The Naked Reality of Racism in the US Porn Industry | Best of 2020

In 2020 (January-December), the 5 best articles that received a lot of attention were announced at Rolling Stone Japan. This article is ranked 3rd in the “International Division”. Black actresses have few rewards and employment opportunities, and must endure the racist expressions found here and there. But now there are calls for change. (First public release date: June 11, 2020)

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Earlier this year, pornographic actress Ana Foxxx made a triumphant appearance at the filming site of pornographic actress and director Kayden Kross. On this day, he was planning to shoot an orgy scene with three black women with Cross director’s husband Manuel Ferrer. It’s unusual for the porn industry, “I don’t have that many turns. It seems that the production company hires us (only once every few months),” Fox told Rolling Stone. “I’ve never been in the same work together before.” The actresses were delighted to finally be able to co-star.

Then, as he began shooting stills, Fox noticed the women going upstairs with bananas in their hands. At first I thought I was going to get a light meal. Then all the actresses were instructed to stand in front of the camera with bananas in their hands. “I thought this was a bad feeling.”

When the actresses protested, Cross apologized and promised to remove the stills. However, the shooting was harsh for 12 hours. One of the performers, Demi Sutras, says she finally cried in the bathroom. But she continued to shoot. I didn’t want to “ruin” the shoot for the other performers. “I don’t know who is in trouble with money, because black actresses don’t have that much opportunity.”

When she asked Cross about the matter, she replied: “As a reminder, I support the movement of racist protests and believe that substantive changes across the organization are needed for the development and prosperity of society.”

As for the banana case, he said he intended to soak the banana in chocolate and decorate it with toppings for Valentine’s Day. “I didn’t know that bananas were so problematic at the time, but now I understand it’s a very delicate issue and I regret the decision at that time,” Rolling Stone said. Told to.

These stories are commonplace among black actors in the porn industry. They are often pinched whether they should speak out to their circumstances or hold their mouths for fear of retaliation at work. This is especially true for black actresses, who are far less likely to be called to the shoot than white actresses. “I’ve heard enough to hear an octopus,’Ana, I still want to make more appearances, but black actresses only use it for orgy,'” says Fox. Producers have often told me that black actresses don’t sell as well as white actresses. “For me, it’s like,’How do black women make a name for themselves when they don’t get a job opportunity?'” She said, and she had to work in a wide range of genres to increase her appearance opportunities. He added.

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“There is no other industry that can easily say,’You are black, so you can’t appear in this movie.'”

The fact that race is portrayed in pornography and that black actors are disrespected has been controversial within the industry for many years. “Pornography is the most backward-looking American industry,” says Sutras. “There is no other industry that can easily say,’You are black, so you can’t appear in this movie.'” Still, many in the industry believe that the dialogue that began with Black Lives Matter created a unique opportunity for major production companies to change the practice of the matter. When the adult publisher AVN published an article that the late George Floyd, who was the victim of a police assault, was connected to the pornography industry, these discussions were heated and a large-scale backlash occurred. Therefore, AVN hurriedly deleted the article and posted an apology.

Among the issues that performers complain about on social media is the anachronistic practice of raising the rewards of white actresses for what is commonly referred to as IR. IR is Interracial, an interracial karami, but often refers to a karami between a black actor and a white actress. When a top-class white actress first appears in an IR stuff, the production company offers a much higher guarantee than usual. That’s why many well-known actresses stick to co-starring with black actors. “IR is just ostensibly, apart from what I really mean,” says actor Isaia Maxwell. “It’s not Asian or Latin, it means’You want to get along with a black man, right?'”

However, these practices do not apply to black actors and black actresses. As a result, deep economic disparities were created between races, and the actor agencies that pinned such high-priced guarantees took root. Maxwell has heard from other production companies that some of the major agencies have set criteria for how often top actresses should be assigned jobs involving blacks. “Agencies are always a hassle,” Maxwell said. “They make certain girls in the industry think they’re better than people with certain skin tones.”

Black actors, especially black actresses, have few opportunities to appear, so there are many who can only work with a handful of production companies, who regularly shoot content that makes derogatory racial expressions. come. For example, actor Ricky Johnson has appeared in numerous works under a production company called Dogfart. The company specializes in IR stuff, “black people are savage,” says Johnson. “But the trouble is that the company is one of the few places to hire black actors (on a regular basis) for filming.” When Fox was just starting out, he was instructed to have oral sex with a white man wearing a T-shirt with the Southern Army flag on it.

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Derogatory terminology that flies in the title of the work

Video sites like Blacked, if not as overt as racial stereotypes, are another way to abuse the anachronistic stereotypes of black men, infesting the industry with inequality. The site ostensibly claims to be a place for black actors to play an active role, but all the actors interviewed said Blacked didn’t hire black actresses at all. In fact, of the top 50 pornographic actresses the site recommends, only two are black actresses. In addition, the titles of some works use derogatory terms such as BBC (Big Black Cock). Even on Pornhub, the industry’s largest video site, there are hundreds of works with N words in the title. In response to this huge amount of content, some performers are trying to rewrite Pornhub’s algorithms by uploading works from a wide range of genres featuring black actors to hijack categories.

Often it is the marketing team of the production company that decides the title of the work, not the performers or directors. Therefore, many performers cannot give an opinion on how to sell the work. Fox had previously starred in a film directed by Jules Jordan, but was later included on the internet as part of a compilation titled “Black Facials Matter.” “I didn’t understand at first,” she said. “After that, I really came to my mind.” She contacted Jordan and asked to change the title, but said she didn’t get a reply.

A few years later, she ran into a production company employee at an industry event and was finally asked to change the title after explaining the situation (although many video sites still retain the original title). In response, Jordan said he was unaware that Fox had contacted him for a title change, saying that the title was given by a copywriter. “Unfortunately, our site handles a lot of content, so it’s impossible for me to check the site 100%,” he said. “I need to change immediately after noticing this problem.” I felt it was. “

Not all black performers are concerned about the terminology used in the titles and keywords of their work. In the end, I think it’s just an example of a rough, short-circuit marketing strategy that production companies have adopted to promote pornography. “Pornography always reflects the values ​​of American society. If there is such a work, it means that there are people who buy it,” Maxwell said. “For example, if you have a work called’Black Penis Horror Part 6′(actually Maxwell’s work), it means that the last 5 works have definitely sold.”

He believes pornography is not the right place to make a difference. “Pornography is such a stagnant world that it’s not suitable for social activities. It’s hard to get serious about it,” he says. “I try to distinguish between the two,” but admits that no matter how much you look at it, industry practices are full of problems. “Pornography is the only industry that can justify racism. To justify your beliefs, you force yourself to have sex with someone you don’t want and say,’I have to fuck black in this industry.’ What an impossible “

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The situation is changing, but there are many problems that need to be resolved.

Things are changing to some extent. Even if it’s just to deal with social media pressures and intense public criticism. As part of its apology, AVN has announced that it will exclude categories such as “IR” and “ethnic” at future awards ceremonies. I think the black performers are finally doing it, but I don’t feel that it is a sincere response. “You should listen to the voices around you,” says Maxwell. “They seem to think it’s bad to post (the article), but I don’t think the writing itself is bad.”

Production companies such as AVN, Xbiz, and Blacked are asking black performers for advice on how to best support them. After a Zoom meeting between the black performers and the film crew, one of Blacked’s producers, Mike Moz, decided that the company would no longer use terms such as “BBC” and “IR” in its promotional claims. I told Rolling Stone magazine. He also said he would hire more black actresses and adopt more inclusive scripts. However, he showed his support for the custom of presenting a large amount of money to a white actress who first appeared in Karami with a black actor. “In this industry, the first thing is worth anything. Everyone is aiming for that first thing.”

Fox says most of these discussions are too late and inadequate. Wage inequality and the despise of black actresses have been talked about for years, but they have had no effect. Fox and other performers can’t help but be frustrated that their voice was finally heard in the case of George Floyd. “Now everyone is saying something like Black Lives Matter, but it feels like what the non-parties are saying. I was calling out a little while ago for help. , I feel like they’re piggybacking only when it’s convenient, “she says. “We have to continue to support the performers, not just when we have a great opportunity to increase likes and followers.”

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