A new gay porn site that focuses on black stars debuted with more than half the actors identifying as non-black, according to reports.
Created by porn director ChiChi LaRue, Noir Male states that it ‘breaks free from the stereotypes and conventions of typical interracial gay porn.’
But when the site debuted, less than half of the slate of 29 models identified as black. According to gay porn news site Str8UpGayPorn, the studio launched with 13 models who were black or mixed race, while 16 others identified as another race.
Rethinking gay porn
The site itself was developed to combat the racism prevalent in the porn industry. Made from the producers of Icon Male, the description on the site reads: ‘No body part is off-limits, and no desire out of reach, in scorching hot black and interracial encounters, where the preconceptions of tops and bottoms, who sucks dick and who gets rimmed, becomes a thing of the past.’
All the videos found on the site when it launched are interracial. The earlier videos include titles like ‘Big Black Daddy’, ‘BBC massage’ and ‘Black, White and Wet’.
Actor Billy Santoro called out Noir Male on his personal blog. He took issue that black actors weren’t centered in the marketing.
‘I’ll tell you why. There is still that fear that black men simply do not sell in gay porn.
‘Some advice for Noir Male. Don’t fetishize a race! You can use your content methods, but focus more on being relatable rather than watching a big black dick fuck.’
A constant issue with racism
Gay porn has constantly been engaged with issues of racism. Last year, top gay porn actor Hugh Hunter declined his nominations at the GayVN Awards due to the inclusion of a racist category.
The awards came under fire after it confined POC actors and scenes into an ‘ethnic’ category.
In July 2018, gay porn star Bruno Bernal defended his use of the N-word. In an Instagram story, he wrote: ‘Worst thing in life! Barbers that don’t fuck shup [sic.] talking with this n**** accent’.
However, he hit back in another Instagram story, claiming that critics should ‘grow a thicker skin and be less sensitive’. He also cited his previous black ex-boyfriends.