Laurence Fishburne's daughter: A new kind of sex tape

Montana Fishburne wanted to be a star, but she didn't follow her father's footsteps. She followed Kim Kardashian's

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Senior Writer

Published August 2, 2010 3:03PM (EDT)

J'accuse, Kim Kardashian. When Montana Fishburne, 19-year-old daughter of Emmy and Tony award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne, felt her own Hollywood career wasn't taking off with sufficient expedience (darn kids and their attention issues) she apparently decided to blaze the fast track to attention Kardashian style -- by releasing a sex tape later this month. Tell me it's just a dream, Morpheus!

In what surely has to be the press release most likely to make you start drinking before lunch today, Vivid Entertainment, the adult film company that gave us the notorious Kim Kardashian and Kendra Wilkinson tapes, explains Miss Fishburne's surprising foray into porn. "I view making this movie as an important first step in my career," she says. "I've watched how successful Kim Kardashian became and I think a lot of it was due to the release of her sex tape by Vivid. I'm hoping the same magic will work for me. I'm impatient about getting well-known and having more opportunities and this seemed like a great way to get started on it."

Vivid further promises that Montana, who also goes by the adorable porn name Chippy D, "engages in wild, erotic adventures in a car, a hotel room and even in public while visiting a mall!" Not sure this is how Judi Dench got started, but it's a living. 

The younger Fishburne's foray into adult entertainment might be viewed as a depressing confirmation of what many of us have long suspected: that some of those shocking sex tapes those D-list celebrities didn't want you to see are in fact carefully contrived publicity stunts.  Montana, it would seem, is at least upfront about her ambitions and her strategies. She's of legal age and certainly free to peddle movies of herself getting it on at the Pasadena Chik-Fil-A. But there's something unsettling about Fishburne's apparent career choice. In an interview this weekend for celebrity blogger Carlton Jordan, "Chippy" sits smiling next to the young man she identifies as her boyfriend, "J-Pipes," while adult actor/director/world's most terrible rapper Brian Pumper enthuses about the allure of "official first-timers" because other girls have "been penetrated so much doing gang bangs."

Fishburne herself stays stone-faced for most of the interview, shot at a local Subway, preferring to sit glumly under a giant photo of cheese while the Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town" blares ironically in the background. When asked directly how she feels about being "in the industry," she explains, "The first time was really nerve wracking, but I have a lot of at-home experience. I know what I do and I do it well." And when asked if this was her goal, she hesitates ever so slightly and replies, "It wasn't a goal, but it's a step ... in a direction."

Fishburne, who has also shaken her money-maker in one of Pumper's rap videos, clearly didn't just get into town for Rumspringa. Yet sitting there in that sandwich shop, she also exudes all the puppyish eagerness to please of a teenager with a boyfriend who happens to know people in the porn business. And when J-Pipes calls her "Montana," she shoots him a startled look and corrects him, "Chippy." Although Montana claims to be doing this for the "opportunity," she also seems to prefer to let Chippy be the porn star. And that's sad. Because whoever she is, today she's just another piece of fresh meat sitting at the Subway.

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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