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Hi my name is Kevin; I’m a junior developer at a Television company called Zig Zag http://www.zigzag.uk.com/
I can already feel half of you rolling your eyes at this so I’m just going to cut straight to the point. We want to make a one off documentary for Channel 4 (yes, I know they have a bit of a shitty reputation when it comes to representing sex workers but hear me out). The show is called “Yes, I Pay for Sex” and as you can guess it’s about people who pay for sex. Now, before you all go jumping down my throat (pun unintended), this show is focused on more than just the average punter. We want to look at ALL the types of people who pay for sex, men, women, transgendered, young, old, rich, poor, disabled, gay, straight, bi, single, married, couples and widowed.
This show is about disputing the stereotype people have of punters and instead give the actual people who pay for sex a platform to genuinely share their reasons & experiences of using a prostitute. We’re not interested in judging or condemning the practise, there’s already 100 shows that do that shit. This is about trying to understand.
We’ve already been in contact with a few contributors who are interested in taking part in the show. For example, George McCoy (who I’m sure most of you already know) and Unit 8 massage parlour in Sheffield; as they can help put us get in contact with their disabled punters, especially military veterans handicapped due to combat. We’re also talking to Dr Sarah Kingston at Lancaster University, an advocate for legalising sex workers, who’s currently conducting a nationwide study on women who pay for sex. There’s a whole bunch of people we’re working with and I’m just using these examples to show that we’re genuine about shedding a different and diverse light on the subject.
Before you ask; no we can’t pay anyone for their time, this is a documentary, paying contributors compromises the validity of the programme or some shit like that. If you would want to promote something RELATED to the subject, that may be a possible but at most you could just mention the product or the service, you couldn't specifically advertise as that would be product placement. And of course, if you don’t want to reveal your identity then you can appear on the show anonymously. And no, I've never been with a sex worker myself, but I it's support decriminalisation.
I know that television is seen as the great Satan on here and that it has the reputation of being untrustworthy. Speaking around to the people who were involved in A Very British Brothel, I get that a lot of people felt misrepresented. I don’t know what the producer’s intentions were for that show, but I can tell you ours, to know why people pay for sex, straight from the horse’s mouth.
We gain nothing from sugar coating or censoring what any of you have to say. In fact, I’m not going to lie, the more honest you guys are the better it is for our ratings and publicity, because that’s what television is all about. I can’t promise you that everything you say will make it on air. The reality of the matter is we’ll focus on the most surprising and outlandish stuff, but we won’t misrepresent you or take what you said out of context. We’re not interested in reinforcing stereotypes because the truth is, no one is going to watch a TV show that just tells them what they already suspect, people want to watch a show that surprises them. Besides, Zig Zag already has a history of making controversial TV so we’re prepared for the backlash we may get for representing unpopular opinions.
So if after the barrage of justifiable insults and put downs I’ll get on this message board, there are still some of you who are genuinely interested or you have any questions, then please contact me either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can Zis Zag on 020 7017 8755 and ask for Kevin.