EXCLUSIVE: I’ve just received the following email from Bel Ami’s George Duroy in response to this week’s story surrounding Bel Ami’s scene description of Austin Merrick and Adam Archuleta.
Here’s George Duroy and Bel Ami’s official, unedited response:
Before commenting on the hysteria concerning BelAmi looking like a gay branch of the Ku Klux Klan, I’d like to clarify a couple of things…
The comment in the scene description on the site appeared as the following:
“For those who criticize (BelAmi founder GDuroy) for featuring non-white models, Austin is mulatto.”
Yes, if that were the true intention it would be pretty racist. The comment in the scene description was originally written as follows:
“For those who criticize (GDuroy) for featuring ONLY white models, Austin is mulatto.”
What happened is a misprint, not a racial attack. The person who was re-writing the comment online in the Prague office is not a native speaker and didn’t realize the (huge) difference in the meaning.
So The Sword article titled in the best tradition of trash journalism says: “BEL AMI TRIES TO APPEASE RACIST BEL AMI MEMBERS WHO HATE BLACK PEOPLE BY REMINDING THEM THAT AUSTIN MERRICK ISN’T ACTUALLY A “FULL” BLACK PERSON”
Fairly distasteful from somebody who could have picked up the phone and asked first. I sincerely apologize to my customers and fans for becoming a target in this disingenuous attack.
Trash journalism is something I try to avoid, but when you’re as trashy as me, sometimes it’s hard. I’m sorry.
More importantly, The Sword apologizes for inferring that Bel Ami’s members were Ku Klux Klan members.
George Duroy concludes:
Let me use this opportunity to give a short explanation:
Nobody has ever accused me of featuring non-white models because we don’t feature non-white models! One the contrary – I was repeatedly accused of “racism” by some because I don’t use different ethnicities. We live and create our programming in an ethnically homogenous region of Central Europe. Walking the streets of Bratislava I have the opportunity to see an African-American (or only African or Latino) about twice a year. It doesn’t mean we are racist. We simply work with the material we have. Some people ask why don’t we use Africans meaning black South Africans when we film in South Africa and my explanation is a simple one: because the incidence of HIV infections in RSA is incredibly high. That is the unfortunate reality.
As for using condoms with American models: I shoot condom-free only with our exclusive models or models that we have for prolonged periods of time. It is not only about HIV– there are plenty of other possible STDs which I can’t test for on the spot or quickly. At BelAmi the models are our extended family and we do everything with their safety in mind. I simply follow a set of rules which work best for us. (Of course I could shoot with condoms only and be out of business in a year).
One more time my apologies on behalf of Josh in Prague who got “lost in translation” or better yet “lost in re-writing”. I never cease to be amazed at how easy it is to demonize and abuse a simple misunderstanding. George Duroy.