An Open Letter To Gay Porn Studios About Interracial Videos

White guy on black guy

The Missing Piece… of Ass.

By Colby Alexander

I’m a multiracial American and I’m very proud of my heritage, black and white. I am extremely happy to say “my mom is this and my father is that.” And I’ll correct anyone who tries to force me to choose one over the other. Having said that, it does not stop others from placing me in a category that makes them more comfortable, and usually that category is “black.” I don’t really mind–it would be too exhausting to correct so many people. My mom always said, “Be wise when picking your battles.” And being part black and being categorized as African American is nothing new: Barack Obama, Shamar Moore, Boris Kodjoe, Tiger Woods, to name a few.

I grew up in an interracial household so “dating outside your race” is completely normal to me, I don’t think twice about it. If you’re attractive to me then you’re attractive to me. End of story.

Like most guys, I want to be able to enjoy porn without worrying about the burdens of social injustice and political chaos. But it seems hard to do.

I don’t know about you (I literally don’t know you), but I enjoy porn. I look at it if I’m alone and bored, if I need to release sexual tension, and if I’m just too damn tired or lazy to go through the hassle of trying to impress someone enough that they’d lend (A) their hand (B) their mouth (C) their penis, or hopefully (D) all of the above.

So, when I look at porn, I can only suspend my dimension of disbelief to a certain extent. Meaning, I tend to look for five fine-points in porn that I can identify with:

1. Is there annoying music in the background? I hate that.
2. Is the man whom is topping my “type?”
3. Are they vocal? I love vocal!
4. Are they interracial?
5. (Which is the reason I’m writing) Is the bottom black?

It’s point #5 that is so elusive. Have you ever tried to find black men bottoming in interracial porn? Oh, it’s there but you are going to have put a lot of time on Google.

The porn issue (for me) comes down to what I look like vs. what I enjoy sexually. It’s easy to find music-less interracial porn with vocal “actors” performing sexual acts. What is hard to find is a bottoming black actor in interracial porn videos. I love bottoming, it’s the “bees knees.” Naturally, I would like to see what I prefer reflected in the porn I watch: A black man being topped by a man of a different race.

So why is this so hard to find?

I have a couple ideas/theories. First, is the sexual stereotyping of black men. “Athletic, strong, aggressive, and well-hung with an unrelenting sexual appetite.” These are a few common words that we would use to describe a masculine man. These are also a few words that are commonly used to stereotype the black man. What happens when the same words you use to describe a masculine man are the same words society uses to describe black men? You get an accidently Hetero-normative paradigm. To break it down simply: Black men are masculine + masculine men are tops = Black men are tops (this is the first time I’ve used math since high school). And thus, black men are used as the “toppers” in interracial porn.

Another thought may have to do with the gay standard of beauty. Let’s be real, we (my gay brothers) love “beauty”. Media representations of beauty (especially in the gay community) have been extremely “anglicized.” I say “anglicized” because there are obviously many people of color who are considered mainstream attractive (like the main character from “Noah’s Arc,” Darryl Stephens).

However, these “beauty exceptions” tend to have treated hair (so that it’s not kinky or nappy) and features that (generally speaking) belong to Caucasians (thinner noses, lighter hair, lighter eyes). The art of beauty usually coincides with being feminine. To be feminine is to be “soft,” elegant, and clean cut. Which brings me back to math: Black men are masculine (not feminine) + Masculine men are tops = Black men are tops.

Now, when I say I want to see more black bottoms, I don’t mean I want to see more offensively ridiculous videos from studios like Harlem Hookups and Thug Hunters. I must state the obvious: not all black men are thugs, not all black men are from “urban” areas. Thug Hunters, in particular, perpetuates a stereotype of black men as being low-income opportunists. Can someone explain what the hell is sexy about that?!

A very good friend of mine had an interesting conversation regarding this topic. He happens to be a white man who has no racial preference. He told me something that caused me to pause. He said, “Do you think it has to do with how bottoming is seen as submissive and echoing the taboo of slavery? I’ve chatted with some black bottoms online before that wanted to get into race role-play. For example, me as a white master top and them as the black slave. It always shocked me… I don’t mind dom/sub but for me, it’s about power, not race.”

Wow… “power?” Power as in the ability or right to control. Could the lack of black bottoms in porn have to do with the fact that our community is structured by the patriarchy of white gay men who unconsciously do not wish to perpetuate an image that conditions the image of slavery?

Does the modern-day discrimination have more to do with what we perceive as power? For example, you RARELY ever see a big beefy muscular man being topped by a smaller twink. It brings us right back to the Hetero-normative paradigm (Men are bigger, women are smaller). “Athletic, strong, aggressive, and well-hung with an unrelenting sexual appetite” isn’t just how simply we describe masculinity or a black man; it’s what we use to describe someone who “tops.” A top is dominant. A top is masculine. A top is powerful. I can’t help but refer to a statistic in which if a heterosexual interracial couple is made up of one black person and one white person; the likelihood of the couple being a black man and a white woman is much higher than the possibility of the couple being a white man and a black woman. To break it down simply (and somewhat offensively): Black Man, dominate + White Woman, submissive = Back Man, top + White Man, bottom.

As a POWER bottom, I must say; I am many things but submissive is not one of them.

It shouldn’t be hard to create a “story” that’s not about race and perpetuating stereotypes. How about a traditional scenario in which two uniformed military guys give into the temptation and the bottom happens to be an attractive black man? Or well dressed sexy black businessman hails a cab; one thing leads to another with the equally attractive cab driver; they pull into an empty parking garage and take things further. Or a young handsome black tourist is lost in a different country; he asks a local stud for directions and of course they end up hooking up. Or two fraternity brothers? Or two members of the same sports team?

Basically, just take one of your scripts that you originally wrote for two white guys (even though the scenario has nothing to do with their European heritage) and when it’s time to cast, hire a good looking black bottom! Easy, right?

The unequal amount of screen for black bottoms vs. black tops in interracial porn has become exhaustingly repetitive. The pressure for a black man to perform as the insatiable “mandingo” top is a tired and unimaginative stereotype that does not reflect real life. I get that it’s porn, and a “fantasy” and that you can’t make everyone happy, but the depiction of more black bottoms would satisfy the desire of a largely ignored subsection in our community.

Personally, I’m puzzled by lack of black bottoms in interracial porn. My experiences are not reflected in the majority of interracial porn and I think that’s a shame. You guys are missing out on the potential to expand your audience.
I feel invisible. Under represented. And it’s killing my erection!

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2017-04-08T18:17:54+00:00 January 19th, 2015|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Andre Leneal January 27, 2015 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    So this is White Privilege and personal choices.

    I feel like you spent some time setting up the idea that, by virtue of being multiracial, any dating you do would be interracial. That you date all kinds of men. That you don’t have any racial hang-ups surrounding dating and sex with men of other races.

    However, you’re seeking out interracial porn but you feel unseen because you’re not seeing Black bottoms. I see lots of Black bottoms in Black-on-Black porn. Generally, it’s produced by Black people with a Black audience in mind. But it’s there.

    I don’t know you so I’m not going to launch into a conversation about internalized racism. But I will point out that you’re turning a blind eye to what you’re feeling is going unseen because you might not like what the tops look like. And if that’s where you are and how you feel about that, it’s valid. But the piece was structured in a way that first upheld your open-mindedness as it pertains to sex and dating.

    The White Privilege of it? White folks get benefits for being White and most POC are aware of this and acknowledge it. The hard part about White Privilege is that most White folks don’t experience it as privilege so much as normal. White Privilege is usually only understood after exhaustive conversation, seeing one’s privilege shift in different cultural spaces, and acknowledging that a situation that happens to a loved one of Color would never happen to them.

    So why White Privilege? Most of the porn companies are predominantly White companies because, in spite of all the work we’ve done, White men and women are the default faces of the Gay Communities. So the porn companies say that Black bottoms wouldn’t be profitable? They made up the paradigm, so we take it as truth. Thug Hunters is incredibly offensive to me but it’s profitable enough to persist.

    I think it’s a conversation about the ways in which White porn producers are willing to show Black men. Either as sexually malleable opportunists or brutal Black bucks who are living for the opportunity to pound any hole, particularly a tight pink one.

    I agree that colorblind casting is important in porn but someone needs to be fucked. You know as well as I do that there are many…. MANY Black bottoms in the (“)Gay Community(“). Almost as many versatile guys. But the question of who wants to see it is more along the lines of this: If it’s presented as normal, then it won’t be questioned.

    In all honesty, I think that porn is indicative of what it’s taught people to expect from sex. As such, it’s hard to meet people who don’t treat sexual violence as a norm. Specifically, as a Black, Gay top, there’s a performance of sex that is frequently expected of me that has nothing to do with who I am as a person or what I’m into sexually. There’s a language that I’m assumed to exhibit that has no bearing on my education level. And I know that porn is escape and fantasy. But sex with a person isn’t escape or fantasy, it is tangible and reality. And when who I am doesn’t line up with who one thinks I should be because I’m not the Black man in that video, it’s unendingly frustrating.

  2. DallasGay January 28, 2015 at 2:44 am - Reply

    I’ve bottom for plenty of white tops … so white tops definitely enjoy black bottoms. They can’t get enough of this big black ass,

    These studios are clearly not speaking for and following what the white gay public wants. They are doing what they want to do for whatever reason they want to.

  3. Ryan February 4, 2015 at 4:37 am - Reply

    I couldn’t agree more with this article! I want to see more black guys being topped by white guys. I am white & love topping black guys.

  4. Mr. B February 7, 2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

    I saw a similar piece to this somewhere else recently, and it’s something I’ve felt for a long time too. Why do black men always have to be the tops in any interracial sex scene? The argument of course is that black men bottoming for anyone other than a black top doesn’t sell. I actually started a tumblr specifically to see how true that is – i.e. whether I could create a popular page that focused on black men bottoming during interracial sex (interracialblackbottoms.tumblr.com). Still brand new, so not many followers, but going to make it about a 6-month project to see how much interest I can drum up (albeit without any internet advertising or being able to produce original content). If this works, let’s start a studio together guys with this focus! Might as well create the change we want to see.

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