News on familiar and mainstream crossover porn stars dominate the list of this year’s top stories, but there were, of course, a handful of purely NSFW entries on The Sword that generated loads of traffic. Clearly, you like your hardcore porn as much as you do your porn star gossip. If there were one recurring theme of the year, however, it would obviously be the ongoing debate over condoms vs. bareback in porn and HIV; a debate which will no doubt carry over into 2011 as studios, state health officials, testing facilities, and models continue to formulate policies and espouse their opinions.
Based on traffic reports beginning January 1st through today, here are The Sword’s most viewed stories of 2010.
12. Aden Jaric: The Mugshot
The Sword was proud(?) to be the first to publish Falcon exclusive Aden Jaric’s mugshot following his arrest in Portland, Orgeon on July 15th. In case you somehow forgot, Aden was arrested for assaulting his now ex-boyfriend Jordan Jaric, who’s now a former Falcon exclusive. The weapon involved? A glass paperweight, of course. The attack occurred after the “Miss Thing” drag show at the Fez Ballroom, where the two served as celebrity judges, and were reportedly served lots and lots of cocktails.
11. The 1000 Load Fuck
Treasure Island Media released its most controversial title yet (and that’s saying something) last August, and readers were either outraged or delighted, as seen in the overwhelming amount of comments left on the post. Many clicked through to strongly condemn the “gallon of cum dumped in young Ian Jay’s ass,” while others clicked through to jerk off to the trailer. Some may have done both.
10. The Doctor Brings Measuring Tape To The Locker Room
A perfect example of how the most unintentionally hot scenarios are always the hottest. A news(?) clip from inside a rugby locker room documented how to properly measure your flaccid penis, and the volunteer used by the doctor was, of course, not only well hung but also the best looking guy on the team.
9. Aden & Jordan Jaric Break-Up Shocker
Another entry on the Jarics?! Yes. Schadenfreude translates to great traffic, I guess. Comments on this entry that announced their initial break-up last April included, “Sooner or later egos will get in the way…Aden is far more attractive than Jordan is,” and “It is a nice PR stunt for their song.”
7. Mason Wyler: “I’m HIV Positive”
The #8 story was, essentially, The Sword’s reaction to how the #7 story came to light. We did not like it! After a blogger revealed Mason Wyler’s HIV status last August, the notoriously beloved slut/porn star was forced to take to his blog and acknowledge that he was in fact positive. His story made gay mainstream news (The Advocate ended up interviewing him) and was arguably the watershed moment in the debate over HIV testing and whether or not studios should require it, condoms vs. bareback in porn and, most importantly (to me), protecting a performer’s privacy. It also changed the way many looked at porn stars, insofar as they are actual human beings facing the same real-life crises that we do. For his part, Wyler has taken full responsibility for his actions and his status, and has said that he has no regrets. His contract with Next Door Studios is set to expire early next year, at which point he’ll either re-sign to do more solo and webcam work or become a free agent. And we’ll be watching him either way.
6. Fake Taylor Lautner Hardcore Pictures, Anyone?
The headline speaks for itself.
5. Cannot Unsee: A Father And Son Jerk Off Together
StraightCollegeMen.com brought us the most disgustingly watchable clip of the year where, yes, a real-life father and son masturbated together on camera. Why? Well, why not? In the age of Bel Ami’s Peters Twins, porn studios were in a constant battle to out-incest and out-shock each other in 2010. Twins, dad and son, extreme fisting, 1000-load breeding, gay guys going str8-for-pay; this was the year of the gimmick. In this economy, it’s no surprise that studios would go to such lengths to stir up controversy, but there’s a difference between shocking and sexy, and isn’t it the point of porn to get us off, not gross us out?
4. Steven Daigle Arrested After Bloody Brawl With Boyfriend Trent Locke
The Sword broke the story of the bloody brawl outside West Hollywood’s tragic, yet popular!, nightclub/bar/restaurant The Abbey last October. But this post’s high traffic wasn’t so much about the sensational fight as much as it was (and is) about how a marginal reality show personality’s (Daigle was the second person voted out of the house but is now probably the most famous Big Brother contestent ever) 15 minutes of fame has been extended far longer than anyone ever could have imagined. While his arrest wasn’t a deliberate stunt, the perhaps inadvertently savvy porn star has always found a way to keep his name in the news (see his Fleshjack incident after the Grabbys, his str8-for-pay scene, etc.), to which we say: Good job, Steven Daigle. Daigle’s trial for allegedly assaulting ex-boyfriend Trent Locke is set for Valentine’s Day, 2011.
3. Exclusive: Republican State Senator Takes Gay Porn Star Out For Steak Dinner
When twink newcomer Brandon Wilde tweeted, “lol so funny !! in 45 min’s im going 2 dinner with the senator ;)” he had no idea he’d be making national, mainstream news. The Sword exclusively reported the story on June 15th, and it soon made local news in Minnesota, where Republican State Senator Paul Koering represented a largely conservative district. A politician taking a porn star out to dinner is inconceivably stupid, but Koering’s response at the time was, “I don’t see anything wrong with going out with him.” Koering lost his Republican primary and was forced to run as an Independent, then ultimately lost his re-election bid this past November.
2. ‘How To Put On A Condom’ By Brent Corrigan
It was a simple, less than 2-minute clip about safe sex, and yet this is the #2 story of the year (not to mention it’s in the top ten all-time stories in The Sword’s history). Why? Two words: Brent Corrigan. That you get to see him get hard and actually fuck someone in a PSA is just an added bonus.
1. BUTT Is It Art?
There’s no porn stars, no gossip, no incest, and no violence, but this article on the indie art-porn film I Want Your Love is surprisingly the most viewed story of the year. But maybe it’s not a surprise. The entry, which included preview photos and a synopsis, was linked to by countless independent film blogs and hardcore porn blogs, and signaled the beginning of the buzz for the upcoming feature. Viewers of the 15-minute demo (which you can still watch here) responded with universal praise, saying that it was like nothing they’d seen before. The Naked Sword-produced project is set to start filming in March of 2011, and for updates on the film’s progression, visit the official site.