An Experiment in Racism- “I only service Caucasian gentlemen”

NL- I’d like to introduce you all to a wonderful writer named N’jaila Rhee. She wrote this very interesting op/ed piece about racism, and an escorting experiment she did in college. You can read her blog here- http://blasianbytch.com/

 

After reading Justin Long’s frank and open op-ed, I had many questions -Why didn’t this happen already? Will others follow? Will there be a backlash?  One thing I never questioned was the frustration and anger behind his choice or my support of it.

The designation of substandard “otherness” has always been imposed on black bodies.   Even as more racial and ethnic groups enter the gamut they are still weighed on the white vs. black scale. You see it everywhere, politics, entertainment and most openly the sex industry.  
I would like to say that I’m 100% for everyone getting the opportunity to be depicted as sensual and whole beings. I support everyone fucking.  Most of the erotica I write is categorized as interracial.  My support of Justin Long’s choice is not about my own issues with race mixing.  I will admit I am not a porn actress; and actually don’t consume a great deal of heterosexual porn.  I am, however, an exotic dancer as well as a journalist who writes and reads a great deal about sex, gender and media. I’m also a mixed race Black woman.

My first exposure to racism in pornography came when I was a freshman in college.   My first interview as a journalism major was an Asian man that produced and stared in gonzo movies for his own site. My story was about the representation of “model minorities” in pornography. He explained to me that he did not make interracial porn.

 My mind was blown, he was an Asian man having sex with White women, how was it not?  He justified his statement by saying,  “a movie is only interracial if the man is Black”.  I wrote him off as being in denial then, but as I talked to more Asians and Indians that performed in American porn almost all of them repeated what he said.  They performed almost exclusively with White performers because they were considered White.

 As part of my final Basic Reporting project I posed as an escort.  To be believable I mimicked an escort ad to get people to call my phone where I could then interview them about their experiences.  I arbitrarily copied an ad in this case a Blonde “milf”.  I changed enough for it to be plausible ad for myself. This particular ad had on the bottom:
 “ I am not a racist, but I only service Caucasian gentlemen”
 I changed my ad to say I was exclusive to Asian men, I received some calls, mostly from White men and interviewed them and almost all of them said my ad caught their eye because “here was this black girl with the audacity to exclude customers”.  Many easily spotted it as a fake simply because of that.

 After all Black or “Ebony” providers don’t exclude Whites.  I was also told that my price was too high, they wouldn’t pay that much unless I was a porn star. The ad only had me valued at $600.

 It was one of the most baffling showing of White Privilege I’ve ever seen. Why would a provider’s race mean she didn’t have the power to be as selective with her johns as the next woman? Why was a white woman automatically more valuable?

 Fortunately my teacher put a stop to my story fearing I was putting my life in danger, not to mention the unethical method of gathering information.  I never got to dive deeper, speak to agencies that asked for “classy” women, but really wanted White and light skinned Latinas.
  I did however learn a thing or to about sex and race first hand when I began dancing at underground parties, bachelor parties and special events at strip clubs.  Each promoter had his or her own idea of how to “market” me.  When they asked my race I would say “ I’m black and Asian”. They would frown and explain that I wasn’t “Asian” enough to be billed as Asian.

 When I got to events there was my name and underneath it “Latina”, “Persian”, “Redbone” and if I was lucky “Ebony”. It was as if the word BLACK was taboo, like it would some how bring down my value.

 The only times I would be billed as Blasian was when I wore my hair straight, or wore a long straight black weave. I was even asked to speak as much Korean as possible. Which is ignorant on a great many levels.  One night I was asked not to speak at all.
 Promoters often asked me to escort when I explicitly said I would not. They would say things like “This White man will pay a lot of money for you,” As if it was shocking that I had the audacity to refuse a White man’s dollar.

 I wonder how many times the White dancers were begged to see men of color, were they also called stuck up, or uppity for refusing to go out of their boundaries.  Did they get booked as Black, Asian or Latina when they were not?

 My “haughtiness” cost me a lot of future jobs I suppose, but I didn’t feel that anyone had the right to pressure me to do things based on my race, size or gender.  Sadly many did not think I had that privilege.

 Privilege is the very basis of the racial hierarchy in America shown most unapologetically in pornography.  Imagine a major Hollywood studio making a film that depicted people of color in the way most porn does. Hell would break loose, books would be written and Oprah would cry solemnly into a camera.

 None of that happens with porn because too many people think, its just porn.  That mentality not only dehumanized every performer and participant in the industry but also propagates the mindset that it’s not worth reform.

 Many will cry  “This is America I have a right to free speech,” of course you do but if there is never a voice of opposition or another view point then all that’s created is a cesspool. That’s what American porn for the most part has become.

 The industry faces staggering downsizing and is failing to see opportunity to grow. The argument is that White males buy most of the movies.  Are all White males really that racist?  I would like to hope not.  I’ve spoken to a number of white men that find the racist undertones in pornography off putting and make them reluctant to purchase it.

 Using this excuse it a self-fulfilling prophesy.  If the movies made lack diversity, and don’t appeal to women and people of color why should we buy them?   This is a lesson many entertainment industries are learning, publishing companies are acknowledging how they shot themselves in the foot by excluding women, and people of color on the covers of books as well as in their pages. The adult industry is choking itself with an outdated attitude and business model.

 What Justin Long is doing is spiting in the face of the archaic notion that people of color are not initialed to the same privileges and value as their White counterparts.

 If you honestly don’t think this isn’t about privilege consider this, if an Asian woman said that she only wanted to perform with Asian men- would she be able to support herself in America being a porn actress?  Why is there such a divide between the respects that a Black female actress and White one receive?  Why are performers stripped of racial and ethnic identity at the will of producers and managers and how often does this happen to their White counterparts?

 I know I could never be an “Ebony” adult actress and perform exclusively with the type of men I usually date and expect a long mainstream career.  Even if I had my own site, would the talent even want to work with me a Black BBW and make themselves part of the “fetish” or “niche” market of performers?

 Now ask … would my White counter part be able so say, “I want to work exclusively with White performers”, and the more accurate “ I want to work with anyone but Black talent,”?  Would studios, management, and industry back her?

 Justin Long is rebelling against a hierarchy that never served a purpose other than to dehumanize, segregate and propagate hateful attitudes.  So I stand behind this man who is sacrificing his way of life to make a statement that it has to stop. I implore you to do the same.
 

 

123 comments

  1. joe know

    And now AIM is closing one of their locations that serves the talent, becuase they spent so much talent money protecting producers. What do ya think of that. I think it really shows what AIM’s priorities are. How about you?

  2. jeremiahsteele

    Joe know says “I am a huge arrogant prick”.

    The only pricks I’m going to take are the needle blood samples I give once a month. Why don’t you find a non-prick to argue in your case because you’re not helping anyone’s cause and are only serving your retarded, needy ego.

    Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand… ALWAYS!

  3. joe know

    You go take your pircks jerry, and remember, when you “PAY” for that prick you are giving money to the lawyers for Larry Flynt, Steve Hirsh, etc.

    Of couse you wont answer my questions. Everybody who reads this board knows you dont have the balls to even begin to tacke the issues I bring up.

    Using the personality of the messanger as a reason to not respond to the message is as weak as your other lunatic conspiracy theories.

    ANd as far as finding someone to debate these issues,,,there is not ONE single person in the industry willing to answer these questions honestly.

    YOU KNOW FULL WELL JERRY THAT IF YOU ANSWERED THESE QUESTION HONESTLY IT WOULD HURT WHAT IS LEFT OF YOUR ‘CARREER'(if thats what you call it)

    Everyone here jumps on shelley for not snswering questions, but all of them lso refuse to address the issues I have bought up.

    Jerry, you even said that you ‘might’ be on my side, but you dont have the balls to come out and actuall say it. Just liek you have to say “PERHAPS” youre right. There is no “erhaps’ about it. Everything I have said here about the industry is FACT,,,,show me anything I have written about the industry that is not a FACT. I challenge you.

  4. joe know

    p.s thanks for all of your resopnses and keeping this debate alive. You say you dont care about what I say,but your number of resonses to me tell quite a different story. Thank you for all your help, especially earlier last week when you talked about all the performers gong to West Coat Urgent Care. That was exactly what I was loking for. Thanks

  5. JRodman

    joe know obviously has a ton of free time on his hands, but he has some good points.

    jerry, you should use some of your time to investigate your own industry rather than babbling about ufo sightings.

  6. joe know

    Thanks Jrod,
    But I guess I lose the dbate becuase i spelled some words wrong. You see, when debating porn people, they always resort to the same old line about typing skills when they have no ther argument. This has happend to me dozens of times on this board. These guys NEVER fail to use this same tactic. And Jerry says he majored in debate in college. he should know then how weak that ad hominen attack is. Just goes to show that he has NO answers for the questions posed to him, so he makes comments about spelling errors,,,Yes Jerry, did you learn that debate techinque in college?

  7. haya Joe Knows,

    Hay I left you a post kindly requesting the link to the “secret” documents that proves AIM is handing over checks or cash to production companies and/or there attorneys….

    Could you kindly publish the link… I have been in the industry for over 12 years and have never heard or seen anything of the such… True enough i don’t believe things are not as Dr. Mitchell (Sharon as I know her – since we have known each other personally for over 12 years as well) always might say, but I also am not blind to your agenda either

    So please send over the docs or links I would love to take a gander and if it is how you say it is, then maybe we’ll actually agree on something for once…

  8. PS I have personally seen Jeremy answer all sorts of you questions Joe Knows.. So I find that pretty unfair but typical of you to say people are’nt answering your questions wwhen in fact you more often then not switch a subject when YOU can’t answer questions..

    Like — why are you bleeding heart for a dead 19 year old porn star, when while she was alive you were calling AL porn stars prostitutes and whores???

    Like — why are you reciting and agree with pornlaw one day saying companies cant and shouldn’t be held liable for racial discrimination and porn sets are’nt work places but then in other post you are telling other people that OSHA has the right and should regulate porn because “its a workplace”

    Like — why are you and Shelley rambelling numbers of “25” cases of HIV in porn talent since 04′ when even the LA times has redacted that statement – the fact is AIM reported in whole (stars and civilian) that 25 people had tested positive since 04′ and all but 5 or 6 were civilian — making the 5 or 6 Talent..

    AIM doesn’t turn over names to the county, just test and results and the lab number associated with the test and result “no name”.. this was the basis of darren james’s suit against AIM if I am correct.. AIM learned there lesson and now is in a pickle… either get sued or hounded.. either way they are fucked..

    This is why AIM didn’t release the name of the last case which was a new MILF to the industry ..

  9. joe know

    Justin,
    You are flat out INCORRECT abut names being given to the county…..It is federal law that HIV results are reported by name to the county. What you cite WAS the law about ten years lago. The basis of Darrens wuit was the illegality of the waiver. Even if the waiver was legal, that waiver did not give AIM the right to publish his name on the web for the evtire world to see. The law states that NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION be given about HIV postitive patients can be released,,,that includes gender, and age. IF yu read the court ruling from the platest patient zero injunction, you will see that AIM violated her privacy just by mentioning that she was a 42 year old female. AIM was ordered NOT to disclose HIV resutlts to ANYBODY that they are not required by law to inform. ANd I agree, AIM is in one hell of a pickle.

    Jerry,
    Where did I ever say that AIM was handing money over to ANYBODY. I said they were spending YOUR money to pay for the lawyers to fight the producers battle. If you want to see proof of this you can go directly to AIM-MED.org. They say right there how much they have spent on awyers to fight this battle.

    Jerry, please provide a link to where I said AIM was GIVING anything to the ANYBODY(except bad advice)

    http://aim-med.org/news/2009/10/28/1256767431/index2.html

    Also take notice how they said they had an additonal 55,000.oo dollars in testing fees for the people on the q-list from the latest patient zero. Jerry, you know how much the tests are,,,,55,000.oodoallrs worth of tests is about 475 tests….if the q-list was as little as AIM claimed, how did they spend 55,000.oo dollars on their tests. Did they test each person 50 times………..FOLLOW THE MONEY JERRY…

    Jerry, put aside your distaste for me and look at the numbers. I think you can see that they just dont add up. 190,000.00 in legal fees,,,,,,55,000.oo in extra tests for that SMALL q-list of performers. ANd look at the resons they give for the legal fees,,,,’We are trying to protect the privacy of the talent” Bullshit, they are trying to prevent OSHA from getting the employees(oerformers) so they can keep the PRODUCERS secret. FOLLOW THE MONEY

  10. joe know

    IF AIM is trying to protect the privacy of the talent,,why do they give passwords(FOR A DONATION) to any producer who wants one. ANd we all know those password get passed around like a joint at an old Greatful dead Concert.

    Protectin privacy while selling password to results,,,come on Jerry, does this make any sense to you?

  11. Joe Knows Jeremy didn’t write those quaestrions I did.. and yes you have previously flat out said AIM was paying producers and thier attorney’s..

    Like I said before you can call the $125 or is it $130 we pay now i forget .. whatever you like but the fact is producers require it and we pay AIm to do the testing for us and get results and testing in return for the 125/130

    You’re stuck in legal definition hell.. in the real world we use real talk not legal definition.. in legal definition there are mutiple meanings for words such as “is”

    As far as producers are concearned again Donation can be used but the fact is it’s a monthly fee for a convience that AIM offers for producers and talent alike.. you’re right the password does get passed around, and I as talent never really cared.. and many to most dont really care.. the information found in the data base is the same information found in 2257 which is a matter of public record…

    So why care and try to keep something secret that anyone can find out anyway????? thier no logic to that.

    One answer eludes me seriously though….

    Why do you care???? you talk shit and degrade stars daily but then waste your time spending hours reading courts rulings and reading and writing about nothing but porn which you yourself say you dont watch…

    Whats the deal joe???? why the facination with something that obviously turns your stomach????

    I mean children die daily of starvation in africa.. women are raped every 15 seconds in america.. you have admitted you’re not in the industry, so why the campaign about the industry?

    Then why all the two faceness calling stars whores/sluts/prostitutes/ignorant hood rats, and then turn around and act like you have a bleeding heart and soft spot for the same people you degrade??

    PS and don’t look now joe but I possed 3 questions in my last post that started with “ike” and you answered none of them

    so maybe you should re think your comments about jeremy not answering questions but you “ALWAYS” do because you just got busted skipping questions that caught you in conflicts of your own statements buddy

  12. PS did Sharon refuse tyo give you some pussy or somethin Joe???? cause you know all you and Shelley will really do is put the people that work at AIM on the unemployment line and the fact is, is that the average person at AIM doesn’t make policy at AIM.

    Maybe your efforts would be better served stopping the war in afgahnistan or speaking out about the oil spill that is getting ready to wipe out the entire gulf coast and east coast.. or maybe even about the child prostitutes that are all over the country like Shelley was.

    Even Shelley admits she was a prostitute first and then porn second.. Maybe she should concentrate on getting prostitutes off the streets and out of harms way first. That seems more logical, as thos egirls and women are at much more risk for being killed on any given day more so then a porn star ever will be.

    i see craigs list killer targeting hookers not porn stars

  13. jeremiahsteele

    EXTRA! EXTRA!

    I received an interesting insider email in regards to “Joe Know”s identity. I will not give out any info about who sent me this email, but…

    Apprently, there’s a reason “Joe Know” is trashing AIM and on this “crusade”. He was FIRED from AIM for STEALING MONEY FROM THEM! It’s no wonder he has to justify his evil behavior by turning around and attacking them after stealing from them.

    More to cum…

  14. Jeremy,

    Are you serious???? LOL… how reliable is the info???? holla and then I will make a call and we’ll find out if you don’t know already exactly who he is.. LOL but if he worked at AIM I can find out with a hpone call. LOL

  15. jeremiahsteele

    Here is a portion of the email I received. The rest will remain confidential:

    “That guy on Luke Is Back, (Joe) is actually Scotty from AIM. Scotty and his gay lover Ray were both fired from AIM almost a year ago for stealing money. Since then they have gone on this crusade to fuck up as many things as they can for AIM. I don’t know the law, but I think he might be violating some of the same privacy laws that he accuses AIM of violating”.

    ——————
    In the meantime, here’s more on that wonderful organization AHF, and how they’re connected to fascist, infanticidal policies against pregnant mothers:

    Fyi, AZT was originally deemed “too toxic for human consumption” and literally has a skull and crossbones on the label, but because of reactionary, self-righteous, politically manipulated ignorant assholes, they’ve reeked havoc in many lives:

    http://www.virusmyth.com/aids/hiv/cfroulette.htm

    excerpt:

    Many women have had precisely this nightmarish experience.

    Jenny Guembes, an HIV-positive mother of a healthy seven-year-old boy, counsels HIV-positive women for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles. “When these pregnant women come here, I tell them, ‘Look, if you have a low viral load, there’s a good chance you won’t transmit.’ I tell them that I never took anything and my son is fine. But they want so badly to do everything they can for their unborn child, that they will take anything. Anything.”

    I ask her whether she has heard of any cases where women were threatened with loss of custody over the issue of AIDS drug compliance, and she recounts the story of a client whose two-year- old daughter was crying so hard whenever it came time to give her the AZT that she stopped giving it to her.

    “They found out she wasn’t giving it to the child,” Guembes says, “and they took her daughter away from her.” It took her two years to get her child back, and she was warned that, to keep her, she would have to comply with the medical protocol.

    “Now she doesn’t miss a dose,” Guembes says somberly.

    Check out more at virusmyth.com

  16. jeremiahsteele

    (Stay tuned: previous comment/response to Justin currently in suspended animation; “Your comment is awaiting moderation”)

    This explains the contradictory aspects of S, (formally from AIM) aka “Joe Know”. On the one hand he claims to care about talents’ well being, while insulting us, viciously, arrogantly, repetitively.
    He makes idiotic claims like we’re “donating” money to AIM, when we are required to “pay to play”. I guess this is how he justifies stealing from AIM, himself.

    Meanwhile you got the AHF, which is part of the AIDS Establishment which has been responsible for killing people with it’s dubious death sentences and poisonous medicines, telling us they’re here to protect us.

    Just like “Joe Know”, the AHF is a money vaccuum racket acting for their own selfish reasons and profit, not our well-being.

    “Non-profit” my ass.

    Like I said mother fuckers (AND I’M SPEAKING LITERALLY), keep your dirty hands off my cock!

  17. jeremiahsteele

    Since it’s taking Cindi forever to approve my other post, let me repost this key part:

    Here is a portion of the email I received. The rest will remain confidential:

    “That guy on Luke Is Back, (Joe) is actually S from AIM. S and his gay lover R were both fired from AIM almost a year ago for stealing money. Since then they have gone on this crusade to fuck up as many things as they can for AIM. I don’t know the law, but I think he might be violating some of the same privacy laws that he accuses AIM of violating”.

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