Direct Models is pleased to see today’s news via X Biz, on the stepping down of Diane Duke,
Rarely has there been such a divisive personality in the adult business, unelected, yet somehow self appointed as a testing Czar to the industry, among other self aggrandizing efforts and assumed roles by Ms Duke .
While the late (and great) Christian Mann a fellow director at FSC, was deservedly well known and highly respected for his ambassadorial and diplomatic abilities, seemingly able to find common ground amid the most resolute of persons on opposing side of many issues and challenges faced in our industry, – the same could not be said for Ms Duke (to say the least) and she has remained a polarizing figure throughout her tenure.
The decision to recommend a change in testing protocol in Sept 2013 from the standard thirty (30) day protocol (followed and self regulated by the industry for over as decade) to a fourteen (14) day protocol, without consultation with anyone involved in actual adult film production, including studios, talent and agents and with no mechanism whatsoever designed to pay for it – other than to saddle the talent themselves with a doubling of their monthly pre- employment medical testing cost, will forever be remembered as the actions of someone with little to no regard for talent in our industry.
Direct Models urges the board of directors at FSC to consider carefully the replacement for Ms Duke, and to keep foremost in its mind in such consideration, the core issues and underlying goal mission and purpose of the FSC and that its chosen appointee might be someone that could best serve that purpose, that the legacy of Ms Duke who did anything but, may be usurped for the better moving forward.
In response to the article posted from XBIZ
FSC’s Diane Duke to Step Down
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — The Free Speech Coalition’s longtime CEO, Diane Duke, has decided to resign from the adult entertainment trade group.
Duke, who joined the FSC as its executive director in November 2006, will step down at the end of December. FSC Chairman of the Board Jeffrey Douglas will act as interim head until a replacement has been found.
“After nine years at the Free Speech Coalition, it was time for me to move on. I am honored to have been able to represent this incredible industry and will always treasure the time I spent as CEO of the Free Speech Coalition.
“In the meantime, I will remain a resource for the industry until the transition is complete, and I have complete faith in our board of directors to continue the fight.”
Duke was tapped for the position nine years ago after the FSC’s previous executive director, Michelle Freridge, stepped down.
Duke, a former executive t at Planned Parenthood, has been a staunch advocate for the adult industry, in the media, in the legislature and in the medical community.
Under Duke’s leadership, the Free Speech Coalition has defeated mandatory condom legislation in California three times.
In 2011, after the closing of Adult Industry Medical testing facility, Duke was instrumental in creating what would become the PASS testing system.