An Arte documentary traces the sulfur relationship between Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee

The most sulfur couple in the 1990s never stopped attracting. completion Pam and Tommy, a fictional miniseries put online at Disney+ last winter, is making way for the 52-minute documentary, produced by ITV Studios France, to air at 10:40 p.m. this Friday on Arte. Still talking about Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s marriage, sexuality, wickedness and spying as well, but this time it’s browsing with the help of testimonials. We hear the memories of Guerin Swing, a close friend of the couple and fellow stoner, the cold analysis of American celebrity journalists but also the point of view of Kevin Blatt, “celebrity sextape broker” (yes, it is).

Because the famous cassette is of course at the heart of this documentary. We know how this sextape, which never had to leave the couple safe, spread like wildfire as the Internet progressed. Pamela and Tommy: Sex, Romance and video, also reveals the “class struggle” that reigns in their Hollywood home, but also how the star’s wedding Baywatch in Malibu and drummer Mötley Crüe began a new era of stardom.

Rockstars Vs. Workers

Before the famous sextape theft and its broadcast, there was a context, or rather an atmosphere, that reigned within the home of the young newlywed couple (just a few days after they met in a nightclub, let us remember). Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson asked their friend Guerin Swing to help them design the funniest house possible in the heart of Hollywood, an “amusement park for adults”. The lovebirds and their loved ones were forced to live with many workers who fell out of work. But the deal isn’t perfect on the site, far from it. The workers were nicknamed “the lousy ones” and Tommy Lee, who was completely paranoid, always suspected them that he had been robbed.

“A strange class struggle has taken place”, the voiceover of the documentary explains. Humiliated and threatened with the rocker’s weapon as he would later say, Rand Gaultier, an electrician (who also worked for a pornography production company), decided to take revenge. She gets the couple’s safety but most of all it’s inside: Pam and Tommy’s privacy.

An Internet sex tape

This sextape could be as famous in a few years as its authors (if not more so about Tommy Lee, who has since fallen into the shadows). For this, it will follow a distribution channel that is less well known: the Internet. Together with Milton Ingley, an adult film director, Rand Gaultier made copies of the original sextape and decided to sell it physically under the coat through Internet sites and ads. The price? 60 dollars each, the documentary specifies. The couple immediately searched for the culprit or culprits of the leak and decided to attack each holder of a copy of their sextape. But it’s too late, and its success is far from dry …

In 1997, the film was made available for the first time on the Internet. Putting it online will literally explode the server of the site that hosts it. In a few years, Pamela Anderson has become “the most downloaded star of all time” according to Guinness Book of World Records. Digital virality and early buzz. Like what this sextape is is also a story of technological revolutions.


It is also a story of moral complete mutation. The rise of pornography, however, is also emphasized Pamela and Tommy: Sex, Romance and Video, the entry of a new era: voyeurism, an obsession with the private life of public people and later the game of his own life on social networks. Witnesses at the time thus observed the rise of paparazzi power, constantly pushing back the limits of respect for privacy (across the Atlantic, Lady Di was the victim). Now we want to know where the stars live, what they eat, who they sleep with and how.

“They are the subject of a viral story, now called an explosion of interest followed by judgment, shame, fame and personal attacks. That predicts everything that is happening now”, JD analyzes Heyman, former editor of People Magazine and Fun every week, even using the term “whistleblower” to qualify Pam and Tommy. A leading couple of super celebrity people?

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