Bridgerton Sex Scenes are Surging on Porn Sites

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

This has happened to shows before, including Game of Thrones and Normal People.

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It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that the porn sites are at it again. According to The Sun, adult entertainment sites are once again pilfering sex scenes from a steamy prestige dramathis time, Netflixs Bridgerton. And the shows cast is reportedly far from pleased. A source told the tabloid that Phoebe Dynevor, who plays the shows romantic lead Daphne Bridgerton, is devastated.

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Raunchy set-pieces have contributed to the buzz but it is a prestige drama based on best-selling novels, the source told The Sun. To peddle scenes as pure smut is beyond the pale.

Dynevor and her co-star Reg-Jean Page signed on for the role of a lifetime and did not consent to being exploited in this way, the source added.

Bridgerton, a Regency-era romantic drama produced by Shonda Rhimes, takes its inspiration from Julia Quinns massively popular series of novels. The show revels in the drama of courting rituals, society gossip, and, yes, includes some exceedingly sexy sex scenes. But given the care that went into every aspect of the production, its understandable that its cast would feel distraught to learn that the nudity has, for some, become the star of the show.

But this is not a new problem. Plenty of movies and prestige dramas, including Game of Thrones and most recently Normal People, have faced the same dilemma. (At one point, Pornhub even went so far as to release statistics about Game of Thrones performance on its site.) Celebrity sex scenes remain popular on adult sites, and a quick search on Pornhub can return results from productions including Euphoria, Insecure, Escape at Dannemora, and more.

Last spring, as Normal People sex scenes spread across the internet, producer Ed Guiney lamented, Were hugely disappointed that excerpts from the series of Normal People have been used in this way. Its both a violation of copyright and more importantly, its deeply disrespectful to the actors involved and to the wider creative team.

It appears the Bridgerton team is reportedly following suit. Netflix have been working tirelessly to hunt down pirates and eliminate misuse of their intellectual property, The Suns source said. Anyone thinking about trying this will have the full force of the globes biggest streaming service against them.

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