Gay Porn Before And After: Chi Chi LaRue 2008 Vs. Chi Chi LaRue 2018

Posted December 17, 2018 by with 47 comments

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Director Chi Chi LaRue has decided to do something she’s never done before in gay porn. But before we get to that news, here’s LaRue promoting the use of condoms in gay porn in 2008:

And, as everyone knows, times have changed. With the exception of just two studios here in the U.S., every gay porn studio films bareback porn now, as condom porn can’t compete financially. So, Chi Chi LaRue has smartly decided to start filming bareback gay porn, and the first bareback gay porn movie she’s directing is for Falcon Studios.

Here’s Chi Chi LaRue today, in a press release from Falcon Studios announcing the bareback movie:

Falcon Studios Group has announced that multi-award-winning director Chi Chi LaRue is currently on set directing his first bareback—that is, condomless—gay porn production of his career, The Pledge. The feature picks up on the iconic “Pledge Master” franchise that began with the 1988 Falcon hit The Pledge Masters and was followed up with equally popular features New Pledgemaster (directed by LaRue) and Pledgemaster – The Hazing.

Until now, LaRue spent his entire gay porn career as a staunch condom-only production proponent. Formerly and frequently criticizing studios that produced bareback content, Chi Chi did not take his decision lightly or hastily.

“My criticisms in the past always came from a place of concern for the well-being of performers and from the responsibility I had for sending a message to viewers about the importance of safer sex practices,” stated LaRue. “Of course, this was a very big decision for me. I had to be confident that we would be in the safest space possible with the group that I could trust, and that’s why I chose to do it with Falcon Studios. I started working with the studio 30 years ago, right after the beginning of the AIDS crisis and when Chuck Holmes required condoms in all Falcon movies. Chuck made the right decision to send a message and to help stop more people from contracting HIV or dying from AIDS. I would not have made the decision to direct a bareback production unless I could be 100% confident that all the proper procedures were followed, and I knew that Falcon Studios Group would handle all the protocols relentlessly.

“Finally, if there is any confusion about what kind of message this might send. I will always champion the need for safer sex practices and encourage all our performers, viewers and fans to take care of their sexual health. It’s 2018, and there are many ways for us to stay safe and enjoy an active sexual life. Get tested, communicate with each other, learn about all the safer sex options available to you and make informed and healthy decisions that are right for you,” LaRue concluded.

The last Pledgemaster movie from Falcon featured featured gay porn icon Erik Rhodes, Derrek Diamond, and several of the studio’s most popular exclusives:

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The upcoming bareback Pledge stars Brandon Wilde, Devin Franco, and several new performers:

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  • Cosmic

    Well, Chi Chi held out longer than most so that’s something…I guess.

    • Geo Mendez

      I totally agree with you, I thought Chi Chi would stick to her guns but at the same she has to roll with the punches and it’s either this or go out of business, at least it seems she is working with a company who has its act together…
      I personally will never give up condoms but I’m old fashion…

      • JasCo

        Not old-fashioned. Smart. Daily pills can be forgotten.

        • bg

          I alway say use both its alway good to have a backup

          • Geo Mendez

            The thing is for me is that I am little paranoid and scared about taking anything that does not belong inside my body, (condoms go on the outside) but with my luck I will start taking pills (which the body were not meant to have) and my kidneys will fail or something.. but again, that is just me… besides condoms never really bothered me…

          • JasCo

            Good point. Plus PReP does not protect against other STIs

          • e jerry powell

            That’s the thing people need to keep hearing.

          • Cosmic

            The problem is most won’t listen, they want their anything with anyone goes sex life and they think PrEP has finally given it to them and will refuse to hear any proof to the contrary.

          • e jerry powell

            That’s very true. As someone who reached the age of majority in the mid-eighties and lost a lot of friends, I understand the complexity of the gay men who wanted to shout down Larry Kramer/GMHC back then. At the same time, as I have aged — and gone through decades of therapy — I have come to accept the limitations on my ability to affect change in other people’s choices. I can give people as much information as I know, and from there, they make their own choices., and, most importantly, deal with their own consequences.

            (For myself, I’m not on PrEP. I’m not entirely sure that my insurance covers it before I clear my deductible, and really, such things haven’t been of concern to me, having been celibate for 9 years, 3 months, 16 days as of today — partly due to a confluence of medical conditions unrelated to sexual health, and partly due to lack of motivation, because the culture has changed so much over the decades since I was out there ho-ing about. I do have vague memories of what it was like to be in my twenties, though, so I get how the Millennials feel, and it’s not too dissimilar from the guys back in the late seventies, who had only been able to appreciate a significant dgree of sexual freedom for around a decade, from around Stonewall-ish to the earliest cases of AIDS, that sense of what Frank Zappa said — referencing something else altogether, but it still applies — “Anything Anytime Anyplace For No Reason At All.” Anyway: the upshot, for me at least, is that I must allow other people to make their own choices, and make sure I’m out of harm’s way when they do. Anything beyonnd that is a bit of an energy drain that I can’t really justify.)

            As for the issue at hand, I suppose we can be cynical about Mr. Paciotti’s ethics and motivations as much as we like. Regarding his practical role, there are things he can do to ensure a safe working environment for his performers, which is as much as we can ask, because the decisions have been made — not to suggest that they can be “un-made,” but let’s be realistic about that. If testing and serosorting (a sore subject I know) the way the straight studios require (though straight studios aren’t so much about serosorting as banning HIV-positive performers, where Larry was not so much about testing as he was about condoms on every set, which led, as we all know, to stop directing straight porn) so as to not endanger the talent, no matter how delusional the performers may be about PrEP being a magic bullet, I can’t be quite outraged about it, out of respect for the choices people make for themselves. So Mr. multi-hyphenate is being hypocritical and calling him out is in order, but again, I can only go so far before I get the distinct impression that I’m wating time trying to change other people’s choices.

      • Cosmic

        I’m the same way, I’ll never give up condoms, I worry that with guys now using PrEP as an excuse to take every load they can get that if PrEP fails the failure is going to very big and very nasty.

      • Stiffy Stiffington

        Is this person not a male????????

  • NeAl1669

    Why not come up with an original, modern plot or concept instead of continuing with tired story lines? ( I mean the previous video had the word hazing in it. Who wants to jerk off to that anymore?) Better still just have guys fuck each with genuine desire and passion, but that’s too outside the box for gay porn.

    • Scrapple

      So much this.

    • pje821

      I miss the days when films were being made like “Brotherhood,” directed by Jerry Douglas, or “Tulsa County Line,” directed by Joe Gage. These were men with vision who could work with a good storyline and create films much hotter than the “Can you spot me? Let’s fuck” norm we see today. Just like with theatrical releases, something original with believable dialogue and an attempt at acting is rare and undervalued.

      • e jerry powell

        Joe Gage also shot one of the first of what I consider to be gay “gonzo” films when he made the first of his Closed Set films, which, unlike many of the Gage films that preceded it, couldn’t be said to have much of a storyline, just a bunch of sex-crazed porn stars of the era (prominently featuring J.W. King and sometime “boyfriend,” crossover star R.J. Reynolds) let loose in an empty soundstage with some workout equiment and cameramen who were often drawn into the action.

        Gage can write a good script, or at least a permise, but in the work he’s doing for Ray Drogan’s brand, he’s mostly working in what have become tropes that echo his work from the seventies, where the lines between heterosexuality and homosexuality aren’t clearly defined and men avail themselves of sexual opportunites as they present themselves — most often with other men who are equally ambivalent about sexual preference — while remaining pretty locked into gender roles and with an increased emphasis on intergenerational encounters, and the work he does for Titan, where he attempts to recapture the feel/atmosphere of the Working Man trilogy and his other early work (though with scenes five to six times as long) with the more current masculine aesthetic; whether or not he succeeds has more to do with what a particular viewer is looking for, I suppose, but it’s on-brand for what Titan became a few years after Robert Kirsch left.

    • Daniel Hayes
    • e jerry powell

      “[O]utside the box for gay porn these days.” Joe Gage’s L.. Tool and Die, from 1979, is one of my favorite throwbacks, with a whole-film throughline of a smitten but sport-fucking Richard Locke following a more romantically-inclined military vet Will Seagers cross country, trying to convince Seagers that he’s Mr. Right and that they should settle down together. Naturally, the film strays, as Gage films do, to many other orientation-ambiguous guys engaging in a lot of sport-fucking, including our two heroes, who, inevitably run into each other at the titular metalworking company, and then again in an impromptu restroom orgy, before getting together and consummating their actual non-sport-fucking romantic sex before riding off together into the sunset. Problematically, though, the sex scenes are edited down to maybe five to eight minutes each to pack so many (nine, as opposed to three or four) into a feature-length film. Granted, the masculine aesthetic in porn has radically changed in the last thirty-nine years, so it’s not likely to be of much interest to Millennial porn consumers, but that older aesthetic is what I grew into my homosexuality with, and the guys who reflect it work for me on the id level.

      Of course, no one is making quite that same kind of product anymore — even Joe Gage, not to suggest that he isn’t trying, with, say Arcade on Route 9, a film with twice the running time, ten scenes, and plenty of “orientation-ambiguous” men, but missing the romantic elements in favor of Gage’s other fall-back trope, fathers non-incestuously initiating their sons into recreational man-on-man sex and women are ex-wives or presently-absent girlfriends, only vaguely referenced and never seen.

      The “out of the box” Gage classics, as well as some early Michael Zen work, were shot on film, had sizeable casts, lots of locations, and, well, more performers with semi-credible acting chops to make all the narrative scenes (or, in the case of Zen, some real mindfucking psychodrama) engaging and with enough collective chemistry to make everything work. Porn that has more than prurient interest to it can be done, but not if nobody wants to go to the effort and, most importatly these days, expense, considering a marketplace that expects everything for free or nearly so.

  • Daniel Hayes

    Was never a fan of her(his) work… Bareback won’t change that

  • czer

    Oh please, bareback is where the money is in porn these days and this is just an attempt to remain relevant and cash in at the same time. Chi Chi is just bowing to the reality and the safety of the models is secondary. He ruined gay porn in my opinion. His work is overrated and contrived. One Chi Chi La Rue production is the same as any other. Boring. He was better when she was fat.

    Side note, Erick Rhodes never appeared in a bareback porn yet was HIV positive when he died.

    • sxg

      Better when she was fat??? An Erik Rhodes HIV status reference??? Excuse you bitch, but you’re stealing my lines!
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      It’s no secret that Raging Falcon House doesn’t mind hiring men who are HIV+. Both Mason Wyler and Rocco Steele openly talked about their status and never lost work over it. You can go as far back as the late and great Cole Tucker openly talking about his status in the 90s and still managed to get work at other studios for years.

      As far as how Erik got HIV, I think it’s safe to say that it wasn’t on set. Sure condoms are not 100% guaranteed, but Erik was pretty reckless in his personal/escorting life. On his personal blog he talked about many of his escorting gigs. One time he mentioned he was hired to be bareback gangbanged all night long by 10+ black guys that all had at least 8 inch dicks or bigger. In all the years he’s been in porn, and fooled around in his personal life, he has probably never been tested until that failed exchange program Falcon and Randy Blue tried to do. At that time RB was a condom-only studio but still tested their models. According to former pornstar Samuel Colt that’s how Erik found out he was HIV+.

      • e jerry powell

        It’s no secret that Raging Falcon House doesn’t mind hiring men who are HIV+.

        From what I said a bit ago in this thread, I may have misspoken, but it’s been my understanding that since the mid-eighties, barring HIV-positive performers was something that straight studios did as part of their justification for not using condoms any longer than they “had to.” It may not have been Chi Chi specifically who said it, but the broadest line of thought was that as long as safer-sex techniques were being used, HIV status wasn’t so important. I do remember that Chi Chi did work in that “Safe Sex Is Hot Sex” campaign starting back in the nineties, which certainly doesn’t make anyone involved seem all that ethical or credible now. (Her exact words: “I’ve worked in this industry now for over twenty years. It’s a business, just like any other. If there’s money to be made, there’s people out there willing to do anything to make it.”)

        Of course, with the emergence of the Internet as the primary delivery mechanism between porn producers and porn consumers, and newer businesses getting into the porn game behind it, circumstances changed, though some were still holding to the same weakening rationales, a something that I readily concede.

        Again, I may be completely wrong in how I’m remembering the justifications for making porn one way or the other, with the third option being not to make porn at all, which will never happen. And Randy Blue decided “why not both? Test and us condoms!”

        As to another point, yes, Rocco is positive, and does quite a bit of bareback work, but at the same time, I give him credit for being willing to do condom scenes when he’s been asked to — even a handful of condom scenes on his own website. I can’t go quite all the way to assuming that he’s checking out the sexual health of all of his scene partners, but just the willingness to accommodate such requests can’t be considered completely insignificant. I can’t speak to any of his motives at all, but I guess he could always get some more student loans and go back to graduate school again in order to do something else that’s not quite so problematic for other people (like Marc Wallice back in 1998, when testing standards in straight porn were not quite as stringent). From a practical standpoint, Rocco and Mason being open about their respective HIV statuses is certainly putting their prospective partners in a position of giving informed consent, if nothing else. Seriously, are studios — well, other than maybe Lucas Entertainment — working to conceal anyone’s status?

        (Also, I’m not quite sure what you meant mentioning race when you brought up that Erik Rhodes gang-bang. but I really hope it’s just paraphrasing what Rhodes was talking about and not attaching some subtextual significance to the races of guys at a gang-bang involving a porn star who ended up testing positive. I don’t like being that guy, but I do tend to read between the lines when race and gay sex are conflated..)

  • Tempest

    First of all, any film with Trevor Miller is automatically invalid. Second, this is an insult to the glorious past of the Pledgemaster franchise because none of these boys can even compare to the pornstars of the past and none of them know how to fuck and Chi Chi should know better.

    And yes gurl, you’re doing this because you want to stay relevant. You have done much worse in the past when it came to bareback, now all of a sudden you bend over to Falcon and bb for what? Relevancy and money, nothing more, nothing less. Need I remind you that this is the same studio/group that released that scene with Tom Faulk, while he was getting arrested irl? Tim, and every porn director, only cares about where to make the most money out of, it’s business, even at the expense of the well being of the models.

    Barebacking isn’t changing shit. If anything, the strict schedule and limited freedom will make the good looking models less interested in doing this kind of work. I’ll just wait for the PrEP resistant HIV to make an appearance any time now, with the special guest of antibiotic resistant gonohrrea.

  • Scrapple

    We all know Chi Chi has been wanting to do this for a while, since C1R went ass up. She’s going where the coins are and trying to save face at the same time. Whatever.

    What I still don’t understand is why these studios are letting models show up with tests twenty to thirty days old. That’s a long ass time. Most people wouldn’t drink three week old milk, but these models are having bareback sex with three week old tests? Sounds like a great idea.
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    • No_No_No_Yes

      From the sounds of things – it is all a lot more sloppy out there than anyone cares to know. For the loose change these guys are making? Nope. You have a models studio jumping at a rate nobody can keep up with – none of them conforming to any set of guidelines, I can’t imagine subjecting myself to that for what to most of them equates to an entry level job at McDonald’s – where at least you have benefits.

    • McM.

      In regards to testing I believe studios ignore what performers do outside of their hired work. Yes, a model can make the rounds of BB sites which test but results are less reliable when taking into account the frequency of clients and personal/OF-platform randos. PrEP helps. Though I get the sense HIV-undetectable performers, regardless of similar lifestyles are more adamant about remaining so b/c continued work depends on it. The pop-a-pill everyday, every other day, right before a scene performers come off kinda cocky.

      Shifting the focus from HIV these guys are more likely to transmit chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis on set. Three weeks is plenty of time to remain undetectable yet transmittable. Of the sex workers publishing STI results I don’t recall one showing syphilis, which rapidly loses outward symptoms to cause damage over the long term.

      • Scrapple

        When the syph hits the fan, there’s going to be a lot of finger pointing.

        • Cosmic

          The syph, the gono, the ABC’s of hep…etc.

      • e jerry powell

        What I’m not quite understanding is the differences between testing for straight sets vs. testing for gay sets. I have been led to believe that performers in straight porn are expected to get tested every two weeks while they’re active — and at their own expense, which is problematic when scene rates are going down. From what you’re saying, performers in gay productions are held to much less rigorous standards (and I seem to remember Chi Chi or some other creative on the gay side maybe a decade or two ago mentioning that gay porn didn’t have to rely on testing because — at the time — condoms were on every set). I kind of figured that because gay studios of ten to fifteen years ago were serosorting based on test results that studios were assuming more responsibility than what I’m hearing lately would seem to suggest. Am I completely delusional and hopefully behind the times?

  • No_No_No_Yes

    So this is her first BB production and she snags one of the most heavily used holes of 2018 and uses Devin as a top? LOL! I don’t know what to do with that. If that still is any reflection of what is coming – they should have left that series in 1988.

    I’m not a fan of hers, but knowing she lived through the start of the Aids crisis and likely lost a lot of very good friends – this can’t have been easy for her. I am actually surprised she didn’t go out on a high note and just retire. Tons of other ways she could have stayed “relevant” without selling her soul.

  • JasCo

    “Smartly decided”? sheesh.

    Nothing smart about selling out. No interest in this movie at all, as it appears it will pale in comparison to the previous ones.

    • Willie Starr

      Nothing smart about going out of business to prove a point, either.

      • JasCo

        I guess it was a tough decision but when you were once so strongly in one direction it just seems wrong now…

  • Todd

    Rather than go bareback, Falcon needs to go hire more models like the stunners from their heyday ….

  • Kevin Jones

    I don’t give a damn if it’s bareback. I am more frustrated that’s it’s 2018 and yet I see a bunch of white people with one Asian in the mix. WTF?! Where are the POC?!

    • Seth Sexton

      They will tell you it’s about the lack of “hot” models willing to do gay porn. But we all know better. And anything I see something with ChiChi LaRue’s name stamped to it I immediately click away.

  • JacquesLeDit

    Chi Chi LaRue has never filmed a bareback movie until now? I don’t think that’s correct. The first porn I ever saw was “All Night Long” with Neil Thomas and Doug Niles, directed by Ms. LaRue, and it was bareback all the way. It was filmed in 1989 for InHand Productions. I’m sure a few of her earlier stints behind the lens were all bareback.

  • D.P. Welles

    This one was a lot of fun to write and the script came out really well. I can’t wait to see what ChiChi and Tony did with it. If people like it we left a hook for another film to follow…

    • Tempest

      Don’t you even dare.

    • dpwelles I do not agree

      • D.P. Welles

        You don’t agree I enjoyed writing this film? 😂

  • TK

    Most the guys in that last pic have been in tons of movies. This does not look interesting at all.

  • Stiffy Stiffington

    Jesus H. That pic looks as much like frat guys as RuPaul.

  • e jerry powell

    I also assume that there’s no talk whatsoever of talking Ken Ryker out of retirement to play the university president or anything. That would be too weird.

  • Jordan

    I’m not against bareback porn… But I hope Falcon continues to make at least SOME porn with condoms. I personally find porn with condoms more enjoyable, but that is just me. Considering Falcon have long set the example, maybe have their models popping their truvada pills and include a little PSA in their films? My first time posting here, so I’ll try not to take any down votes personally 🙂

  • e jerry powell

    Now that I look at it again, with that trucker cap on, Larry looks like a thin Michael Moore.