More opinions and thoughts on Justin Long’s “racism in porn” stance.

Posted on May 6, 2010

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Monica FosterToday I discuss Justin Long’s “racism in porn” stance (posting on LukeIsBack.com) a bit more and mention some other opinions on the topic given by Vannessa Blue and Michael Fattorossi the previous evening (May 5th, 2010) on Inside the Industry (a porn industry radioshow on latalkradio.com hosted by James Bartholet).

I also touch on how there could be a possible lawsuit by ethnic adult talent against porn studios in time, who pay ethnic talent less than their couterparts of other ethnicities (better known as the “black payrate” or “black payscale”).

Click here to watch the broadcast.

Below is my final response (of which I mention and read aloud rather horribly on this broadcast ) to Justin Long’s op/ed.

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I hate to say it, but some of what “Joe knows” has commented is valid, and bringing up PornLaw’s statement has brought me to some other conclusions in regards to this issue.

OK, fine, if certain studios don’t want to hire, or only want to hire black men and/or women in limited quanities and only for specific type of scenes – it truly is their choice.

Their choice has indeed pushed me to the point of which I’m over complaining about it and WILL do something about it by trying my best to launch my own label and studio of which I can create a “porn world” of my own that I’m happy and satisfied with.

Yes, doing this forces me to work many times harder than my caucasion, latin and asian counterparts but hey, as I get older I realize that life isn’t meant to be fair and I actually enjoy and welcome the challenge of being given the “short end of the stick” in our society’s view due to being born a black woman.

Though I can completely relate to Justin’s issue of how it’s not “fair” as to how he is treated as a “black” person in porn – I have to question being that he is bi-racial, if we lived in a society to where he wasn’t “labeled” as a “black man” and if “white” females in porn didn’t view him as a “black man” if he’d be as upset as he currently is.

Maybe he would be, maybe he wouldn’t be – I don’t know him really so I can’t and won’t judge.

I actually wonder how many white people in porn who think that this issue really “isn’t a big deal”, would feel the same if magically they woke up tomorrow and found themselves black and with substantially limited work.

The real issue (in my opinion) in regards to “racism in porn”, has to do with the unequal pay scale that black performers generally receive in opposition of their counterparts of other ethnicities from certain studios.

Now I know that when I manage to open my adult content studio, I may not cast “white” talents as often as I cast “black” talents, HOWEVER I would definitely offer equal pay (based on the type of scene) to whoever I do cast.

Now true, a white talent such as Brianna Banks who has certain name recognition may be paid more than say Melody Nakai who’s been in the industry for a shorter time – however I wouldn’t pay a white talent such as the beautiful Ivy Winters more than Jazmine Ryder (2 women who have been in the porn industry for around equal lengths of time and who have limited name recognition).

I also would pay a “black” women a high rate for her first scene with a “white man” just as a “white” woman gets a higher rate for her first scene with a “black” man – I and I think any other logically thinking American would see both pairings as an “IR” scene.

In fact this is a topic that was touched on, on Wednesday’s broadcast of “Inside the Industry” on LaTalk Radio.

PornLaw stated that yes, regulating what types themes are depicted when it comes to IR scenes DOES infringe of the concept of “freedom of speech” – HOWEVER the difference in payscale that black performers receive opposed to white performers CAN POSSIBLY be seen as discriminatory and COULD be grounds for a lawsuit.

I think what Justin Long and others who would like to see the adult / porn world change for the better in regards to how black performers are treated, may want to focus on is the following:

*what is currently (and what has been over the past few years) the average compensation for certain types of scenes.

*what performers received that particular pay

*what performers did not receive that particular pay

*what companies/studios showed a marked difference in compensation to different performers

*is there a pattern/track record as to the difference in pay / compensation these performers received and was it in fact due to the color of their skin?

Justin, you don’t have to see “eye to eye” with pornlaw – you just may opt to look at this from a perspective of which he was trained to in order to take steps to achieve that adult industry future of which you would like to see develop.

Just a thought from a little black porn talent who sometimes puts ads on CityVibe as “the mouth” stated and linked to, but doesn’t put ads on Eros under the “xxx stars” category like most of her porn talent caucasion counterparts do.

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