At first I was shocked; then I was amused; and, to be honest, when I saw the few photos made public by the media, I laughed out loud.
There, laid bare for all to see … and judge … were pictures of Coquitlam RCMP Corporal Jim Brown in S&M poses with a woman reportedly taken from a video on an adult domination website.
I wasn’t laughing at the pictures or the scene… but at how a cop … an RCMP corporal … could do this kind of video. Available to the public! What was he thinking? Doesn’t the RCMP have enough image problems already!!!
How horrible, degrading, kinky, silly, pathetic, sad, banal, embarrassing, ludicrous, distasteful, immoral, uncomfortable … even frightening!
OK … but is it illegal?
That’s really the only question in law that the RCMP and society in general should be addressing now that these photos/video have been made public.
So Brown is a cop. Yup, pretty embarrassing, I would say. And IF his “hobby” affected his work performance in any way, including any role in investigating the missing women/Pickton crimes, then it IS worthy of comment and action …but otherwise it is none of our business.
Is he not entitled to ALL the same freedoms of every other Canadian for LEGAL activities he does in his private time, in a private place, with a consenting adult? And if making videos turns his crank, who are WE to rule over him, saying he MUST not?
Where would that stop? What about lawyers? Judges? Doctors? Engineers? Journalists? Who decides?
The only category I would think could even be argued in a DEMOCRATIC and FREE society might be those who, in their career, work with children.
Or politics! (LOL!)
From everything I have read, and seen (although I have not gone to the site itself) Brown was not wearing his RCMP uniform …just boots that look police-like, but I dare say can be bought by anyone in hundreds of stores across Canada. Just think of the civil rights disaster we would face if some sort of government authority had to give approval to every appearance in any movie or video or magazine in Canada of any police-type equipment or uniform or even official “looking” gear, without even an insignia showing!
So what is the offence? Other than to our personal discomfort or moral judgements? And is that our LEGAL right? I say NO.
Canada settled this issue in Trudeau’s time when we decided the government has no place in the bedrooms of the nation. True, this was not in a bedroom …but a movie studio. However, what’s the difference … if NOTHING shown is illegal in Canada??? That MUST be the key point.
What we’re hearing and seeing in the media is a whole lot of titillating comment, ridicule and attempts at humour to hide the public discomfort with the topic … SEX ..and especially KINKY SEX.
The truth is …however we like to pretend we don’t know much about it … Canadians spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year on porn: regular porn; kinky porn; adult toys etc.
And Cpl. Brown is allowed to do the same …or even produce the stuff if he wants to …in his own time.