Thirteen years after Traci Lords appeared on "Melrose Place," The Times "broke the story" -- again -- about porn stars entering the mainstream ["The New Crossover Artists," by Reed Johnson, Nov. 3]. In an article that amounts to free advertising for the porn industry, The Times tells us that porn is L.A.'s fun, sexy secret.
But there's no news here; it's an open secret. Pornography is a billion-dollar local industry and its product is everywhere. From the casting of a 20-year-old porn pro in Steven Soderbergh's latest film to the sexed-up Halloween costumes for little girls, we are being fed a steady diet of "breakthrough" porn.