All video by Ned Halaby
By now, the 2012 AVN Awards  are but a sticky-handed, flashbub-popping memory. But not everything that happened that week in the porn business is confined to memory. The Tuesday before the AVNs, LA's city council passed a law to require all adult film actors to wear condoms  -- and funded inspections of studios with a mandatory fee for all skin flick companies.
It was a controversial move. Industry types, wary of an already flagging adult DVD market, have made weak noises about condoms not being sexy -- but also that LA clamping down on the issue will only cause studios to move away. Internet porn is a largely amateur, largely diffused phenomenon that doesn't rely on SoCal so much anyway. AIDS organizations applaud the measure's potential to cut down on sexually-transmitted diseases.
But what do the stars themselves think? We were able to speak with a few of them on the red carpet: AVN's official red carpet host Kayden Kross , Kink.com directors Princess Donna  and Bobbi Starr  -- the evening's winner of Best Female Performer -- and Jon Jon, who was nominated for a passel of AVNs that night including Best Group Sex Scene for his work in Asa Akira is Insatiable 2 (hands down, the night's big winner with seven awards in total).
Here's what they had to say. You can watch the rest of our clips from the red carpet -- including an interview with Jincey "lesbian Hugh Hefner" Lumpkin, who figured prominently in my "Queer and boning in Las Vegas"  cover story here .
Princess Donna and Bobbi Starr (pardon the screeching that begins the clip) "It's only going to affect the people that purchase permits for their shoots, and I gotta say that it's actually a very small percentage of the industry that uses shooting permits."
Jon Jon was unruffled by the controversy:
Kayden Kross was adamant that the regulation was babysitting an industry that doesn't need it: “I think it's the most retarded answer to something that wasn't even a question.”
Of course, what none of these interviews mentioned was a point that this article  brings up: that condom regulations are not just for the wellbeing of the professionals who act in pornography. Many of us grow up watching porn -- for some of us, it's our first image of what sex is. If porn stars using condoms can convince teenagers to do the same, more power to the condom regulators.