Did Hot House Photoshop Sean Zevran To Make Him Look More White?

Posted August 28, 2014 by with 43 comments

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There’s no denying that gay porn star Sean Zevran—who identifies as half black and half white—looks good in literally everything he does, whether it’s with Randy Blue, Falcon, or his latest work at Hot House. There’s also no denying that all gay porn studios use Photoshop (except for maybe Men.com) to enhance perfection and/or diminish flaws. And while taking care of shadows and making muscles look bigger is one thing, changing a person’s skin color is something else entirely. So, did Hot House “lighten” Sean Zevran’s skin to make him appear more white and less black?

Compare for yourself in these side-by-sides. On the left, it’s Sean Zevran in his new Hot House scene with Johnny V. On the right, it’s Sean Zevran last year for Randy Blue (click image to enlarge):

sean zevran gay porn star 1While the amount of lighting and whether or not Sean Zevran had been doing a lot of tanning in the “before” image could be factors, Hot House’s history with using black performers is problematic, at best. Did that history play a role in the manipulation of these images?

One thing is clear: Sean Zevran’s skin has been Photoshopped. What’s not clear is if Hot House Photoshopped Sean Zevran to make him look more white because of their aversion to black performers, or if Hot House Photoshopped Sean Zevran simply because they Photoshop everything to look “brighter.”

Another comparison, with Hot House’s version of Sean on the left and Randy Blue’s Sean on the right.

sean zevran gay porn star 2Gay porn stars who are glistening with sweat is hot, but gay porn stars who are literally glowing…I’m not so sure.

Perhaps a more startling comparison is Hot House’s own un-Photoshopped image next to one of their glamour shots. On the left: A behind-the-scenes, un-retouched image that Hot House sent out last month when this scene was being filmed. On the right, the finished product that came out today in the press pack:

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And finally, a comparison with Hot House’s sister company, Falcon Studios, when Sean Zevran did his first scene with them earlier this year:

sean zevran gay porn star 3When AEBN/Falcon/Raging acquired Hot House last month, they did say they would strive to keep the brands’ identities distinct. Tinkering with someone’s skin color probably isn’t the best way to go about doing it.

  • sneeek

    He definitely does look lighter in the HH pics, but I don’t think that necessarily means they were photoshopped. Different lighting and different cameras/lenses will produce different results. It’s kind of an apples to oranges comparision since these are different studios using different equipment. You’d really need to see the alleged “before” pics to see if there was photoshopping going on.

    • zach

      “You’d really need to see the alleged “before” pics to see if there was photoshopping going on.”

      Uhh, did you not see the 2nd to last comparison with their own bts “before” pic–using the same lighting? Hello?

      • sneeek

        Ok, but those are still different photographs.

        My guess is that the images were brightened. Both models look lighter to me. I’m not going to accuse anyone of racist intent based on these photos alone.

    • McM.

      “Different lighting and different camera/lenses will” reproduce the similar affects on objects as well as subjects in the picture or film.

      There is no significant difference in the highlights, accents, and shadows on the prop. Light reflects differently off of skin and objects, so any lighting or cinematic effects that would cause Sean Zevran’s skin to appear like that would also cause light reflecting off the prop to be much more intense.

      Yes, Sean Zevran was photoshopped to appear lighter. No, it was not a mistake because any fool knows to make adjustments while shooting so the film captures what the eye is seeing. I watched the release and both Sean and Johnny’s skin is darker and more natural than even what is seen in the “before” photo above.

  • Alan

    In the second-last set comparing the glamour shot to the un-retouched shot, BOTH models are a lot ‘whiter’. I think it’s therefore pretty obvious that Sean is not being singled out for this treatment due to his race or anything else. Probably all it shows is that HH is rather incompetent at touching up their press photos, which is probably the least of the things they’re bad at…

  • Hi Presley

    It’s the “Michael Jackson” effect on Photoshop. It doesn’t come standard when you buy the consumer version of the software. It’s only available as a download from the website

  • Estelle

    What is this the gay porn version of Imitation of Life?

  • sxg

    Of course! Sean Zevran looks more white, while Johnny V also looks white and has a particular glow that makes him look like he’s a HS/college jock when in fact he’s in his early 30s. You know Christian Owen loves them as light as day.

  • n24rc

    He is half white and black, so in terms of a skin complexion he isn’t that dark to begin with. He actually is darker than Austin Wilde, but I think he tans at the gym Austin doesn’t. I’m not sure why he would need Photoshop since he has a very nice complexion to begin with. Very odd.

  • rockhard277

    This isn’t uncommon. Even more darker skin black guys get the light touch up in photoshop. And this isn’t just exclusive to porn either. It’s media in general

  • sxg

    So just saw this scene and it is a great one. Love that Johnny is a vocal and bossy bottom. He gives great head and he gets really into the scene. Sean is great like always. He ate some great ass, and he blew a nice delicious load. Sean was a bit more conservative in fucking Johnny at first but he got really into it and started giving him a rougher pounding.

    A few things to make the scene better would have been to give Sean a better opportunity to really deepthroat Johnny’s dick. And also I would have loved to see Johnny eat out Sean’s beautiful asshole. I don’t understand why there were just 2 sex positions, and they were the most overused ones missionary and doggy style. I would have loved to see Johnny ride Sean’s dick real good, or maybe the pile driver. And since this is still a Hot House scene, there is a lack of cum eating. I definitely know Sean doesn’t mind eating cum on camera, and I’m sure Johnny doesn’t either since he’s always licking his precum off of his fingers.

    What I found strange though is the lighting in the scene. It was a bit darker than what we are normally used to at Hot House. If it wasn’t for that distracting logo on the bottom right screen I would thought I was watching a Raging Stallion scene. Oh, and those socks and shoes were not a distraction, and I actually liked that Sean had his jockstrap on the whole time! 😀

    • n24rc

      Sean’s penis wasn’t super hard, like in some of his other scenes.
      So I’m assuming the bossy bottom role should be reversed… 😀 Two bottoms don’t make it a right.

      • sxg

        Yea I noticed that from the very beginning of the scene. It took him awhile to get fully hard from Johnny blowing him. And yea I think Sean wanted to bottom as well.

        The thing with Sean I notice is that if he is going to top, he’d like his bottoms to be a bit more pretty. Johnny is sexy as hell but in my opinion he’s more of that jock-type sexy and Sean would probably have preferred to bottom for him.

        • n24rc

          Not that I think he can’t top, he does well enough at it…but he LOVES to bottom. Sean’s scene with Addison at RB was really hot – because he was really into him, you could tell. It was up there on the list of scenes he did extremely well at, that included Diego. In both cases, Sean was so turned on, he wanted to get fucked by those guys because he seem to get lost in heat of the moment. Something that Evil Jeff would call a “good porn day.”

          I think versatility is a cool thing to see, as he is a muscular guy. I appreciate porn/sexuality that doesn’t fall into stereotypical, binary, roles. I think versatile sex is hot, and makes gay sex appealing – that really a guy could connect sexually in different ways. It is rare to find this in porn.

  • Super Marco Manuel

    Johnny reminds too much of Marc Dylan.Because he prefers white men.He said he tolerates Sean because he is lighter.So,Johnny doesnt mind black men,as long as they doesnt look black.Johnny would most likely not mind making a scene with Austin Wilde.

    • zach

      “He said”…? Where did he say that? How do you expect anyone to believe this shit when you don’t link to it or say where? Provide proof, or you look like an idiot.

      • sxg

        Actually I said it and it wasn’t said in written form, it was said in one of his Randy Blue webcam shows. I was in the chat room and the people there were excited about the news that he was working for Raging Stallion and someone started throwing some names out. I mentioned if he would do a scene with Sean Zevran, and he said yes he saw him and wanted to do a scene with him badly.

        Someone else asked him if he would do a scene with Race Cooper because they both have pretty much the same build, and he didn’t recognize who that was. When that person started describing Race as a Black Canadian, Johnny said something along the lines of “Oh a dark dude? No I can’t do that.” After that he said that Sean Zevran is probably as dark as he’s willing to go.

        • zach

          Thanks for explaining. He’s a stupid piece of fucking shit.

          • He obviously has not tried chocolate cause I was young and naive and didn’t think I was into black guys but then I slept with one and damn I learned that I had been missing out.

      • Super Marco Manuel

        Actually,sxg is the 1 who started saying that on Queer Me Now.Sorry sxg.I have to throw you under the bus.

        sxg Queer Me Now quote from 02 Jul 14

        Joey D will never do porn sadly. The most he
        will do is muscle worship for his site. This is what Johnny said when I
        asked him about it a week ago.

        Also Sean Zevran is definitely someone that Johnny V wants to work
        with. He’s got the perfect size dick he says. He would not want to work
        with a bigger dick, so that rules out Boomer. And sadly Sean Zevran is
        the darkest that he’s willing to go. I guess he’s ok with light-skinned
        guys so long as they’re not too dark.

        So,sxg must have been in contact with Johnny somehow.

        I didnt made it.

        It comes from sxg.Maybe sxg contacted Johnny on twitter.

  • GN

    …..

    • James Withers

      Diesel Washington?! There are lots of issues with the Washington, but bigotry isn’t one.

      • sxg

        yes that one confused me as well. What he wants in his private life is up to him, but in the porn industry he has had sex with men of his own race numerous times at DawgPoundUSA and other studios like Titan.

        • Deman11

          Correction he directed scenes at DawgPoundUSA and only has done 3 scenes with other black models……. #JustSayin

          • sxg

            3 is more than 0, which is more than I can say about Trenton Ducati, Johnny Rapid, Marc Dylan….. #JustSayin

          • Dazzer

            Thank you for making me laugh sxg :-)

          • Diesel Washington

            Correction..I did scenes with Markus Ram,Jace Jones,Scott Alexander, threesome with Castro, I directed Matthew Rush, Robert Axel in a Flip Flop, I directed Eddie Diaz, JP Richards, Sarge, Izzy James, and other countless scenes for DawgPoundUSA..#JustSaying

          • n24rc

            Yes. Don’t pick on Diesel, he is an equal opportunist angry top. #black rapist stereotype

          • James Withers

            Huh?

          • Deman11

            Oh my bad, I left out one person

      • GN

        I was being sarcastic about remarks that have been made about him preferring white scene partners.

        • Diesel Washington

          Please enlighten Me to these remarks….

          Petty Gossip Queen.

          I wanted to Laugh I did..

          It’s clear that you took your time to find all the right elements to make your Photoshop Box Cover…

          But you took from the Joke by adding my name… Just being honest..

          You see the reactions so far from people saying Not sure what the reference to Diesel Washington has to due with the Punchline. And since you kept my name last.

          It was that last added “Push” for Effect..

          Which fell Flat.

          If you left out my name I think the picture would have been funnier..

          This is first, Diesel Washington saying to a commentor to leave out my name in his punchlines.

          Just so your “Joke” would be better..

          P.S. Please post whatever references you have saying that I prefer white scene partners. I think your relying on Hearsay or trying to Slander Me…I fuck who THEY cast me with….

          Go Fuck Off

          • GN

            This is why SeanCody has such a strict ‘no social media’ policy for it’s performers. When you’re in the public eye, it does not behoove you to go on a defensive tirade at every passing comment you read online, especially from people who don’t even know you and are likely just being flippant or irreverent for the sake of a laugh, rather than having an actual axe to grind. Sometimes an impertinent meme is merely that. It’s not a personal attack, or even intended to be factual. These lecturing tirades make you look worse than I. And P.S., It’s petty gossip KING—unlike most, I do not feel that being gay qualifies me for appellations meant for the opposite sex.

          • Diesel Washington

            You just proved my point,

            You dont know Me and your being Flippant or irreverent for the sake of a laugh.

            I just told you your joke fell FLAT which it did and you can say your not making a personal attacks but you did. Your trying to imply that I made statements about only wanting to work with White models.. Which is false. Even though i do porn why can’t I defend myself on a blog when commentators are spreading rumors and lies about my BRAND?

            Unlike other porn stars I take my brand serious and will defend it to the end. I’m not an exclusive model on SeanCody so I have the right to defend myself against people trying to spread gossip and lies that simply are not true.

            Not a lecture just being Honest…

            Again I laugh…

            Taking over blog posts again…

          • James Withers

            Slander? Dude? Why do you love drama so much? The joke was explained. Let it go, son.

      • Dazzer

        Agreed. Diesel Washington is a very funny (as in he makes me laugh in a good way) and thoroughly intelligent man.

        And while he’ll weigh in on matters of race, I’ve never seen or heard him say anything derogatory about anyone because of their race.

    • Diesel Washington

      See below

  • BLACKSTEEL

    I thought there was something off about this video but I could not figure out what is was until seeing the side by side comparison if in fact and it appears that they HH did photoshop Sean complexion is a prime example of that old mentality that WHITER is BETTER is a live and well at HH . I have a riddle for AEBN what do U get when U combine 3 aging dinosaurs ? ANSWER One very old big DEAD dinosaur !

  • Mihcael Davies

    It isn’t just Sean though, Johnny also has the unnatural white glow as well. The editor is just plain inept

  • AnalyYours

    This takes anal bleaching to a whole new level.

  • Eric D

    A better question…Why do gay men accept this image? Gay men are suppose to be open and inclusive of all? Yet we continued to marketed to as a monolithic. To pose the headline as a question instead of statement of fact is disingenuous. Gay media, gay porn both have the same tired narrative… you only attractive if you white and under the age of 30. Thankfully, the backlash is gaining momentum as more and more of the cookie-cutter porn companies are going out of business.

    • zach

      The headline is posed as a question because I don’t know what their true intentions were–only that it’s obvious his skin was lightened. Nothing disingenuous at all, and btw, this is the only site you will find questions like this being asked.

  • BlogZilla

    Oh please, what is with this juvenile conversation? To me it’s no different than food companies adding more sugar to products, because that’s what people want. They don’t give a hooty-tooty flying fornication about ethics or health.

    However, I can’t say I fully understand it. To me, he looks hot, either way. But I also realize that to most, he looks sexier with the lighter complexion. Like it or not, those are the facts.