GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz pulled a national campaign television ad after realizing one of the actresses cast is a former adult film star.
The spot, called “Conservatives Anonymous,” shows a group of people at a secret meeting where they bemoan campaign lies. The ad aims to knock opponent Marco Rubio, according to Uproxx.
Amy Lindsay — who had just one line in the ad — is the controversial actress who previously starred in adult movies.
“The actress responded to an open casting call. She passed her audition and got the job,” explained Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler. “Unfortunately, she was not vetted by the casting company. Had the campaign known of her full filmography, we obviously would not have let her appear in the ad. The campaign is taking the ad down and will replace it with a different commercial.”
Tyler’s explanation just throws more salt on the wound. If Lindsay is a talented actress who proved herself in an audition, why should her previous films matter?
Is she any less of an American voter than the CEO of some Fortune 500 company or a non-profit humanitarian worker?
The “damage control” Cruz and his campaign are trying to do by pulling the ad is actually very problematic because it sends a negative message that Americans should reject or cast away those who choose to work in unconventional industries, such as adult films.
This is actually a case of discrimination, to say the least. Lindsay — a self-proclaimed conservative, Christian and Republican — expressed her dismay in the campaign’s decision to pull her ad.
“Extremely disappointed the #TedCruz campaign pulled the national television spot I had a role in…” she wrote. She directed her tweets to CNN and Fox News, followed by the hashtags #moretocome and #myvotecounts.
It’s probably safe to say Cruz no longer has her vote.
While it may seem “understandable” that Cruz doesn’t want to be associated with the adult film industry, such ideology clearly stems from the negative stigma associated with it which really doesn’t make much sense.
Adult media is a billion dollar industry; it ranks just as high — if not higher — than the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball. Furthermore, some of the nation’s biggest corporations are sharing the profits, according to ABC News.
There is evidently some hypocrisy going on with Americans condemning people who work in this field, yet they are clearly watching it, otherwise it wouldn’t be such a lucrative business.
Why is it deemed okay to publicly frown upon the adult film industry, treat them as second class citizens, even deny them of a chance to participate in the political realm, but yet turn around and watch their films at home with no problem?
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