Nadya Suleman, by way of financial backers known as Team Octomom, has paid AVN Award-winning Wicked contract director Brad Armstrong to produce a glamorous solo masturbation video, further solidifying the unfortunate link between infamy and porn forged by celebrities like John Wayne Bobbitt, Joey Buttafuoco, and Amy Fisher.
Suleman, known as Octomom for the eight fertility-treatment-abetted babies she birthed in 2009, has been courted, pursued, and (in my opinion) harassed by companies like Vivid who hoped to capitalize on her fame, using her well-documented financial difficulties as leverage.
Until recently (Suleman shot a topless spread for England’s Closer magazine in March) Suleman ignored or rejected these offers, some of which were (by today’s porn financial standards) handsome.
And that, many thought, was good. Because some pornographers, including myself, feel that financial desperation is not the sexiest reason to get into porn. Other dubious motivators include drug dependence, revenge, and low self esteem.
Those are not the criteria we emphasize in the circulars we distribute at college fairs.
This may also be why Wicked, Armstrong, and jessica drake—whom Suleman thanks in comments released to the Huffington Post—did not release the industry-standard tsunami of self-congratulatory press. Team Octomom publicist Gina Rodriguez was quick to point out that this was not a Wicked production but a gig for which Wicked staff were hired.
Muddying those waters is the fact that Rodriguez is also known as porn performer Demi Delia, once married to former Wicked contract performer Randy Spears.
Suleman’s porn shoot—during which she also posed covered in Spaghetti-Os—was filmed May 2 and its results will be released later by a “major online adult enterta9nment company,” which may or may not be Wicked partner Manwin.
The distinction between Suleman as the architect of her porn career versus, say, Wicked/Manwin as the people who were finally successful in getting her here is important. One says Suleman retains some agency in her future, and the other suggests she succumbed to the inevitable—that porn is the last rung on the ladder.
While I think it only helps Big Porn’s story about itself—as a tower of personal expression— when people enter it without financial or emotional baggage (it’s possible!), one need only look at the inversely-proportional hype:revenue porn career of Amy Fisher to see that porn is not the cash cow it had been for celebrities as recent as Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson. I’m not even sure Octomom will make Screech money.
One thing I’m glad about is that Suleman is not acting as if the very reason she became famous is not an off-limits topic, as was the case with Fisher. With 14 kids, Suleman is probably doused with Spaghetti-Os whether she’s in a porn movie or not.
Previously on Porn Valley Observed: Vivid sort of agrees to stop harassing Octomom; Time to make the donuts with Amy Fisher; Demi Delia and Sunset Thomas—Value-added Moms; In space, no one can hear you, Screech