angry when the alleged infractions occurred. his is given. Theroux “sorry” for taking up so much of Hay’s time, but Hay did not respond to prompts to leave the scene or tell Theroux to get lost. He just continued to discuss and correct the details of the case. Honestly, Theroux’s familiar light, limp schtick is getting a little tired, to be honest, we’ve seen him experiment with the boundaries of palate and taboo too often before. . If he has an OnlyFans account, he’ll probably have to get his strap.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/louis-theroux-forbidden-america-porns-metoo-b2023358.html Forbidden America, episode 3 review: has Louis Theroux lost touch?

Tom Vazquez

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