At least gay porn producers will foot the bill when flying performers to a shoot. Not so for ‘Worldwide Mr. Gay’ contestants, who have to pay their own way through the competition.
28-year-old Charl van den Berg, a South African, won the pageant in Oslo last weekend, and when it comes to a solo jerk-off video he made for Liberate Studios last year (“Chad gets hot and horny…and strips down in a warehouse…just for you!”), van den Berg and pageant heads are saying all the wrong things.
Speaking to South Africa’s Times Live, van den Berg’s strategy is to say that, whatever, you’re just jealous.
Porn is an integral part of the gay lifestyle, it’s just that most guys don’t have the guts to do what I did.
For van den Berg, ejaculating on camera is an act of courage. But for the pageant organizers, it’s a cry for help. Can someone help these people obey the first rule of bullshitting and at least get their stories straight? ‘Worldwide Mr. Gay’ director Tore Aasheim describes his pageant as a gay porn star rescue center, one that is now going to reform a four-decades-and-running industry:
Sometimes, within the gay scene there are opportunists who identify these men and promise them a better life and freedom within the adult entertainment industry, in which exploitation may result. Our organisation embraces those men that have found the courage to escape the exploitation in an effort to find a better life.
You’d think that a pageant celebrating gay leadership would trust their contestants to make their own decisions. Instead the pageant insults its contestants, not to mention sex workers everywhere, by dismissing them as squirming, helpless prey, incapable of thinking for themselves, tricked by the big, bad, manipulative gay porn wolf.
You’d also think that a brand new competition — one that judges the torsos of attention whores wearing colored contact lenses and ostrich feathers — would avoid slamming the morals of a huge swath of gay businessmen, performers and masturbators. Who, exactly, are the “opportunists” here, Mr. Aasheim? The pornographers who sell sex to make money and pay employees? Or the pageant that sells sex to elect a “spokesman” that nobody asked for?
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