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Reality TV at its raunchiest.
Breaking into adult entertainment can be a degrading experience, as Belle Knox, a.k.a. “the Duke University porn star,” discovered when outed by a fellow student. Since being (over)exposed as a sex worker, though, she’s proved quite adept at leveraging her story into bigger opportunities—like hosting a competitive reality webseries called The Sex Factor, which promises to make her scandalous entrée to the world of XXX films look positively quaint.
If you’ve watched American Idol, you already know how this works: would-be performers, none of whom have appeared on film before, will try to impress a panel of industry veterans with their amateur thrusts and moans. The public votes for their favorite male and female contestants, with the two winners taking home $1 million each and performing in a scene with Knox herself.
— The Sex Factor (@TheSxFactor) May 30, 2014
Great news all around for people who like to see women shed their clothes and inhibitions for cash (or men berated for failing to achieve instantaneous erections). Best of all, you can pimp your friends into consideration by following @thesxfactor and tweeting at them with the hashtag #IWantToSeeYouInPorn. Idiocracy, here we come!
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'