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THE WAR ON GAY PORN 2021

…..is this the end of PornHub & the biggest gay friendly company the World has ever seen?

Over recent weeks you may have noticed that when you go online to watch your favourite free pornos to jerk a load out quickly that many if not all are now missing. In fact, over the last couple of weeks of 2020 Millions of gay and straight porn clips were removed overnight from the web deleted and are gone forever. One News article and some serious grifting from a very nasty American religious groups mean that the gay porn world is under attack in the First salvo of the new War On Porn to be played out right across 2021 with Gay fetish as potentially one of the biggest losers and Pornhub the biggest source of man flesh is the number one target. The second salvo was fired in the American Congress before the ripples of the First had fully played out and this time the target was more general with the sites focussed on everyone’s favourite flesh media Twitter and its buddies Instagram and Tumblr. The Porn Armies are now assembling for the fightback of the religious zealot ‘Thanos’ acolytes which will make Avengers Endgame’s final scenes look like a warm up act and if you want to watch extreme sex acts like fisting, watersports, bondage etc by your favourite online hotties you need to pick a side and get active now.

The ground over the recent years is simply as follows. Gay porn is the smaller much better and hornier little brother of the straight industry. The big Studios which you have heard of like Lucas Entertainment, TreasureIslandMedia, TimTales & NakedSword are still producing great content. They are backed by an army of digital newish webstudios often specialising in niche areas like say Musclebearporn.com, Deviant Otter, HungYoungBrit, Wrestlingmale and GuysInSweatPants. Then over the last 4 years we have the fansites which are produced by individual models charging a monthly membership to follow their horny going on’s like say paid twitter with a percentage going to the platforms like JustForFans, Only Fans, 4MyFans etc. That is the range of ‘legal’ wank material you can pay for currently on offer. Over the last decade we have the arrival of the ‘Free Porn Websites And Platforms’ many of which have paid sections or make money from advertising, clicks, affiliates etc. Pornhub is by far the biggest of these many platforms and is the 10th most visited website on earth just behind Amazon, Ebay and Google (Pornhub has 42 BILLION visitors each year). Pornhub is owned by a massive multi-Million-dollar conglomerate called MindGeek who also own free sites like YouPorn, RedTube ExtremeTube, Playboy Online and well-known gay studios like Sean Cody and Men.com as well of course a massive swathe of straight sites and studios. For those that don’t like porn and probably sex in any form whatsoever namely those that believe in that made up book ‘The Bible’ you know the talking snakes and taking burning bush brigade who think they have the right to impose their morals and opinions on everyone else usually based on incredibly selective interpretations of sentences from the ‘scriptures’ and extremely twisted World views then Pornhub had become the main target. Presumably the thinking is…take out the biggest and most well-known and watch the whole edifice of porn collapse around it leaving us all with nothing to do on the weekend than to attend church to get fucked up the ass by a uber closeted hypocrite priest.

The free sites like Pornhub have become the wild west and you can find anything on there and for free which plays nicely into the mentality of the Millenium mindset that we don’t pay for books, music, movies, porn or anything as theft, piracy and something for nothing, free access to other people’s work has caused problems right across the board from Hollywood to book stores, to CD sales and on to Taylor Swift’s bank balance. The trouble is that no-one on these free platforms similar to the social media favourites like Facebook and Twitter take responsibility for the content that is uploaded passing the buck ‘legally’ in their eyes onto the uploader presumably as these companies are too busy counting all their money. Which of course means that we have had clips of ISIS executions, animal harm, live terrorist killing sprees, right wing total drivel and every single bit of fucking nonsense going on in Donald Trump’s head pumped at as now since the Twin towers were unfortunately attacked. In the porn world that meant that all the illegal stuff like underage sex, bestiality, torture porn, Necrophilia, anal sex with Angela Merkel or clips of Linsay Grahams lingerie line were uploaded and on these sites alongside the good and legal stuff. As always though the trouble starts in the straight world with young girls not of legal age as it seems that hetero men have an unhealthy eternal desire to see school girls having sex with grown men and sucking big dicks on film to get their rocks off….no we don’t understand it either!.

On December 12th an ‘Opinion column’ appeared in the New York Times by a anti porn ‘journalist’ named Nicholas Kristof which later investigation has shown came about with help and prompting from some very unpleasant religious nutjobs who make Scientologists ‘The World is ruled by Lizards in disguise’ look like sensible rationale decent dinner guests. The opinion piece titled ‘The Children Of Pornhub’ discussed that the mega site hosted underage female girls some of which may be part of the slave trade/trafficking in sex acts. The target of the piece was the credit card companies that accept payments on Pornhub to view Premium content and the angle was that financial institutions such as Visa and Mastercard and others were accepting money to view illegal underage sex by default.

The porn site that makes ‘some’ attempts to Police what people freely upload to the ‘Wild West’ side of their operations countered with claims that they do their best but the quantity of all new daily content was problematic. The trouble was that even after a major sweep there were still 118 clips of underage sex uploaded by unknown unchecked/anonymous posters on Pornhub so all the credit cards went public that they were pulling away from the World’s biggest porn platform pending investigations….Paypal had moved away some time earlier. Pornhub hit the panic button and overnight deleted a whopping 80% of porn on their site which was basically all the content uploaded by unverified accounts. Just as upsetting to many they also blocked all downloads of clips from their site. Legal porn producers like all the ones you have heard of keep extensive legal records of EVERY performer in every scene under what is called statute 2257. This means that every time Drew Dixon, Francois Sagat or Michael Roman fuck on film they have to fill out and sign two documents and have photos taken of their ID alongside their face to above all prove that they are of legal age to have sex and that they agree to it being filmed, sold etc…of course all the reality clips that have flooded the internet and platforms over the last decade including the 80% unverified content on Pornhub largely don’t have any legal checks and cannot prove the age of the people having sex and are therefore by definition entirely illegal. This was a disaster that many foresaw with the rise of free porn and fansites that could have been avoided but the area was unregulated.

Mastercard and Visa said they would block their customers from using their credit cards to make purchases on the Pornhub as the platform clearly showed videos of rape, underage sex and revenge pornography and videos taken without the consent of participants. Then the ripples started moving out across the industry most notably through other MindGeek companies. Their other 5 platforms were blocked by the credit card companies and so were their studios including Gay favourites SeanCody.com and Men.Com. This was a devastating blow to the massive conglomerate platform reducing their income Tenfold overnight. Fans of free porn who obviously like stealing stuff and think they have the right to steal any music. film or porn scene they want just because they can got upset complaining that all their favourite clips had suddenly disappeared and that it took them 30 minutes of hunting through unerotic boner killing ‘This video is no longer available’ pages before they could find anything at all to bust a nut too…..Our heart bleeds for these copyright criminals and pirates as so many of the clips posted were stolen from legit porn studios and individual performers. Subsequently a couple of weeks later Visa and Mastercard rightly reinstated payment to the MindGeek studios like Sean Cody and Men.com as well as the straight MG studios where all the content is legal although mysteriously the Sean Cody clips pre 2015 were all missing…..were their documentation practices from then up to scratch?.

Mastercard completed their investigation before Christmas and decided the accusations were correct and there was underage porn on Pornhub and have pulled away totally. Visa are still investigating and money talks but it is clear to all that there was unpoliced underage porn on the platform for years as anyone could find it & their were no barriers to it’s upload and not anything like enough checking. So where do we go from here?. It seems that the ‘War On Porn’ has started and those that want to film their shags and post them may in 2021 have a lot less places to do so, if any. This arguably should strengthen your favourite legit porn studios & webstudios as huge Oceans of the illegal competition has been deleted overnight and those that have always paid for gay porn will not be affected but there is a question mark over how far these ripples go through the industry and what other scuffles in the new war this has unleashed. The Two areas of immediate concern are fansites in particular Only Fans and the social media platform that is gay sex, cock, ass, fucking and sucking friendly…Twitter.

We spoke to the boss of leading fansite Just For Fans Dominic Ford who said ‘I think porn hub had it coming. The question is: does it stop there? PH was doing awful things and should have been shut down ten years ago. Legit sites like JFF don’t have the issues PH did. But are credit cards now going to go on any anti-porn crusade and find other reasons to shut us down? That’s my fear. On the surface, PH’s issues don’t affect better sites. Dig deeper and maybe they do because it has poked a bear. And Kamala Harris (The New Vice President of the USA) conflates sex trafficking with porn and sex work. So that’s not good’. Only Fans has never been fond of the porn side of their business and many think they really hate the gay side but of course are happy to take a rough 20% out of every queer Monthly subscription. We cannot think of any gay event, cause, institution etc that Only Fans sponsor at all unlike gay owned and gay friendly platforms like JustForFans. Therefore, if the heat gets a bit too much it is easy to imagine that OF would at a press of a button delete all their gay accounts and all that porn with it instantly with no refunds after all they have made their Millions off the gay performers they possibly despise and wont support. There are endless stories of gay porn stars having their accounts cancelled or monies witheld for the most tenuous and fanciful of reasons without any outside pressure from the moral Right, politicians or financial institutions so it is anyones guess if the spotlight of controversy does fall on them. 

The fears of many have just started as following the NY Times article and the Visa/Mastercard blocks Two American Senators one Republican and one unbelievably Democrat launched a proposal to eradicate porn from social media….yes, we have been here before but this time the target is Twitter the current home of porn and porn stars online. One would think with a Global pandemic out of control, a climate change clock at one minute to midnight, Black Lives Matter burning across the States and an economy in the toilet that they would have bigger things to be concerned about but oh no the most urgent issue is pornography online. So, the War On Porn is off and running into 2021 big time, what will MindGeek do to protect their massive and now greatly diminished revenue streams?, will Pornhub survive and it what form?. Ironically this exploded in their face just One week before their annual porn awards hosted by big names like John Waters, Kanye West and winners of Drag Race which has 30 categories only 2 of which are gay (yep that’s our market share against the straight porn World). Will a whole new porn platform emerge, will fansites come under attack and legal scrutiny after all that industry is only 4 years old but is now big enough that it is on everyone’s wavelength getting jokes on Saturday Night Live?. Are all these International companies paying their full taxes or are we in Rentboy.com territory? Will it affect the big-name Studios many of which use Pornhub, Youporn, Xhamster etc as extended revenue streams or publicity platforms but all of which use Twitter as their main marketing tool. Will the bad practices of the straight industry shaft us gay’s once again? Will Twitter stick with a free and sensible approach to pornography or will it become as boring and family friendly as ‘Show a nipple and you are banned for life’ Facebook and will by the end of the year the only sexy images & scenes we will be able to find anywhere of Dolf Dietrich, Logan Moore, Rocco Steele and Trip Richards is of them on Holiday in speedos like a 1950’s Sports Illustrated. The Third World War On Porn has just started and gay fetish is on the front line as the missiles are coming over so which side are you on?

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Written by Paul Stag

Paul is an international porn star and a long time editor for Alphatribe magazine.

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