Random Rant #2
I’ve noticed that every time I voice my displeasure with the mainstream industry for supporting and promoting a less than flattering image of black porn models, the standard response from some within the industry is deflection. Instead of offering an explanation as to why (for the most part) black men are typically showcased as overly aggressive sexually savage tops, the go-to defense is to point at thug porn and the unflattering gangsta imagery of blacks in that genre. They say this as a way of implying that we can’t have it both ways, we (I’m guessing they mean blacks and anyone else who rightfully calls out this shameful tradition) can’t support the thug imagery while condemning the mandingo warrior shit. I’m constantly making these people aware that I and a lot of black men I know, are dissatisfied with BOTH genres for choosing to use generic unflattering stereotypes as creative inspiration for black roles and more important than the fucked up image, is the fact that ethic models as a whole (not just blacks and Latins are under represented in gay porn. That has ALWAYS been my larger point. Like I said before, it’s a deflection, not a defense. I absolutely take issue with the ghetto personae of thug porn. In my eyes there’s little difference between the two genres, both are mostly run by white men (very few thug porn studios are minority owned) and both shy away from showing black men in sensual, romantic, non demeaning ways. The only difference is that thug porn is about black on black sex, while the mainstream material is almost always (several) blacks on white.