Society tells us discrimination is bad. We’re told in every public message that we shouldn’t see colour, we shouldn’t single people out for any reason. Those who discriminate are shunned (or at least they used to be) and people effectively use their money to make a point against them. No, our society isn’t perfect all the time and instances of discrimination still happen (trust me. I’m an openly gay dyke living in rural Florida) but we have to keep moving forward. So I’m forced to ask why GayVN awards thought that 2017 was the year discrimination would be okay.
The nomination discrimination
GayVN Award nominations came out on 22 November 2017 and quite a few people were nominated in a variety of categories, such as Best Daddy, Best All Sex Scene, Best Director … all the standard categories. I had the tab open for the nominations and was glancing at the list while doing ten other things when my eyeballs literally stuttered. There’s no way I see that, right? This is 2017, for fuck’s sake.
Best Ethnic Scene.
No, you didn’t read that wrong. Not Best Scene. Not Best Actor. Best ethnic scene. Because apparently it’s totally fine to make a category specifically designed to marginalize already under-represented group of performers.
Standing against discrimination
Almost at the same time as my seeing this category, I caught a tweet from a man I admire greatly.
The @gayvn awards announce nominations including a BEST ETHNIC SCENE category for black, Latin, and Asian models. Meanwhile none are nominated as best actor or supporting actor.
My response, “…I am respectfully declining my nominations in all categories…”
Full letter here. pic.twitter.com/CQPxZFRuZ6
— Hugh Hunter (@theHughHunter) November 25, 2017
Hugh Hunter declined his nominations (three of them)? But … but he’s white! Certainly this doesn’t affect him so why is he declining his nomination?
He’s a decent fucking human being who recognizes how awful discrimination is. And his husband, Dolf (nominated for fan favourite Best Daddy) followed suit and declined his nominations as well. Because again … decent human beings. And that kinda makes them a little bit sexier in my eyes. (okay, so I already have a crush on both of them. So not the point here)
What can you do?
If you are a patron of adult films, in particular gay adult films, pay attention to your award shows.
- Call out companies that discriminate.
- Spread the word about why discrimination is so wrong, even in porn. Especially in porn.
- Use your economic power to send your message; write professional style letters to award show promoters and let them know how wrong it is they do this.
- Tag them on social media and politely let them know your feelings.
Here’s the thing, okay? In any form, discrimination sucks. I’ve been discriminated against all my life. First it was because of the way I speak (I have a pretty thick Boston accent), then because I hit puberty in third grade, then because I was overweight, I talked funny, I didn’t like the same things others my age liked … Really the list is too long to even tell you everything but suffice to say, being a fat, Irish, Bostonian, woman … discrimination hurts. It sucks and the pain of it lingers with you for years.
No-one deserves that. Especially not performers who are using their skill, body, and desire to entertain you, entice you, and get you off. (wait … I think I just described myself. OMG! I’m a gay man trapped in a woman’s body!)
If you hung with me through this whole post, you deserve a cookie.
If you hung with me through this whole post, and you tweet to @GayVN to protest their discriminatory practice (remember to be polite), tag @TheDirtyOracle and I’ll throw three free minutes of phone sex your way for being awesome.