Congressman cites ‘Debbie Does Dallas’ on House floor

In a speech that surely resonated far beyond the usual C-SPAN audience, a Democratic congressman this week cited the porn movie “Debbie Does Dallas,” in making his case against pending legislation. 

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) argued that a bill sponsored by Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteProgressive group targets GOP moderates on immigration Florida shooting reopens CDC gun research debate Congress punts fight over Dreamers to March MORE (R-Va.) to update the Video Privacy Protection Act — which passed in 1988 and made it illegal to reveal what videos customers rented from stores without their consent — could now make it easier to release personal info about video viewing habits. The law was created after a Washington newspaper published a list of videos that then-Supreme Court nominee Judge Robert Bork rented.

With a viewer’s consent, video service providers could post information about which videos the movie lovers prefer, under the new bill. It would also extend to online videos.

But things got a little, um, weird when Johnson started expressing his concerns about the legislation: “Now, I, myself, don’t want folks to know that I have ordered up ‘Debbie Does Dallas.’ I may not mind if they know that I ordered up ‘J. Edgar,’ but I don’t want them to know that I ordered ‘Good Girls Gone Bad.’ ”

The congressman sure knows the XXX-rated classics. But then again, who doesn’t know “Debbie Does Dallas”?

 Despite Johnson’s arguments, the House ultimately passed the bill.