Why Is the Guy Behind 2 Girls 1 Cup Going to Jail?
You probably don’t know the name Ira Issacs, but I bet you can remember the first time you saw a girl poop into a cup on camera, hand it to another girl who started eating the poop and vomiting, then the girls kissed a bunch and poop went everywhere. Right? Well, Ira Issacs is the guy who produced and distributed the infamous 2 Girls 1 Cup, and he’s been sentenced to 48 months in jail for “producing and selling obscene videos and distributing obscene videos.” According to the United States’ Department of Justice, Ira was also charged in relation to another 37 minute video wherein “a female engaged in sex acts with animals.” The jury stated that Ira’s work had no “literary, artistic, political or scientific value.” Well, yeah, no shit.
For a lot of you reading this, it may seem a bit strange that the production of a video where two girls poop and kiss can be deemed illegal, let alone worthy of four years in jail. Who was hurt? There’s nothing in any of the Department of Justice reports that say these girls were being filmed against their will, so who cares? Apparently, Ira’s case was initiated by the Department of Justice’s “Obscenity Prosecution Task Force,” (OPTF for short) a group that was founded in 2005 during George Dubya’s administration at the behest of conservative religious groups.
Ira Issacs is not the only target that has gone down at the hands of the OPTF. In 2005, Max Hardcore, a controversial pornographer who has depicted women over the age of 18 as underage girls, had his offices raided while he was at a porno convention in Barcelona. He was charged with five counts of obscenity andsent to jail for 46 months. While the content of Max Hardcore’s porn probably makes a lot of people feel nauseous, and it definitely makes the OPTF feel angry, confused, and ready to prosecute, it’s hard to rationalize why his work would warrant jail time. Clearly, the OPTF’s prosecutions are based on subjective conservative morals and are placing limits on the capabilities of free speech, however gross and grotesque free speech may get.