Will Social Media Pressure Stop the Gay Porn Industry from Hiring Racists?

Other than a bat mitzvah, gay porn is about the last place you'd expect to see someone tattooed in symbols affiliated with white supremacy.

Photo credit: CockyBoys

Photo credit: CockyBoys

Yet gay porn is exactly where you'll find Cameron Diggs, a Dallas-based male stripper and gay-for-pay porn actor whose torso is drenched in tattoos, several of which are symbols popular among white supremacist groups.

Upon the release of a scene for San Francisco–based gay porn studio NakedSword last April, commenters on gay porn blogs (including industry news blog Str8UpGayPorn, which I've been the editor of since 2013) excoriated Diggs for the tattoos—specifically the Iron Crosses on his chest and the SS Bolts on his hips, both of which are classified as hate symbols by the ADL. (Disclosure: I was employed by NakedSword as a blogger and screenwriter between 2010 and 2013.)

Despite the backlash, NakedSword (the company for whom Diggs filmed the majority of his scenes) continued to promote his work, as well as a live appearance in Chicagoat an industry awards ceremony last May. As the controversy continued to grow, neither NakedSword nor Diggs responded to multiple requests for comment on the tattoos' significance, or lack thereof. It was entirely possible, of course, that Diggs wasn't a racist at all, and the tattoos were just a very unfortunate coincidence. The Iron Cross, for example, is often used in surfing and skateboard culture in a completely non-racist manner.

But then, on or around July 13, NakedSword suggested to Diggs that he could issue his own statement—by way of a comment on a Str8UpGayPorn blog post—to "clear his name," as NakedSword's publicist told VICE.

"I believe people should want to be proud of who they are and where they come from," an account using Diggs's name wrote on Str8UpGayPorn on July 14. "I feel like we are suppose [sic] to continue our race and our culture... When it comes to having kids, I prefer to stay inside my race. It's nothing hateful towards any race, it's just what I believe. Why is that so wrong? Does that make me a racist?"

Hours after the remarks were published—which were not run by NakedSword first, the studio's publicist confirms—porn studio CockyBoys removed a Cameron Diggs scene that had been on its site since the middle of May.

"We removed Cameron's scene after reading his response," CockyBoys director and CEO, Jake Jaxson, told VICE. "His statement does not represent the basic values of mutual respect and acceptance that is the mission of CockyBoys."

 

Read the full VICE article: http://goo.gl/2kbT3r