All In with Chris Hayes, Transcript 05/29/15
CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC HOST (voice-over): Tonight on ALL IN –
REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA), MINORITY LEADER: It`s surprising I think that
would be a universal response.
HAYES: Bombshell revelation. A federal law enforcement official tells NBC
News that former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was making payments to
a man to conceal sexual contact they had while that man was a high school
student. We`ll have the latest details.
DANA PERINO, FOX NEWS: There are some, there`s going to be a strain that
will agree with Rand Paul, but the vast majority of Republican voters are
not going to agree with him.
HAYES: Then, it`s Rand Paul versus the field, as key provisions of the
Patriot Act are set to expire.
Plus, more of my conversation with Rashida Jones.
RASHIDA JONES, ACTRESS: There isn`t a psychology. It`s not like there`s
one kind of girl who does this.
HAYES: The actress discusses her new documentary on young women in the
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HAYES: Good evening. From New York, I`m Chris Hayes.
A bombshell scope today from the Tribune Media Company shedding light on
the mystery at the heart of the federal indictment of former House Speaker
Denny Hastert, Republican from Illinois. The indictment centers on a $3.5
million that Hastert allegedly to agree to pay a person, identified as only
individual A in order to compensate for and conceal alleged prior
misconduct against that individual.
Today, journalists of the Tribune Company citing two anonymous law
enforcement officials report that Hastert`s alleged misconduct was sexual
in nature. One of those officials said the person was a man, and Hastert`s
alleged actions date back to his time as a high school wrestling coach and
teacher at Yorkville, Illinois, which ended in 1981. Federal law officials
confirmed to NBC News that Hastert was making payments to a man in order to
conceal sexual contact they had while the man was a student at Yorkville
Joining me now, NBC News justice correspondent Pete Williams.
Pete, you`ve been reporting this all day. Everything here still seems a
bit fuzzy in terms of what happened but it seems like we`ve learned quite a
bit to narrow down the source of the mystery at the core of the indictment
PETE WILLIAMS, NBC NEWS JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: Well, the indictment that
came out from the grand jury raised two big questions, which is what was
the misconduct and who was individual A? The strong suggestion in the
indictment that the individual was someone who was a student at the school.
Today, federal law enforcement officials confirmed that in fact the payment
was made to a man who was a student at the time that there was sexual
misconduct at the high school involving Dennis Hastert and this man.
That`s the extent of what we know.
It`s well to remember two things about this. One is Dennis Hastert is not
charged with sexual misconduct. He is charged with violating two federal
laws, one that is sort of one step removed from the law, the law that says
that banks have to report any large financial transactions. And then one
step removed from that, if you try to frustrate the bank`s ability to do
that, that`s also illegal and that`s the first thing that the government
says Dennis Hastert did in making these payments. And secondly, they say
when the FBI asked about it, he claimed that he kept the money himself.
So, there`s no charge of sexual misconduct and there won`t be because this
conduct happened so long ago that the statute of limitations have long
Another thing that I think is becoming a little clear here that many people
have wondered is, well, why isn`t individual A charged with extortion if
this was a shakedown of Dennis Hastert, and what law enforcement officials
say is that it was close to that they decided but that it was more on the
side of an agreement they had, that Mr. Hastert would make this payment and
that in return the man would not reveal what happened. But that it was not
a full-up case of extortion that they felt they could prosecute.
HAYES: Yes, that`s a really important point. I mean, under the law, two
individuals can enter into a contract with each other in which one
compensates the other for harm done, the other agrees not to talk about
that harm. That can be a lawful exchange.
Obviously, we don`t know the details here about what exactly went down but
it is conceivable to imagine that.
WILLIAMS: That`s right. And there are – there is an indication that the
federal authorities talked to more than one person here in putting this
case together, but they decided just to make the case about the financial
arrangement and the way that the money was withdrawn to in their view
violate the financial reporting rule.
So, that`s the essence of the case, that and what he told the FBI.
HAYES: NBC News Pete Williams – great reporting as always. Thank you
WILLIAMS: You bet.
HAYES: It`s been a while since the name Dennis Hastert grabbed headlines.
This man was the longest serving Republican speaker of the House in our
nation`s history, 1999-2007. The man who enforced GOP unity in the George
W. Bush era, using the informal policy that now bears his name, the Hastert
Rule, which holds that no legislation shall reach the House floor without a
majority of the majority.
Hastert ascended to power after previous speaker, Newt Gingrich, resigned
under pressure, and his would-be successor admitted to having an affair.
Hastert`s own final years in office was marred by another scandal, one that
many are revisiting in the light of today`s news, the sexually explicit
messages sent to former congressional pages by then Congressman Mark Foley.
Joining me now, former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, Barney
Frank, now an NBC News contributor.
Obviously, you served with Dennis Hastert.
BARNEY FRANK, NBC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: I did.
HAYES: I guess, just – I mean, today`s news is upsetting and sad. Your
response to it?
FRANK: Well, one, I was totally surprised. I know there was this tendency
for people to say I knew that.
FRANK: I don`t think anybody knew that. Look, being openly gay, I had
been 1987, serving in the U.S. House, if there was any scuttlebutt about
that, I would have heard about it, if there were any rumors. So, this
comes as a total surprise.
The most important point that I want to stress is once again the hypocrisy
of it. Obviously, there`s an age question, I don`t know –
HAYES: And again, the conduct is alleged. I just want to make sure we say
FRANK: You can say that.
The fact is I don`t know how old the allegee was but there`s a hypocrisy
issue. Dennis Hastert was a member of the House who voted for the Defense
of Marriage Act. He subsequently as speaker twice put before the U.S.
House of Representatives a constitutional amendment that would have
cancelled retroactively all the same-sex marriages that had taken place
So, if this is accurate, and I`m pretty sure that it is, the first point is
the rank hypocrisy of this man using his power to persecute other people
for doing what he was doing. Secondly, it is relevant to note in terms of
the hypocrisy area – you mentioned Gingrich had to quit. It turns out
Gingrich was having an affair with the woman he now married was an employee
of the House Agricultural Committee.
And then, Livingston, who was supposed to replace him had to quit because
he was having an affair, not just with the women, but with a lobbyist who
was lobbying him. So, then, in the effort to get somebody they could –
HAYES: We need someone clean.
FRANK: They get Hastert.
The point is all this was happening while they were impeaching Bill Clinton
for having oral sex. I think it now looks like if you take Bill Clinton,
Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert and Robert Livingston, Clinton`s a choir boy.
And that`s another example of hypocrisy.
So, you know, I would like public policy about public issues. But there`s
been this effort by the Republicans to say, we`re for family values, the
Democrats are corrupt.
This ought to just drive a stake through the heart of that nonsense.
HAYES: Well, and I also got to say, you know, when the Mark Foley
situation broke, very quickly, it went about being about Mark Foley to a
scandal that centered around the speaker`s office, because what it centered
on was there were people who were saying to the speaker`s office, people in
the speaker`s office, Mark Foley is doing inappropriate things, he`s having
inappropriate communications with, again, underage minor boys, and there
was a real question about what did Dennis Hastert`s office do? And there
was a real consensus I think he did not do enough.
FRANK: He did not do enough to protect those young people.
And, again, you contrast that with this rhetoric about being the party of
morality and (INAUDIBLE). I must say, I don`t think it`s coincidental, but
as I have obsessively watch TV news about this, about every loop of Dennis
Hastert, there is a shot of him shaking hand with Mark Foley. I don`t
think that was randomly selected by the people who put those things
HAYES: You know, the last thing – the thing I keep thinking about today,
not knowing again the full story here, but just thinking about going
through your life as a politician, ascending from this sort of story,
incredible story, wrestling coach becomes speaker of the House, three
heartbeats away from the presidency and knowing on some level, there`s this
deep, dark secret, the deepest, darkest secret –
FRANK: I agree. I got to say, maybe this is my mindset, when you said
heart beats away from the presidency, I thought you said three harpies away
from the presidency, which would also have been accurate given Gingrich and
Bill Clinton and what happened.
But, yes, look, I went through some of that myself. I was – during the
period when I was closeted and I was concealing my own irresponsibility, I
was more careful about keeping my head down. I don`t know what sense of
impunity led Dennis Hastert knowing – and I will say this – again, I will
abide by your alleged frame. If in fact it happened, I am certain it did
not on happen once. I don`t think anybody in the history of the world has
only had sex once of any kind.
So, it would be for Hastert not simply the case he had this one person out
there but several.
HAYES: That`s the question.
FRANK: And I`m struck by it. I would say this – the one issue, I didn`t
know about this, had no indication, but when I read the indictment, I was
pretty sure it was a gay thing, for a simple reason, it was the careful
avoidance of gender in the indictment. It wasn`t John Doe, it wasn`t Jane
Having for years been in the closet and worked very successfully at
avoiding gender identities, once I read that gender neutral identity, I
HAYES: Former Congressman Barney Frank, always great to have you here.
I`m joined now by Georgetown law professor Paul Butler, who`s a former
It was such a strange indictment yesterday, because – well, first of all,
let`s start with this – the crimes that he is being insight p dieted for,
you might call them meta crimes, right? They are crimes of concealment.
And there are two things. It`s lying to federal agents, which is a federal
felony and this structuring, which is – explain what structuring is.
PAUL BUTLER, GEORGETOWN LAW PROFESSOR: So, there`s a rule if someone takes
more than $10,000 out of the bank, the bank has to file a currency
transaction report. They have to tell the government what you`re doing
with your money. So, if you try to evade that in what`s called a
structured transaction, like you take out $9,000 rather than $10,000 –
HAYES: And a bunch of those in a row, right.
BUTLER: Your bank says, hey, what`s going on? If they think something
fishy is going on or it`s happening over a period of time, they report you
to the government.
HAYES: OK, there`s – what`s so weird about this, right, is here he –
indicting a former speaker of the House is a big deal. OK?
BUTLER: It is, yes.
HAYES: This indictment drops tomorrow. They`re on crimes of concealment.
The underlying act is the thing everybody wants to know. That is we hear
reporting say taken out of the indictment at the request of the lawyers,
that struck me as very weird.
BUTLER: It`s bizarre. So, if the congressman had taken out this money in
$50,000 increments and then when the FBI asked him why you`re doing that,
he said it`s an agreement I have with someone –
HAYES: I`m paying someone –
BUTLER: Yes, yes, it`s like an informal contract. He wouldn`t be in
trouble. He wouldn`t be indicted.
So, in a sense it`s always the cover-up. But in this case, when you read
the indictment, it`s not really the cover-up that they`re so concerned
The congressman is right. The indictment reads like this veiled threat
telling congressman if you don`t plead guilty, then all of this is going to
come out and whatever it is, we don`t know. But whatever it is,
congressman, you don`t want this to come out.
HAYES: Well, that`s the other thing I found strange and made me a bit
quite uneasy as we tried to figure out how we were going to report on this
today, because you have the indictment which very, very ostentatiously –
does not say what the misconduct is, and then leaks coming left and right
from sources familiar with the investigation saying what it is in dribs and
BUTLER: Yes, that`s a little strange, because first of all, this is an
administration, the Obama administration, that has a bad attitude about
leaks. And the Justice Department, I was a prosecutor there – they rarely
have these kind of leaks.
So, you know, should the lawyer have expected that details were going to
come out? Maybe. But in a sense it wasn`t unreasonable for him to think
that the dirty laundry wouldn`t be aired this soon.
HAYES: The thing that Pete Williams said also – I mean, if indeed the
reporting today bears out what has been corroborated by so many sources I`m
inclined to believe it will, again, alleged sexual abuse, sexual misconduct
– I want to be clear too just in terms of what Barney Frank was saying,
we`re talking about a non-consensual – some nexus of non-consensual sexual
activity with a minor probably, we don`t know it`s a minor, but that`s the
way it appears no, just to distinguish between consulting adults, that if
this bears out, it feels like Al Capone for tax evasion, right?
It feels like someone started catching wind to this, it waves red flag,
federal investigators come down, they find out that there`s past thing that
happened, and they can`t get him for that because of the statue of
limitation and they end getting him on this.
BUTLER: Yes. So, again, it`s not this kind of technical, dry, white
collar offenses that they`re really concerned about. They`re going after
him for what they have evidence to get him on. You know, the first
allegation happened literally 50 years ago. So, again, statute of
limitation problems with bringing a case against what may have actually
HAYES: And a little bit of news you can sue. If you ever find yourself
face to face with a federal investigator, lying to them is a felony. They
will prosecute for you. You should either tell them the truth or get a
lawyer. That`s my advice.
BUTLER: You should absolutely get a lawyer.
HAYES: Get a lawyer.
All right. Paul Butler, thank you.
BUTLER: Great to be here.
HAYES: Still ahead, presidential candidate Rand Paul, highly critique,
sometimes oddly ignored over at the network hosting the first GOP debate,
And coming up, ALL IN the movies and the trailer that had my laughing like
I was 16.
HAYES: There`s the opposite of love fest going on at the right`s favorite
network with regard to presidential candidate Rand Paul.
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PERINO: President Obama and Rand Paul have a similar world view. They
want off the world stage. President Obama agrees. I`d cut the ad right
now and say, a vote for Rand Paul is a vote for Obama`s third term.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, FOX NEWS: Obama`s foreign policy has collapsed. And
whatever name you want to put on Paul`s position, isolationist or
noninterventionist, he is without a doubt the one Republican who would be
running who is the closest to Obama in his view of foreign policy.
Arguably. he`s to the left of Obama on NSA, on surveillance, on the use of
drones, essentially on the war on terror.
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HAYES: The very special predicament Senator Rand Paul presents to the
Republican Party in his bid to the presidency. We`ll talk about why Paul
is fighting off attacks from conservatives, next.
HAYES: All right. I want to show you some new polling in the Republican
presidential race as reported by FOX News. Here`s a screen grab from the
Web site Rare of FOX`s coverage of the poll out yesterday from Quinnipiac.
You got your Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, your Mike Huckabee, even your Donald
Do you notice anyone missing? Think for a second. Maybe a certain
Because in that Quinnipiac poll, Rand Paul got 7 percent support, better
than half of the candidates shown there. Yet, FOX kept them off their
graphic, while including five potential candidates who did worse than Paul
Now, hey, maybe that was just an oversight. Except it`s not the first time
this sort of thing has happened. Two weeks ago, Rare noted, FOX News did
not even include Paul in its own poll of head-to-head matchups against
Hillary Clinton. Though there was room for long shots like Carly Fiorina.
The exclusion of poll may have something to do with the fact that he is
public enemy number one for many on the right, right now, and many of his
critics have been making their case on FOX News.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He`s completely off the wall. There`s no way the
Republican Party is going to nominate somebody like that. The question is,
how much damage is he going to do in the meantime? And the answer
apparently is quite a lot.
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HAYES: Now, Paul has never been particularly well-liked in the GOP, but
the antipathy has really boiled over for two reasons. One, Paul`s claim on
this network that Republican hawks are to blame for the rise of ISIS, and
two, he`s partnering with progressives to try to roll back the Patriot Act,
three key provisions of which are set to expire at midnight on Sunday.
Paul seems to be relishing that fight, raising money off battles with his,
quote, “spy state apologists”, and telling the cheering crowd today there`s
a little bit of a war in Washington between Paul and the establishment he
casts as unconcerned with personal freedom.”
This week, the Senate will gather for a rare Sunday session to try to
extend those Patriot Act provisions, and Paul in turn plans to stand on the
way. The pro-Paul super PAC is certainly pumped for the fight.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Defender of freedom Senator Rand Paul versus the head
of the Washington spy machine, Barack Obama, and his so-called conservative
accomplices, the capitulating Canadian Ted Cruz.
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HAYES: Expiration of the Patriot Act provision, including the most
controversial so-called provision 215 which the NSA has used to collect
millions of Americans` phone record was unthinkable just two years ago.
Today, President Obama warned that letting them expire could be disastrous,
and potentially mean the failure to prevent a terrorist attack.
Joining me now, Brian Darling, former senior communications director and
counsel to Senator Rand Paul.
All right, Brian, this is the big test case that I think is fascinating
here, which is how much of a constituency is there in modern conservatism,
in the modern Republican Party, for this fight on the Patriot Act, right?
You can look at it in a certain way and you can say, look, conservatives,
small government, skeptical of government overreach, like the Bill of
Rights, et cetera, they should be all in on this, that`s not the way sort
of mainstream conservative outlets are treating it.
What do you think ends up being the result of this?
BRIAN DARLING, FORMER COUNSEL TO SEN. RAND PAUL: I think Rand Paul is a
leader of a movement and he`s leading the charge on the Fourth Amendment
and making it so the American people understand that the conservatives love
the Second Amendment, the First Amendment but also the Fourth Amendment,
the right to privacy – the right to have privacy in your home, the fact
that the government can`t just issue one general warrant and spy on all
I think that resonates with conservatives. Conservatives believe in
limited, small government.
HAYES: But this is the problem, I had these arguments with folks who are
sort of on this side of things all the time. This is a No True Scotsman
problem, because you can say, well, conservatives believe in this, right?
But actual real conservatives have no problems with stop and frisk when
there`s a battle over stop and frisk in New York City, which is a massive
violation of the Fourth Amendment, to my mind. The actual real
conservatives here were the ones on the side of, quote, “law and order in
stop and frisk.”
The actual real conservatives out there, that is the people in America who
call themselves conservatives and vote in Republican primaries don`t
actually seem to be bothered by this.
DARLING: I think they are. I disagree.
I think average Americans are bothered by this. They`re bothered when in
Ferguson when you have military – it looked like the military is being
rolled out in an American city. I think conservatives are now talking and
Rand Paul is leading on criminal justice reform and trying to push back and
roll back some of the things that were supported by Republicans and
Let`s not forget that Bill Clinton pushed through legislation and signed
into law –
DARLING: – a bill that was very harmful for a lot of African-Americans.
HAYES: So, let me ask this question, too, because part of the issue here
is if Paul is going to sort of wage this campaign, you talked about him
leading a movement, which I think may be true but that doesn`t necessarily
get you to a plurality of voters, there`s this question of how long you can
say – and I thought there was an interesting piece from “Politico” about
the fact there`s no big billionaire rising to the fore to essentially be
the backer for Paul, which I`m sure someone could sort of turn around and
take as a badge of pride, but there is a funding issue, particularly when
you got all these other candidates who do have essentially sponsors that
can keep them in it for the long run.
DARLING: Yes. But money isn`t going to win it. You can have billionaires
running super PACs, but it didn`t push Rick Santorum over the finish line
in the last election cycle. It didn`t push Newt Gingrich over the finish
line. There were billionaires behind those guys.
Bottom line is, you have Rand Paul who`s leading a movement of small
donors. He`s going to have a huge universe of donors, just like his dad.
But they`re not going to be as big. But that`s not necessarily a bad
thing, it`s a good thing.
I think that he is a leader of this large movement and the American people
are starting to roll in behind it. Don`t mis – don`t denigrate his
chances. I mean, he`s doing very well in the polls. His dad did very well
in Iowa. He got over 20 percent in Iowa. His dad got over 20 percent in
New Hampshire in the last election cycle.
He can build off that and he can win.
HAYES: The question about his dad is precisely the issue, right? Because
what I see the Republican field and FOX News doing right now, particularly
in the way they`ve gone after that ISIS comment to Joe Scarborough the
other day, is to put Rand Paul in the position of his father, which was
Rand Paul would be there and, sure, he had a lot of money and supporters
but he would get up and say these things on foreign policy that made sense
to a lot of anti-imperialists around the country, but not a lot of sense to
a lot of Republican primary voters and they would beat the crap out of him
And I can see the other Republicans salivating on that.
DARLING: I don`t see that. Rand Paul was the only – he`s the only member
of the Senate that`s put together an Act of War resolution and declare war
against ISIS, because he believes that the Constitution says that Congress
has a say, Congress needs to authorize these wars.
I think you have to look at it in two ways. One way is there`s a
Republican fight, a battle over the future of the party, but it`s also a
battle of the establishment Democrats. You know, we have Barack Obama
engaging in many of the same policies that he criticized President Bush for
HAYES: Yes, it`s interesting. And the super PAC ad, right?
The question is, how much mileage he can get out of the fact that President
Obama is now the president and I think ultimately sort of the fear factor
about this stuff is going to trump it. We`ll see.
Brian Darling, thanks for coming on.
DARLING: Thank you.
HAYES: Still ahead, my interview with actress Rashida Jones on her
documentary about women working in porn industry.
And next, the latest from FIFA president Sepp Blatter now that he`s been
reelected, despite the scandal exploding all around him.
HAYES: Today Sepp Blatter was re-elected to his fifth term as the
president of FIFA, just 48 hours after several of the organizations top
officials were arrested on corruption charges.
Blatter, who run FIFA for nearly 20 years swept to victory despite charges
that the multi-billion dollar soccer organization under his watch has
effectively been run as an international crime syndicate.
Blatter, who ran unopposed in the last two elections, defeated his
opponent, Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein 133-73 in the first round of
voting. While that wasn`t a large enough margin to sustain a second round
of voting, the prince then withdrew from the race.
After today`s win, Blatter will serve another four years as leader of the
embattled institution. And in a long and rambling victory speech, he
promised to return FIFA to its former glory.
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SEPP BLATTER, PRESIDENT OF FIFA: Ladies and gentlemen, I told you at the
beginning or when we started for this election, I like you, I like my job
and I like to be with you. I`m not perfect. Nobody`s perfect. But we
will do a good job together I`m sure. So I thank you so much. I thank you
for the trust and
confidence, trust and confidence.
Together we go. Let`s go FIFA! Let`s go FIFA! Thank you.
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HAYES: I like you, All In viewers.
Now If I were Sepp Blatter, I wouldn`t spend too much time celebrating,
because for FIFA, the arrests this week seem to be just the beginning.
HAYES: Over the past decade, the porn industry, like almost every other
industry, has been forced to adapt to changing consumer habits. The wide
availability of content and ease of distribution has been a boon to one
niche, amateur porn.
The new documentary Hot Girls Wanted follows the lives of several young
women who work in that very industry, women like Carly, a 19-year-old girl
from Covington, Washington who comes to Miami in search of work.
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KARLY, PORN ACTRESS: I don`t actually have sex other than when I do porn.
So I haven`t like done anything since I was here in October. So this is
really the first time I`ve been intimate with a guy in like three months.
So it`s just – it`s nerve-racking and it makes me nervous, but at the same
time, I know I like doing it. And the guys treat you like you`re a
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I know, that`s true. If only that would transition
outside of shooting.
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HAYES: This week I sat down with Rashida Jones, the producer, to discuss
how changing norms have affected the industry.
HAYES: When you watch this film, or when you watch cuts of it, like what
was your relationship to what you were seeing? Did you want to pause and
say, please stop, please don`t do this? I found myself kind of wanting to
do that at a number of points.
JONES: Yeah. I mean, I think you know the filmmakers did a really good
job of continuing to push your comfort level throughout the course of the
film. I mean, not so much like you know they`re very delicate about –
actually there`s not really nudity in the film. I mean, there`s maybe like
one topless shot.
Sorry, that`s probably a disappointment for some people, but yeah, I wanted
to understand the psychology of young women who would do this and then what
you kind of realized through the course of making the film is there isn`t a
psychology, it`s not like there`s a – there`s one kind of girl who does
this, it`s the cultural psychology which allows for any girl to feel like
it`s a good choice.
HAYES: What is that cultural psychology?
JONES: I think I`ve been vocal about the conflation of pop culture and
pornography. And, you know, I think it`s like, it`s no longer marginal,
it`s no longer subversive, it`s no longer taboo to be in porn, to work in
porn. And like there`s a lot that`s good about that. But the bad side of
that is that you just don`t have a ton of information how you get from
point a to point b, which is a successful porn star.
HAYES: OK, so there`s a lot to unpack here.
Let me push on the first part, right, because there is a really
interesting, very vibrant debate among feminists, particularly people
online, about this question, right. About, like, OK, we`ve removed the
taboo. I think it`s unquestionable we have removed a very significant
societal taboo that used to hover around pornography.
HAYES: It has entered the mainstream. It`s some accessible than ever, and
there are people will say that taboo was a tool of the patriarchy that did
all sorts of terrible things to people and consenting empowered adults can
do what they want, labor contracts. And there are some people who say,
well that taboo also had to do with, like, images of women that are part of
the patriarchy, which is that are only valuable insofar as they are sex
JONES: Yeah. I mean, I think you can`t disregard the idea that
pornography is part of the patriarchy when you see that 40 percent of porn
is violent against women. Like it`s hard to argue against that.
HAYES: To me the most interesting aspect of this film was actually it as a
documentary about capitalism in the 21st Century America and the way this
industry has shifted, because what`s fascinating about porn is it is
simultaneously ubiquitous and there`s no money in it. Like, there`s no
real, real money in it.
JONES: Not for the participants.
HAYES: But even – like there`s a stat that shows up on the film where it
talks about like the top three amateur sites are worth a combined $50
million. $50 million is a lot of money, but like that`s not Uber money.
That`s, like, you have – there`s such an endless supply of competitors in
the space that it can be everywhere and like…
JONES: Well, then – but that is – there`s something about that – I
mean, I don`t know if it`s – it is capitalistic. Everybody can make money
off of it. so, even it`s not like one person hoarding all the money, it`s
still anybody can be a porn producer, anybody can have a website, so you
know, it is – there`s something about it that is – that is like it`s just
like sheer money.
HAYES: And now you`ve got this – like it`s just – the scene down there
bleak. Like in the movie it`s bleak. It`s like this house is kind of run
people are just like working this job the way you might have gone and
worked in a frickin` mine out west someday.
JONES: The difference is, though, that bleakness, the fantasy of what`s
going to happen…
HAYES: Yes, totally.
JONES: I don`t think you`re ever mining and you`re thinking I`m going to
be a huge star. That`s the – something`s been promised to them along the
way, which they obviously are complicit in, that`s probably never going to
come true. And so that`s the – it`s the disparity between the reality and
the fantasy that`s like the most bleak part.
And in a weird way, I mean, Hollywood is that way as well but this is even
worse because if you go to do amateur porn at 18, you`re kind of washed up
by 18 1/2.
HAYES: Right, that`s my question. There`s a great moment where they sort
of talk about the typical life spans in the film and there`s these very
short ones, you know – maybe, you know, if she does all right, she lasts a
few weeks, medium is a few months. At first you`re like, ooh, that`s
rough, people get burned out quickly. And my other thought was like, yeah,
people make dumb decisions, or not even dumb decisions, they make decisions
at 18 they wouldn`t make at 38.
I say this as someone who is 36, right. I make decisions.
So then they make the decision they want to try this and then they`re like,
not for me, this is kind of bleak. I`m out. I`m going to go back to
school. I`m going to go be a doctor. I`m going to go be an accountant,
The question, then, becomes like what do we do with the screen evidence?
And what does that mean for their life in terms of how all of us have
social expectations about whether that taints you or not?
JONES: From what I understand, the girls in the film, they`re less
concerned about the eternal existence of them being filmed having sex than
they are just feeling humiliated they made the choice or regret about
making that choice to begin with. Not anything they can`t recover from,
but had they had that choice again, maybe they wouldn`t.
And then there is evidence of that choice. So…
HAYES: Right, there is evidence of it.
JONES: It`s more of that…
HAYES: But here`s the thing, and you`ve I think made this connection
yourself and the film makes this connection about kind of the world of
ubiquitous social media, selfies and constant posed performance for some
lens, whether it`s on my smartphone or at this party or – that in some
ways everybody bad decision that
every 18-year-old makes now is recorded forever.
Everybody is a celebrity and everybody has no privacy. But that being
said, the thing that concerns me, maybe the onus is on us to change our
expectation of what people have done in the past and how it`s going to
affect their future, but for me the most disconcerting thing is the kind of
like feminist part of it, which is, yes, there`s a lot of things that are
sex positive and empowering but does having such a strong imagery, such a
strong message about how sexual everybody has to be all the time, does that
limit women`s choices? Does it mean you have to be sexy to do anything?
Like everybody`s sexy at the time. They`re like at the supermarket. You
know like, why? You`re just buying food.
Why do you have to be sexy all the time? Why do you have to look like you
want it all the time?
HAYES: I don`t know. I always feel a little bit like I`m not the person
intervene in these debates, even though I follow them closely, because what
do I know. But it`s hard to watch. Like that in the abstract about what
sex positive whatever is in a theoretical sense, and then there`s the
actual jobs, labor relations embodied people. And then and like it`s hard
to feel the environment that is producing this universe is like a super
feminist friendly space I think it`s fair to say.
JONES: Right. Well, yes, absolutely. That`s just again back to
HAYES: Which is not to say that the women in question aren`t themselves
JONES: No. And there are women who are producing porn for women, they`re
directing porn for women, but it`s a supply/demand thing. Like, lots of
guys – it`s mainly guys who watch and buy porn. So, that`s who they are
going to make it for, you know, teen is the most searched word in porn.
I don`t think it`s women who are searching the word teen. I mean, maybe it
is, but probably more men. I`m just speculating.
So, they`re just giving the people what they want – I`m just, you know,
I`m making – what do they call it when it`s like an educated – it`s an
educated guess, I don`t know.
But I don`t – I mean, I think the patriarchy is so deeply
institutionalized everywhere, it`s not like you can`t just pull one thing
out. I like the intention of trying to co-op things as empowering. I just
worry that it`s sending a little bit of a confusing message to young women.
HAYES: The documentary Hot Girls Wanted is now available on Netflix. It
really a fascinating, fascinating film. I highly recommend it.
Up ahead, All In in the movies. The latest fictional catastrophe to hit
the highly disastrous California coast.
HAYES: It`s been more than 30 years since the Griswalds arrived at Wally
World to only find out it was closed. There was no internet, then, so how
could we know. But next month the Griswalds will try to return to Wally
World in a brand new vacation movie. Why I am super excited about that
movie and why so many new movies aren`t really new ahead.
HAYES: Last week in our inaugural addition of the weekly feature All In
the Movies, our discussion lingered on the new Mad Max movie Mad Max Fury
Road. I was so taken by that conversation, I did something the following
night I almost never do,considering I have a three year old and a one year
old, I went to the movies with my wife and we saw Mac Max in a movie
theater in 3D.
But before the movie started, I saw this trailer, which I had so many
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This family is in a rut. We`ve got to shake things up.
We`re driving to Wally World.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My trip to Wally World when I was kid was the best time
I ever had.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: So, you want to redo your vacation from 30 years ago?
UNIDENIFIED MALE: This will be completely different.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I`ve never even heard of the original Vacation.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Doesn`t matter, the new Vacation will stand on its own.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HAYES: My feelings are, a, I will 100 percent see this movie. B, my wife
said that I will almost certainly be seeing this movie without her. C, I
laughed all the way through the entire trailer. And D, why is it that all
Hollywood has to remake or reboot everything, including what is perhaps the
greatest movie in movie history Point Brake? I mean, why stop there. Why
not remake Citizen Kane?
In tonight`s All In the Movies, we`ll tackle why everything that`s old in
Hollywood is new again. And that`s next.
HAYES: All right, joining me now in the special “All In” movie theater,
Dana Stevens movie critic at Slate and co-host of the Slate Culture
Gabfest, Erin Ryan, managing editor at Jezebel, and Jason Bailey, our good
friend, film editor at Flavorwire.
OK, so we talked about Mad Max last week. Jason was here, the other two of
you were not. But I need to talk about it again because I actually saw the
movie. It`s a fun thing to talk about movies that you`ve seen, rather than
have just read off like a Dana`s Stevens review, which is usually what I`m
working off of.
I loved it. But it really resonated with me this thing that was writing in
I09 about what a miracle it is that it got made.
Miller was given a massive $150 million budget. More insanely, he
seemingly also had complete creative control. Shouldn`t have been
possible. Hollywood executives are paid to prevent this sort of potential
disaster from ever happening. Yet, somehow one 70-year-old man who had
been stuck directing children`s movies for two decades, created a
legitimate masterpiece of the action genre.
And do you feel the same way about it?
DANA STEVENS, SLATE: Well, I`m not as passionate about it as you are. I
completely agree that it`s a miracle that it got made.
HAYES: That part of it, yeah.
RYAN: And the role that it plays – I mean, I think of a huge part of the
pleasure for me in seeing it was just that it was George Miller at 70
returning to a 36-year-old franchise and still having the energy,
originality and inventiveness, that it felt nothing like the sort of tired
reboot or I`m going back to my past glories, it was a true new step along
the insane path that he was already on.
JASON BAILEY, FLAVORWIRE: I think what`s interesting about a lot of the
raves that I`ve read is how much of it is just people praising him for
getting basic, action directing things right like composition and
geography, and editing and tempo.
Yes, and it`s like it speaks to the fact that he has been that long since
we`ve made a live action movie that he hasn`t been working during the
Bayization, if you will, of action cinema to where this is a guy who
actually knows what he`s doing and is bringing all of that to a genre
that`s kind of forgotten how to do it that clearly.
ERIN RYAN, JEZEBEL: Well, I – you know, I watched it and I really liked
the first – the original three Mad Max, even Beyond Thunderdome, even
though (inaudilbe) But I liked…
HAYES: I mean, Tina Turner in football pads.
RYAN: She was amazing.
But I liked those movies despite like the violent misogyny inherent in
them. And after I saw this Mad Max, I remember leaving the theater and
being like I feel so energized and it was because I wasn`t spending energy
ignoring misogyny in like an action movie and it was like this amazing…
HAYES: You didn`t have to like wall off part of yourself.
RYAN: Exactly. I didn`t have to like, just okay, ignore that, ignore
that, that was gratuitous, that was gratuitous. It was all just enjoyable
HAYES: OK. So, the other thing about the Mad Max movie – like when I
first saw it, I was like really, they`re making another Mad Max? And Jason
and I were having an email exchange earlier today about like the category
of films that come out in the summer, which all have some relationship in
some way to some previous thing.
But, like, there`s a spectrum, right, Dana. So there`s like – there`s a
straight-up remake – like we`re going to make this movie again.
Well, then there`s also just the continuation of the franchise, right. I
mean, maybe that`s like bedrock level.
HAYES: Right, yeah, so like the comic book movies, for instance.
STEVENS: right, just the one that`s a sequel to a sequel to a sequel,
HAYES: So, there`s sequels to sequels to sequels, there`s remakes, and
then there`s kind of like reboots, I guess you can call them, right?
I guess my feeling is Mad Max to me showed that like there`s a lot more
creativity possible in…
STEVENS: Right. Well, all those phrases they`re just such downers, right.
Both reboot and remake to me that`s just such a deflation notion that
that`s what a movie is going to be.
HAYES: Right, yeah.
STEVENS: And the Mad Max movie does not really feel like it fits into any
of those categories, I would say.
HAYES: Right. And based on the trailer, I`ve got to say like I saw that -
- I sat there through for that Vacation trailer and like I love the
original Vacation movie. I think like every person of my age and gender.
And – although maybe it has a more universal appeal than I think it does.
But I saw that and I was completely psyched to see it. And it seems like
it basically is just going to be like a dumb – like an equally dumb
version of the first one.
BAILEY: Well, it`s weird because you`ll have things that are technically
one of those sort of sub sub-sub-genres but feel like another. Like, this
is technically a sequel. You know, Ed Holmes is playing Rusty grown up…
HAYES: Which, by the way, how – what was the call between Anthony Michael
Hall`s agent and Anthony Michael Hall when that casting decision happened?
It`s like they got someone else to play you when you`re grown up. You`re
right here, Anthony.
BAILEY: Yeah, but in all fairness, it`s the third time that`s happened.
So it`s a conversation they`ve had before.
RYAN: But I have to just sweep in and say that Anthony Michael Hall, the
adult Anthony Michael Hall, is in another movie that`s premiering this
weekend called Results, which I thought was really good.
BAILEY: And he`s really funny in it.
HAYES: Is he good in it?
RYAN: He`s got a small, comedic role. He`s really good. And could not be
more unrecognizable from Rusty Griswald.
So, in that regard, you know, it`s Chevy Chase is back in the same role,
Beverely D`Angelo – so, it`s technically a sequel. But it feels like a
reboot, because it`s the same story, or a remake. And it`s got the same
title again. So, in a lot of ways what I think we`re seeing in a lot of
these films that are rebooting or sort of ignoring sequels are things like
that is just the general idea of filmmakers trying to assure a core
audience we`re going to go back to our roots, forget about those George
Lucas prequels, forget about the second and third Jurassic Park, let`s put
those – no, we`re going to get back to our roots. And we`ll make a movie
like the one that you loved.
HAYES: It`s like trying to wipe the slate clean.
RYAN: It`s a cover song, basically. It`s not anything new. It`s like I
know this song, I know this song, but it`s different.
STEVENS: But the more precious the original is, the more difficult that
reboot is, like Superman. Nobody has gotten it. Not one remake.
HAYES: Well, this brings us to the weirdest remake ever, which is Point
Break, which I don`t know the feeling here about Point Break? Are you…
RYAN: Well, no.
HAYES: I love Point Break.
OK, so I love Point Break.
STEVENS: I venerate Point Break.
HAYES: Venerate Point Break.
STEVENS: Don`t care about Vacation very much, but venerate Point Break.
HAYES: I almost actually got one of the president`s masks that they used,
but I thought that would be way too creepy.
But like why would you remake that movie? It`s not like – that I can`t
even understand the logic of.
Like, the original is there. You love it or don`t love it or feel
somewhere in between. But it doesn`t have some huge franchise pull. It`s
RTAN: Well, I mean – and like the way that they`re redoing it is almost
regressive. Like Catherine Bigelow directed the first one and this time
they have this random Scandinavian dude who has only got one credit. And
they made up a fake
bombshell lady role and there`s another hot lady and it`s a sausage fest
the rest of the way.
And honestly from what – I usually don`t watch trailers, but I watched it
try to gather some sense of Point Break remake why? And it almost seems
like they just used it to get the cool title. I mean, it seems very
vaguely related. There are some extreme athletes that do some cop
activities, that`s about the…
HAYES: Right, so it`s not actually the same movie.
BAILEY: Well, you`re getting to the essence of the entire sort of reboot
culture, which is that all Point Break is, is a brand. It is a
recognizable thing. It`s a thing from the 90s that people remember and
that is what it takes to get a green light in Hollywood right now. It`s
like the entire studio slates look like a Buzzfeed listical. It`s just,
this was a thing. You remember this thing? You`ll go see this thing.
STEVENS: Where`s my Married With Children reboot?
HAYES: I guarantee you there will be a Married With Children – did they
ever make a movie of that?
STEVENS: I don`t know.
HAYES: There was never…
BAILEY: You`re giving people ideas, Chris Hayes, I need you to shut it
down, shut it down!
RYAN: That`s a terrible idea. They should not do that.
HAYES: They should definitely not do that.
RYAN: Although Christina Applegate will be in your beloved vacation. So
there`s a little taint in there…
HAYES: That`s right.
She`s going to be great.
Dana Stevens, Erin Ryan and Jason Bailey, thank you for joining us at the
movies. Have some popcorn.
That is All In for this evening. The Rachel Maddow show starts right now.
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