As long as there has been awards shows in porn people have said flat out that they were more about politics and money than awarding creativity or talent. Nowhere was that more evident than the XBiz Awards.
However you may feel about James Deen and what he did, he garnered more than twenty award nominations at XBiz. He got shut out.
Anyone in this biz knows that the odds of that happening are next to zero, Deen is one of the most high profile performers in the biz, his companies spend countless dollars advertising in XBiz. There is no question that the rape allegations against him were the reason.
Now this cause mixed emotions because personally I think he should have been disqualified, If XBiz were going to shut him out at least have the balls to tell him to his face that this kind of behavior is not acceptable and all of his nominations are being withdrawn, now that would have sent a message, both to other male performers and to the mainstream news that hey we really do care about performers.
On the other hand Deen wasn’t exactly tried by a jury of his peers and found guilty. I don’t like trial by public opinion but sometimes it is the only way to get justice, after all whoe REALLY thinks O J Simpson is not guilty of killing Nicole and Ron?
And in the end it isnt his life that is being sacrificed, or his freedom, It is a plastic trophy from a second rate awards show. If Xbiz were going to make Deen ineligible based on the accusations against him, have the balls to tell him….
Now lets see how AVN handles it.