R.I.P. Gay Porn: Sean Cody Sold To Men.com

Posted January 7, 2015 by with 71 comments

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Well, it was a great 14 years. Arguably the best gay porn web studio of all time, Sean Cody, has been purchased by Men.com’s parent company, the straight porn and tube site conglomerate known as MindGeek.

The news of a possible Sean Cody sale has been floating around for years (I first heard rumors that another straight porn conglomerate, AEBN, was going to buy Sean Cody back in 2011, but they didn’t offer enough money), and it was finally confirmed today after a commenter on The Sword pointed out that Sean Cody’s homepage now includes MindGeek’s company (“MG”) info in Delaware and Ireland:

mindgeekAs I’ve been pointing out ad nauseam for the past year, Sean Cody has been struggling to maintain the quality (both in terms of models and production) they became famous for after launching in 2001, and this sale explains a lot. Obviously, Mr. Cody himself just isn’t invested in the company anymore, so he’s decided to move on to bigger and better things.

But what could be better than Sean Cody, when they were at their best?

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What will happen now that the people who operate Men.com will be operating Sean Cody? With its signature filming style, (mostly) gorgeous and well-endowed men, and consistent updates, Sean Cody has been (at least for me), the gold standard for hardcore gay porn. Meanwhile, Men.com squirts fake cum on their models and makes “parodies” of sex slave trafficking.

In both 2013 and 2014, I named Sean Cody scenes as the best gay porn scenes of each year. In 2014, the worst gay porn scene of the year was Men.com’s “Retribution,” in which a porn star murders his co-stars by setting them on fire.

Sean Cody has given us Colby Keller, Paul Wagner, Ryan Rose, and Calvin. Men.com has given us Rocco Reed.

To be fair, Men.com does release some good stuff occasionally. But in comparison to Sean Cody, well, there just is no comparison.

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While this sale leaves several big, unanswered questions, at least one of them is easy to answer. Being sold to MindGeek can almost certainly guarantee that Sean Cody will switch back to condom only scenes—assuming Sean Cody as a studio keeps producing content. MindGeek’s only other major gay property that produces original content, Men.com, is 100% condoms, so they’ll undoubtedly require the same safety protocols for Sean Cody, too. Switching back to condoms means Sean Cody will lose a large chunk of customers (and revenue), but MindGeek will likely find other ways to monetize the site via their monopolistic network of tube sites and pirated content. [UPDATE: Sources with knowledge of this sale have confirmed to me that Sean Cody will REMAIN a bareback site, so disregard the above paragraph.]

As far as everything else—where will Sean Cody produce content? will Sean Cody staffers stay on? will Johnny Rapid be getting quadruple penetrated on the Sean Cody couch by Brandon, Dean, David, and Tanner?—who knows. Sean Cody has yet to respond to my request for comment. One thing is certain: If Sean Cody becomes anything like Men.com, the best gay porn studio of all time is officially gone forever.

Obviously, the only way to mourn is to binge watch every single one of Calvin’s scenes.

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[Calvin, Dennis, And Jordan’s Bareback Fuckfest]


  • daniel harcourt

    Sean Cody created the Gay Porn membership model in 2001-02 so that business model essentially ends with them as they pull the curtain on quality porn content. R.I.P Gay porn its all over. Men does not and never has produced porn if you fake anything its certainly not porn.

  • Nickolas

    This is the saddest day of my gay adult life. RIP Sean Cody.

    http://i.imgur.com/ukdNLqy.gif

  • Trey LEone

    The first porn I ever downloaded. This is just as bad as when coltstudios went down the drain!!
    Gay porn is finished!!! Only menatplay left!!! and the occassional austin wolf scene from RB.

  • robirob

    Truly the end of an era.

    Will Sean Cody go back to condom only porn, or is MEN switching to bareback?

    • Kevin

      Sources confirmed with Zach that Sean Cody would continue to be bareback, i just hope it’s true.

  • Trey LEone

    What hapened to all the really good looking pornstars with fantatsc bodies. They all seem so mediocre nowadays. Pobabl why bareback got so popular because scenes aren’t hot enough. With the exception of Sean Cody would still watch the hell out of Tanner with or sans condom

    • robirob

      Look at media culture in general. Who or what gets worshipped nowdays? Mediocrity.

      • Trey LEone

        In the good old days of Colt studios Falcon I could understand some people admiring or even wanting to be a porn star. Now I just think people are making a huge mistake for some chicken change.

      • zach

        SO true.

        • moondoggy

          Thank you, Zach, for giving me Daniel’s cummy ass one more time. The last time, I guess. I’m so broken-hearted.

  • Iain Gardener

    Oh god no! This is terrible news, one of the last truly great gay porn sites, gone forever

  • Alan

    “To be fair, Men does release some good stuff occasionally.”

    And 100 monkeys with 100 keyboards will eventually give you the works of William Shakespeare… Men’s good scenes are entirely the application of the law of large numbers rather than any conscious attempt to produce quality porn.

    Now it seems that the 2014 Sean Cody that Zach so criticized is going to represent the golden sunset as 2015 will finally represent the triumph of mediocrity in gay porn

    • dave1984

      did they simply get Paddy O’Brian gangbanged by chance? NOBODY said HOW they got good stuff, just they did have some. “mediocrity in gay porn” already had its root in SC last year, just now that it might blossom.

  • Joe

    Men. Com are possibly the worst Gay porn studio ever – crazy plots – generic scenes
    Dull gay for pay performers and a model getting penetrated over 100 times and claiming to be straight ? And Female directors ( no disrespect ) all over the joint !
    I will be cancelling my SC very soon for sure.

    • DeanD

      Say what you will about Men. Com and the quality of their product but one thing that consistently impresses me is the music they compose for their scenes. Whomever does it deserves an award!

      • Joe

        Fair play buddy but if i want to listen to quality music I go to Sound Garden or spotify lol

        • DeanD

          I’m just saying it’s a nice and consistent surprise amongst all the Men mediocrity.

          • Joe

            You’re right Dean I had noticed it before.. It’s good quality amongst all the Sketchy porn
            Kinda glad SC don’t do it tho

    • OneOfTheManyChris

      Men is making money when other studios are going under, so I think you can make a case that they are the best studio ever. They are owned by a straight studio and following the business model of a straight studio, which seems to be make the same Johnny Rapid scene 100 times so long as they can get away with paying Johnny less than they will make back from the the scene. And the female directors generally come from the straight side, don’t give a damn about anything but money, and work for less, so that’s a smart decision as well. I honestly doubt if you can tell whether a scene was directed by a woman, as woman have always been worked in the business uncredited, ala “Mister” Pam and all that classic material.

      Gay porn has always had the feeling of some rich guy’s personal fetish. If you’re at all interested in Seventies’ era features, you can see it over and over–some guy makes a movie about hippies fucking in a swimming pool (his own swimming pool, natch) then runs out of money. If Men’s model is what sells in the current environment, I guess I can’t blame them anymore than I can blame my underwear company for switching to cheap crap.

      • Joe

        I respect your point of view and you speak some truth but I disagree with you on the men. Com thing.
        And as for women Directing – I totally believe in equal rights and equal Pay and I believe that women are the smarter sex – I can’t wait to see a woman president of your Country but male gay porn – leave that to a men –
        And besides Mr Pam I’ve always been disappointed at female directed porn as it rarely features any ass eating in it.

        • OneOfTheManyChris

          Truthfully I haven’t made an effort to seek out female directed gay porn and survey it. I assume a lot of it is released with a male name on it. Most of it seems to be more plot-oriented to me, which is fine even if it’s not everyone’s thing. But if it doesn’t have ass eating in it, I’d be disappointed as well.

  • bob80

    Place your rainbow flags at half-staff, we’re in mourning.

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    • moondoggy

      Explains SO much.

  • Joe

    Having said all that Sean Cody will be very much a going concern and as porn is very much supply & demand – if Men.com change the format of Sean Cody too much then that will leave a gap in the market for someone else to fill. As everyone know the porn industry is all about money – so I wouldn’t expect too many changes too soon.

    • McM.

      Hope another studio does fill the gap. As Men.com has proven time and again, when it comes to gay porn they simply don’t know any better.

      RIP SC.

      • Joe

        I think this sale might have happened a while ago. Think Sean Cody will go on
        I like the current models so I ain’t complaining like everybody else
        Just don’t wanna see David Tanner or Randy etc going anywhere near Johnny Rapid or I will throw up ..

  • Estelle

    You have to wonder if the offer Sean Cody got from Manwin was less then what AEBN offered them in 2011. Three years of pirated content (a good chunk of it turning up on Manwin’s tube sites), legal fees, and declining quality may have taken its toll. They essentially surrendered to the company that was ripping off their content for years. The scene rates now will be a fraction of what Sean Cody was paying talent.

    Too bad Next Door Male couldn’t have been the one to have met this fate, though it looks like they might soon enough, as will Jake Cruise who is teetering on bankruptcy and is now outsourcing all of their content.

  • NG212

    I feel gutted, shocked, and deeply disappointed. Aren’t there more important things than money — like making great porn?

    Sean Cody hasn’t been much to write home about recently, but you never realize what you have until it’s sold to an evil, straight porn empire.

    The only way the porn lover in me can heal is if Sean Cody has complete autonomy and they console us with gorgeous, versatile models fucking. But that may be too much to ask for.

    • Skbpdx

      You feel gutted over a gay porn site? Maybe read a book.

      • NG212

        I partake in that activity as well. I read “Coming Out to Play” by Robbie Rogers last week. I recommend it.

  • dave1984

    and fuckers were picking on Zach for trying to SAVE SEAN CODY.

    • Alan

      Or maybe Sean Cody got tired of being kicked around on blogs and message boards when he was still producing some of the best gay porn out there…

      • dave1984

        If they care about members opinions , don’t think they’d hire half of the guys or make half of the scenes last yr. THIS BLOG is very very constructive to SeanCody. Do you read much?

        • Alan

          Dave, you know what I’ve read? Enough to know that people have enormously varied tastes in what they find to be attractive or ‘sexy’. Half the models or scenes on the site last year may not have appealed to you, but I guarantee that most of them appealed to someone – likely a great number of someones and those someones who were members may (and probably were) sending the site very different feedback than yours. So consider that before speaking on behalf of ‘members opinions’ because I’m a member and you sure weren’t speaking for me!

          • dave1984

            well, tastes varied but lots of people complained LAST YEAR. Hasn’t been like that BEFORE. Idk if they have money trouble so they got guys less attractive or bc the new guys caused drop in membership. I never said I speak for ALL members. “members opinions” just mean a collective number of members. Eg, when Brandon of SC just came out, people went nuts. over time, they got bored, but if he’s still back nobody can say shit about his look.

      • NG212

        If you think Sean Cody sold his site because some blogs criticized the said site, you’re wrong. Ultimately, it was a business decision. It may have been a personal one as well — we don’t know if he wants to move on in life.

        But it’s most assuredly not because of feedback. I find that line of thinking preposterous. You’d have to be a really small person to become that despondent because of criticism.

        • Alan

          Oh good grief! Of course I don’t think Sean Cody sold out because of criticism – anymore than I think Sean Cody needed ‘saving’ by Zach, or anyone else! And what I do find preposterous is that a lot of people who are mourning this sale are people who wouldn’t have said a nice thing about the site if you’d asked them last week!

          • dave1984

            if u think the article “…SAVE SEAN CODY” and the way I used that phrase here meant LITERALLY saving Sean Cody, you might wanna SAVE your money for college English classes to SAVE all of us time & energy. Neither me nor NG212 mourned shit, you need to stick that “preposterous” angle else where bc it’s completely irrelevant here.

          • Alan. P. (Hansen)

            Exactly. When “Alan” was posted from Sean Cody some piled on about his looks as if he were Quasimodo. Or someone complaining because a performer who appeared once – 7 years ago – never returned.

          • moondoggy

            ROTFL — that would be me. But only because, like Zach, I remember what they were and despise the fact that it ended without warning and before I could get my fill. Imagine if that horse-dicked Brooks fucked as often as David did, for example? Imagine Daniel wriggling off Stu’s raw, still leaking cock the way he wriggled off Cameron’s? I would never leave my house again.

  • Donald Horn

    So will Johnny Raped finally get some quality scene partners? I sure hope so…

    • Luvstoread

      Sure you jest!

  • Tony161956

    I wonder just how much Sean Cody himself has been involved in the day-to-day production of the company in the past few years and who has been tweeting since the company re-launched a Twitter account. Hopefully the production teams will remain in place and the site will remain a separate and distinct entity for the foreseeable future. I can’t imagine Manwin changing SC. They’d lose memberships left & right

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  • Tony161956

    Shouldn’t we also point a finger at Sean Cody for selling out? Fans and members made him wealthy and this is how he repays them?

    • seeker630

      SC created a product and fans purchased it. I can’t quite see how he has any sort of obligation to continue doing so if he prefers not to (for financial reasons or whatever).

  • Drew Barrymore

    My dick is inconsolable, I don’t know how to comfort her face to this sad new =(

  • ltlantnee

    A sad day. Very sad.

  • Kevin

    Can’t believe some people voted and think this would be great and would make Sean Cody even better.
    I hope things will stay the same and they continue with bareback porn. I have read that they are also the site who pay their models the most and i wonder if the new owners decides to pay the current and future SC models less and how that is going to affect attracting new models

  • David1983

    I see Colby Jansen man-boobs and FUPA in the horizon. This is sad, and don’t give us bullshit with “we are going to produce the same content”…gurl, please. Hot House was one of my favorite porn studios, then Steven Scarborough sold it and now they’re just fucking on boxes with ridiculous shoes. Download and backup the scenes as fast as you can people!

  • FieldMedic

    Does this mean that Brandon will be featured in their infamous series Top-to-Bottom? 😀

    • NG212

      That would be the only great thing that could come of this.

  • Ronan

    Some of Sean Cody’s most popular models already left them and decided to go pro…the only thing that will change is the gay porn pay scale (which will now plummet since SC paid the most per scene).

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  • BLACKjackHAMMER

    It’s news like this that makes me wish I where on drugs !

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  • ltlantnee

    I wish someone could advise / mentor the guys at Gayhoopla. They have the raw talent (sometimes) but the quality of the scenes is lame and often far below the par of their models. And the solos are far superior to their duos. But perhaps if they raise the scene rate (i have no idea what they pay)?

    • https://twitter.com/Peace_n_Freedom Peace and Freedom Guy

      Yes, gayhoopla has quite the stable of hotties. The scenes could be far better though, and Ken Ott should be treated like a king over there for all his handsomeness!

  • Greninja

    And I was just watching the scene with Sean Cody himself bareback fucking Nick and wondering what he was up to. Smart man, he sold while it was still worth something. It was fun while it lasted.

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  • http://twitter.com/seaguy11 Seaguy

    Treasure Island shoulda bought them. lol

  • Luca

    I find funny (if that’s the word) that some people are more worried that SC will continue to make bareback than of the actual quality of the site!

  • Spencer87

    One of the worst days in gay porn history.I’m done.

  • Colorful Kent

    So the straight owned paranoid homophobic company now wants to own the gay porn industry. This company won’t hire POZ performers which slants against gay men. They are both gay4pay mostly, so not sure if it will be worse.

  • http://www.manpuppy.com Manpuppy

    The writer has a misunderstanding of how MindGeek operates. Their contributing studios produce more or less independently, but certain back-office functions are folded into the parent company for economy. Having centralized customer service, legal, I.T., accounting/finance, and marketing/analytics not only saves bundles of cash and creates new opportunities for expansion through stronger and smarter market penetration, most importantly it frees the studio itself to concentrate on what they’re best at: creating content. Cody isn’t selling out, he’s making a smart business move that’s ultimately going to be great for his brand. Good move.

  • LOLA

    is this real or just a shit news please tell me the true ???

  • Mystic_Scorpio

    I was wondering why all their models started to suck balls, and not in a good way.

  • addide

    Sean Cody just updated their website. I would say maybe maybe 60
    percent of “The Best 73 Sean Cody Scenes Of All Time” are no longer available on the Sean
    Cody website. Calvin, Ethan and others are no longer listed as an
    models. A sad day indeed.

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