This was back before the Internet as we know it made finding such things as simple as typing into the Google search box, so when McBride initially posted a list of easily indexed nudes to the World Wide Web back in 1999, it was the perfect storm of timing, technology, and savant-like perversion.
Back then visitors to Mr. Skin had access to 1,000 actresses in various states of undress; today, the site boasts a comprehensive collection of over 23,000 actresses, featuring "every female nude scene in the history of film." Posts on the site include "Top 10 Simpsons Guest Stars," "Top 10 Stars Phoning From the Tub," and "Top 10 Nudes With a Clown," as well as clips and pics, available for a monthly subscription fee, of what the site describes as the "good scenes." McBride has managed to repackage and monetize nudity that people have already paid to see once.
"To be fair, I'm also striking when customers are suffering from a sudden drop in blood flow to the brain."
There's a fine line between successful entrepreneur and "weird guy obsessing over every nip-slip and fleeting crotch-shot," and McBride has straddled that line for over 15 years. His predilection for celebrity nudity has turned Mr. Skin into a multimillion-dollar business, with two published books and a website that gets over 10 million unique visitors every month.
McBride claims, "We wanted a fun vibe. We don't run a porn site; we're an R to NC-17 rated site." But he's not taking into account that the level of gratuitousness isn't the only aspect that might ruin the fun. There's a certain creepiness when you consider some screenshots come from rape scenes and movies like 12 Years a Slave, where the nudity is happening in the midst of truly horrible situations.
Also, Mr. Skin's official slogan, "Fast-Forwarding to the Good Parts," reeks of distilling women down to body parts and actresses' careers down to what body part they've exposed and how often. Perhaps in an effort to combat that perception, Mr. Skin launched a new site, Mr. Man ...
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