I recently wrote an article regarding a model who was accused of performing sex acts with her dog on video. While this has been proven true, through the models own confession and her arrest, it left one lingering thought that I was dying to explore. Are all models treated equally and are all models reprimanded equally?
Many models toy around with fetishes that seem normal within our community now, public shows and clips are practically standard practice among top sellers, but it seems some models are allowed to get away with more than others. If you’ve been in the industry as long as I have I’m sure you recall the Lana Rain drama, and if you don’t recall that… you’re one of the lucky ones who is out of the sphere of drama on Twitter. For most of us though, we are sucked in even at times when we don’t want to be. The key component of this drama was that Lana Rain masturbated in front of a public park where there were minors present, which caused outrage within the community and created a “witch hunt” mentality that rippled throughout the community because this is the moment when we realized that as a community we achieve more when we gain a lot of attention by publicly calling out the sites we work for. It set a precedent that I have seen carry on since the incident occurred, where rather than reporting something and sitting back to wait for a generic response, we now take to our keyboards with snarky phrases in hand get ready to verbally destroy the companies that host our content. With enough likes and retweets, they are sure to respond.
This creates the question, are we only as strong as our social media following allows us to be? While most of us do partake in spreading likes and retweets, when we call attention to an issue ourselves are we more or less likely to have it resolved based on our popularity? The Lana Rain situation brought more into speculation than just “what crosses the line in porn?” because it also showed us that if you are making a company enough money and have enough popularity on their site that there are many lines that exist for other performers but not you because of your success. Is there a general “line we should not cross” that exists for every performer?
Are we all equal? To be brief: no, we are not. What Lana Rain did was in fact illegal, which loops us back around to this current story about SexyRedFox89 and her animal abuse charge. SexyRedFox89 has been around for years, and so has Lana Rain, but the difference between these performers can be clearly gauged by a quick look at their social media and their profiles on sites like ManyVids. Lana Rain faced very minor repercussions for her video that was illegal, while SexyRedFox89 was banned from Chaturbate (although upon reaching out for a comment request on if the ban was due to the accusations, we received no response from Chaturbate.) If she wasn’t banned for the animal abuse, then this is also a problem… why aren’t porn sites respecting the law? If she was banned for it, this creates a new dilemma, what types of illegal activities are okay for the sake of porn (in the porn sites eyes) and which are not?
If you read my previous article about SexyRedFox89, I promise you will see that I do not endorse or support her actions and I want her to receive a punishment for what she did. But within a community like ours, it seems like handing out punishments never comes equally across the board for models. Buckle up folks because we’re moving to a whole new pile of issues now: social issues.
We will now be focusing on ManyVids, since this is the site who I’ve had the greatest problem with recently. ManyVids called themselves an “ethical” porn site. What does ethical mean? Relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these. The problem with how ManyVids handles issues comes down to the fact that “moral principles” varies by individual. Where I am in total disgust that a model could be allowed to continue using their platform after committing an illegal act such a bestiality, ManyVids has no acted or made a statement so it is clear that they believe in something morally different than I do. Now I know you must be thinking, was the video of the dog incident on ManyVids? No it wasn’t, but ManyVids has no problem banning models for actions that happen outside of their website, especially when it’s social issues that will gain them “public clout” on social media. For example, the model Indigo White was suspended from their platform for using racial slurs (which isn’t illegal, even if it is messed up!) and she did not even use those slurs on their platform. Yet she was punished for an action that wasn’t illegal, it’s against ManyVids terms of service sure… but so is bestiality.
These are only a few more extreme examples of the problems that exist within our community, and how they are handled by the sites we trust to keep us safe, the sites that we pay percentages of income from our content to in order to know that they will treat us all fairly and uphold certain standards to keep their sites up and running so we can continue business with them. Based on only 3 models touched upon above I think it’s fair to say that we are not all held to the same standard, so at that point why do we pay them the same percentages? Why are social issues held at a higher importance level than the actual law? Why won’t these sites act until we raise enough social media awareness to cause a PR disaster?
I close this piece with nothing left to say, because if you do say something you will be feeding right into what they want: social media outrage to react to. All that’s left to do is abide by your local laws and hope that the lines that exist for you personally are not crossed, even if you don’t know what those lines are.