I used to think that Paul Morris said the things he said strictly for publicity, but after reading this lengthy interview, it’s clear he’s saying what he’s saying because he truly believes it.
Paul Morris on why he makes the kind of porn he makes:
Most recently, I’ve been motivated to produce pornography to directly address the appalling phenomenon of the HIV “closet”. It’s a tremendously dangerous and damaging result of the continuing fear and superstition that’s promoted by AIDS healthcare organizations and big pharma. Meds are now sufficiently sophisticated and reliable and side-effect free to make AIDS a virtual non-issue in the developed world. The battleground now should be that of forcing big pharma— particularly companies like Gilead–to give up their patents on the meds and make them universally affordable in both the developed and the developing world. This would be a serious struggle since it would (nominally) reduce their obscene profits.
HIV continues to be stigmatized in the US, often by middle-aged gay men who are habituated to living in a world of fear and tragedy and refuse to believe that the crisis is truly over. These are the men who begin every letter or comment with “I watched my entire generation die in the 80s…” To a great extent, the current gay mindset surrounding HIV is a result of a generation of men living with PTSD and not getting the support and help they need now that the war is over. As a pornographer, all I can do in response is to produce work that features men who are openly positive (or negative) and happily living their lives honestly and fully.
Paul Morris on what kind of models he uses:
I avoid working with anyone who has experience as a “pornstar”. As often as not, the guys in my videos don’t ask to be paid for what they’re doing. They’re men, not actors.
Paul Morris on condom use:
I’m only “anti-condom” to the extent that condoms do violence to play. Language is developed through play. Play is killed by fear. Prior to HIV, condoms were often used as an element of fetishistic play. Now, however, they are signs of fear and capitulation and “good behavior”.
However, when men have come to me and they’ve said they want to use a condom, I say yes—so long as they’re not already brainwashed by what used to be called the porn “mainstream”. If their sexual energy is honest and they want to use a condom, fine. What you see in my videos is the actual number of guys who’ve said they wanted to use condoms.
It’s easy to agree, disagree, or question Morris’ positions (do people with AIDS consider their disease a “non-issue”?; why would big pharma, which relies on the sale of HIV meds and the spread of HIV, promote a “fear and superstition” of HIV that would, in effect, prevent the spread of HIV?; having sex with a condom does infer that there’s something to be afraid of). The hard part for Morris’ critics (and critics of bareback porn in general) is realizing that they’re outnumbered. Treasure Island Media’s The 1000 Load Fuck is the most purchased, viewed, and downloaded video–bareback or with condom–in history. So, as it happens, bareback porn doesn’t exist solely to be controversial; it’s here because a lot of people are willing to pay money to watch it.