Thoughts Over the Day’s Barbecue: Think of the Adult Industry as Tombstone and Rob Black as Wyatt Earp

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Anyone who’s been around Rob Black, as long as I have, knows that Black frequently changes his facial hair persona. Except I don’t think Black has ever worn a handlebar mustache which now would be perfect since Black has become Wyatt Earp in the movie Tombstone.

Western purists I’m sure will argue for The Outlaw Josie Wales or maybe one of the old John Ford oaters, like Stagecoach, as the best of all time, but, for my money, Tombstone is loaded with quotable dialogue in every scene and colorful characters that will forever stick in your belly.

There’s been umpteen screen remakes of the Gunfight at OK Corral but has there ever been a better, paler, sicklier Doc Holliday than Val Kilmer or a more wild eyed psychotic bandido than Michael Biehn as Johnny Ringo?

C’mon. That scene in the bar where Biehn’s doing the flourish with the pistoleros only to be outgunned by Kilmer who mocks his actions with a tin drinking cup is priceless.

The adult industry isn’t. As it exists right now you couldn’t give it away at the monthly Rose Bowl flea mart. Case in point, Tom Byron. While Byron doesn’t rate the space Bill Margold is giving John Holmes on the mythic porn Mt. Rushmore, Byron didn’t work with female talent knowing he was HIV.

Byron didn’t suck cock in gay movies. Byron didn’t do needles and Byron certainly didn’t hang out with nefarious underworld figures like Eddie Nash. If you want to get a good take on Margold’s hero, watch Val Kilmer in the movie Wonderland. What a swell guy.

Byron, probably to his detriment, has taken unpopular stands on issues. No one’s around to remember this but Byron back in his long hair rock n’roll days took a stand on condoms and was black balled by the industry. The same industry that was headed up by the wonderful Paul Fishbein. And, just this week, Black announced that Byron has been again shown the door by the business. This is the way an industry treats one of its legends?

Getting back to Tombstone for a minute. Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp has decided he’s going to retire only to get pulled back into the fray.

While I didn’t make any big announcement about this, as of last month I was just going to quietly walk away, shut down AdultFYI and say the hell with it. Except it was Rob Black who nagged me back into action. The empty page of AdultFYI on Monday? That was my statement. The fact that it went back on line was Rob’s. An industry that’s willing to do something like that to one of its elder statesman like Tom Byron needs to be pistol whipped.

So, yeah, I’m saddling up with Mr. Kansas Law Dog for one last ride, and we’re going after the bad guys of porn.

“The Cowboys are finished, you understand? I see a red sash, I kill the man wearin’ it! So run, you cur… RUN! Tell all the other curs the law’s comin’! You tell ’em I’M coming… and hell’s coming with me!!!”

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