Panel - The Legalization of Prostitution

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Jen Bartels, Rory Albanese and Grace Parra weigh the pros and cons of legalized prostitution and discuss whether they'd be comfortable with family members in the sex industry. (6:44)

Okay, welcome back,I'm here with my panel.

First up, Nightly Show contributor Rory Albanese.

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And Nightly Show contributorGrace Parra.

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And you can see heralong with our own Grace Parra

in the next live performanceof their show,

called Lady/Freak, Saturday,June 11 at 10:00 p.m.

at the UCB on Franklinin Los Angeles,

actress Jen Bartels.

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So, I finallygot you two together.

They do this showcalled Lady/Freak, right?

And there's a... there wasan issue you guys talked about

the other night-- there's beena flurry of media attention

regarding the legalization ofprostitution in New York City,

across America.Uh, it's on fire, right?

-So, uh...-BARTELS: Something is, right?

I... pointed downat myself, not you.

-I don't know what that means.-No more specifics. -All right.

Well, let me ask you this: doyou think this should be legal?

Are we at that pointin our society right now?

Uh, well, before we kind of gotinto our conversation with-with

a series of sex workers,I heard legalization,

I was like,"Yeah, prostitutes, get that nut

and the health insurance."Sounded great.

-Yeah. -Health insurance.-Health insurance and that nut.

-But then we learned...-And that nut.

We learned, by talkingto a series of sex workers,

that the ideal situationis actually decriminalization,

-which is different.-Not legalization.

-Not legalization, yeah.-No, no, no, no.

Okay, why?What is-what is the difference?

Well, the thing with crim...uh, decriminalization

is it allows the workersto feel safe, you know?

To have a placeif there is a crime committed.

'Cause right nowif something happens

and you're going down on that D,don't go to a cop.

-PARRA: No, don't go to a cop.-You can't. 'Cause you did...

-you made a mistake.-Or a doctor, in some cases.

-Or a do... Maybe.-I think even if you're

not a prostitute,if going down on that D,

-you should not be goingto a cop, right? -True, true.

Look up, though--it might be a cop. Uh...

But I think...legalization, um, is...

it's almost like creating asense of regulation and making

it almost like big, corporatebusiness for prostitution.

That's the problem-- itbasically places power and money

in the hands of johns and ofpimps and of brothel keepers,

and not in the hands...

-Oh, that's not good. -That'snot... -I shot him such a look.

I was like, "What?!"

Um, versus in-in the handsof sex workers.

And the ideal situation is forsex workers to have control

-over their own money andpractices. -Ho-How do you think

we feel about that whole job?You-you say "sex worker", right?

Rory, how do you feel about...where are we right now about...

Well, "sex worker" alone,right there, is, you know,

sex workers-- it feels a littlebit more like, you know,

they're-they're hookers.And, um, and I feel like...

I know, look at the crowd,they're like, "Oh!"

But it-it's... that's a crime.So, that'd be like bank robbers

being like, "No, we're not bankrobbers. We prefer, like,

money re-allocaters." No,you're bank robbers, you know?

You don't get to pick...Like, when you're a criminal,

-you don't get to pick. -Youdon't like cozy terms for...

You can't. That's not fair.I don't think that's fair.

It is interesting, though, tosee women who are prostitutes,

hookers, whores,actually take the word back.

They're reclaiming it.We talked to a lot of women...

BARTELS: And on our show,they are just like,

-"Whore, whore, whore."-I'm a whore, you're a whore,

-we're a whore. -We're whores.-You're not allowed to say it

unless you're a whore,you know what I mean?

I'm gonna tell you this--everyone's been a whore.

Everyone has whored arounda little bit, you know?

Whether it was a late night incollege or I had a sushi date

-and then gave a thing.-That's why-that's why I say it.

You know what I mean?I don't care.

Do you-do you think it'sbecoming more acceptable now?

That... that, uh, profession?

I do think so, yeah.I think people

-are talking about it more.-Why do you think that is?

Do you think it's the...do think because porn

has just gottenso mainstream now that...

Everyone's talking about it,everyone's doing it.

-Everyone's doing it.-It's like-it's like drugs.

I mean, I thinkwith drugs and with sex

we just have to admitthat people are doing it.

-There's no reason to hide.-It's not going away, so to deny

-that it's happening...-(cheering, applause)

-Yeah. (whoops)-Mm-hmm, mm-hmm. -Right.

Everyone's out there,like, (bleep) and smoking

-and we're like, "Yeah!"-Oh, my God.

I love our audience. They'relike, "Drugs and whores! Yeah!"

(cheering, applause)

I was like...

Like, our entire audienceis just Hells Angels.

Like... (exclaims)

-I-I feel like in New York, man,-Yeah.

it's-it's a... it'sa slippery slope in New York.

-I mean, we couldn't handle...-That's what she said!

-Oh!-Oh! I got you. Okay.

-How's that for...-Yeah. Um...

No, but, like, honestly,as a city,

we couldn't handle cronuts,you know what I mean?

-We almost killed each otherover cronuts. -Cronuts?

-Yeah. It was a donut-croissantcombo. -Oh, I thought

-it was a sexual position thatI didn't know about. -I thought

it was a bad penis. I was like,

-"Oh, he had a cronut (bleep)."-Yeah. Yeah.

-No, it wasn't.Um, that is a great term -Okay.

-for a bad penis though.-I mean, it is. -A cronut?

-A chode and a cronut?-Now, let me ask you this.

Would you feel coolabout someone in your family,

-uh, being a sex worker?-Now, this is where I have

-a double standard. BecauseI feel like my little -Yes.

five-foot-two sister, ifshe was like, "I want to try,"

uh, I'd be like... Also, I madeher sound like she was 15.

She's not. Uh, that would bea definite no go.

Yeah. You know, I have barriers.But I would say no,

-because there aren't any lawsin place to protect. -Right.

But I think if, like,my Uncle Ed was like,

"Uh, yeah, I want to do it,"I'd be like, "Cool.

-I mean, you're six-two.You're, you know..." -Yeah.

-He can take care of himself.-"See you at Thanksgiving."

"I mean, I'll see youat Thanksgiving."

-Right.-Yeah. -Yeah. I don't know.

-I...-Hmm?

W... If someone in my familydid it, like, whatever,

but I would just definitely makefun of them.

-You know what I mean?I know. It's... -Sure. Sure.

-No, I reserve the right.I reserve the right, -Yeah.

you know, if-if one ofmy cousins became a sex worker.

Like, you're-you're...And you're at a wedding.

You're gonna take some (bleep),

you know what I mean?You're gonna...

I would just ask themto get-get a pseudonym.

Like, if I did it,I'd be Chace Charra.

-Chace Charra? -Yeah,Chace Charra. You'd never know

it was me. I'd be Chace Charrawith a little bowl cut.

-That's, like, a flub on yourname is all that is. -Yeah.

It sounds like a bank.Like a little crappy bank.

"I bank at Chace Charra.I don't go to the big Chase."

Well, I like... I like coming upwith my sex worker name.

-Yeah, what's your sex workername? -I don't know.

Like, Dr. Dongenstein, you know?

Something good, you know? Whynot? I went to medical school

for dong work, you know?That's my thing.

-I think it'd be Nightly Show,I guess. -Yeah, yeah. -Okay.

-Yeah. That's pretty good.-Oh, man. See how I did that?

All right,one last question though.

Uh, any comment on the fact

that whenever there arepolitical conventions,

especially Republicans,

the incidentsof sex workers skyrockets.

-Oh, my God. It's-it's huge.-Yeah.

I don't know...Oh, you know what it is?

And this is not JokeyJokey McJokerson here but, uh...

-Also a great sex worker name.-Also a great sex worker name.

-Absolutely. -But I-I thinkthat, uh... that, uh...

Thank you, Mom.Um, I think that...

I think politiciansgo into these conventions

-wanting escortsbecause of the discretion. -Yes.

-Because you can pay 40 grandto an escort -Uh-huh. Mmm.

-and expect they're not gonnasay anything. -They're also some

-of the most suppressed people.I feel like they're like, -Yeah.

"Every day I tell my lies.When I'm in Tampa this week,

-all hell breaks loose." Youknow? -Yeah, I-I totally agree

-with that. No, thatalways happens though. -Yeah.

It's always like... Like,Eliot Spitzer was a crusader

-against prostitution, andthe whole time he was... -Yeah.

he was doing it.That's how you always know.

Like, people are really againstgay marriage, it's like,

"All right."You know what I mean? "We know

-what you're doing." You know?-That is the truth though.

That is true. What you findis the people that are

the most against it have themost skeletons in their closet.

-You know? -Mm-hmm. Yeah.-Yeah. All those bones.

-Someone's like, "Yeah!"-Yeah. -All them bones.

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