[UPDATED] Performer Jacen Zhu Calls For Boycott Of Gay Porn Studio Noir Male

Posted August 22, 2019 by with 109 comments

D_FJv6nUYAAk59HUpdate: Following yesterday’s tweets calling for a boycott of gay porn studio Noir Male (see original story down below), performer Jacen Zhu has just sent in a full statement explaining what led to his decision to call for that boycott, and it’s posted below in its entirety. In the statement, Zhu goes into detail on his past work with Noir and director Chi Chi LaRue, the casting issues at NextDoorStudios, NextDoorEbony, and NakedSword’s Scared Stiff 2, plus conversations he’s had with fellow performer Küper, director LaRue, and Noir Male’s owner Jon Blitt (a straight, white male). Here’s Zhu’s statement, with screenshots of relevant tweets included for context:

The reason I decided to finally boycott Noir Male was the continued lack of authentic representation. Recently, I saw a tweet from Küper about Next Door and 12 white models. I believe he tweeted, “So we have a problem with Chi Chi LaRue, but this is cool? Fuck that’s a lot of white boys.” When I saw his tweet and knowing a little about Küper, I knew he didn’t intend it to dismiss the continued misrepresentation of black queer men and problematic storylines from Chi Chi LaRue and his leadership at Noir Male. I previously discussed with Str8UpGayPorn and Out Magazine my reasons for no longer wanting to work with Noir Male: the lack of authentic representation, cliched and problematic narratives, and the constant promotion of black men, with no black-on-black content. I decided to chime in, with respect to Küper and his following on Twitter.

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A week prior there was discussion from models of color and allies about the casting for “Scared Stiff 2,” and it was acknowledged that they cast two people of color. Unfortunately, two isn’t enough, especially from a director (Chi Chi) who has collaborated with and therefore has access to black models through Noir Male. In addition, I took issue with Chi Chi’s directing for Icon Male regarding continued cherry-picking select black models to shoot. This type of cherry-picking casting, and separation of NM black models and IM white models (who are allowed to crossover from IM and NM) could be compared to separate-but-equal during Jim Crow. In my statement on Küper’s tweet, I made that apparent by stating those points including the consistent issues of inclusion with Next Door Studios and the subpar investment in Next Door Ebony. Küper DM’d me and we discussed this to get clarification and he understood. To me, this subject was settled until I saw Chi Chi LaRue’s tweet, in replying to my tweet, saying, “Sometimes people have an agenda to bring other people down and garner some attention, when they have no idea what they’re talking about. Everybody should have their own opinion.”

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I didn’t understand why Chi Chi would imply this when I’ve worked with him, and [considering] his history with misrepresenting models of color (black especially). I had no intention of garnering attention, these are facts that are known to performers, porn media and porn companies not affiliated with Chi Chi. I just took the time to give perspective on a tweet that, yes, 12 white models can be problematic for this industry, but also to remind us to stay vigilant against those pretending to be allies.

I also discussed in my tweet about Noir Male not showing up for POC, instead playing into the same narrative they claim to not be a part of. I also made a comparison of Chi Chi’s C1R “Blackballed” to the NM box covers; the NM covers still highlight the white model. It’s disingenuous to have the name of the studio emphasized—Noir (Black)—and have a “Noir Man of the Month” supporting the pretense of exclusively featuring black models if that is not the case in the productions themselves. I’m not trying to drag anyone, but Chi Chi has had this conversation with myself and other models.

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In addition, I had a phone conversation with Jon Blitt, the owner of Mile High Media and Noir Male, and he assured me that the black-on-black (BOB) was coming. Jon told me that BOB content accounts for 15% of their current website and that members have been requesting more BOB content. In the same breath, Jon said if it doesn’t sell, we’ll go back to predominantly interracial content. If NM has only 15% of their content being BOB, it’s not really Noir, and if that content perpetuates stereotypes with athletes, blue-collar workers, and hospitality (room service), then it’s not creating the change it promised.

In addition to these stereotypes, models are afraid to speak up in fear of not being cast by other companies. The influence of Chi Chi is big in this industry, and I understand and respect their concerns, but we need radical change in this industry to create a safer, more inclusive environment. We should eradicate retaliation to enable models to speak their truth without losing work. This is why we have to stand together to #BoycottNoirMale and send a strong message that this will no longer be tolerated in gay porn.

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Original story posted 8/20/19:

Earlier this year, gay porn star Jacen Zhu spoke out against Noir Male—the gay porn studio (which is owned by a straight, white male named Jon Blitt) that promised to “showcase black men as they deserve to be seen” when it launched last year—by saying that he and other black models were being “used” by Noir Male “to sell a product that doesn’t cater to our community.” Zhu announced that he’d no longer be performing at the studio, and he raised concerns about director Chi Chi LaRue being responsible for casting at both Noir Male (a studio with men of color and interracial scenes) and its sister studio Icon Male (a studio with predominantly white or “white passing” men). Today, Zhu is taking things a step further and calling for an all-out boycott of Noir Male.

On Twitter today, Zhu posted the below statement:

Models of color, I’m urging you to stop working with Noir Male. I understand we have less opportunities. However, we must force change and no longer be used as cash cows for misrepresentation. We deserve authentic inclusion and stand against being bullied into silence. We have to unite to bring about change in this industry. We must speak truth of our experiences within this industry. We must create a safe industry for future generations where inclusion is the norm and authentic representation is required. Stand with me and #BoycottNoirMale

noir1 noir2As Str8UpGayPorn reported in August of 2018 when the studio launched, there were 29 men on Noir Male’s model roster, with 16 of them being white, and just 13 of them being black or mixed race. Today, one year later, there are now 78 men on the Noir Male model roster, 34 of whom are white and 44 of whom are black or mixed race.

Noir Male’s LaRue did not immediately respond to request for comment.

  • Eric

    Am I missing something? Not sure exactly why he thinks NoirMale should be boycotted.

    • Hush-ins

      There is a linked article on the first sentence of this one. You can find out why alongside several commenters’ discussion on it.

      • Eric

        Yeah…but what specifically happened since “earlier this year” that prompted today’s tirade.

        • Scrapple

          If you didn’t read the post about Beaux Banks calling out Chi Chi, start there. Then move onto the Jake Porter post about his contract with Next Door. You’ll see the tweets performers were making. Küper tried to cape for Chi Chi, Jacen explained why Chi Chi was getting dragged and Chi Chi’s wig got all twisted in her reply to Küper about Jacen.

          • TriForceKid

            So has Jake Porter ever actually said/done anything racist or is everybody’s problem with him just that he’s a Trump supporter?

          • Scrapple

            It’s not just about liking Trump. There are lots and lots of Republicans in gay porn who don’t necessarily get called racist just for having that affiliation. All you have to do is search on this very site and see what Jake’s mentality is.

          • djmd

            I’m sorry … at this point after all that has happened in the past 3 months, if you are a Trump supporter, that means they support an established traitor, cheater and racist.
            … so by the transitive property, only an idiot or perhaps a fellow bigot would not conclude that Jake Porter a racist too.

        • Hush-ins

          What another commenter’s direct reply to yours mentions. I wish this site had a tag/category system for better navigation on certain models and topics

  • Scrapple

    That’s nice Jacen thinks enough Black models will stop working for that site. Sadly, there are plenty of people who will sell out their own community for coins. That’s true in porn, out of porn and across ethnicities. There are also multiple studios just like Noir Male which are even more offensive in how they represent models of color. But, having said all of that, this is still me:
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  • Omnirosa

    NoirMale is just another dehumanizing race fetish studio and I get why Jacen would want to boycott them. At least the other race fetish studios aren’t trying to sell themselves as the saviors of Black people. It’s so important that we don’t let racist studios like NoirMale hijack the movements for representation and equal treatment.

  • jsn38

    You know if this were another model of color speaking out on this very topic that not only goes on in porn, but in this whole one-sided community maybe I’d have a lil bit more empathy for that model(s), but the fact that YOU spent the better part of your career bouncing from white dude to white and working for predominantly white owned and themed websites your damn self so now all of a sudden you, Beaux and Max have Al Sharpton on speed dial to get y’all pumped up and prepped to be the spokesmen for racism and diversity when y’all are 3 of the biggest Uncle Tom’s in this fucking industry!?! I know we are living in fucked up times but they are seriously joking right? Stand up for what you believe but remember, you 3 have enough bones buried to feed lassie, rin tin tin, scooby doo, Turner’s dog hooch and fucking goofy for a life time!!!

    • Scrapple

      https://media2.giphy.com/media/26gshLpmUliKrAjok/giphy.gif
      I was waiting for you to throw Diesel’s name in that pot of greens. No neck bones needed.

      • jsn38

        Scrapple you are my new bestie on here and I don’t even know your ass!!! That right there was the best damn comment that I laughed so loud I know my neighbors outside heard me lol. Oh I was going to throw the Grand Puba into the mix but I’ve talked about this snowflake chaser for so long he’s not worth a key stroke at this point!

        • Scrapple

          Lol. Dinah Washington has been known to pop up here like Candy Man when you say his name, so I’m surprised he hasn’t shown up yet. Diesel and the people who stan him can act like he’s the Lil’ Richard of Black gay porn, but my memory is long-lasting. I know all about those White twinks he literally thirsted after before thirsting was a thing. How he would write these parts in movies just to get these White twinks (who wouldn’t give him the time of day) roles so he could fuck them. Taking them to porn functions with the promise of them giving up some ass. The whole scandal that happened after Playbook with Kam. How it took FOREVER for him to finally be paired up with a Black guy, and it still involved him being a prisoner essentially assaulting Marcus Ram and another model. How he was so desperate to be friend with Ryan Rose he allowed himself to be figuratively shit on. I remember all that shit. He’s right up there with Beaux. People like to tell you where they’ve been but lie on their upbringing. Sometimes you have to remind them what street they grew up on.

          • djmd

            @jsn38 and my new bud Scrapple: I don’t know much of the tea you guys reference but like any Diva, I recognize fierce tea when its being served (and I can read between the lines). I don’t in any way wish to cut the electrical feed to the Reading Room you guys opened here, cause it would be a shame to do so. That stated, I do wonder if (please just hear me out) this could be a situation of this performer coming late to the party so to speak … or maybe he FINALLY realized what was going on and is trying to make amends with himself and his community by identifying and then leading the effort to fix this problem of lack of inclusion (and its alter-ego unacceptable over inclusion ) . Because I don’t know the history here, and also I’ve read so much of Scrapples comments over the years, I’ve developed a trust in his journalistic “equipoise” that I feel it necessary to encapsulate my point with the disclaimer that I AM ignorant of much of the specific history involved here (not all of it… I remember some of Dinah’s behavior as hilariously summarized by Scrapple) and so I only raise my point as a gentle note of concern and caution IF its warranted.

          • Scrapple

            In the case of Beaux, I have a hard time believing he suddenly found the light. He was still in utter darkness when that scene with Jake came out, which was only a few months ago. He was all over social media talking up Jake and saying nonsense. Even after that scene came out there was yet another scene (a decades piece) where he was in unlaced Timbs, imitation Cross Colours, overalls with one strap buckled, gold chain, backwards hat, bandana and everything, looking like the literal version of Jussie as “The Gay Tupac.” And that was okay. Suddenly he’s no longer listed as a Men exclusive and now he sees this issue of how models of color are treated in this industry. It rings hollow.

            As for Diesel, he has always been a “do as I say, not as I do” person. He likes to talk big and make it seem like he’s the only one out here vocally calling out studios and directors. Not only that, but he makes it seem like he’s leading the charge. Loves to tell you about how long he has been in the game, but look at his resume. What exactly has he done to help make it easier for the next gen non-White models? When he was being given creative control of his movies, what sort of models were cast? After he left Titan for the second time (a studio he had complained about in the past) what has he done? In a porn era where people have fan accounts and start their own sites, where is Diesel? Have you seen him directing any studios at mainstream non-fetish sites? Surely someone who brands himself as a legend should have an easy enough time getting hired to direct the films he wants to see. He’ll call out a problematic studio, director or White twink real quick, but is slow to pull his own receipts. That’s even besides the whole thing of him loving White twinks who then turn out to be problematic. His rants may be entertaining, but I’m beyond the point where I take activism seriously.

          • Diesel Washington

            Again talking about me Like you know me…
            Scrapple you are a joke, you are no Industry insider and its finally time I call you out for the years of using my name like you know me or my story..
            Do you realize to even know a piece of my story, means that u read posts about me, study my twitter, read my blog, so u can think u have a good idea of me. But the truth is YOU ARE a fan of mine, do you realize how much research it takes to know that small amount of the Tea u think u know?? You have taken things I’ve done or people whom I dated from Ten years ago. Ten years ago..
            You are talking about Porn scenes filmed in 2007??
            You retained all of this knowledge about people and things I have done Decade ago???
            Scrapple I retired in 2016,
            Guess what?
            You are STILL talking about me in 2019..
            If that is not a fan..
            But to know I got you Hot and Bothered for over a decade..
            All I can say is… https://media1.giphy.com/media/ZxywhgchAj97elLzZd/giphy.gif
            My job is Done..
            That is the power of a REAL entertainer, you are still talking about things I’ve done over a Decade away. I’m retired, and STILL talking about..
            I’m like…

          • Scrapple

            Whatever you say, Diesel. It’s your world. We’re all just living in it. Thank you for all you have down for the Black porn movement. You’re a regular Ava DuVergay. “When They See Us…It’s Because Diesel Washington Was Here.”

          • Diesel Washington

            Here we go again….
            Scrapple talking shit about me. How many years do you get on this blog talking shit about me. Reading my blog/tweets?
            Sigh
            Again you only know what I want you to know via Tweets/blog posts, which I control.
            Nobody made a part for a White twink, and your dumb ass bought that whole Blog war with Kam, and then the drama afterwards. Which pushed the released of my movie Playbook and our scene, which blogs covered and promoted at the time. So u and many others Fell for the PR stunt to sell a Movie. And Prison movie was called Folsom Prison, when the scene was FIRST pitched to me The scene was Two black guys fucking a White prisoner, and I requested to rewrite scene because I was not doing the Two black prisoners, on the new White boy prisoner, A scene which screams a Race Fetish. So I rewrote the scene as a Blk guard and White guard both abuse me in the scene. So stop trying to rewrite my history when I know it better than you..
            Nobody kissed the Rose guys ass, and at one point We were really friends, hanging out off camera, away from Porn events being normal people. And I didn’t allow myself to be shitted on. Its called We parted ways and we are no longer friends now. It happens all the time in the real world, friends fall out. Wow Shocking!!
            Scrapple stop coming here and talking shit about me. I have always been outspoken about this Industry and its lack of Diversity. I see u forget to Mention That I was a Director/Editor at Dawgpoundusa/PapiThugz, Besides Marcus Ram, I Co starred with Castro Supreme/Jace Jones/Scott Alexander/Micah Brandt all Black models, Black on Black scenes. So stop trying to say I’m some kind of Snow Queen or try to diminish how outspoken I was with Diversity and Equality for POC models.
            Im not having it…
            Stop using my name on this blog, and stop trying to tell my story
            You know nothing abou Met unless I tweet it for you to know..
            Stay in your fucking Lane…
            Be that Pictureless troll, commenting on Porn blogs,
            I will stay in my Lane, a Blk porn model who has been Outspoken about Diversity /Equality for over a Decade..
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a52f4b6050784619cdb479f47492cd1ec4dd15df7c9901f05dc58837e9076ab.jpg

          • Scrapple

            Right on time. https://media3.giphy.com/media/Rfeku3MGlfuPm/giphy.gif
            Diesel, if you want to pretend that Playbook drama was all PR, for your movie and your war (which in a roundabout way eventually led to Kam’s medical info being blasted) was all fake, fine. If you want to pretend one Black prisoner assaulting a Black guard and a European guard is a better look for our people than two Black prisoners assaulting a European person, fine. If you want to pretend you didn’t go running back to Ryan after he talked shit about you, because you were so desperate for that Caucasian validation, fine. If you want to pretend this image of yours which is out there is full of all the warts and blemishes you wanted us to see rather than tried unsuccessfully to hide, fine. If you want to pretend I didn’t pose the question as to what you have directed outside of the very fetish type sites this conversation is about, fine. If you want to pretend that I’m out to get you and use any opportunity to throw dirt on your name, fine. If you want to pretend you don’t romantically fetishize White twinks the way some people do burly Black men with big dicks, fine. If you want to pretend you have actually done something with your decades+ legacy in this game besides feed into the very stereotypes you claim to be fighting against, fine. It’s always better to pretend when you can’t produce. And after 10+ years in this biz you haven’t produced anything of value that the next gen of non-White models can use in the fight for representation. By all means, keep thinking this struggle is being shouldered by you and you alone. I know some people need to feel like they’re constantly being hated on to find motivation to do anything.

            You’re punching at windmills. These gay White boys don’t want nothing to do with you and never will….You’re not Rosa Parks sitting up front of the bus. You’re a tired old queen looking to sip a margarita with some White boy in Sergio Valente blue jeans.

            -Elektra Abundance Evangelista Wintour

          • Devin

            Not Candy Man! I can’t with you 😂

          • Scrapple
          • Adam

            I gotta see if that movie is streaming anywhere atm, it’s been too long since I’ve seen it.

          • Scrapple

            I haven’t seen it in ages either. Not a move they show too often, for reasons which should be obvious. The second movie was actually supposed to be a prequel about Candy Man and the White woman he fell in love with, but the studio didn’t want to portray an interracial love story. But they were perfectly fine with a hooked Black man terrorizing White people and trying to push up on a White lady. Imagine that.

            Third film was trash.

          • Adam

            You made one too many posts because you’ve gone and summoned he who shall not be named haha

          • Scrapple

            Lol. I knew it was coming. Predictably spouting the same silliness and posting that same gif he has used for at least four years. Poor thing doesn’t realize how tired he is.

    • Xzamilloh

      Nope. You have gone too far with this one and I cannot co-sign on this

      GOOFY?? How dare you??? Goofy is a sentient canine humanoid. Next time say Pluto, you bigot!!!

    • Marcus Collack

      While there are some legitimate points made, he is nowhere near the level of Uncle Tom, people got to stop throwing that around before it loses it’s meaning by being applied to situations that don’t apply.

    • c_find

      Your comment is fair. Being devils advocate is his message wrong though? Also He has addressed his like for predominate white in the pass.

    • Jack Lindsey

      I’m not faulting him for his work. It’s a double edged sword…because of his work with predominantely white men/on white sites – you and alot of men know him, and therefore his outcry gets public attention on blogs like this. I mean look at the content of this blog/front page, it’s not actually screaming diversity too. And there’s defn POC of content out there.

      Not saying it’s right or wrong, just calling it out for what it is.

    • Jack Lindsey

      Oh as someone who’s seen some of the politics behind gay and straight porn. For some black female pornstars who were considered super attractive across racial lines, she wouldn’t booked (like many white women) with black men – until (or if) she lost her popularity. Of course her bookings and scenes primarily run by white men. So different group, same tune. Happens in the gay world.

  • Quinton Jackson

    Hold on! Hold on! I’m sure Kuper would like to weigh in on this.

    You know since he thinks he knows so damn much all of sudden.

    • Tempest

      I think she stumbled over her own wigs ’cause she’s been posting a lot of tweets trying to pretend she supports black men. Bitch has drama flowing in her veins and those spotlights aren’t “lit” enough.

      • C A

        Austin isn’t featuring her anymore?

        • Tempest

          I can only hope so.

        • Quinton Jackson

          Word on the street is that she needs consistent work. Austin don’t update like most sites, which is probably why she took her Walmart luggage and ran to Cockyboys.

          • C A

            Steady work is good. May he got to mouth like the last Caucasian tat got out of line, the one that Kuper tried to dumb it down to about working with HIV+ models. What was his name again?

          • Quinton Jackson

            I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Kuper is beautiful and he’s a great performer, BUT sis needs to stay in her lane and do what he does best, play dress up.

            Whatever happened to that hoe? Ms. Parker hasn’t been seen or heard since the industry scalped him.

          • C A

            Parker got a cat.

          • Quinton Jackson

            I always knew he was a pussy.

      • Quinton Jackson

        What she should do is stick to playing dress up and stay out of black folks business. I’m sick of these white people trying to silent or over-talk us when we try to express how we’re feeling.

        The old Diesel would have dragged her out of his cosplay and the old Diesel definitely wouldn’t have apologized. Shame. The one time I actually agree with him, he pussies out and says sorry.

    • C A

      Have you tried Popeye’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich yet? What took them so long? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1432189da182da6662b206d646b60f10ec9bba3e6c71d92137c6def45f4c820e.gif

      • Quinton Jackson
        • C A

          Yes, I had to go back for more today. Fortunately, no fights have broken out or people getting cussed out. But, they tried me today. Gave me the wrong order after waiting for an hour and a half. Lucky for them I have built in reflexes that caught myself before I let them have it. Popeyes need to do better with their rollouts. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/43b0f5860defdb3bf273d4dad538a3e2d0cfdd9929ca61bc74f41519da0327bd.gif

          • Quinton Jackson

            It’s a damn shame. Bitches is pulling weaves and throwing hands for a piece of chicken on two buns. Hunnie, Boondocks predicted this mess. Popeyes only get my coins on Tuesday’s.

            Ain’t not way in hell my ass would be waiting in line that long for a chicken sandwich. I don’t even wait in line that long for the Apple releases. You better than me.

          • C A

            Yes. They acting like fools. I had time and I love a good sandwich. The first day, i had just ordered and the second person behind got told they ran out of sandwiches. That woman was about to fight. It truly was hilarious to see people’s reactions. There were Chik-Gil-A employees there ordering sandwiches.

          • Quinton Jackson

            It ain’t that serious. I swear Boondocks predicted some shit like this. If you’re willing to risk it all for a chicken sandwich then I don’t want you around me. I’m not about to catch no case for any kind food. Not for Popeyes or Benihana’s. You got it sis.

            Damn! Where’s the loyalty? I’m screaming because they were comparing the chicken sandwiches online. Chick Fill Aye doesn’t get my pink dollars though. Them hoes funding Trumps campaign.

          • C A

            If you need 5 different sauces to make your chicken taste good then you shouldn’t even do it. They also like giving to organizations against us LGBT. So I don’t have time for them.

            Did you see the video of the guy climbing through the window and fighting the woman and then the GF comes up and threatens the employee’s getting him off the woman, Then getting drug out that same window? Shit, not me. Not today satan.

          • Quinton Jackson

            I won’t do it. Fuck them hoes. I forgot about them being anti – gay. I tried to eat their one time and that shit was atrocious.

            Is that on Worldstar? That sounds like so black folks shit. Lawd! I’m about to go and look up “Popeye fights.” Let me get my pearls from my nightstand so I can get ready to clutch them.

  • txsaneman

    Just a thought, but wouldn’t it make more sense to boycott a site or sites that have absolutely little to no diverse content? I’m not saying that we should settle for “race bait” sites, but I think the larger problem is inclusiveness as a whole. So I’m a little confused by the aggressive hate this ONE studio has received recently on this topic; when there are SEVERAL that are pretty lacking in diverse representation; especially where it concerns black and asian performers.

    • magenta5

      “aggressive hate”

      Just want to highlight that in this context.

    • Omnirosa

      As person, I’d rather not have diverse content if it meant the “diverse content” out there is feeding into people’s racist fetishes. Sometimes “inclusion” comes at too great of a cost.

      • Sean

        So if they have too many people of color it is racist, if they have too few it is racist as well? I also like how he throws in this statement, “a studio with predominantly white or “white passing” men” . What does that even mean WHITE PASSING? So now we are against people who arent dark enough?
        The fact is, being attractacted to black men or latino men or Asian men or white men or large men or hairy men or twinks is NOT racist any more than it is to say it is misogynistic to not be attracted to women. Should older men in start boycotting studios that do not show their “true representation” and stop using them as having money and having “kept” boys?
        People are attracted to what they are attracted to. That is not racist. If you are not attracted to traits that tend to be predominantly within people of African descent it does not make you racist. If you LIKE those things it also does not make you racist.

        • Adam

          I would agree people shouldn’t be faulted for having preferences on who they’re attracted to; as Scrapple points out Diesel has a preference for white twinks even though they might not give him the time of day if he weren’t signing a check for them.

          But the criticism comes not from the sheer number of the black to white ratio, although that can be a part of it, but from how race is portrayed. Are they always cast into storylines about slaves or thugs etc?

          As for the problem with “white passing” guys, as I was saying to Scrapple as well down below, if a sufficiently light skinned performer doesn’t specifically say they’re not white some studios are content to market them as white and keep the minority of performers who are obviously POC as a niche category to be fetishised. Not cast just because they’re attractive and can film a good scene but because they look differently from 9 out of 10 of their colleagues.

        • djmd

          I would also add to Adam’s comments to you Sean, that your remarks deal with only one branch of the issue and Adam correctly points out that there are addition aspects of the overarching criticism of ChiChi and the studio(s) and the industry in general … What you’ve articulated isn’t untrue – I see things that way HOWEVER, I also know that it more than just the color or ethnic features … its about SOO much more even beyond that … I wont even watch porn with black men in it. Why? Well, I’ve been a porn consumer for almost 30 years and though there might be 2 or 3 exceptions to what I’m about to state., I don’t watch primarily because the storylines are disgusting and unacceptable (subtle or outright racist tropes ), and that more often than not, the black performers fit a ‘mandingo’ stereotype. Its insulting to good looking men of color and it creates a historical visual tapestry that seems to imply there are no attractive gay men of black or brown descent who weren’t dark as coal muscular and angry.
          Basically, when it comes to casting the Black or Brown talent in an interracial casting, most studios seem to end up with what I call the “:Treasure Island Media effect” – a few attractive models in a scene but the rest look like the studio went to a soup kitchen and offered baloney sandwiches to fill out the remaining roles in a film
          The Result: Regardless of what color the are, the rest of the cast are typically TRAGIC.

          Personally, I don’t like looking at unattractive men having sex… I dunno maybe average or unattractive folks enjoy porn where a hot guy has to have sex with ugly ones but I’m just speculating since I am neither unattractive nor average looking.

          • Adam

            Oi! As an average unattractive guy I resemble those last remarks!

          • Alejandro_87

            Yes, that’s the difference, as I see it. not confound this particular thing with the general state of affairs! haha, I like Treasure Media Island, I don’t think they would particularly try to even out diversity and beauty to that greyness point; but they do approach so many things differently, and very few studios do it like them (I can think of one other). Unlike, say, BOYFUN class of studio (some dozens) that have nice boying faces but horrible sex scenes, when I watch porn for the sex dynamic as a Major, maybe it’s an eastern european thing, idk, not even belami “looks natural” to me, it’s a different kind of sex. Or the NextDoor-Cocky thing with its own way of doing things. I guess models and directors end up doing the kind they find most rewarding: maybe both the consumers and producers of TIM scenes don’t see an issue in unattractiveness.

        • Alejandro_87

          I agree, man! raising the question on ethic and aesthetics grounds when in fact and in principle there’s no really civil rights issues embedded, is a slippery slope, to the point of being stifling and contradictory

    • Alejandro_87

      The difference and the audacity of this one is what it claims, explicitly and implicitly, and the lack of integrity. Personally, I don’t think it’s a great idea to boycott a Site or Studio for not sharing some quota of inclusiveness, that can be condescending and insincere, and awkward for the crew and actors involved in those scenes.. I always worry that enforcing inclusiveness will end up being Intolerance to intolerance or exclusiveness of inclusiveness, which is as bad as the kind of representation it tried to solve in the first place. Idk, but I usually think that a way to promote trends or new configurations is by creating content and trying seriously, for some time and intensity: people end up wanting for more and then it becomes a part of the standard genres or formats.

    • Jack Lindsey

      Why can’t you do both? When people with antiquated or harmful views to minorities don’t have their behavior called out it normalizes it for others.

      Boycott and call out bad behavior. I actually know a gorgeous pornstar who got a love on this site – forced to pretend he was Italian with the name to go with it when he was born and raised in Mexico. lol

  • Paul Jones

    I say the industry should stop working with Jacen Zhu, he isn’t even sexy! There are so many hot guy of all shades (especially Latinos, yum!), that doesn’t mean ever person needs to be represented in every video. There is soooo much porn, find a place you enjoy working & do your job. Don’t complain because someone of the same ethnicity isn’t in a particular video, just don’t watch that flick.

    • Adam

      We can debate 80% of that but sorry you can’t convince me that man is unattractive

  • CamCam

    I totally get the complaints about NoirMale and I’m not fond of it either. I’ve always hated the idea from NoirMale is the place where blacks needed whites to be shown in a positive light. That’s bullshit but with that said, with a “boycott” like this one, what’s the alternative? Where can the black models go to be seen by the mainstream that isn’t NM? Do they all need to be in black sites? The majority of them are terrible but that’s for another topic. When Jacen can give us the alternative, then this will make sense otherwise, i don’t think it will go far but if it does, then I’m all for it. I will be watching to see where this goes.

    • Adam

      I would suggest Next Door Ebony but from what I’ve read the situation there isn’t much different. And the major European studios, at least from what I can see, seem to have even less non-white talent than American ones.

      • CamCam

        I think Next Door Ebony is history. They haven’t updated the site in a year and it’s just as well cause their films were so inconsistent and crappy. I wish a few other black sites would do the same. And to see blacks in European studios would be a miracle.

        Us blacks have a LONG WAY to go with gay porn.

        • Adam

          For what it’s worth the straight side isn’t any better according to what Ricky Johnson and Xander Corvus and some of their female costars have said on their Twitter.

          • Scrapple

            Very true. I assume you’re talking about that discussion Xander and Ricky had a few months ago. Xander is totally right, they never market his scenes with White models as interracial, but his scenes with Black models are. They go out of their way to ignore the fact he’s biracial, to the point that there are people who didn’t even know that was the case until he posted that pic of his father. At least this is one time when the gay and straight sides can come together in showcasing the same ignorance.

          • Adam

            I admit I was one of those people who didn’t have a clue until he said otherwise. Xander is very “white passing” and, whether an intentional marketing decision or totally subconscious, the studios never said any differently regarding which scenes were and were not advertised as interracial.

          • Scrapple

            I’d say intentional, since after he spoke out the sites he works with still market his scenes the same way. It’s like what Fox did with Prison Break and Wentworth Miller. “If people think it, they’ll believe it. Until you tell them otherwise.”

            I think Xander posited if the same is true for biracial women. But I don’t think there are many mainstream ones who pass like he does. The ones who don’t are always marketed as being bi or multi racial.

          • CamCam

            Oh I believe it. No matter what the orientation, blacks are viewed as “niche”. While NoirMale is a case of “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”, this ain’t it. In fact don’t announce that you want to make us important, just make us important! And get good quality black & brown men, not just men with big dicks and big asses who won’t do certain things **cough Max Konnor**cough. Once this happens, then the world will really start to change like it should.

          • Adam

            Personally I would 1-up Jacen’s urge for boycott. There’s enough porn already on the internet none of us watching would ever need a new scene to be filmed. So if you’re going to do a boycott it shouldn’t just be the black performers on the gay side, it should be industry wide gay, straight, black, white, and everything between. Let’s see how long it takes studios to buckle to the pressure when their entire business model grinds to a halt.

          • CamCam

            I like that a lot. There is strength in numbers and to have this be from all genres would be a game changer for porn as a whole. I’m all for it.

          • Adam

            And with OF / JFF to fall back on there is less risk of the actors giving up before they get the change they want to see because they are worrying about missing a check.

          • Ninja0980

            I still remember when a lot of sites had black men and other races in the fetish category.
            Makes me sick.

          • CamCam

            I remember that too and it was horrible then and it’s still horrible now. As if we are animals in the zoo. The crazy part is it’s usually for black men and Latinos get a pass. That’s just as wrong to me. Gay porn as a whole is so fucked up in so many ways, it’s not even funny

          • Ninja0980

            It’s why now it’s on its way out with cam sites,OnlyFans etc.
            Yes,there will still be racist assholes but at least you don’t have to put up with it from follow stars,studio heads if you don’t want to.

          • CamCam

            As much as I’m not a huge fan of OnlyFans/JFF (even though i subscribe to a few people there), everything you said is right. This is the one way minority performers can get power since the studios won’t give them any. As a result, the studios have been scrambling for a few years now and it’s their fault for that. They can change it bu having more POC’s there but they choose not to. Makes you wonder how many more years are left with mainstream porn as we know it.

  • magenta5

    I’m still waiting on a takedown piece on that old site ThugHunter. They literally had black bottoms showing their teeth in promo photos in inarguable direct imitation of 18h century ads for slaves. The scene descriptions were somehow even worse. The people behind that site didn’t disappear; they’ve gone somewhere.

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      • magenta5

        One more, for shits and giggles:

        “Yo so we set up a trap. I got a remote that stops the car from thieves and I left my car keys in my Cadillac. Then we waited in a nearby car for a thug to just waltz on by and steal it. As soon as our target got in, he drove off with no hesitation and we followed him. As soon as we turned the corner I turned off the car and locked the doors. Then I made him pull over to a parking lot near some offices and we pulled him out of the car. He kept on insisting it was his “cousin’s” car but as soon as I mentioned police he was ready to do anything to get out of this situation. My trap had been sprung. I told him to suck off my friend Jackson and make him cum, of course you know what that means. Another thug in the streets just got hunted by the Thug Hunter.”

    • sxg

      Lol is that description from the scene where Spencer Reed was the top? Not sure if he did multiple scenes there but I remember the one i saw him in had this obviously fem black guy trying to act all thug. Then all his fem qualities came out as he was bottoming lol

      Reminds me also how DawgPoundUSA had JP Richards try and portray himself as some thug drug dealer for a scene.

      • Scrapple

        How can you say such things about DawgPound? They are at the forefront of promoting positive portrayals of Black men in gay porn. Why else would Diesel work for them? https://media3.giphy.com/media/nY1ASwfHw0HNm/giphy.gif

        • Adam

          The Diesel / Scrapple relationship in gif form https://media3.giphy.com/media/9XAEcSz0oFVcY/giphy.gif

          • Scrapple

            Is that a Markus Ram? lol

          • sxg

            He was a fucking stud! Let’s not drag him into this mess!

          • Scrapple

            His character was assaulted by Diesel’s character in a prison. Like it or not, he’s a relevant part of the conversation.

            But I agree, he was hot.

        • sxg

          Not trying to defend Noir Male or NDE, but I always wondered why they get so much heat for portraying black men the way they do when black-owned sites like DPUSA weren’t any better. Is it like the N-word, so they’re allowed to negatively portray themselves but everyone else cannot?

          • Scrapple

            No, those sites are just as bad and almost all run by White owners. I think some people feel like those sites should be given a partial pass because they were created out of necessity to showcase models who weren’t being shown at sites like Falcon. But that was a different time and they’re still carrying the same outdated, offensive imagery into the current era. And they’ve helped other similar sites spring forth. It’s ridiculous.

          • Zachary Sire

            I’m not presuming to speak for everyone, but I think it has to do with how Noir has always tried to present itself as something it’s clearly not (“showcasing black men the way they deserve to be seen!”), while sites like DawgPound haven’t ever really tried to pretend to be anything more than what they are.

  • czer

    Shouldn’t a site that claims to want to highlight African American talent have directors who are African American? Chi Chi hasn’t made any decent porn in well over decade.

    • Austin

      You’d think, but there are a lot of head scratchers like this in the entertainment biz. The Handmaid’s Tale has a male show runner, which makes absolutely no sense.

  • Kevin Jones

    I mean don’t get me wrong, I totally support the idea that gay porn industry needs more racial diversity but I just don’t think a boycott is effective.

    If Jacen is serious, perhaps he should create his own porn compan.

  • MXD

    Are there any well known gay porn directors that are black?

  • Austin

    I’m still stuck on the fact that so many companies that produce gay porn are owned by straight white men.

    • Marcus Collack

      It’s not a coincidence that those sites have a propensity to produce problematic porn with Jacked up narratives either…

    • Tempest

      And straight porn conglomerates. Falcon has been straight owned for like what, 10 years almost? And some other studios are literally gay spin-offs of already pre existent straight sites. I’m afraid that the gay owned ones are extremely few, which goes to show how crooked this industry is.

    • c_find

      Grinder is owned by a Chinese conservative. Nothing really surprises me anymore with who control LGBT image pertaining to sexuality.

  • OverKill

    Me personally when it comes to scenes and studios if my favorite performers are in it I’m going to watch it. There are studios I refuse to watch like NextDoor and it’s because they’re scenes suck and they completely neglected NextDoorEbony and other studios I won’t watch. Studios like Raging Studios are showcasing African Americans performers in a good light and not as thugs, prisoners, etc., TimTales shows Hispanics and African Americans well. If anyone is to complain shouldn’t it be Asian performers. It’s like Hollywood for them, they get whitewashed terribly.

    Jacen should start his own studio and showcase African Americans the way he feels they should be showcased. Also you have to give him the side eye when you see his scenes as jsn38 expressed so not going to repeat it.

    Some people just need to stay away from social media. I want to know about performers who are ignorant, racist, or doing unforgivable things like Sebastian Young so I can never watch their scenes again but performers will say stupid things on social media or interviews that turns me off to them and I can’t watch their scenes again. I just want to have the fantasy, sometimes it’s best to shut up. Jacen take action instead of posting on social media.

  • Estelle

    At this point I don’t know what the solution is I mean the blackballed series goes back 20 years and has never been considered “problematic” until recently. Chi Chi LaRue seems to be Teflon in the porn industry as no one really gave a shit when she put out a video that glorified performers who were convicted murderers, rapists and child molesters nor have any of the rumors of enabling self destructive behavior that have been out there for 30 years. He even had some dumb queen trying to make a pitiful sanitized play about her life (I think the same one that set up the go fund me page).

    Only a handful of porn companies turn a profit these days and even fewer are independently run.

    • Adam

      I mean the blackballed series goes back 20 years and has never been considered “problematic” until recently.

      That’s because morality shifts as the decades role forward. It’s almost a foregone conclusion that, if we’re all still alive by then, our grandkids will cringe at things we never gave a second thought about. *GASP* “You mean everyone back then actually used to sexualize people…during sex?!”

  • Scrapple

    I was reading Jacen’s tweets earlier, because I didn’t remember him responding to Chi Chi. When I saw what he posted I fell out. Why settle for regular receipts when you can bring boxcovers? People always bring up the Blackballed series in response to calls about Chi Chi old timey mindset. But if you actually look at the characters and caricatures being portrayed in those films, the imagery presented isn’t positive for or flattering to Black men. Chi Chi has continued that subtle stereotyping in Noir Male. It’s in the roles she casts, in the writeups, the scenarios and the dialogue. That is to say, it’s there if you choose to acknowledge it.

    And that’s interesting Jacen was talking to Jon on the phone about this. Not thorough DMs. Not on Twitter. An actual call. It was that serious.

  • Ant

    @czer:disqus @disqus_6nRkGdeR7U:disqus @dieselwashington:disqus @disqus_YpS0paZVTa:disqus

    @jsnm38:disqus @cz At first, I thought this doesn’t have merit.. but Zachary Sire, I implore you to check the air time of the white guys versus the air time of the black guy they are partnered with in every Noir Male video… One of the two clearly keeps getting the Beyonce experience, I mean, treatment… @ https://media0.giphy.com/media/1etQnLwa9EpdD4wTct/giphy.gif

    • sxg

      You mean the amount of time the video is spent focusing on 1 particular model over the other? I don’t know I feel like usually bottoms always get more airtime than the tops in gay porn so if all the bottoms at the site are non-black, then by default they get more airtime. BUT if there are scenes at the studio where the black model is bottoming for a non-black guy and somehow the top is still getting more airtime, then it’s painfully obvious what’s been going on at the studio.

  • Devin

    I feel like Chi Chi just exploits and is disingenuous. Notice the distinct differences between interracial scenes at GuysInSweatPants vs. interracial scenes directed by Chi Chi LaRue. They are like night and day. Real vs. Fake. I’ve subscribed to GISP multiple times. I’ve never subscribed to Noir Male. Not my cup. Chi Chi seems like he’s tryin too hard and it comes off as completely disingenuous to me. I don’t like Chi Chi. Never have. He’s always come off as fake to me. I literally just came across a clip where he was saying something totally contrived. It was like one of those after school PSA’s. So fake like he’s some sort of pillar of the community. Like bitch, settle down. Humble yourself dude

  • CosMcG

    Why would anyone expect Chi Chi to do the right thing…Ever?!

  • Mister Sterious
  • e jerry powell

    A little redundant in light of all the earlier comments, but if performers throughout the industry could all get on the same page and have a situation where it’s not so “everyone for themselves…”

    But I realiza that that’s asking a lot.

  • Greninja

    Tim Tales, Guys in Sweatpants, they have guys of all colors fucking. The action is hot. Why can’t others get it right?