16 episodes

Jon Ronson, the creator of Audible Original The Butterfly Effect, delves into the pornography industry again as he unravels the never-before-told story of what caused a beloved 23-year-old actress’s untimely death.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 1.4K Ratings

Jon Ronson, the creator of Audible Original The Butterfly Effect, delves into the pornography industry again as he unravels the never-before-told story of what caused a beloved 23-year-old actress’s untimely death.

    The Last Days of August: Episode Seven

    The Last Days of August: Episode Seven

    Jon Ronson, the creator of Audible Original The Butterfly Effect, delves into the pornography industry again as he unravels the never-before-told story of what caused a beloved 23-year-old actress’s untimely death.

    In December 2017, famed adult film star August Ames died by suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. Her death came just a day after she’d been the victim of a social media pile-on by fellow porn professionals—punishment for her tweeting out something deemed homophobic.

    A month later, August’s husband and pornography producer Kevin Moore connected with journalist Jon Ronson to tell the story of how cyberbullying via Twitter killed his wife. Neither of them could predict the rumors and secrets that Ronson would soon hear, revelations that hinted at a very different story—something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

    • 39 min
    The Last Days of August: Episode Six

    The Last Days of August: Episode Six

    Jon Ronson, the creator of Audible Original The Butterfly Effect, delves into the pornography industry again as he unravels the never-before-told story of what caused a beloved 23-year-old actress’s untimely death.

    In December 2017, famed adult film star August Ames died by suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. Her death came just a day after she’d been the victim of a social media pile-on by fellow porn professionals—punishment for her tweeting out something deemed homophobic.

    A month later, August’s husband and pornography producer Kevin Moore connected with journalist Jon Ronson to tell the story of how cyberbullying via Twitter killed his wife. Neither of them could predict the rumors and secrets that Ronson would soon hear, revelations that hinted at a very different story—something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

    • 32 min
    The Last Days of August: Episode Five

    The Last Days of August: Episode Five

    Jon Ronson, the creator of Audible Original The Butterfly Effect, delves into the pornography industry again as he unravels the never-before-told story of what caused a beloved 23-year-old actress’s untimely death.

    In December 2017, famed adult film star August Ames died by suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. Her death came just a day after she’d been the victim of a social media pile-on by fellow porn professionals—punishment for her tweeting out something deemed homophobic.

    A month later, August’s husband and pornography producer Kevin Moore connected with journalist Jon Ronson to tell the story of how cyberbullying via Twitter killed his wife. Neither of them could predict the rumors and secrets that Ronson would soon hear, revelations that hinted at a very different story—something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

    • 29 min
    The Last Days of August: Episode Four

    The Last Days of August: Episode Four

    Jon Ronson, the creator of Audible Original The Butterfly Effect, delves into the pornography industry again as he unravels the never-before-told story of what caused a beloved 23-year-old actress’s untimely death.

    In December 2017, famed adult film star August Ames died by suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. Her death came just a day after she’d been the victim of a social media pile-on by fellow porn professionals—punishment for her tweeting out something deemed homophobic.

    A month later, August’s husband and pornography producer Kevin Moore connected with journalist Jon Ronson to tell the story of how cyberbullying via Twitter killed his wife. Neither of them could predict the rumors and secrets that Ronson would soon hear, revelations that hinted at a very different story—something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

    • 29 min
    The Last Days of August: Episode Three

    The Last Days of August: Episode Three

    Jon Ronson, the creator of Audible Original The Butterfly Effect, delves into the pornography industry again as he unravels the never-before-told story of what caused a beloved 23-year-old actress’s untimely death.

    In December 2017, famed adult film star August Ames died by suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. Her death came just a day after she’d been the victim of a social media pile-on by fellow porn professionals—punishment for her tweeting out something deemed homophobic.

    A month later, August’s husband and pornography producer Kevin Moore connected with journalist Jon Ronson to tell the story of how cyberbullying via Twitter killed his wife. Neither of them could predict the rumors and secrets that Ronson would soon hear, revelations that hinted at a very different story—something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

    • 33 min
    The Last Days of August: Episode Two

    The Last Days of August: Episode Two

    Jon Ronson, the creator of Audible Original The Butterfly Effect, delves into the pornography industry again as he unravels the never-before-told story of what caused a beloved 23-year-old actress’s untimely death.

    In December 2017, famed adult film star August Ames died by suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. Her death came just a day after she’d been the victim of a social media pile-on by fellow porn professionals—punishment for her tweeting out something deemed homophobic.

    A month later, August’s husband and pornography producer Kevin Moore connected with journalist Jon Ronson to tell the story of how cyberbullying via Twitter killed his wife. Neither of them could predict the rumors and secrets that Ronson would soon hear, revelations that hinted at a very different story—something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

MichellePLevy ,

Jon Ronson is amazing

I love all of his work. He’s brilliant.

KEN_JR? ,

Love Robson

Love freaky porn mystery

AnotherAustinRunner ,

Mixed - good research, missed opp’y

Ronson did some good interviews and shows some good insight here but I feel like he missed the mark in his conclusions, unfairly laying too much blame with the victim’s husband.

In his conclusion, he essentially swept under the rug the sexual abuse suffered by August/Mercedes as a child, a tragic history shared by too many strippers and adult film actresses. The common theory explains that women seek out this work as a way to reclaim control over their bodies and sexuality. Weeks before her suicide, Mercedes is raped on set. According to her internal narrative, and the porn industry’s, this can’t happen. And how can it be rape if she doesn’t say no or stop, and she signs the paperwork claiming she was fine with it? It’s abundantly clear that she felt speaking up was a threat to her career. Her husband’s attempt to do so after the fact, and her damage control brings that home. The industry exposes the lie a second time when she draws the line with the crossover, and the community, via Twitter, sends the message loud and clear that her control over her body and feeling safe at work is not as important as avoiding the appearance of homophobia. These two incidents make it painfully clear that the power and control she had claimed for herself, and any solidarity she may have hoped to find from fellow actresses like Jessica Drake, was simply not to be had.

This important and revealing story about consent in the adult film industry was sadly missed.

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