Time for a new feature! It’s called Asshole of the Day, and by “asshole” I don’t mean the hole inside your ass that people stick dicks in, I mean lowlife scum-sucking piece of shit jerk. Asshole. Today’s Asshole of the Day is irrelevant hack and bottom-feeding fuckface failure Daniel Nardicio. He sure is an asshole.
Asshole Daniel Nardicio’s first failure was running the now defunct and worthless Playgirl, a magazine that was so ashamed of its true target demographic, it pretended to market itself to women for its entire sad, closeted existence. Even when Playgirl tried to transition to an online publication, it still tried to act like it was for all those masturbating ladies, and so Playgirl.com failed, too. (Even Daniel Nardicio capitalizing on fellow asshole Sarah Palin’s fame by getting her daughter’s baby daddy to show his pasty butt couldn’t save the magazine or the website.) A little before Playgirl, Daniel Nardicio launched the now defunct and equally worthless social networking/gay hook-up site, Dlist.com, which was shut down in 2011 because, like everything Daniel Nardicio touches, it was a complete failure. Since all of those failures, failure Daniel Nardicio started throwing underwear parties and promoting nightclubs in New York, which in and of itself kind of makes him an asshole (pushing 50 and throwing underwear parties is a career?), but there’s actually a much more substantive reason as to why Daniel Nardicio is an asshole.
Here’s what Daniel Nardicio told Hook Online (a site for gay men who work in gay adult entertainment) when asked about the nature of the porn industry and porn stars:
I think you can become a low-level celebrity in the gay community for doing something like porn, but I don’t think you are respected.
It’s like when you are good looking: people want to be around you, but you didn’t do anything. There isn’t talent there. It isn’t like you learned to play the flute, and you practiced for hours. Being in porn, you are just fucking or getting fucked. I think that when people see you having sex, they feel they own a part of you. The difference in burlesque is that performers remain objects of desire versus a sex object.
Colton Ford who wants to be singer is always going to be ‘Porn Star Colton Ford’. He says, “I am proud I did porn.” What else is he going to do? Kill himself?
You could say doing porn doesn’t affect your life, but it does affect the way people see you.
I am not anti-porn. I am not sex negative. I had sex an hour and a half ago. My whole life is a celebration of sex. But when you do porn, you are a whore. You are paid to have sex. People will always look at you as a whore.
Putting aside the fact that having sex and using your body in a way that looks good in HD does actually require talent, who gets to call who a whore? Being a whore usually means that you’re compromising your principles in exchange for personal gain, and who says porn stars are compromising anything? Being paid to have sex so that you might bring other people pleasure is one of the more generous and selfless professions, even more generous and more selfless than showing Levi Johnston how to use a hockey stick to strategically cover his junk.
Daniel Nardicio says he isn’t sex negative, but his idea that porn stars are doing something so dreadful and disrespectful is entirely that. So, Daniel Nardicio isn’t just an asshole, he’s also a liar. If he truly “celebrated” sex, he wouldn’t selectively denigrate an entire group of people who happen to get paid to have it. Are the shirtless bartenders who earn $500 a night in tips at Daniel Nardicio’s parties whores, too?
Daniel Nardicio’s multiple professional failures combined with his Hook Online interview prove just how completely out of touch Daniel Nardicio is with the nature of celebrity and fame in 2013. Now, everyone is a porn star. Or a reality star. Or both. From gay porn to television to fashion model to fashion designer to actor to really bad actor to singer to writer to drag queen to artist to fucking chocolatier, porn stars can do anything and be anything, regardless of however an antique queen like Daniel Nardicio chooses to stigmatize them.
It’s Asshole of the Day Daniel Nardicio who is helplessly and pathetically trapped, not porn stars. But Daniel Nardicio is 46 years old and still throwing underwear parties, so what else is he going to do? Kill himself?