Monday, February 27, 2006

Favorite Hooker Haunts - Santa Monica Boulevard

On Friday, the Times reported on a seedy stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard around Gower that's popular with gay, straight and transgendered prostitutes like it's a new thing. Their hook?

According to the LAPD, Lee Tamahori — the New Zealand-born director of "Mulholland Falls," "Once Were Warriors" and the James Bond movie "Die Another Day" — was wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, a long black wig and full makeup when he propositioned an undercover vice officer for oral sex near Santa Monica Boulevard and Lodi Place.

No word yet on whether this will actually be a setback to his career or a boost. Or if the undercover officer has a screenplay he'd like to talk to the director about. Alternate sexuality, after all, is the new black. This may just be the year that two gay cowboys and a trannie grab an Oscar.

"That area is blatant," Garza said. "The seedy part of Hollywood would be the best way to describe it."

And boy is it. Sure, it's cleaned up some, but it's still pretty fascinating. Hang out at the Yukon Mining Company over on Santa Monica and Fuller some night around 2 a.m. and you'll see what I mean.

It's a big problem, but discouraging it by increased patrols and better lighting is just going to move it out of the area. Just like last time.

Longtime residents said there was a time, years ago, when LAPD officers pushed the prostitution problem west into the city of West Hollywood, only to have L.A. County sheriff's deputies push it back east into Hollywood.

Great. Prostitute ping-pong. No, not that kind of ping pong. Fuck, people, this is a family show.

Look, people like to fuck. Some people are wiling to pay for it. Some people are willing to sell it. In the words of George Carlin, "Selling is legal, fucking is legal. Why isn't selling fucking legal?" You want to get the criminal element out of it? You want to slow down the spread of disease? Legalize it, and tax the hell out of it. Enforce medical tests, require condoms.

But we all know that's not going to happen. So, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, where will all the hookers go? Suggestions?

1 comment:

kim said...

looking for my friend, a bisexual, who was a prostitude for men when he was 18 in 1980 on Santa Monica Blvd., he went by name of David Anthony or Marc Anthony, etc. He had crazy blonde bozo hair, blue eyes, tanned and walked with a lilt in his step. His parents kicked him out to fend for himself. I was a friend. Want to know if he is still alive. please reply to kimray.calif@yahoo.com. thanks very much.