We've often commented on YesButNoButYes that the porn industry is the ultimate memetracker, seemingly jumping on a trend and executing against it before most can even react. One of our most read stories is the Top Ten Adult Versions of Oscar Winners. Now, just in time for Nov 4th, we have Who's Nailin' Paylin, a political parody brought to you by the genius minds at Hustler. You betcha!
But believe it or not, pornography and politics are not necessarily strange bedfellows, as we explore now in Ten Pornstars who ran for public office.
#10 - Marilyn Chambers
Let's start with one of the most famous porn stars of all, the legendary star of the Mitchell Brother's classic Behind The Green Door, Marilyn Chambers. While she went on to have a long and enthusiastic career in porn, you may not know that in the 2004 US Presidential Election, she ran for Vice President on the Personal Choice Party ticket, a quasi-libertarian party, for which she received a total of 946 votes.
#9 - Milly d'Abbraccio
The first of three Italian entries on our list, socialist and veteran pornstar Milly D'Abbraccio ran in April 2008 for a seat on Rome's city hall, and featured her ass prominently on all campaign posters. The star of The Kiss of the Cobra and Paolina Borghese, Imperial Nymphomaniac said that - if elected - she would create a red light area with strip clubs, erotic discos and sex shops called "Love City" just miles away from the Vatican.
#8 - Peter Bond
In 2002, a former German pornstar and game show host named Peter Bond ran for a seat in parliament on the liberal Freed Democrats ticket. No word on whether lederhosen and bratwurst featured in his manifesto.
#7 - Mimi Myagi
The DD-breasted Filipino porn star Mimi Myagi was running a very successful live nude chat webchat when, in 2006, she filed as a Republican gubernatorial candidate in the state of Nevada, under her birth name, Melody Damayo, with the slogan "I'm bare and honest at all times". Her campaign was even endorsed by Wonkette.
#6 - Goeran Eurenius
Georan Eurenius was actually already in office - as a councilor in Haerryda, Sweden - when his past career of acting in "at least" 14 porn movies was revealed, much to the surprise of his Leftist Party (what a great name) who were known for supporting feminist and anti-pornography views. Err, whoops.
#5 - Cheri Manescu
Romanian Pornstar Cheri Manescu was another who believed her experience getting screwed for money in public was somehow a fine qualification to become Mayor of Rome. Actually, now that I think about it....
#4 - Sonny Landham
Landham started out acting in pornographic movies such as Naked Came The Stranger before branching out into mainstream acting, including parts in movies such as The Warriors and Southern Comfort. He also appeared in Predator along with Governors-To-Be Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura, and maybe this is where he got the inspiration to run for Governor of Kentucky in 2003.
#3 - Linda Lovelace
Ok, so no, Linda Lovelace never actually ran for President. But she did make a film called Linda Lovelace For President, and she's arguably the most famous porn star of all time. So cut me some slack - Top 9 Pornstars who ran for public office didn't quite have the same ring.
#2 - Marey Carey
And as if art always imitates life, here's Marey Carey, following Linda Lovelace's footsteps by running for Governor of California in 2003. Her platform included making lap dances tax deductible, create a 'Porn for Pistols" campaign to reduce handgun numbers and install live webcams in the Governor's Mansion. Kind of makes you wish she'd won. Which she didn't (even though she pulled in 10,000 votes), unlike....
#1 - Ilona Staller - La Cicciolina
Hungarian-born Italian Pornstar La Cicciolina, who is - according to Wikipedia - the first hardcore performer in the World to be elected to a democratic parliament. Specifically, she was elected to the Italian Parliament in 1987 with 20,000 votes. Her platform includes the 'absolute sexual freedom" including "the right to sex in prisons", presumably without having to bend down to pick up the soap.