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Belle Knox, Duke University Porn Performer, Becomes Media Star and Target

Knox shows herself to be a teenager with more nuanced social concerns and a greater depth of human understanding than many of the more mature adults around her.
 
 
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Since the last time I wrote about Belle Knox , Duke University’s rising porn starlet, she’s claimed her throne as belle of the ball in the New York media circuit, gracing the full spectrum of talk shows, and receiving the full spectrum of responses from their hosts. While Knox’s interview with Ricky Camilleri had all the elegance and in-depth, thoughtful interviewing you’d expect from  Huffpost Live, Dr. Drew used his airtime with the porn star to prove that not every host can be the class-act that  Artie Lange or Howard Stern showed themselves to be—both of whom gave respectful interviews and covered the issues at stake through entertaining, non-judgmental open dialog. 

Sadly, Dr. Drew was not the only purveyor of foot-in-mouth moments. Here are a few selections from Knox’s media tour.

Knox on The View

The first stop on Knox’s media tour was ABC’s  The View, where the 18 year-old left many bunched panties in her wake. If it were only a matter of former Playmate of the Year Jenny McCarthy asking, “What happened?” (i.e. that turned you to porn), it wouldn’t even have been all that weird. 

But when Knox mentioned that she began watching porn at age 12, and Barbara Walters asked if she did so with her parents (assuming abuse?), and everybody (quite naturally) laughed at the absurdity of it all — that’s when things get really weird. As Knox rather sweetly put it later in her interview with Howard Stern: “She (Barbara) didn’t know what was going on.” It’s the Internet where tweens are watching porn these days…without their parents. 

But you kind of have to give Barbara Walters the benefit of the doubt, even when she asked wince-worthy things like, “I just wondered if you have other ambitions?” 1) because she’s endearingly bewildered and sort of sweet about it; 2) because she’s from a completely different generation; and 3) because it’s nothing compared to what Sherri Shepherd had in store.

It was as though the sole purpose of inviting Knox on  The View was to give Sherri Shepherd an opportunity to demonstrate what a caring person she is. “My heart breaks,” she admitted in refrain, and suddenly the show was thrown from its orbit by the gravitational pull of Sherri’s broken heart. All this after telling Knox, “It sounds like you have something completely memorized that you are saying.” 

Funny, because the only thing that sounded scripted from the other side of the camera was Sherri’s heartbreak. I, for one, think a few crocodile tears might have made the performance more sincere. Even my mom found it nauseating. Even my mom said, “Well if your heart is breaking so much, why don’t you go ahead and pay this girl’s college tuition?” You can imagine the laugh I had when I heard Knox say the same thing on the  Opie & Anthony Show.

Through all this, Whoopie Goldberg’s panties remained the only un-bunched pair in the house. Knox managed the interview like a pro, always turning the conversation back to the two main issues — college tuition costs and women’s sexual empowerment. Whoopie took the lead and redirected the conversation to questions that are relevant to these issues, giving Knox the opportunity to describe her personal experience of empowerment:

"I’d like to first clarify that the idea of empowerment and degradation is completely subjective. And for me, I feel that, in this backdrop of our society where women are so often robbed of their sexual autonomy and are subjected to sexual violence — in this backdrop of, you know, misogyny against women, it’s incredibly freeing and liberating to have that choice, to make decisions about my own body. And in porn, I’m in a safe, controlled environment where I set the boundaries, I set the rules."

 
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