Men Of Color Blog’s (sorry, no link!) Victor Hoff has written a post titled “The Sword Defends Cybersocket” after I published an article saying that Cybersocket wasn’t racist for writing up a list of their favorite porn stars that didn’t include black performers. I also said that the author of that list was entitled to his taste in porn stars, despite not being well-informed. I went on to say that, by their very nature, “lists” are almost always worthless. Did I defend Cybersocket from charges that their list was wrong? No. Did I defend Cybersocket from charges of racism? Yes.
And that, apparently, makes me a racist.
But what you are, Zach, is racially insensitive. In fact, you probably don’t even have the slightest idea why a list written by a leading gay porn trade publication about the top 40 stars…might be construed as racist or, at the very least, racially insensitive, do you?
Actually, I do have an idea as to why a list would be construed as racist by Victor Hoff of Men Of Color Blog, because that’s how he construes everything: Racist. That’s his thing. Based on his logic, everyone who didn’t vote for Barack Obama is a racist (even though many of them probably are). But let’s be clear, calling someone “racially insensitive” is a polite way of calling someone a racist (not to mention insensitive, which almost hurts even more), so say what you really mean! It makes things so much easier, even when you’re wrong.
To be sure, racism exists in nearly every aspect of our society, including porn. But, defending a list and a porn magazine from accusations of racism is not an act of insensitivity or racism no matter how many blog posts you write about it. Sorry. Did Victor Hoff contact Cybersocket and/or the list’s author, Christian Martere, and ask for a comment? Did he ask what the methodology was that went into creating the list? Did he ask them point blank if they were racists? Of course he didn’t. He just complained about them on his blog. It’s this sort of childish and reactionary rhetoric, laced with irresponsible name calling and race baiting, that makes MOC Blog’s angry little corner of the internet the kind of place where racism is actually allowed to thrive because it’s treated so carelessly. I encourage Victor Hoff to step away from his computer and to pick up a book.
That being said! I invite MOC Blog’s Victor Hoff to submit his list of the Top 40 men of color working in porn today, and I’ll publish it in full and unedited here. Rather than complaining about perceived problems (and this is not to say that there aren’t problems with porn studios not hiring enough ethnic models), why not take the opportunity to lead and show us your personal taste? Show us what we’re missing!
I’d write my own list, but there are only like four men of color in porn who I’m currently into.