While many joined forces by walking the Women’s Marches this past Saturday, others took to alternative platforms to express their similarly passionate views. Some chose multiple platforms, such as adult film actress Jessica Drake, who after marching in Washington D.C. visually continued her protests on the red carpet at the AVN Awards.
The AVNs, or Adult Video News Awards, commonly referred to as “the Oscars of Porn,” were held the same evening at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, coinciding with the final day of the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo. Drake, who got her start on Playboy TV, was nominated for Best Actress at the award show, where she has won numerous awards in the past, even having been inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2010. While she did not win this year, with the award going to Kleio Valentien, Drake managed to steal the spotlight and make a strong statement via her choice of politically charged attire.
Drake, who has adamantly denounced Trump, posed on the step and repeat in a dress channeling a burned American flag and a purse emblazoned with the hashtag #NotMyPresident. The dress was a direct allusion to a tweet posted by Trump on November 29, 2016, proclaiming, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” The Supreme Court, however, has twice ruled to allow the right to burn the flag.
Drake attended the awards, arriving directly from Washington D.C., where earlier in the day she marched alongside her attorney Gloria Allred, as well as three other women (Temple Taggart, Rachel Crooks, and Summer Zervos) each stating claims against Trump.
The women also held a press conference early Saturday morning.
Penning a letter to Instagram explaining her stance, Drake noted “I am marching not only for women’s rights, Black Lives Matter, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and the rights of sex workers, but also for basic human rights that are being threatened.”
Drake has been a vocal opponent of Trump, bringing forth allegations of sexual misconduct. She has brought forth claims that Trump kissed her without warning and also offered her $10,000 to spend time with him. On Gloria Allred’s YouTube channel, a taped press conference features Drake’s recap of her experience.
Drake recounts, ”Ten years ago, I was working for Wicked Pictures, an adult film company, at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. I was at Wicked’s booth when I met Donald Trump in the celebrity gift room early in the morning before he teed off. He flirted with me and invited me to walk along the golf course with him, which I did. During that time, he asked me for my phone number, which I gave to him. Later that evening, he invited me to his room. I said I didn’t feel right going alone, so two other women came with me. When we entered the room, he grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission. He was wearing pajamas. A body guard was also present.”
She then goes on to detail the encounter. “After I returned to my room, I received a call from a man calling on Donald’s behalf. He said Donald wanted me to come back upstairs to Donald’s suite. I indicated I did not wish to return. Then Donald called. He asked me to return to his suite and have dinner with him. He also invited me to a party. I declined. Donald then asked me, ‘What do you want? How much?’ I told him that I couldn’t because I had to return to LA for work. I said that as an excuse because I didn’t want him to continue asking me, and I didn’t want to be with him. After that I received a call from either Donald or a male calling on his behalf offering me $10,000. I declined again, and once more gave as an excuse that I had to return to Los Angeles for work. I was then told Mr. Trump would then allow me the use of his private jet if only I accepted his invitation.”
While Drake clearly planned out her ensemble as an ode against Trump, one can’t help but also think of Kellyanne Conway’s inauguration monstrosity, a direct visual assault from within Trump’s own squadron. Despite Conway’s best attempts to convey patriotism in a positive light, she unintentionally took down the Trump brigade, leaving onlookers aghast, while single-handedly managing to also axe Gucci in the process.