Groupon gets boycotted for “torture porn” deal

SF Armory Groupon

Morality in Media is calling for a nation-wide boycott of daily deal site Groupon.com for what it claims are tours of a “torture porn” facility.

“Employees lead 90-minute tours for guests aged 18 & older through five floors of historic armory & elaborate adult-film sets,” reads the Groupon listing for the SF Armory tour. “A menagerie of ornate and functional fetish film sets detailed by the San Francisco Examiner includes a plush lounge and dungeon environments, complete with props forged in an on-site metal shop. Depending on their timing, groups may also glimpse a live filming in progress, though the staff requests that patrons refrain from ogling the working boom mikes.”

This is the second time Groupon has promoted the San Francisco-based deal, with the first selling over 1,000 tickets in January. Dawn Hawkins from Morality in Media and Porn Harms explains why her organization is calling for a boycott in the video below:

“We only started the boycott after hearing back from Groupon that they found Kink [the fetish porn studio that operates out of the SF Armory] to be a ‘responsible member of their community’ and dismissed our concerns,” Hawkins told VentureBeat. A copy of the email from Groupon was posted on the boycott page, and Hawkins also claims over 10,000 emails have been sent to Groupon executives (whose contact information was also posted on the War on Illegal Pornography site).

A spokesperson for Groupon told VentureBeat that this was the first they had heard of the boycott and therefore could not comment on it.