Celebrity sex tapes help porn industry survive 

Celebrity sex tapes are the only things keeping the porn industry afloat, according to Fox News. The explosion of free online pornography has reportedly left the formerly billion-dollar industry flaccid, going from about $15 billion a year in the mid-2000s to as low (relatively speaking) as $5 billion now.

But folks are still game to pony up cash to see Z-list reality stars and Anthony Weiner’s castoffs get down to business in front of the camera. Porn powerhouse Vivid Entertainment claims it is “very proactive” about finding willing celebs to help drive their brand.

“We leased a celebrity sex tape with Farrah Abraham,” says Vivid founder Steven Hirsch, “which equated to $500,000 in sales” quickly. Other insiders claim that Vivid has an exclusive relationship with TMZ to break the story whenever a new sex tape is about to be released in order to build, um, excitement. Hirsch denies the collaboration.

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