Max Hardcore’s Farewell Tour

Posted on January 19th, 2009 in Pornstars by Gram

Max Hardcore
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Within the porn establishment, such as it is, there is no more divisive a figure than Max Hardcore, born Paul Little in 1956. Hardcore, rarely seen without his white Stetson, has been making graphic, violent, degrading, entertaining, riveting, and Constitutionally protected porn since 1991.

But after January 28, 2009, when Hardcore checks into California’s Lompoc Federal Penitentiary following his October 2008 conviction on obscenity charges, it is unlikely he’ll have the opportunity to offend anyone again.

“Bernard Madoff screws philanthropic organizations out of $50 billion and he’s still walking around?” Hardcore said at the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas. “Things are pretty upside down, my friend.”

Hardcore was given special permission to leave the state of California for what will likely be his last visit for a while to the AVN Expo. He visited Vegas to announce that he wasn’t going to fade away quietly.

“To my knowledge, Madoff never got consent to steal that money from those people,” Hardcore said. “I got consent from everyone, and each was over 18.”

To watch a Max Hardcore video is to see the very picture of what scares people most about pornography; Hardcore appears like a particularly brutal, dead-eyed predator opposite many women who look too thin, too young, and too vacant to make informed decisions.

“But I’ve got their signatures and their consent,” Hardcore said, “and no one was forced to do anything.”

It won’t surprise you that pornographers are some of the most judgmental and intolerant people. Purveyors of certain fetish materials will question the artistic merits of other fetish material. Lesbians who make lesbian porn will decry “porn lesbians” in Hustler movies. “Old school” altporn aficionados will look down on Vivid-Alt movies.

And people whose porn tastes are more MOW often look at what Hardcore does and say they’re happy he’s going away, that his porn isn’t empowering, that he’s bad for the business. That people from Tom Paine to John Peter Zenger to Larry Flynt didn’t fight for what Hardcore does.

But they did. Paul Little doesn’t deserve to go to jail for obscenity. Not if his partners agreed to it, not if representatives of a community buy it, not if a jury one county over wouldn’t convict him in a hundred years.

“You don’t have to like it,” Hardcore said. “And if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.”

Hardcore’s sentence is for 46 months in the medium security facility.

See more of Gram Ponante’s Adult Entertainment Expo 2009 coverage in the Porn Stash Archives

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  1. Wendy said,

    on January 21st, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Some people can easily judge a person just because once in his life, he became one of the most popular porn actors in his time. I don’t see any mistake in being a porn star as long as you’re just doing it for your job.

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