Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The Worst in Gay Porn 2010

1.Worst Film of the Year: Steven Daigle: Stalked. One of the most unsexy & poorly directed films I’ve seen. The film has no pacing, no build up of any sexual tension. The director would cut away from performers in the middle of sex scenes so that performers could not build up any sexual chemistry with their partner(s). The thought seemed to be “let’s throw a bunch of men in a room and I’ll just aim the camera at various spots in the room.” When a director is constantly cutting away from Tommy Defendi, the director should not be working in porn. Defendi ALWAYS delivers when given a chance. During Defendi’s scene (which is interspersed with a group scene), there is fake porn screaming. Whether it's Defendi or someone else is hard to tell.This movie was cringe inducing for all the missed opportunities. Leo Giamani is always a dud, but Tommy Defendi, Adam Killian, and Alessio Romero deserved better than being trapped in this unsexy mess of a movie. (Lest anyone think I selected this out of spite, I provide a link to just one of my comments I wrote months before any twitter drama I engaged in: http://www.justusboys.com/forum/showpost.php?p=6014198&postcount=11

2.Worst Online Company: Randy Blue. Randy Blue is the online equivalent of Stalked. They have many attractive performers, but their sex scenes are joyless, sexless, mechanical, and I’m convinced that the people filming the scenes must be straight despite reports to the contrary because I’ve never once watched a Randy Blue scene and felt the director knew anything about gay sex. Compare a performer’s Randy Blue scenes to the scenes he does once he leaves, the difference is stunning. This is the company that continues to employ Malachi Marx after all the anti-gay sex comments he made. If I were a gay business that caters to gay men, no employee would remain employed after making comments like Marx did. Shows the contempt Randy Blue has for its subscribers.

3. Worst Trend in porn: the hypocrisy of labels. We’re constantly told that labels don’t matter, but that’s such a lie. Gay porn thrives on labels. If labels do not matter, why not just have the gp actors perform in a scene without labelling their sexuality? I’ve seen sites where the sexuality of the performers was not highlighted, and the scene did not lose one ounce of sexiness. Instead, the straight man must be identified, straight men must pretend to be bi, and if a performer is gay, the description of the scene must indicate how brave/open-minded the straight or bi performer is for engaging in GAY SEX. Logically, one might question how “openminded” a bisexual needs to be to have gay sex, but I’ve lost count this year of the number of times a “bi” performer has been applauded for sucking cock, rimming, and having gay sex. I never gave bisexuality much thought before I started watching gay porn since I prefer my men gay, but now I never believe a performer who says he’s bisexual, because gay porn has used “bi” so dishonestly, and most of the time, the bi performer shows little interest in gay sex in his gp scenes. For the best answer on why you shouldn’t label, look up John Magnum’s interview with Jasun Mark. His answer is the only I’ve heard that makes sense.

4. Worst Trend 2: the hypocritical attitude towards barebacking: EVERYONE in gay porn has profited from barebacking. Nearly Everyone has been paid to do a scene with someone who’s barebacked. Nearly every studio has hired a performer who has barebacked. Most online studios/personal websites receive ad revenue from bareback sites including those sites who claim to be anti-barebacking. Everyone has participated in an awards show where they knew BEFOREHAND that there were awards for bareback films and performers. And there’s some bizarre notion that unprotected sex with women in straight scenes is not barebacking. It is barebacking. For the record, my issue is not with barebacking. It’s with the hypocritical tut tutting that goes on. Don’t take a holier than thou approach when you’re profiting from the very thing you publicly disdain.

5. Worst Trend 3: Pussy talk. For a while, some online sites would begin their gay porn scenes by having the performers talk about how much they love pussy. The “straightness” of the performers had to be emphasized at all costs. Sean Cody was the major player in this. For a while, every scene had to open with the performers talking about girlfriends & pussy. Viewers were completely turned off (something a performer admitted in a SC scene), but it was Devon Hunter’s expose on Sean Cody that ended this. Now, it’s a Where’s Waldo? activity to find any definitive statements about a performer’s sexuality especially if he’s straight. Strangely, people are finding the scenes hotter and more viewers are reacting positively to the changes.

6. non-rimming: If you’re going to set up a scene so that rimming is going to happen, make sure rimming DOES HAPPEN. The fake blowing on the ass or kissing the ass cheeks is not rimming. It’s fucking annoying to watch. Your performer doesn’t want to rim? Don’t hire him! Stop hiring performers who don’t want to have gay sex! Suite 703, you need to learn what rimming is because so many of your rimming scenes are so fake. Alexsander Freitas is a beautiful man, but I’ve lost count of the number of fake rimming scenes I’ve seen him in. Maybe, he’s improved. I don’t know. His fake rimming scenes were so comical I could no longer take him seriously as a performer.

7. Bait Bus: this site has the potential to do something truly subversive, but by using a word like “faggot” in your fantasy set up, you ground the scene in reality. The scene becomes less about a “straight” man learning the joys of gay sex. It becomes about the use of the word. I know there will be those who say that “faggot” is important to the scene, but if this is a fantasy scene, why the need for realism? The scene can exist without the word, and back in the spring, those who run and promote the site admitted they would never use the word “nigger” in any of their scenes” so why the double standard?

8.The swallowing up of porn studios so that you’re going to have more cookie cutter porn. A shame that people in porn didn’t watch TCM’s documentary on the collapse of the classic film studio system. They might have learned something. That NextDoorStudios is this powerful is a bad day for gay porn.

9.Performers who lash out at fans who criticize their work or have an opinion about gay porn (criticize not attack--there’s a difference), but then take to twitter, and bad mouth scene partners for over a year, fellow porn performers, attack mainstream actors/films, singers, writers, etc. all while saying how they don’t like “negative people.” I suggest these people invest in mirrors

10. Samuel O’Toole: Pains me to put him on here because I think he has potential.  He also seems like a very nice guy, but his gay porn scenes have been mediocre at best. His popularity certainly was not because of his work. It was mainly because he was seen as a straight guy with a big dick. He even took to twitter to explain why his first scene was so bad. He was irritated that people thought he was g4p based on his first scene. For someone who claims to be bi, you wouldn’t know it from any of his scenes. He looks so confused in most of his Next Door scenes, and despite his winning personality, nothing connects. His scene on Cocksuremen was a major improvement, and he stayed hard for most of it, and I hoped that it would take him in a different direction, but his scenes for NExt Door have not worked. Based on most of his work, I don’t buy him as bi; don’t think he’s truly interested in gay sex and I don’t have much hope now that’s he contracted with Next Door. I hope Samuel O’Toole can be made into a good performer. He’s certainly not the worst, but he’s the most disappointing because he offers the promise of a great gay porn performer that you don’t see with Girth Brooks, Alexsander Freitas, Trystan Bull, Vince Jones, Jason Adonis, Reese Rideout, Berke Banks, etc.

11. My final worst of is to the studios: stop hiring performers who don’t want to have gay sex, don’t want to rim, don’t want to kiss, don’t want to suck, don’t want to do anything but watch straight porn off to the side and get their paychecks. Stop insulting your fans. Stop diluting gay porn with these fools. Anyone who can not meet the requirements of doing a first rate gay porn scene should not be hired. It’s not “just sex” as some would have us believe. It’s gay sex, and gay men know the difference between passionate gay fucking and the mechanical anti-gay sex that so many studios put out these days.

15 comments:

  1. I agree with all these points. To me, Steven Daigle isn't even that attractive, and he doesn't have a nice dick or body, and he doesn't have a great personality. I really can't understand why he's so famous in the porn world, except for Big Brother. There are many I think are more attractive than he, who deserve a better shot.

    I also agree with Randy Blue. They have some hott videos, but a lot of their videos can bore anyone to sleep. And it is a shame, because they have the HOTTEST boys working in porn for them.

    I agree with you on the bareback stance too. Chi Chi LaRue used models who had barebacked for her latest PSA, and for her Blackballed series, many of the black guys work for machofucker, or other barebacking companies.
    I wish they'd also realize that not every homosexual man has HIV, and not every man who has slept with both men and women have HIV. And that straight porn is also barebacking. Don't see why it is so wrong in our community but not in the straight porn world.

    I would so interview you for my blog, but I don't think any of my readers would know who you are. :-( But I would like to consult you / talk it out sometime.

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  2. What a very interesting blog post.

    You certainly hit the nail on the head with everything you have said.

    One thing I would have added would have been about the performers who have paid PREMIUM/VIP membership areas on their sites who are happy to take your money but never update the videos or photos in the VIP area.

    The whole concept of having a website and a paid member area is that you want to interact with your fans. One Canadian porn star has not updated his paid member area in 6 months and ignores your emails when you ask when he will update the area.

    Porn star needs to remember the fans.

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  3. Haha I love it you held nothing back, I will still disagree about Daigle and my point in mentioning him was his actual performance in Stalked not the movie. Yes you can like a scene or two men in a porno and not care for the DVD(which describes several RJ Danvers DVD's I loved him and found the movies horrible)

    Probably explains why I ignore most DVD's and go for video downloads only.

    I do remember now your complaint about Tommy Defendi and the cutaways from the action. I guess I have seen it so much in Chi Chi LaRue DVD's it no longer registers.

    Oh the fake porn screaming in Stalked I am sure that was ChiChi having a sreamfest he is known for that!.

    BTW Chris you should re-tweet this so its picked up by Twitter readers.

    The_Admiral I have noticed that as well.

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  4. Here here on the barebacking. It makes me crazy when producers rail against barebacking and then sintinue to sell their back catalogs of "pre condom classics". Hello that is just a fancy way of saying everyone barebacked before 1993. If Gay people are so stupid that we can't possibly watch a new porn film with Barebacking and still make an informed decision about safer sex, why does watching someone bareback from 1989 any less dangerous? For the record my stance is let us make our own decisions and enjoy the porn we want. Let the performers and producers who want to make barebacking make it. It is a reflection of reality and the real sex that many men are having.

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  5. AMEN!!! Especially #11!

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  6. You are right about everthing. I am so bored watching gay porn acting like stright guys having gay sex. Who thought I would enjoy that? There are only a few that know how to suck and pinch a nipple on camera. Much less touching during anal sex is out??? Just in-out...of a over streched hole of an actor who says he's stright.

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  7. I must say I agree with most of what you say sir.As for Stalked it was just that, a bunch of guys thrown in a room.
    While it was not the best movie I don't think it was the worst of the year but if you saw all movies released last year and that's you're opine I respect rhat
    Chi Chi

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  8. A couple of side-points:

    1) Chi Chi responding. Chi Chi is many things, among them pretty honest. Long live the Chi.
    2) Randy Blue. There is a larger issue here, and its the online "scene" business model. Its so high volume (what, like hundreds of scenes a year?) that its exhausting I suspect for directors. The old studio model allowed for creativity as much because of the work pace as anything else.
    3) Straight guys. Saying straight guys are a turn off to gay guys is like saying lesbians are a turn off to straight men. What turns some off turns others on. The issue is the absence of great gay sex in porn (amplified by how hot some of the truly home made stuff popping up out there is) not the presence of mediocre sex with hot straight guys.

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  9. hmm randy blue-guess ur right BUT BUT diego sans, milo and raphael cedano are such hot dudes i keep on watching.
    My point of hate is the lack of kissing and the so called hardness of piss, fist and violence

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  10. I found the topics about the business in general very telling, its good to know what the fans really think. FYI- Politically I am not necessarily in agreement with specific comments about other studios and fellow performers. Thats just not what I'm about. But I did find some of this interesting and posted a link to my fans so they could read.

    On a side note 'Stalked' is nominated for best movie by XBIZ. Just sayin'...

    I haven't seen it because we producers get really self involved with our own work ;-)

    Chi Chi has always been one my faves, I hope one day to follow in her footsteps and top a worst list...

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  11. The whole Gay for Pay thing seems to be getting a lot of attention lately.

    I'm not convinced that it is an actual fetish to watch a straight man have gay sex, more just a way of postioning a scene to get hotter guys to be willing to do gay porn.

    I think if a wider range of gay guys were willing to get into porn directors wouldnt need to cast straight men. The quality of actual gay men in porn is pretty questionable.

    Most gay stars try put on a macho act, but in reality are camper than a row of tents. And it shows.

    Interesting what you said about Randy Blue. Leads you to question, what would fans prefer, less updates but of higher quality or consistent and regular updates with a compromise on quality.

    I guess either way people will not be happy.
    The chinese sweat shop business model they currently have seems to be working fine for them, because, really, the vast majority of porn consumers will watch it, get off, move on... its only those in the industry that really sit around considering the lighting, art direction and in depth meaning of a scene... c'mon. its porn. not a Kubrik.

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  12. I was thinking about this earlier, and though I agree with nearly everything that comes out of your mouth (as creepy as that sounds), I've observed one thing.

    You say you hate gay performers that engage in straight sex. While I agree with you (I don't see any appeal in watching a gay man have sex with a woman) you say you like the product that Cocksure puts out. But aren't they (under the SG4GE label) the main ones producing straight for pay content?

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  13. There are a couple points you make that I don't necessarily agree with (particularly Randy Blue being the worst online company; I could name at least two or three that are far worse, and Stalked being the worst film; I haven't seen it). But as far as the overall tone of this post, you and I are absolutely on the same level.

    I LOVE seeing posts like this, because they allow people in the business to see A) There are genuinely passionate about their smut & B) There are extreme problems going on that need to be addressed. There doesn't seem to be this level of honesty going on between fans + porn "creaters", so this is refreshing. Hopefully, more viewers will voice their true feelings/opinions, people will be forced to acknowledge them, and actual improvements will be made. Good on you, Chris.
    sS

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  14. Oh I have to agree with almost everything that was posted. I especially agree with #11, that'll be the day when the studios stop hiring "straight" lazy men who just want a paycheck.

    I haven't seen "Stalked" but anything with Steven Daigle goes on my do not watch list.

    To a 2011 with hot new porn!!

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  15. I hate the gay-for-pay thing too. I'd love to blame the studios and the performers, but I can't. It will not stop until we as gay people realize how sexy WE are. I would much rather watch a gay man having sex and getting off than a straight guy. We get the porn we deserve.
    That said, there are all sorts of smaller porn studios and sites. Let's support the ones we like. Guys like Tucker Scott have started their own sites. These guys are gay, independent and sexy.
    Great article. Uncompromising, the way I like it!

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