Mia Kirshner defends character on 'Defiance,' saying that she's no "Brothel Madam"

KirshnerWell, you do not get to write stories like this every day.

Actress Mia Kirshner is a little angry that her role in Syfy's Defiance program has been called a "madam" of a frontier town brothel, as she insists that her character Kenya Rosewater is instead just a misunderstood, enigmatic owner of a post-apocalyptic "sex club." Madam, sex club owner - a world of difference, people!

“I don’t like to use the word madam. I actually think it’s extremely important to make the distinction because brothels are a horrifying place of indignity for women,” Kirshner said recently.

Whereas the world hears madam and thinks of black books filled with high-profile names or sex trafficking, the actress says that, “I spent a lot of time with madams. The word is not being used in the correct way."

Kenya is nothing like that, she goes on to explain.

“The character of Kenya is quite a selfish thing in a way... She decided to create this utopia for like-minded people to be able to explore their emotions through sexuality,” she added.

Does she see some of Kenya in herself?

“I’d like to think I’ve carved my own path, and I like to think that, like Kenya, I’ve approached my own convictions unapologetically and with strength. That’s where the similarities end," she added.

I have to admit - sex clubs, madams, brothels - my interest in this show went from a 1 to a solid 3 after learning this information. 


- Defiance
- Mia Kirshner
- Syfy

Written by: Hamatosan
Apr 10th, 2013, 6:49 pm

Images courtesy of Syfy


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Message Posted On Jul 23rd, 2013, 5:11 am

Leaving aside the fact that I really like Defiance and that I'm bloody thrilled that there is atleast 1 good SiFi show still on, Mia plays the part of a Madam. Ask any cop, Lawer or Judge any where and they will all say the same thing, she runs a sex club/brothel/bar. That makes her the Madam/Manager. Sorry Mia, but the law is the law.


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Message Posted On Apr 11th, 2013, 4:47 am

Mine went in the opposite direction.


If there's really nothing more intelligent or interesting about the show to discuss it doesn't bode too well :/

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