Published August 28, 2009
Irina Voronina was once a Playboy Playmate, is a regular on Adult Swim's first ever live action show Saul of the Mole Men on the Cartoon Network and has graced the pages of men’s mag "Perfect 10," but the Russian model said the worst treatment she ever received was from HBO’s "Entourage" boys during a guest role earlier this year.
"They were very rude and unprofessional and I was fired from the set along with another girl," Voronina told Tarts. "Technically we were told there wasn't space for us to be in the shot anymore, but we knew we were fired because we weren't nice to the actors. They just treated me like a piece of meat without any respect and every conversation would start and end with "what are you doing later?’"
The 31-year-old bikini beauty turned comedy queen said she’s worked on the show several times before but the harassment had built to a point where she simply couldn’t take it anymore.
"I decided that I was just going to be very reserved and rude and preferred never to talk to them, we wouldn't give them the time of day or any hope of there being an after party and we did not express that we were remotely interested in hanging out with them at any point, so I guess that made them upset and bitter," she added. "If there is a shot where we're all in the limo and the camera is rolling, it’s us all having fun, they have their hands all over us and then when the cameras stop I expect them to reel back to being normal, but they continued the partying off camera and we made that clear."
HBO did not respond for comment but has previously dismissed the allegation as "unfounded and unsubstantiated."
The stereotypical "Hollywood" male experience seems to have had a lasting effect on Voronina who now advises females to go inland for a good guy.
"The nicest boys are in Detroit and Dallas," she said. "People there are not spoiled by celebrities and actually appreciate it when you shake their hand and sign a picture. Guys with good manners!"
One might be surprised to know that the beautiful contestants in last weekend’s Miss Universe pageant in the Bahamas were blowing up condoms. Even more surprising? Donald Trump himself approved the behavior!
Several hopefuls such as Miss Australia Rachael Finch and Miss USA Kristen Dalton teamed up with AIDS prevention group Population Services International (PSI) to stage a "Condom Olympics" in which the pageant princesses participated in such practices as testing the condom limits by blowing them up until they burst, filling them with water and learning how to conduct condom demonstration correctly. Apparently just one "game" mentioned abstinence as a means to avoid AIDS.
"In preparation for the new Miss Universe to become an Ambassador for Youth AIDS and in the hopes that the contestants would return to their countries inspired to support HIV/AIDS initiatives, the contestants participated in an hour long peer education session," a rep from PSI said in a statement.
"The session consisted of a discussion on HIV/AIDS and several peer education activities that are actually employed by our programs in the field. Often times, target populations are illiterate or of low literacy and we need to find ways to reach them through engaging activities that don't rely on written materials.
"What we have learned is that youth more actively listen to their peers and role models, so we center our activities through peer education and deliver messages of prevention through role models like the Miss Universe contestants. The winner and the remaining contestants have a unique opportunity to help reduce stigma, educate at-risk populations and empower youth and women to practice abstinence, to delay the first sexual debut, and if sexually active, remain faithful."
The role of Miss Universe is to champion AIDS/HIV awareness and in March the Miss Universe Organization officially partnered with PSI, which promotes itself as a world leader in HIV prevention and education. However PSI was actually founded by Phil Harvey who is also President of Adam & Eve, the largest mail-order sex toy/pornography business in the country.
So were the "Condom Olympics" more about product placement and promoting promiscuity than AIDS prevention?
"The idea that playing games in order to spread HIV awareness is absurd. Millions all over the world are dying from this pandemic and the 'Condom Olympics' in no way emphasizes the severity of this issue which, by the way, is completely preventable," said Alyssa Cordova of the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute, which prepares and promotes conservative women. "HIV doesn’t just happen; it’s caused by irresponsible behavior like sharing needles and engaging in sexually promiscuous behavior. Playing right into our culture’s obsession with political correctness, the Miss Universe organization downplays the only thing that prevents the spread and contraction of HIV that is 100 percent effective—abstinence—and perpetuates the lie that if you use a condom everything will be ok."
Cordova was also disturbed by the fact that PSI felt that "abstinence is not the right message" for some people.
"Apparently Miss Universe and PSI believe that some of us are so barbaric that it’s not even worth sharing the message. Not only is that insulting, it’s dangerous and irresponsible," she added.