Doesn’t promoting sites like “Ghetto Thug,” and titles like “Thugs Need Love 3: Straight Outta Compton” contribute to the racist stereotype that black men are thugs? This is not to say that thugs don’t need love, but where is the outrage?
Several urban titles are planned for release this week from Marina Pacific including PitBull Productions’ T.H.U.G. Love, a motion picture being described as Romeo and Juliet only with anal penetration and no funny costumes. The film stars Juice, Black Lion, Kurupt, Seduction, Nubius, Elmo, Angel, K Blaze, T.Y and the rest of the cast of the Lion King On Ice. Also on deck is Top Dog Productions’ Thugs Need Love, Too: Round Three (“Straight outta Compton”). This third entry in the popular Thugs Need Love series takes place underwater in the year 2035 after California has sunk into the ocean and Compton is a watery sex den.
Hoff’s sarcastic descriptions might be a way of couching his contempt for these movies, but I doubt it. And actually, calling something “thug porn” isn’t necessarily racist. It’s a genre, just like twink or tranny porn.
But what’s more “racist”: A magazine’s list of the top porn stars that doesn’t include any black men, or repeatedly objectifying black men by calling them thugs and portraying them as gangsters? If you’re going to call the former out, as Hoff did, you have to do the same with the latter. Sorry, you can’t have it both ways.
Moral indignation over perceived racism in porn only works if it’s consistent. Even when it’s wrong.