Gay porn studio digitally removed condoms from movie to simulate bareback sex

The appearance of a 'condom-less' movie where actors really did use protection has sparked controversy among safe-sex activists. The UK's Terrence Higgins Trust encourages producers to inform viewers the lack of condoms is due to digitalization

Gay porn studio digitally removed condoms from movie to simulate bareback sex
21 January 2014

Falcon Studios, who’s maintained its commitment to filming condom-only porn movies, has stepped into controversial territory by announcing a ‘safe’ condom-less porn film.

In California Dreamin’ 1, already available for purchase, Falcon Studios has found a loophole in its condom-only credo: digitally remove the condoms from the scenes.

While younger porn studios like Sean Cody and Bel Ami continue to produce bareback content, Falcon/Raging Stallion along with older studios like COLT and Titan have reiterated their position to only film safe-sex scenes.

Explaining his reasoning behind the digital alteration, California Dreamin’ director Tony Dimarco said in a press release: ‘With this movie I really wanted to capture the essence of that time, when life seemed more carefree and spontaneous. In keeping with this concept, I felt that condoms need to be addressed.

‘I wanted to give the impression of a pre-condom movie, but use condoms as we do in every scene we film. I found a way to film the movie safely and effectively, while giving the experience that I had intended and using the hottest modern stars.’

Falcon/Raging Stallion Studios President Chris Ward said the new film ‘will go down as a defining moment in the production of safe, top-quality male erotica.’

He added: ‘The innovation and use of technology to make condoms less “in your face” is something that allows us to appeal to all porn fans while protecting our actors’ health.’

While condoms have been digitally removed from the movie, some promotional stills do show actors wearing condoms, but the apparent lack of condoms has raised controversy over the message a ‘condom-less’ film presents to viewers.

Lisa Power, Policy Director for UK-based HIV and sexual organization Terrence Higgins Trust told Gay Star News: ‘We don’t support any activity where gay men are put at HIV risk for entertainment, but we respect decisions producers make.

‘We applaud them using condoms, but they need to tell people it was a trick of the digitalization. We would appreciate it if all porn producers would put up safe sex massages in their material and imagery.

‘We also hope all producers encourage their actors and employees to look after their sexual health, whether it be with condoms, treatment, testing or a combination.

‘We are pleased producers used condoms for this film, but if they have digitally removed them we think it’s really important they should have information about safer sex on their packaging and at the start of the film.

‘We think that should be true of all videos which apparently show condom-less sex, whether or not it really was.’
 

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