Columnist Whips Up Kinky Controversy

BDSM fans call on boycott of "anti-porn prude" at SF Weekly

By Jackson West
|  Friday, Apr 24, 2009  |  Updated 1:00 PM PDT
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Columnist Whips Up Kinky Controversy

Jere Keys

Kink.com's "porn castle" at the armory building has its defenders.

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A local columnist has come under fire for an article about how a local adult entertainment producer was receiving a subsidy from the state for multimedia training for employees.

Cybernet Entertainment, better known as Kink.com, had been sending employees for training at the Bay Area Video Coalition as part of a state-sponsored employment training program.

Kink, located at the Armory building in San Francisco's Mission District, is known for edgy work that caters to fetishists, starting with bondage and getting, well, kinkier from there.

The San Francisco Weekly's Matt Smith brought the matter to the attention of the state's Employment Training Panel while researching his story, and the ETP kicked Kink out of the program.

It didn't take long for the Weekly's nemesis, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, to call Smith a "prude" on their Web site.

Now fetish fans are urging San Franciscans to boycott the weekly tabloid. A flier posted in the Castro district reads:

Boycott the SF Weekly till they pull the hateful "Whipped and Gagged" article depicting consensual BDSM as "coerced torture" and other hateful comments.

Only in San Francisco.

Photo by Jere Keys.

Jackson West can testify that Kink is thoroughly professional place to work.

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