Two degrees of Mr. Marcus Op/Ed by Charity Bangs

Two degrees of Mr. Marcus Op/Ed by Charity Bangs

The Mr. Marcus incident has been one that has impacted us all.  Even if you’ve never met the guy, or performed with him, you probably sat back and thought, hey, I bet I’ve slept with someone, or had close contact  with someone who HAS slept with him.  After all, this is a small group of individuals we like to call our industry, and we all know what happens when you try to find someone that’s beyond six degrees of Kevin Bacon. I’ll bet none of us are more that two degrees away from Mr. Marcus.

Now I’ve been purposely holding off on writing an article on this matter because I find it annoying when people speak about matters to which they don’t have a proper amount of information, and while I have far from ALL the information about this matter, I do feel like I’m now informed enough to form an educated opinion.

Now here are the assumptions I am making based off all the information that’s been put out.

First, Mr Marcus, at some point before TTS started testing for syphilis, did contract it.

Secondly, due to whatever reason, TTS in June, added syphilis to the standard panel, I am throwing out an educated guess here that it had something to do with the outbreak that was starting in europe.

Next, Mr Marcus receives a test that includes a positive syphilis result, now only he knows how much treatment he had leading up to that point, or what his confidential medical advice was, but the simple facts are he received a positive test.

Next, that test is altered so that he can continue to work.

Finally, he is caught, and the finger pointing begins

So here we are, in an industry that has unprotected sex with each other  (for now), and within our group, someone has, or had a STD that they felt they had to hide.  After all, we’re not talking about Chlamydia or  Gonorrhea, we’re talking about syphilis.  The finger pointers have all used this incident to try and push their own agendas, some say it’s Mr.  Marcus’s fault, some say it’s TTS’s fault, some say it’s the producers/directors that he shot with fault, and they’re all right,  there’s enough blame to go, but we’ll get to blame later.

First let’s discuss what we have to lose, our lives.  That was easy, doesn’t get much more dreadful than that right? OUR LIVES!  After all, most of us are two degrees away from Mr. Marcus, and had this been a more deadly STD, or worse, something new, we’d all be caught up in the net right now.  Like tuna about to be pulled up into a boat to die.  Great, now that we all realize we are gambling with, our lives, we can hopefully understand the severity of not specifically THIS incident, but the position we’re all in to be caught up in a much worse incident if we
don’t do something.

So what do we do?  Well that’s an answer that some people would need 100 pages to answer, and here’s the kicker, almost all those answers have an agenda behind them, someone that wants to profit from the answer, someone that wants to gain power from the answer, or someone that wants to control information from the answer.  Guys and gals, please, PLEASE know that those people don’t care about you, they don’t care about me, they only care about increasing whatever it is they want to gain.  And by blindly following any of those bodies you’re only enabling them, and for what, one scene? one sale? one bit of a thought that you’re in their good graces? Is that really worth your life?

Back to what the answer is.  The answer is understanding that your actions, my actions, everyone’s actions impact the entire industry, as we’re all no more than two degrees away from each other.  Because of that, if you want to enter this industry, you need to give up certain rights that were designed for those who do NOT have jobs who impact such a group. You heard me right, giving up rights.  After all, when you join the military, you give up a ton of rights, when you get a job you give up certain rights, hell, even people in positions such as athletes and
politicians give up rights as a prerequisite for doing their job. Let’s use a football player as an example.  He goes out to practice one day and gets a horrible headache, he’s then seen by the team doctor.  That doctor then diagnoses the player with some life threatening condition that means he’ll never play football again.  You think the player can just tell the doctor, “Don’t tell the team that, I’ll just keep playing with it”.  No, the doctor must inform the team, and the team then determines, “Hey, this player is not in any medical condition to be playing this sport”.  As much as it sucks, when certain things happen to us, mainly the contraction of STD’s occur, we are in no condition to continue in this industry.  It sucks, yes, but it’s something we need to
 realize before, or when we enter.

Well, how do we enact this?  Simple, to be considered a performer, you have to waive your right to secrecy when it comes to STD’s.  Now that’s not saying when someone gets a positive test we blast it on twitter, but we can come up with a, probably quite small, notification list, of companies/directors, agents, treatment doctors, and owners that could be notified on a positive result.  Those on the notification list can even be asked to sign some sort of NDA to where they cannot leak this information.  This list is then used to determine who was exposed as a result of this positive test, and how best to notify those exposed.  That’s it, simple, no power struggle, and we get to do, legally, what is most important, notify the exposed talent.

As of now, no one seems to want to give up their rights though, so now we get to blame.  You should see where I’m going with all this, that we are
 ALL to blame.  We’re all way too greedy with our privacy, and now we’re complaining that someone actually USED that privacy to pull a fast one on us.  Why not blame MM?  Well he is to blame a little, but I’m not going to villainize him, I’m not going to sit here and be under the illusion that everyone else in the industry would stand from the rooftops and notify every partner they’d ever had, and never work again, no, you’re crazy if you think that under the current system, this will never happen again.  Some want to blame TTS.  Well, those are people
with something to gain from seeing TTS go the way of the dodo bird because TTS is actually the entity with absolutely NO blame here, and had CET been the testing facility, they would have had no blame either. Mainly because TTS/CET is bound by those rights I spoke of that we need to give away when entering the industry.  Those rights are in most part related to HIPAA.  I don’t have the time nor the energy to explain HIPAA in detail, so just google it guys, you’ll see very quickly that itis ILLEGAL for TTS/CET to share results from an STD test to ANYONE but
MM.  And that is the flaw in the system.  We’re relying on the talent to do the right thing, and in this case and probably many times in the past and future, they didn’t.

In my opinion, all the other details in this matter are irrelevant.  Well maybe not irrelevant, but squabbling about them will not get us any closer to making sure this doesn’t happen again.

So there you are, a relatively short opinion on what is important in this  incident, and what we need to do to prevent it from happening again.
Maybe we can all come together because of this incident, or maybe it’ll take a larger, more deadly incident to do that, who knows.


  1. Karmafan

    Long article that tends to ramble on (maybe she related to Steele). So is she trying to say the system is at fault and NOT Mr. Marcus?

  2. KV814

    I don’t think Charity is saying Marcus is not at fault for his wreckless actions (whether he actually spread syph to other talent or not). I believe she’s just stating that this situation involving him is a symptom of a much larger problem in the industry: the inability to effectively share patient information. Did anyone else interpret her piece that way?

  3. jeremysteele11

    Im not sure what her point was but if only Marcus could appoint his own his own commission on it he won’t be faulted for anything n the verdict can be that we’re all at fault for a failure of imagination.

  4. Karmafan

    I read her piece a couple of times and its nicely written spelling wise but I wasn’t sure what she was trying to say or the point she was trying to make with the story.

  5. jeremysteele11

    As a joke I imagined a blond bimbo porn star by name of Stormy Sunshine, too dimwitted to realize her name’s a contradiction, who writes a long, rambling op ed about God knows what but because she sucks and fucks on camera like a good slut she still gets lots of responses saying how awesome her write up was.

    In lieu of that, let me say this op/ed was awesome!

  6. chichiladouche

    Doesn’t Charity Bangs work with crossovers at Next Door Male? Several models who used to work there said that the owner of the company offers the male talent a few hundred dollars extra and sometimes other goodies (drugs, and IPads) if they have bareback (unprotected anal sex) with him.

  7. CharityBangs

    Thanks for the positive comments guys.. responses:
    -It was an opinion article.. the only point was to share my opinion, nothing more.
    -Yes I am a good slut, and yes that does afford me a large audience… I’m trying to use that audience to make positive changes… what do you think most other porn girls are using that audience for? And as with any other entertainer, yes we have an audience for our work, but should we simply do our job, go home and never have an opinion on anything? no.
    -Yes I have worked at Next Door, and FYI it was the safest scene I’ve ever seen.. all talent there is given a FULL test, not standard, they are then quarantined till the shoot date, and all scenes are shot with protection… if “regular” porn were shot that way, we’d have absolutely no STD outbreaks. I commend Next Door for their voluntary safety standards.

  8. jeremysteele11

    You should start a Charity Bangs Foundation. I’m sure there are a lot of hard up people in these tough times in need of a charity bang.

  9. alex96

    I wish it was more ladies like Charity Bangs, that are open and honest. Also smart enough to expand her fan base, which includes interracial scenes and not let one person actions stop her. So many woman in porn forget that, we are a large fan base.

  10. PeterRomeroxxx

    Don’t worry about it anymore. Mr.Mucus is going to get a really good paying job at Manwin in Burbank and do what ever Fabian(nathan) tells him to do.

  11. PeterRomeroxxx

    I wonder how much Mr Mucus will get paid by Fabian (Nathan)at Manwin for throwing TTS under the bus for his bullshit? Think about that one!

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