CONTROVERSIAL porn star Max Hardcore who was once jailed for his adult films has died at age 66.
The actor, whose real name was Paul Little, died on Monday from septic shock and pneumonia after a cancer battle, his business partner said.
Little, who was known for his extreme and degrading adult film scenes, had been receiving radioactive iodine treatment following a thyroid cancer diagnosis in March 2022.
“He was almost at the finish line for the chemotherapy,” Little’s long-time office manager and business partner Paul Munoz said.
“He went in and did the surgery and he didn’t want to spend the weekend at the hospital, so he came back home and that’s when things went south for him.
“His wind tunnel ruptured and air started going into his neck and his neck started swelling up.”
Little was put on a ventilator at one point and spent a month in the hospital before things appeared to start improving in February.
“And then this past Friday, he suffered some kind of infection in his throat and downstairs,” Munoz said.
“This infection wiped him out because his immune system had not recovered from the last time in December.”
Little was still making efforts in the adult entertainment industry up until he was diagnosed with cancer.
He had a nearly three-decade long career with more than 500 performing credits and 360 credits as a director.
His movies were often slammed for their extreme and degrading nature.
The films landed him in legal trouble in May 2007, when he and his production company Max World Entertainment were indicted by a grand jury in Tampa, Florida, on charges of distributing obscene material through the U.S. mail and internet.
He was sentenced to 46 months in prison in 2008, however, he had supporters who believed that the charges were unjust.
“At the time, most journalists and bloggers saw Little as a victim – a man whose freedom of pornographic expression had been labeled criminal by the U.S. government,” Forbes’ Susannah Breslin wrote in 2011.
“Max did it his way. He walked the line and didn’t give a f**k if he fell off of it or not,” said Munoz.
“He knew he had a lot of people who didn’t like him.”
Still, many reviled Little for what they considered “abuse” in his films, as reported by Daily Mail.
Feminist Julie Bindel said that she celebrated Little’s death, tweeting: “I don’t believe in evil, but the feeling I got when I was once within hearing distance of this bastard was that I was in its presence.”
Other Twitter users shared their concerns over the material he produced in the thread, with one saying: “The world is a better place without him.”
Little is survived by his sister and two brothers.
There are two very distinct types of people in this world: those that like weapon durability, and those that hate it. It’s the ‘marmite’ of game design choices, and it has formed the basis of endless discourse since time immemorial. Zelda: Breath of the Wild was not like other Zelda games; the title made some massive changes to the core RPG formula that innovated hugely on the series’ personality. Instead of an old man bestowing magical swords on you in some dusty old cave, you needed to forage for your weapons – arm yourself with a branch, if needs be, in order to survive.
But branches – and by extension, anything, apparently – break. Even the Master Sword, once you got your eager hands on it, broke after some use – albeit not permanently. Breath of the Wild became quite a controversial Zelda game to some, because the weapons would break – and break quickly. Even finding yourself some ludicrous, overpowered thing didn’t fill you with that much excitement, because you knew it’d just crumble to dust in about two encounters’ time.
Enter The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, per today’s big gameplay showcase, we know a couple of important new mechanics will be added to the game. First, there’s rewind – a handy way of making falling blocks of stone from the sky retrace their steps and take you back up to the heavens. Next, there’s ascend – a sneaky little move Link can employ to pop his tousled blonde head up a ceiling and into another room.
Not even rainbow-themed songs are safe from the politicking running rampant through U.S. schools, it seems.
A Wisconsin school district removed the performance of Miley Cyrus’ 2017 song “Rainbowland” from a song list ahead of a first-grade concert last week, even though the song lacks any explicit content and reportedly was a favorite among students.
School District of Waukesha Superintendent Jim Sebert told local news station Fox 6 that the district questioned “whether it was appropriate for the age and maturity level of the students” and the “social or personal impacts” on the children, and he cited a school board policy related to “controversial issues” in a classroom setting.
In a statement issued on March 24, district leadership explained that the decision was made at the discretion of Heyer Elementary School’s music teacher, principal, and central office administrator, and later reviewed and supported by the district superintendent. The district clarified that the Board of Education was not involved.
Teachers like Melissa Tempel, a first-grade dual language teacher at Heyer Elementary School, told news outlets that there were rumors it was banned because the district believed Cyrus to be too “controversial” of a figure in the eyes of the public. But Tempel, who identifies as a teacher activist, also posted to Twitter that she believes it might have something more to do with the song’s lyrics.
“Rainbowland,” a duet between Cyrus and her famous godmother Dolly Parton, tells a story about overcoming “hurt and hate” and celebrating life in shining color:
Oh, I’d be lying if I said this was fine
All the hurt and the hate going on here
We are rainbows, me and you
Every color, every hue
Let’s shine on through
Together, we can start living in a Rainbowland
Living in a Rainbowland
The skies are blue and things are grand
Wouldn’t it be nice to live in paradise
Where we’re free to be exactly who we are
Let’s all dig down deep inside
Brush the judgment and fear aside
Make wrong things right
And end the fight
For years, Cyrus has made LGBTQ acceptance a central part of her celebrity image, through initiatives like her Happy Hippie Foundation, which provides support to homeless and LGBTQ youth, support of The Foundation for AIDS Research, and live LGBTQ events, like the Miley Cyrus Pride Special in 2021.
Parton herself is a champion of children’s literacy and an iconic LGBTQ ally. In 1995, Parton founded the Imagination Library, an unrestricted global initiative to provide free books to children from birth to age 5. In 2022, Parton released an anti-bullying children’s book, Billy The Kid Makes It Big, and became one of many openly-accepting celebrities used as a symbol in the fight to protect LGBTQ communities in states like Tennessee.
But it’s not just pop music that the school seems to be against. Tempel tweeted on March 22 that the school had also banned the famous Kermit the Frog song “Rainbow Connection,” but a parent uproar reintroduced the song to the setlist. In its statement, the school district did not say the song was expressly banned and explained that the song was suggested as a replacement by the school’s music teacher.
Waukesha’s school district has been under fire before for anti-LGBTQ policies. Last year, teachers and community members under the group Alliance for Education in Waukesha started a petition in response to anti-diversity and inclusion actions that included banning welcoming and inclusive signage and “pausing” district equity work that was perceived as “controversial” and “political,” the petition reads. District parents have noticed a “conservative flip” among school leadership in recent years, Insider reported, which also reportedly included discouraging teachers from discussions of pronouns and the wearing of rainbow images.
Nationwide, politicians and school leaders are still attacking the inclusion of LGBTQ history and identity in schools, outlawing the public expression of drag, and blocking accessible healthcare for LGBTQ youth. In addition, book bans have steered toward the erasure of diverse media that include themes of gender and sexuality, race, and representation.
Ironically, in avoiding a potentially “controversial” song about happiness, hope, and rainbows, the School District of Waukesha found itself at the center of this ongoing educational controversy, a debate on schools’ roles in educating today’s youth.