This is Hollyweird: HBO to staff all sex scenes with “Intimacy Coordinator”

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Maggie Gyllenhaal (r) stars in The Deuce

This somehow gets spun into “female empowerment.”

Let’s just call it what it is: People watching/acting pretend sex on camera for big bucks.

About this HBO show, The Deuce:

“The Deuce features an ensemble cast that includes James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It tells the story of the legalization and ensuing rise of the porn industry in New York City beginning in the 1970s. Themes explored include government and police corruption, the violence of the drug epidemic, and the resulting real-estate booms and busts that coincided with the change. The show’s title is derived from the nickname for 42nd Street between Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue.”

From Hollywood Reporter: After the second season of The Deuce piloted the practice, HBO decided to staff every one of its television shows and films that have intimate scenes going forward with an intimacy coordinator.

The network on Thursday announced its decision via its public relations Twitter account after Rolling Stone published a story about the pay cable network’s work with Deuce intimacy coordinator Alicia Rodis. “As reported in @RollingStone, all @HBO programs with intimate scenes will be staffed by an intimacy coordinator,” HBO PR tweeted.

Since working on The Deuce, a series about the burgeoning porn industry in New York in the 1970s, Rodis has worked on intimate scenes on Crashing, the upcoming Watchmen series and the Deadwood movie, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Rodis is additionally training new intimacy coordinators to be on hand during the production of the upcoming crime drama Jett and the Drake executive-produced high school series Euphoria

The Deuce star Emily Meade, who plays the prostitute turned porn star Lori on the show, initiated Rodis’ initial hire when she asked the show’s co-creators and HBO for an “advocate purely for sexual scenes,” as she told HBO’s Ashley Morton in an interview. Following the onset of the #MeToo movement, Meade began questioning why stunt coordinators were nearly always on hand for small stunts, but no one had been enlisted to protect those involved in sex scenes.

“When it comes to sexuality, which is one of the most vulnerable things for all humans, men and women, there’s really no system. There’s never been a person required to be there to protect and bring expertise,” she said.

HBO found Rodis via her two-year-old nonprofit Intimacy Directors International, which aims to codify standards for sex scenes in theater and film and protect against sexual abuse on-set. Deuce co-creator David Simon has since told Rolling Stone that he will never work without an intimacy coordinator again.

“Because the truth is, we knew we were asking a lot of actors and directors and crew in terms of professionalism and to deliver this material bluntly and honestly. But you can ask all you want — at a certain point everybody has to trust everybody,” he said.

Rodis’ role on the show initially made headlines when The New York Times published an opinion story from an actress who had played a “female prison guard” in an X-rated movie on The Deuce and worked with Rodis.

“Ms. Rodis made sure I realized what was coming across on camera. I did, and kept going; it was a choice I felt empowered to make,” the author, Margaret Judson, wrote.


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7 responses to “This is Hollyweird: HBO to staff all sex scenes with “Intimacy Coordinator”

  1. I am not sure but I was watching the world series last night and I thought BMW is now in the homosexual promotion business with their ads. You would think the populations ingesting feces in the streets and being eaten by fleas would be enough logic not to promote disease.

  2. Remember? Adult contents, PG, children under 12, now the “intimacy coordinator” I guess the intimacy coordinator will first try the “scene” and rate it, and will give the ok, and the orgy will begin on prime time. Good job.

  3. Well, golly, now that’s the job to have! And to think, one is being paid as well as directing it all; can any job possibly get any better in any way?

  4. Sex scene coordinator…

  5. The Deuce? Seriously? LMFAO! It sure smells like a number two.
    The comrades at HBO will have to try harder to outdo Netflix in sleaze and number two.

  6. Let’s see, could it be that the “intimacy coordinator” is really just the fall guy in case there’s trouble? “Hey, yeah we though it was a little raw, but we checked it out with the “Intimacy Coordinator” and she says it’s OK”. So there!

    I’m getting dizzy circling the bowl. We talk all the time about the goal of destruction. Certainly this plays right into that. The more depraved, the better.

  7. How about no “intimate”/sexual scenes at all, they aren’t necessary for the show. The only reason to include such is to further degrade the morals in society, which is likely exactly what the show is aimed at doing. Typical of modern feminazism, claiming that porn is empowerment, when in fact it is the exact opposite.

    Why does HBO still exist, one wonders?


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