PVV – will you go to prom with me, XXX?

In spite of the wicked rain and cold outside lately, it’s technically Springtime 2012!! It has been for almost a week now.

Spring invokes different things for different people: cleaning, planting, and moving (ugh); the impending horror of taking finals… or the impending horror of grading them. And for some, it means prom.

Prom is a long-standing tradition that, like many long-standing traditions, has been going through a series of changes (within its pre-established framework, of course) lately. Prom seems to try in some respects, but it’s still extremely fraught and quite problematic. It’s also a big deal to lots of teenagers.

(we’ll just leave the prom deconstruction at that for today)

Recently, some 18-year-old kid from Minnesota started tweeting around asking porn performers to go to prom with him. Apparently, he sent out over 600 Twitter messages – he was trying to keep his options open… and I guess any ol’ porn chic would do (le sigh)

Anyway, this kid – Mike Stone – eventually found someone – Megan Piper – who would agree to go. But, as the fates would have it, Megan and Mike’s Minnesota mish-mash by the punchbowl is not to be. School officials have said, under no uncertain terms, “No.”

(pictured: Mike and Megan, image originally here)

This doesn’t surprise me – not only is 19-year-old Megan not a student at Mike’s school, she’s also “over-aged.” I’m sure there’s some sort of pre-established rule about unaffiliated “adults” who don’t attend the school in question not being able to go to students’ social events. There’s also probably some sort of distraction clause at play here. Fine.

Not to be denied, Mike and Megan are fighting the powers that be!! They’re currently trying to find an alternate location to celebrate their tweet connection and blah blah blah… yawn. For as much as I can believe in the (possible) good intentions of Bree Olson and for as much as I whole-heartedly support kids getting to go to prom with whomever they want (or can get to go with them… if they’re in to that sort of thing), this whole situation smacks of attention-seeking and (now) publicity. But what do I know?

However, a really interesting point about this situation was raised by a comment/question from KS. In a nutshell, KS speculated that the genders of the primary players involved here (Mike and Megan) had some impact on the school’s decisions and others’ reactions to this series of circumstances.

I wonder about this. If adult performer Mike (Michael… trying to keep in the same name family here) Vegas had agreed to go to prom with some 18-year-old high school student named Megan from Minnestota, would the reactions have been different? Or what if Megan had wanted to go with Mika (trying…) Tan or Mike with Michael Vegas? What if Mike was terminally ill and his dying wish was to spend a social evening with Megan Piper the Porn Performer? Or, better yet, with Manuel Ferrara??

Would the fallout from this (very effective – props Mike, and to you too Megan) publicity stunt have been any different with variations in gender, sexualitites, or even health? I’m thinking probably not… because ultimately each of these iterations boil down to one common factor – porn performer at a high school social event.

Now certainly, there have been porn performers at proms before (maybe even attending their own proms – gasp!!). The difference here lies in the publicity and attention… thus, the moral of the story quite clearly is: if you want to get a porn chic to go to prom with you, DM her. It’s just nicer.

What do you think?

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