It’s Not Actually a ‘Sex Tape’
When I think of amateur sex tapes, I think of unsteady cameras, bad lighting and a single-angle that misses most of the action. Scandal in Atlanta isn’t that; it’s a high-quality production. It doesn’t have the feel of two people getting it on in their bedroom (or bathroom). It’s more like two people, a couple of cameramen, a lighting guy, a sound woman and a director. It’s better produced than your average porn, and given the effort involved, it was clearly made to be seen by as many people as possible, despite Faust’s seeming outrage in the extended trailer.
The Shower Rod
In what is overall an extremely graphic video, one scene stands out. In the trailer, Faust is shown mounting Smith while swinging from a shower curtain rod, the breakout “star” of the production. Across social media, viewers wondered, “But wait. … Where did she get a shower rod that sturdy?” They were all asking for a friend, of course. And even those who were disappointed in Faust respected her skills on the rod (pun not intended.)
Everyone Blames Mimi
Perhaps it’s a testament to how far our society has to go in terms of overcoming sexism, but I have yet to hear anyone drag Smith for his participation in a sex tape. Or maybe it’s because Faust is a co-star on the show and has a daughter that she’s getting all the hate. But if you have something to say, at least distribute your angst evenly. Mimi didn’t give a solo performance.
What’s the Point?
Countless relatively unknown celebs have made sex tapes as a way of propelling their careers from mediocrity to mega-stardom, but Faust is already the prominent co-star of a hit TV show in its third season on a leading cable network. She already had fame, recognition and likely money. So why did she do this?
One of the guesses floating around is that she wanted more screen time—and a juicy storyline involving a sex scandal is certainly one way to get it. High ratings and great buzz surrounding her story for season three practically guarantee her spot in a very likely season four. Maybe she’ll even get her own spinoff, too. Faust also likely received a cushy advance for the sale of the tape, and if she’s the businesswoman she claims to be, she’ll get a cut of the profits as well. A scene from the extended trailer shows Faust and Smith meeting with an executive who advises them that they “stand to make a lot of money” from the tape.
Whatever her reasons for making the tape, I hope they were worth it to her. Fans of the show seem utterly baffled by her latest move, even while they clamor to watch the tape.