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Lisa Ann Wants Sex Work to Remain Illegal and Government to Regulate Porn

The former porn star opens up about her conflicted relationship with the porn industry and her aggressive DM sliding strategy

https://soundcloud.com/wearemel/episode-4-lisa-ann

In 2014, Lisa Ann was the most famous porn star in the world. Pornhub named her its most popular performer that year, and by a wide margin — her name was searched for more than twice as often as Madison Ivy’s, the woman who ranked No. 2. She also was credited with almost single-handedly popularizing porn’s MILF genre, the second most popular category among men in 2014 behind (ironically) “teen” porn. Not to mention that she was still well-known for playing Serra Paylin in the porn parody Who’s Nailin’ Paylin?

But 2014 was also the same year she decided to retire from porn to trade in another fantasy: fantasy sports. She now hosts Fantasy Sports After Dark and Lisa Ann Does Fantasy, two fantasy sports talk shows that air on Sirius XM digital radio. Lisa Ann has a distinct advantage when it comes to handicapping fantasy sports: When she was still an adult film star and dancer, she befriended and dated numerous professional athletes whom she nows calls upon for valuable inside information on certain players and teams. Her relationship with the sports world is so close, in fact, that she has unprecedented access to the green room on draft night. Once, she was asked to call and inform a college player that he had been drafted.

In this episode of the MEL Interview podcast, Lisa Ann discusses her new memoir The Life, explains why she thinks government should regulate the porn industry and describes the art of sliding into someone’s DMs.

Read an edited excerpt from the interview below or listen to the full recording at the Soundcloud embed above.

Tell us about your relationship with professional athletes.
When I was feature dancing in the early 1990s, all the athletes came into the clubs. So I just started interacting with them on a regular basis, and when I would travel somewhere, I’d know what games were taking place. I also had access to a lot of agents who would reach out to me. And after you meet your first four or five big sports agents, you can meet anyone and they can meet you.

That’s how we did it back then — because it was before the internet. Now you just follow them on Twitter and they DM you.

Is that your preferred method of dating?
I’m not going to bars and meeting people; I’m just working this shit on social media. Sliding into DMs is easy and simple. If it’s someone I want to meet, I know when they’re going to be on the plane after the game. That’s when I’ll follow them because they’re going to go through verified followers first. They’re going to see mine, and if they don’t see it for a couple days, you unfollow them and go back and re-follow them later.

You’re otherwise super respectful of their privacy, though. You’ve built this extensive Rolodex of professional athletes who are big fans of yours and that you’ve dated and slept with. But you’ve never named names.
I think what happens in the bedroom should stay in the bedroom. I know that sounds strange because I’ve had sex on camera, but I always knew that camera was there. Plus, I think secrets are very sexy. Nor am I with these athletes to bring value to my life. I’m with them because I enjoy them. So it’s important to me to respect their privacy. When I was writing my book, publishers turned me down left and right because I wouldn’t drop names. That’s actually why I self-published.

In 2012, you went to Florida and did some feature dancing to coincide with the Republican National Convention — in large part because of your role as Serra Paylin, who, of course, was based on the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. Given that we’re in yet another election year, what’s your relationship like with the Republican Party?
It was interesting because the club came to me and said, “We’re going to rent a podium, put you up on stage and call reporters to interview.” I’m like, “Let’s see how it goes.” There were about 50 reporters there, and they were asking me real political questions. So I made sure I had real political answers. It was just a bizarre experience to know that I was in the same city as the convention. I’ll tell you the greatest thing about being in Florida that week: There were snipers on the rooftops of every hotel because of all the politicians. I loved it. We would drive around at night after leaving the club and try to spot the snipers. I would love to live in a country like that because I would feel so safe.

Check out the rest of our chat with Lisa Ann on The MEL Interview:

https://soundcloud.com/wearemel/episode-4-lisa-ann

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