From the “so silly it’s amazing” department, there comes the news that porn production companies Rodax Distributors and Caballero Video must recall all films based on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavours.
Yes, it’s true. The companies have produced such films as Boston Cream Thigh, New York Fat & Chunky and Peanut Butter D-Cup, based respectively on the ice cream maker’s Boston Cream Pie, New York Super Fudge Chunk and Peanut Butter Cup. A New York court issued a consent order requiring the companies to remove the films from the marketplace after Ben & Jerry’s sued.
I’ve written before about the amazing world of porn parodies and the dubiousness of their actual “parody” qualifications, but this case takes the cake (with a side of ice cream).
As Amanda Hess notes over on Slate, while porn parodies have been big business over the past few years, there really is no parodying being done in this case. While a parody generally has to skewer the work it’s based on, it’s unlikely that Caballero’s films “are crafted around tightly-wound narratives skewering the ice cream industry; they’re not so much parodies as they are porn-plus-puns.”
Indeed. If the porn industry is stooping to naming its films after ice cream flavours, it’s in real trouble indeed.