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Scott Wiener On Porn Doppelgänger: "At Least He's Good Looking"

Supervisor Scott Wiener has been called a Nazi and a Republican. But he's never been the subject of a pornographic parody. Until now.

Supervisor Scott Wiener has a porn doppleganger (the guy on top)—and a sense of humor.

The cast of "The Cover Up," including Dale Cooper (center) as Supervisor Cox.

"They hired a really good looking guy to play me, so I say go for it," said Supervisor Scott Wiener about a pornographic parody of his efforts to ban most forms of public nudity from San Francisco.

"The Cover Up," part of local studio NakedSword's ongoing series called Golden Gate (a sort of XXX Tales of the City), was written and directed by Wiener's constituents in the Castro. It began filming this past Sunday, when actors staged a mock political rally in Harvey Milk Plaza for a politician named Supervisor Cox.

The writer of the spoof, Conner Habib, a porn writer and performer (link SFW), is a close neighbor of Wiener's, and both consider their disagreements to be about policy, not personalities. "Pornography has for centuries been used as a form of political protest," Habib explained. "We bring these people down to a more human level—that they have bodies like everyone else does."

Filming began this Sunday at the Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro, when Castro porn director Mr. Pam (herself a woman), gathered what she estimated to be over one hundred performers to stage the mock political rally. The filming involved real-life nude protestors, but no public sex acts. Mr. Pam stresses that the crew had all the proper permits, and the cooperation of the SFPD.

In the film, after nude protestors confront him, Cox retreats to a back room, followed by one of them. According to Habib, the nudist takes off his clothes and demands that Cox look at his unclothed body. Cox at first refuses, but relents when the protestor accuses him of fearing freedom. Once they lock gazes, the scene proceeds just about as would be expected.

"They don't teach this in Poli Sci 101," Wiener said when asked about the movie, laughing. "I am continually reminded of why I love San Francisco so much. I give them credit for their creativity."

Habib says that the debate about the nudity ban taps into larger issues surrounding the growing acceptance of gays and lesbians in the mainstream: "The right to [be] naked in the Castro was linked to the right to express yourself, the right to hold hands with your lover, and the right to challenge people to think differently." Mr. Pam agrees, saying, "Give us three blocks for gay sexuality."

Wiener not surprisingly disagrees with their analysis, saying that being naked in public is not a gay issue, but rather one about the use of public space. We asked the supervisor if he would be watching porn actor Dale Cooper's portrayal of him when the scene debuts online on April 3rd on NakedSword's website (Extremely NSFW). "No," he said. "I'll wait to read the review in the New York Times."

 

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