The Saddest Thing I Witnessed In Porn

I was asked this weekend what was the saddest thing I have seen in adult.  Oddly enough  I hadn’t given that much thought.  I have been around for suicides and arrests and crash and burns, Anorexia/Bulimia, murders and just flat out disgusting shit.  From Savannah (the porn chick not the city), to the problems of Chasey Lain and Jenna Jameson.

I even considered a girl I shot that I wished I hadn’t, she was a cute blonde from Colorado who had a striking resemblance to Veronica Lake,  She later found happiness in religion and denounced her association with porn, I had shot her first scene.  I found her on twitter and apologized if I had somehow played a part in what she considered a bad time in her life.  To my surprise she responded and told me that I had always been nice to her and had treated her fairly and that she had no problem with me and that I was not a bad memory for her.  I thought that was actually kind of her and I appreciated her willingness to accept responsibility as well as her mature philosophy that all in all it was a learning experience.  In my years in the biz many girls have told me that they wished they had shot the first time for me, my friend Trixie Kelly being one of them that meant the most.  She reckoned that had she shot for me first (We actually met before she entered the biz) then she would have known how she should have been treated and that she would have done things differently.

For me it’s easier to draw from personal experience than it is to draw from observations but there is one that, to me stands out.

When I was a kid my Grandfather had told me something that, to this day, I remember well.  He was a tower guard at The Atlanta Federal Penitentiary obviously he was a good shot with a rifle as well as a handgun, but I digress.  We had been target shooting and talking about friends and how they reflect  on you and he told me that the true judge of a man is NOT who his friends are but rather who his enemies are.

Back when I first got into this biz, I was amazed how friendly and accepting most of the people in the biz were.  Ron Jeremy was one of the first people I met and we became and remain friends but what struck me was that a year after we had first met, Ronnie remembered me, my name and where I was from and what I shot (Mike South’s Southern Belles” ) even though we had not had any contact for a year.  other people I met that are/were just plain good people Joey Silvera, John Leslie, Ed DeRoo (Loretta Sterling), Bob Verna, Ron Sullivan (Henri Pachard), John Stagliano, Rick Savage and Paul Thomas…  there’s lots more but to me it was extremely nice for these guys to be as kind and friendly as they were over the years, way before I had made any kind of name for myself in the biz.

One person who always stuck in my mind though was Tom Byron, he wasn’t overly friendly but he wasn’t unfriendly either.  But Tommy, as people called him, was on top of his game.  Eventually we worked for the same company, Elegant Angel and Tommy had the best selling series  of all of the directors there, it was called “Cumback Pussy”,  Van Damage and I were tied for second and Rob Black wasn’t selling very well, mostly because of the more violent nature of his content.  This was told to me by then manager Greg Alves who had recruited me into Elegant Angel.  Patrick Collins was the owner but he pretty much left the day to day stuff to Greg.  When Greg left and Patrick took over the day to day stuff Patrick told us all that we were being cut to one half of what we were being paid when Greg was in charge….We all left, nobody was fired.

Rob Blacks Daddy, Dominic Zicari, had been in porn on the distribution/retail end for years, that’s how Rob fell into the biz.  Rob wanted to strike out on his own and daddy put up the money to back him.  Truth is I was approached to join the new venture as well but I had no interest in Blacks vision of “Extreme Associates”  I’ve never been a fan of the misogynistic road that many porners were headed down at that time, and it seemed odd to me that Tom Byron was going down that road, but he had struck up a friendship with Rob and without Tommy Extreme Associates probably would never have even happened, Tom Byron was the one guy in the bunch that had a very strong line, a good solid name and was well liked within the industry.

Rob Blacks problem has always been that he lets his alligator mouth overload his hummingbird ass, something he still does.  Rob was probably an only child because everything always had to be all about him.  He wasn’t (and still isn’t ) very intelligent but he did have some sort of charismatic appeal that hooked the likes of Tom Byron and Gene Ross (Another career he helped ruin, but thats another story)

Extreme never really had a chance, Rob was an inept businessman, he constantly bounced checks to talent, directors and AVN … basically everyone he owed money to.  He never made good on them, he did porn that was so abysmally bad that even AVN wouldn’t give him good reviews.  Some companies would not shoot talent that had shot for Extreme Associates.  but off all the people he screwed over Tommy Byron got the worst of it, mostly because Tommy actually stuck by his friend.  Eventually Rob’s mouth landed him in the legal system, something some people are saying is about to happen again. Rob spent a year in Federal Prison,  did he mature as a result of that experience?  I think we all know the answer to that.

Today, had Tommy never met Rob Black, he would likely be shooting for Evil Angel and making piles of money instead of living with Rob Black and being evicted by their landlord for….not paying their rent….Who’da guessed.

One of Tommy’s few friends likened it to an abusive husband, that Tommy was like a battered wife.  Tommy had tried to get out from under Rob on several occasions but nobody in porn will touch Tommy because of his relationship with Rob.  That’s sad because Tom Byron is honestly a legend of porn and he should be doing better than translating Rob’s stupidity into something that resembles writing. By all accounts Tommy should be where Jules Jordan is.

In the end it makes me rather glad that Rob wants me dead.   No matter how dead they may want me to be, I will never be as dead as Tom Byron’s porn career.

Tommy…What happened to you man?

 

 

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  1. Interesting write-up. I have to agree with you regarding Tom Byron, I could never figure out what he saw in Rob Black. I do have to give him credit for standing by his friend, though. It sounds like once you are a friend to Tom he will stand by you no matter what the consequences.

    As for Michael Whiteacre I really don’t get him sometimes. I don’t know about the misogynistic but I do think he is a masochist. Between the Uncle Peg rumblings (assuming it is true Maitresse Madeline is looking for volunteers to peg on her sites at Kink according to her Twitter, I would pay the month’s subscription to Kink to see a Michael Whiteacre being pegged by Maitresse Madeline scene and you would probably be attractive to female viewers) and him marrying Christina Parriera after both her fucking Phil Varone (who probably has every non-HIV VD in the book by now and evidently doesn’t test for them) and her having Michael arrested for false charges of domestic violence (by her own admission), her severe alcoholism (by Michael’s admission) and the campaign of bullshit (also by her own admission) she spread about him afterward I really don’t get. I would have run from Christina as fast as I could in the other direction. Michael, I know you will now defend your wife (I would defend my wife too if I were married, that is the way it works and I understand that) but the above is how I see it.

  2. Mike, you just made a post about Tom that was mainly about Rob. Rob’s going to talk about you. That’s what he does. If he isn’t important then why does your site take so much time to respond to what he says? You just bring it back on yourself. Who does that?

    Your site is becoming an outlet for Rob. He’s hijacked mikesouth.com and you know he’s going to take what you said in this post and do something with it and the outcome won’t look pretty.

    AVN giving Miscreants a 5-star rating along with a director of the year award is a good indication that he wasn’t selling well, right? Same with Swift winning for the film. They give those awards to girls that appear in poorly-selling films, don’t they? I mean, AVN has a long history of giving non-selling directors awards.

    Extreme never had a chance? They seemed rather successful to me minus the obscenity bust, but who survives that? Now I see studios constantly winning awards for doing the same thing, but Rob did it better and b-holes weren’t falling out.

    Others not hiring girls that worked with Extreme? Who wasn’t getting hired? Let us know. Was it the Extreme contract girls? There’s probably a reason for that. They usually have contracts. I remember a lot of non-contract girls working with other companies and Extreme/Evolution/Armageddon/TBP. Lisa Ann and Amber Rayne were in the film Ass Squirts. Girls like Vachs were in Whack Attack. I think they found a lot of work after that too.

  3. You should know that AVN givinga video 1 or 5 stars never had anything to do with its sales by the time avn even reviews a videos its been out for 3 months and on the sell through racks.

    Several girls who had worked for Extreme back in the day were told they wouldnt be hired by the higher end companies I used to hear that quite a bit

    And Extreme was far from successful, had they been successful they wouldnt have bounced checks to AV and other magazines they took out ads in, talent, gene ross, and pretty much anyone they did business with. By the time Rob went down on the obscenity bust Extreme was already dead. Take a video like Cocktails…not even Max will do that shit anymore…and to think most of the performers in that never got paid….and as for Rob I want him to hate me I want him to talk shit because it makes me look good…..same as it makes Tommy look bad……Thats the part Black is way too stupid to get….

  4. You express the view that Tom Byron could have been working for Evil Angel instead of Robert Black. I interviewed Tricia Devereaux a number of years ago. She spoke favorably of Tom Byron. I did not get the impression that her negative feelings about Black influenced her to think negatively of Tom Byron as well. It makes me wonder if Tom Byron ever tried to get a job at Evil Angel before Robert Black had participated in articles personally attacking John Stagliano. The door may be closed now but it may not have been closed over a year.

  5. Poor Tommy. He had it all going on and now he is living with that washed up porn director that is Homophobic and a piece of shit.
    Tommy needs to break away from Rob Black and get it all going again.

    Rob is just jealous of Mike South because he is shooting his own porn and has more advertisers than both Rob and Sean Tompkins put together have. Worthless. Congradulations Mike South, You are the King of porn bloggers and Rob Black isn’t.

  6. I have to agree with you Mike. Rob Black needs to be taken out
    and thrown to the sharks. He has ruined so many peoples careers
    in porn and he has ruined Tommy Byron’s.

    Tommy was one of the legends in porn and Rob has helped ruin
    his business and his career and soon ruin his? Girlfriend?
    Katie Summers has been black balled by John Stagliano and others.
    As long as people have any connection to Rob Black, they are through.

    Michael Whitacre is nothing but a bisexual fan boy who is looking
    for relevance to the industry and fucking with people is his game.
    I wouldn’t be surprise that that dried up, herpes sore ends
    up buried up to his neck in the Nevada desert one of these days,
    and beat to death with a shovel while the red ants eat at his
    corpse. It wouldn’t cost very much money to have him exterminated like
    a pest that he surely is. Keep doing good Mr. South and fuck the rest. Your the best.

  7. I have to agree with you Mike. Rob Black needs to be taken out
    and thrown to the sharks. He has ruined so many peoples careers
    in porn and he has ruined Tommy Byron’s.

    Tommy was one of the legends in porn and Rob has helped ruin
    his business and his career and soon ruin his? Girlfriend?
    Katie Summers has been black balled by John Stagliano and others.
    As long as people have any connection to Rob Black, they are through.

    Michael Whitacre is nothing but a bisexual fan boy who is looking
    for relevance to the industry and fucking with people is his game.
    I wouldn’t be surprise that that dried up, herpes sore ends
    up buried up to his neck in the Nevada desert one of these days,
    and beat to death with a shovel while the red ants eat at his
    corpse. It wouldn’t cost very much money to have him exterminated like
    a pest that he surely is. Keep doing good Mr. South and fuck the rest. Your the best.

  8. I have to agree with you Mike. Rob Black needs to be taken out
    and thrown to the sharks. He has ruined so many peoples careers
    in porn and he has ruined Tommy Byron’s.

    Tommy was one of the legends in porn and Rob has helped ruin
    his business and his career and soon ruin his? Girlfriend?
    Katie Summers has been black balled by John Stagliano and others.
    As long as people have any connection to Rob Black, they are through.

    Michael Whitacre is nothing but a bisexual fan boy who is looking
    for relevance to the industry and fucking with people is his game.
    I wouldn’t be surprise that that dried up, herpes sore ends
    up buried up to his neck in the Nevada desert one of these days,
    and beat to death with a shovel while the red ants eat at his
    corpse. It wouldn’t cost very much money to have him exterminated like
    a pest that he surely is. Keep doing good Mr. South and fuck the rest. Your the best.

  9. I have listened to the Rob Black show for about three weeks now. Why he doesn’t just change the name to the Mike South show I just don’t know. And now we are being treated to the ramblings of his girlfriend Katie Summers and that got me to thinking. If any other porn girl was on blog spot radio saying the same things as this Katie girl I think the first words out of Rob Blacks mouth to describe her would be retard. She is painful to listen to, just reading little things off the internet that she has no clue about. The only redeeming thing about her show is you can turn the sound down and just look at her nice rack. These two were made for eachother.

    Right now the two of them are talking about MERS, and comparing it to AIDS, and Black is complimenting her on her great observations. Any other person saying the exact same thing would get the label retard from Black instantly.

  10. Marc welcome to the wacked out world of Retard Rob Black.
    He is now very Irrelevant to the adult industry and has
    made a lot of enemies and is very what they call butt sore about
    having to go to prison and take the bbc up the ass and nobody cared
    or cares for him no more.

    Its really sad that Tommy Bryon can’t afford a tank of gas let alone
    just 5 dollars to barely fill the gas tank to just go down the street.
    Tommy is really doing bad. Ebt cards and welfare and maybe a
    little LA county welfare assistance. Franky boy sure fucked his world up and will continue so unless he gets away from Retard Rob.

  11. The saddest thing I’ve seen are two retarded washouts like Zacari and Tom Byron living under the same roof and can’t even put gas in the
    car. Rob is jealous of Mike because he is still shooting porn and
    washed out Rob isn’t. He been blackballed.
    So has Tommy. Mike has advertisers and Rob doesn’t.
    So what about your stupid amazon $5.00 books, they suck.
    Rob you need to go in business of selling cheeseburgers like
    some of your family has told you to do.
    Congrads Mike on getting the Catalina Cruz advertisement.
    If anymore girls were smart and companies they would advertise here.
    NOT ROB BLACKS SITE.

  12. To Mike’s point, whether the industry black-balled certain actresses after they worked for Extreme or whether they’d had enough, I don’t know. But Extreme landed several very high profile actresses during the day, abused them, and they were never the same. Ashlyn Gere is a prime example. Kristi Myst, Veronica Cain and Jewell DeNyle are others.

  13. I was tempted to purchase one of Rob’s e-books but then decided I didn’t want to support a shit stain like Rob Black. As for him not having advertisers I don’t think he is even trying to get advertising for his site. I think if he posted an article announcing he will take advertisers with reasonable rates (say $100 a month) Rob would get a couple of bites even with him being the methed out ass he is. If he interrupted his broadcasts to play commercials he would probably get more — say $25 an ad, he broadcasts five hours a day so say he does five spots a day, that is $125 a day. Rob could be making a reasonable living off of his blog site if he knew how to market it (not great but maybe $150K a year at one ad an hour on his show, knock off $25K for his office rent and computer equipment and he could split $125K a year with Tommy and Katie)

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