A Top Porn Star Claims The Industry Has A Huge Racism Problem

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The pornography industry is littered with extreme sexual acts. Gang bangs, bukkake, double penetration, scat and cake farts (don’t pretend you don’t know what that is) to name but a few.

These are all acts that, in line with society’s general norms and values, are still considered somewhat deviant and are unlikely to feature in an average person’s sex life.

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However, according to celebrated American porn actor and director James Deen, the single most taboo act in the subculture of porn professionals is interracial sex. Which is a strange notion because, as our society has largely let go of this toxic prejudice, interracial relationships are run-of-the-mill in real life. 

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In a recent interview with Vocativ, the adult entertainment don claimed that the last four times he was casting for a heterosexual female to star with a black male performer, he was turned down every time by either the actress or her agent.

Deen, 29, outlined one recent case where he received a text message from one agent saying her client ‘does not do IR [an interracial sex scene] yet’.

In another seemingly racist incident, he asked one budding starlet, via text message, if she has ‘issues with black dudes’. She responded: “Personally no. Sexually, I’d rather not at this time lol.”

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He said he responded by calling her ‘racist’, adding that he ‘[would] find someone else for this scene’. After that, she tried to back peddle, arguing that she’s ‘only 5 months in. Havnt [sic] done IR yet’.

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For females who act in porn, working with black male actors is seen as the the final, and most extreme, act that they will do on camera. Grimly, the general consensus, in that line of work, is that to maximise financial success and longevity in a career, an actress must slowly do a series of increasingly extreme acts on camera.

In order to maintain interest and intrigue with her fan base, she must start with more mundane acts, such as standard heterosexual intercourse between two people, then gradually climb the ladder of more kinky or taboo acts – like anal or  spit-roasting, for instance. According to Deen, who I’m sure most people will agree is an authority on the general industry, the very top of this ladder is IR sex- the final bow-out for a female porn actresses.

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“It’s gross and racist, and I’m just sick of it,” stated Deen in the interview. “It’s rampant shit that’s making it really difficult to actually get any sort of interesting scenes or to actually have a diverse group of performers because what ends up inevitably happening is every scene just turns into a bunch of white people. It’s getting really frustrating,” he added.

So there you go, a sexual act in porn can be stigmatised, not because of something rational like health risks, but because of the colour of the performers’ skin. This is, at best, unsavoury discrimination, and at worst full-blown institutionalised racism.

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