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Jul302010

Things That Are Depressing: Laurence Fishburne's Daughter's Self-Released Sex Tape

This story jumped up and smacked me in the face this morning. Then assaulted me on Twitter.

From TMZ:

TMZ has learned Montana Fishburne is starring in a porno flick for Vivid Entertainment -- explaining, "I've watched how successful Kim Kardashian became and I think a lot of it was due to the release of her sex tape."

Unlike the celeb she admires -- Montana is not arguing that her tape was stolen or obtained illegally.

That just hurt so, so bad.

More after the jump.

I don't know if Larry Fishburne's 19-year-old daughter Montana knows this, but per the rules of the patriarchy, a woman's sex tape is ONLY interesting if she, herself, does not want to see it released. You see? That way it still contains a patina of hypocritical, double-standard based modesty. Even though Paris Hilton proved that amateur porn could make a starlet (kind of), during that whole debacle she acted mortified and sued people and threw up her little hands and whined, whined, whined about her "privacy." Same for Kim Kardashian. Same for that former blonde playmate with the supermarket tabloid deal who has the reality show who's married to the black guy. See? They understood the rules. Make money. Get the fame. But still try to stay within the nonsensical rules of female sexuality in a patriarchy -- which is "chicks aren't supposed to want the sex or pimp the sex in their favor." You're supposed to be SHOCKED and SADDENED and CRY to Oprah. This is a sex tape release disaster.

That said ... OMG! People are ADMITTING to releasing sex tapes on purpose to jump start their careers now? That's a thing? This is it. This chick just killed celebutante sex tapes!

I appreciate her honesty. If you're going to release your own hardcore sextape and profit from it, but refuse to play the whole "I'm a demure little woman ashamed of my sexuality" game, kudos to Montana. But REALLY? This was the ONLY WAY she could make it in the industry? The ONLY WAY when her father is Laurence Fishburne and she has a name to trade off of? There are other things of value about a woman besides what's between her legs. Like, for instance, if you have a brain, that's always a good start. And if you have talent, that's even better. But even if you don't have brains or talent there are always reality TV shows and BET. Were neither of those things available to you, Montana? I'm sure BET would have LOVED building a tacky Hollywood-based, bootleg version of "The Hills" based on your life just on your family name alone. I don't understand why you thought "porn tape" was the only route to fame-whore-dom.

Also, Kim Kardashian is, quite frankly, a special and extreme case. That was like lightening in a Ray J. themed porn bottle: the perfect storm of trashy, quasi famous porn tapes. It also didn't hurt that she dated NFL star Reggie Bush for a lengthy time. I don't see that kind of porn based "magic" happening ever again. So ... I hope you make a lot of money off this and save it, then go to beauty school or open a chain of fried fish houses or create a really tacky clothing line. Cause this is not going the end the way you think it will.

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    Montana's lack of vision and creativity in pursuing her goal is reflected by every teen and young adult selling drugs as a route to success, or robbing someone, or spending hours posting youtube videos of bad rhymes trying to be Soulja Boy. It's what America sells, the easy path to success, ...

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**hangs head**

**torso cave-in**

**smh**

**sigh**

And she's so beautiful. Who neglected to tell her?

I'm all for owning your sexuality and expressing it in RESPONSIBLE ways, but at 19 there has got to be a better way...

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjaddadalos

You also need to mention that Kim Kardashian has ( as someone posted in another blog I read) the complexion for the protection. I am still baffled at how she ended up being more famous than Ray J and she was unknown back then. She really milked that tape so that now the whole family is famous for basically nothing. I wish my sister would give head to some d- list guy on video so I can stop working my crappy 9 to 5 job.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercosmicsistren

for shame... and 'the fish' is saying what i wonder??

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermarci

But supposedly she is with Brian Pumper in the tape, so she is working w/ a professional. If you're gonna do it, do it right.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjb

Something else Montana forgot Kim's Momanager has been pimping her daughter since the sex tape. You will not see Laurence and Gina pimping Montana because they careers.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

apparently she passed on the red & blue pill to swallow.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter[flahy][blak][chik]

Mr. Fishbourne "s daughter should study to beocme an actress to get into positive movies not one where she have to have sex. I am quite sure she has knowledge of how the industry works and should strive to be a positvie role model.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCanyce

"but per the rules of the patriarchy, a woman's sex tape is ONLY interesting if she, herself, does not want to see it released. You see? That way it still contains a patina of hypocritical, double-standard based modesty." So true!

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBooga

I would guess Laurence Fishburne is wishing for an alternative reality at this point.....and tomorrow he will wake up and his fresh faced daughter will be the lead in a Shakespeare in the Park production, layered in medieval costume in the sweltering Central Park sun....

These scandalous events are always harder on Dad, because Momma loves you no matter what, porn star, hooker, serial killer....

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterknockoutchick

I just don't know how Kim Kardashian became a "business model." Almost all her fame had to do with the fact that she:

A) Made a sex tape with Brandy's little brother
B) Is "exotic" looking (meaning, in America, she's white, but NOT white at the same time and has a black girl's ass while not actually having the burden of being a black girl)
C) Used her sex tape fame and exotic looks to snag Reggie Bush
D) Humped Reggie Bush and his NFL cred right into "the Mainstream"
E) Once she went "Mainstream" she got reality shows, fashion shoots, endorsements, fashion labels, media coverage and everyone stopped pointing out the only reason we knew of her was because she made a sex tape with Ray J.

She basically took the video girl model and applied it to amateur porn. Also: I don't think a black girl can pull this off. The unwritten rules of living in a Western Patriarchy dictate that black women are "different." Therefore once you are labeled as trampy you die trampy. Doesn't matter if you were an actual tramp or not. Ask Karrine Steffans, Foxxy Brown, Lil Kim, countless video girls, Shaniqua from down the street who got her period earlier than everyone else. Very rarely do you see a black woman who is famous for a sex related scandal who is able to get so famous that people stop bringing up how she got famous in the first place. Blowing that British dude didn't do shit for Divine Brown's career. If it weren't for the Internet I'd have NO CLUE who Kat Stacks is. This, compared to Pam Anderson and Jenny McCarthy, who are as MAINSTREAM AS THEY COME now.

I just can't think of a black woman who became famous solely based on sex who crossed-over into the mainstream. Lil Kim got as close as you could possible get to that. And look at what she did to her face in the process!

July 30, 2010 | Registered CommenterDanielle Belton

Wow, Montana must really be pissed at her parents.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVal

Its always sad to see someone with real options take such a route. And lets be honest here. This isn't a "celebrity sex tape", this is straight up porn. There is a big difference between having a private tape released and going straight to a professional porn company. There is no career for her after this, except more porn titles.

Also this is not about "trying to get a foot in the door of Hollywood." She had that just by being Fishburne's daughter. This is about "daddy issues."

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdewfish

My mother sat me down VERY early and explained something that I will one day tell my daughter.

A white girl can go out and bang the whole football team and wake up the next morning, put on a suit, and no one will blink. A black girl can can have one too many "boyfirends" and never be respected again. It is a cold hard truth.

I suspect that as with anyone else who gets involved in stripping/porn that her issues run quite deep. She was turned down by playboy and thought this might work. She is a beautiful girl with access to all the necessary tools for success. The fact that she sabotaged her hopes at a serious career and realtionship with her family at such a young tells me that something is very wrong somewhere.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMsMelissa!

"I just can't think of a black woman who became famous solely based on sex who crossed-over into the mainstream. Lil Kim got as close as you could possible get to that. And look at what she did to her face in the process!"

Vanessa Williams, maybe? She's managed to get past that whole penthouse thing pretty well. This is not to dispute your original point that it's difficult to do, though.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Hold on, and today is Laurence Fishbourne’s birthday. That is so messed up. I know that can’t be a coincidence this is coming out today

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjb

yeah< i misspelled it

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjb

@ Christina

But, in Williams' case the only reason why those photos came out was she was crowned Miss America. She was first famous as the a beauty contestant winner, then momentarily tarnished by some artistic nudes she took that wound up in porn magazines. She didn't actually trade off on her sexuality to get fame, but did get hit with a sex scandal after she became famous for being the first black Miss America winner. So she at least got the benefit from being legitimately shocked and upset that the photos were used in a way that she never intended for them to be used and post that incident, she did not embark on a career using the photos or her sexuality as a route to fame. Her route to fame was always through the pageant circuit, followed by a recording contract, then acting.

I think she benefited from the fact that she became famous first for her title, not being naked. If anything, the nakedness was a stumbling block she worked actively to get around and distance herself from.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle Belton

You would think that because her famous dad was in the industry that he would have enough contacts to be able to get his daughter something instead of her acting in porno films.

She is such a good looking girl too, maybe she has low self-esteem or something. I don't know.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHappiness

@ Danielle:

I hear you. You're right, VW isn't a good analogy here.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

If today is Fishburne's birthday, JB is definitely onto something. Like I said before, serious "daddy issues." Something is not right in the Fishburne household.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdewfish

Oh dear! Instant fame or rather infamy!

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarmella

If beautiful, priveledged teenage girls think porn is a valid route to fame....what of the girl in the hood?

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterknockoutchick

@Snob - also, in VW case, she was working for Penthouse,and while she posed for the photos on their sets, they were only intended to be for her and her boyfriend (a Penthouse photographer) He released the photos after the crowning. She got played. And yeah, this story is DEPRESSING. She could have easliy gotten at BET or TVOne reality show.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterI Am Your People

@Danielle:

I agree with everything you posted in the comment section, but wanted to point out that Kat Stacks is not black. She's from Venezuela and has been alternately described as white or Latina. Her corrections profile lists her race/ethnicity as white.

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterApril

I have a baby daughter and this story caught me right in my gut. I totally agree with Danielle and the other posters, someone is getting even with daddy here. I don't know what went down or why she's so angry with her father, but this is a terrible thing to do to oneself. Because, really at the end of the day, you're the one with a nasty porn tape and a ruined reputation. Daddy dearest can get some good PR and go on Oprah and talk about his out of control daughter and get all the sympathy in the world. You, Montana, on the otherhand just bought yourself a one way ticket to 'Celebrity Rehab.'

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeeshtastic
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