Mayor: Pimpin' Out Oakland to HBO Not a Good Idea

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums is not happy that an upcoming HBO drama exploring prostitution is set to be filmed in the city.

The show, "Gentlemen of Leisure," is based on the 1999 documentary "American Pimp" and would focus on a middle-aged pimp who wants to get out of the business.

Production is scheduled for next year, though no permits have been issued for filming. Dellums and other city officials say they worry the show would promote a negative image of the city.

Oakland's film coordinator says another HBO crime show, "The Wire," has had a positive impact on tourism and the economy in Baltimore, where that show was set.

Dellums' chief of staff said the mayor's office is open to further talks with HBO.

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