Whether one meets it with shock and outrage or unabashed enthusiasm, a charity breast squeeze is bound to get attention. And that might have been part of the idea behind a Japanese porn channel's recent interactive fundraiser.
Japan's Paradise TV hosted the breast squeeze benefit as part of "Erotica Will Save The World," a 24-hour live-streamed event that took place Aug. 25-26 in Tokyo.
All money raised at the charity breast squeeze benefitted STOP!AIDS, an organization aimed at promoting AIDS awareness, treatment and prevention. It is unaffiliated with the Stop AIDS Project that is run by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
After making a donation and sanitizing their hands, participants over the age of 18 were allowed to squeeze the breasts of one of 10 Japanese adult video actresses, according to Rocket News 24. A limit of two squeezes per hand were allowed: If donors felt like copping another feel, they had to give again.
Paradise TV, a Japanese satellite porn channel known for its "wacky, perverted programming," has a reputation for "stupidity," sleaze, and directly engaging its subscribers. One of the channel's most popular shows is called "I Will Lose My Virginity," which involves a two-hour live broadcast of a woman’s first sexual encounter.
"Weeks in advance, a promo asking subscribers whether they would want to see the first experience of a certain female virgin, who receives a proper introduction during the spot," The Tokyo Reporter wrote. Demand -- tabulated in phone calls and e-mails -- dictated whether or not the show would proceed.
Although risque methods of charity fundraising aren't unheard of in the Western world, they often take the less-interactive form of topless or partially-nude calendars, which have been used to raise money for college athletic clubs.
While the practice is so familiar as to be lampooned, scandal has erupted over such charity photos in the past.
In 2011, furor erupted after sexy stills taken by the women's swim team at the University of Portsmouth in the U.K. for a fundraising calendar ended up posted to porn websites, The Sun reported.