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“When you become a public figure you are held to a different level of scrutiny and ethics.”

This was the response by Fort Myers’ councilman, Tom Babcock, when questioned about the firing of town manager Scott Janke — fired because his wife is a porn star.

Well, fair enough, Mr. Babcock, I agree with that statement. Except…what exactly was unethical about Janke’s marriage and how did it figure into the quality of his work?

Pornography is a diverse form of entertainment, and like other forms of entertainment, can be done in an ethical manner or unethical manner. Simplified: Consensual sex portrayed on-screen = ethical. Abusive, non-consensual sex = unethical.  From what I understand, Anabela Janke’s career choice is completely consensual, on and off the camera.

The mayor of Fort Myers, Larry Kiker, makes the argument that Janke’s career detracted and distracted from Scott Janke’s job as town manager. Personally, I think it is Kiker who is inappropriately distracted from his job.

What do you think? I’ve posted a CNN video on the topic below (sidenote: be warned, the attorney they have as an expert is headache-inducing).

Embedded video from CNN Video

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