Mike made reference yesterday to gay male talent crossing over which reminded me of a situation I experienced last year. I had a money meeting with a porn producer in San Francisco who is also heavily vested in “extreme gay porn” (bareback gang bangs). He casually mentioned during small talk at the end of our meeting that his shoot later that evening had been delayed because one of his “gay for payers” was still in the valley shooting a b/g scene. I suddenly froze like Amy Fisher giving a blow job. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. The idea of a guy going up and down the state shooting gay bareback gang bang porn and then fucking women at the same time sounded reprehensible. I never forgot it.
Fast forward to today with the rumors that a gay crossover actor may be ground zero for the latest HIV tragedy in this industry. I know I may sound naive for even suggesting that all parties involved in producing and acting in a scene adhere to some type of human being moral compass ahead of earning a dollar, but the lack thereof is equivalent to the spectacle of standing around a dirt backyard in East LA watching cockfighting. It’s fucking wrong to put a 19 year old girl fresh off the bus from Kansas in a scene with a guy who just shot Breed My Ass 23 last Tuesday. It’s wrong and you know it.
What is the ultimate solution here? How does the industry protect its talent from future HIV tragedies like this one? I have no fucking idea. I can already hear opponents of any kind of “gay monitoring” suggesting that targeting gay crossover actors would be the equivalent of exiling them to industry sponsored concentration camps. And before I get labeled as a homophobe, I certainly realize the HIV risk associated with intravenous drug users in this industry as well. However, my focus is on the low hanging fruit. No pun intended. Gay sex constitutes a greater risk of HIV than any other behavior in our society. Period.
And if you want to argue things from purely an audience point of view, it is always obvious when a gay guy is performing in a b/g scene. The lack of eye contact is a sure sign that he’s concentrating on something else while filming his required positions. And I can’t believe the sloppy casting I’ve seen recently by some studios with the testosterone equivalent of Perez Hilton hovering over a vagina like he’s sniffing a block of gouda at the cheese bar at Whole Foods. I know somewhere right now there’s an unwashed fan on a webmaster message board calling me a “fag” for even noticing the guy in the scene. “I’m too busy watching the chick to notice the dude, MAN!” And my response would be kill yourself.