I’m a Pornstar: Gay for Pay

With 23 billion visits and over 91 billion videos viewed last year on PornHub alone, we can no longer deny the world’s love affair with porn. As a result, I’m always interested in documentaries which explore our relationship to porn, the people who participate in the industry and what it says about our culture and those of us who partake. Actor Charlie David (Mulligans, Judas Kiss, Dante’s Cove) created a series of short docs called, I’m a (Pornstar, Studlebrity, Stripper) all focused on men who work in an industry which captures the eye of their viewer. Enter the sequel, I’m a Pornstar: Gay for Pay focusing on men who identify as straight in their personal life but do gay porn. If you’re new to this, you’re probably thinking what the? If you’re heard this before, you probably have an opinion. The gay porn industry is littered with men who claim to be straight but do gay porn. The documentary didn’t give me any new information. I wish it had dug deeper and asked better questions. But I will say out of the men they interviewed, two seemed to be straight and were just in the business for the money. The rest seemed to fall somewhere on the Kinsey scale. Which makes sense. I do think after decades of working out at the gym, there is a certain type of man who so infatuated with his own beauty, doesn’t really care who is interested in him and if he could would have sex with himself rather than any other man or woman. Narcissus Muscle for lack of a better term. So there’s that aspect of the straight-identified men in this film. In our world of non-labels, I continue to believe in the importance of people standing up and being counted as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or whatever term they want to call themselves as long as it’s not no term. Until we are all truly equal and equally not judged by our sexual orientation and identity, it will be difficult to determine what is real and what is created by simply asking people to tell us. If you’re not sufficiently confused by what I just said, you’re smarter than the average bear. Speaking of which, I wonder when David will do the obvious follow-up documentary, I’m a Bear. 3 out of 5 for I’m a Pornstar: Gay for Pay.

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