Sheen shamelessly declared his love of adult actresses during a wild interview with ABC News last month, telling Andrea Canning that porn stars are "exciting." Capri Anderson, who was a relative unknown in the porn world, shot to porn stardom because of her association with Sheen. “She’s now a contract girl for Vivid,” Anderson’s manager told FOX 411. “Associating with Sheen has definitely heightened Bree Olson’s cross-over appeal.”
Vivid cofounder Steven Hirsch sent Sheen a letter asking him to direct one of their movies. Hirsch dated '80s porn queen Ginger Lynn Allen, who had an intense relationship with Charlie Sheen in the '90s (she met him on the set of Young Guns II). Allen says they fell in love and they supported each other during rehab time. In the film Rated X (2000) Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez played a couple of 1970's porn "impresarios."
There are some 13,000 porn films made in the United States generating near $100 billion per year. General Motors owns DirectTV, which distributes over 40 million streams of porn into American homes every month. AT&T and GM rake in approximately 80 percent of all porn dollars.
Robert Jensen, author of Getting off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity: "Porn glorifies the cruelty and domination of sexual explotation in the same way popular culture glorifies the domination and cruelty of the war."
Chris Hedges in Empire of Illusion: "The cult of self dominates our cultural landscape. This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity, and self-importance; a need for constant stimulation, a penchant for lying, deception,and manipulation, and the inability to feel remorse or guilt. This is, of course, the ethic promoted by corporations."
In his masterful essay "The work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," Walter Benjamin wrote: "The cult of the movie star, fostered by the money of the film industry, preserves not the unique aura of the person but the spell of the personality, the phoney spell of a commodity."
Chris Hedges in Death of the Liberal Class (2010): "Artists who use their talents to foster the myths and illusions that bombard our society live comfortably in the Hollywood Hills. The media, the church, the university, the Democratic Party, the arts, and labor unions have been bought off with corporate money and promises of scraps tossed to them by the narrow circles of power. The media, catering to corporate advertisers and sponsors, at the same time renders invisible whole sections of the population."