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Albuquerque’s city administration moved behind the scenes to shut down Pornotopia, he said. Savage called that harassment and censorship.
The city administration is protecting people from “a communal experience of porn,” Savage said, adding that there’s something kind of beautiful about that experience. “If you want to keep porn out of Albuquerque, you need to rip the internet out of Albuquerque,” he said. “Everything is a porn delivery system now that we rely on to take part in our modern world.”
Savage encouraged his many fans across the country begin sending letters to Mayor Richard Berry and directed them to the online letter submission form. He also suggested Pornotopia’s purveyors sue the city for a fat payout that could “endow” Pornotopia for many years.
As we reported two weeks ago, the city’s zoning enforcers spanked the yearly porn festival put on on by Self Serve. In response, Molly Adler and Matie Fricker, the sex shop’s owners, assembled a showcase of burlesque and music, and promised to put the First Amendment to use. This was all supposed to happen tomorrow night at Sunshine Theater.
But earlier this week, the city informed the Sunshine that it would be attending and scrutinizing the event. Thinking it was unfair to put the venue and the performers at risk, Adler and Fricker called off Pornotopia CENSORED. Read their take here.
I spoke with Fricker today after she and Adler sat down with Tito Madrid, one of Mayor Richard Berry’s representatives, and Matthew Conrad, code enforcement manager. Fricker said they talked about how the zoning code is confusing and requires clarification. “It was our first meeting with someone who kind of understood where we were coming from,” she said.
Last night, a group of about 40 people met with the Self Serve owners and formed the Citizens United For Free Speech, or CUFFS. They’ll be outside Sunshine Theater tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as Self Serve refunds tickets. (You can also get a refund anytime at the shop: 3904 Central SE). CUFFS will be talking to people and gauging interest.