The popular porn site XHamster.com has some bad news, and a black screen, for the residents of North Carolina following the disgusting anti-LGBT legislation passed there and it is going to make your day (and ruin their’s).
As of 12:30 pm EDT on Monday, users who have a North Carolina IP address have seen nothing but a black screen when they attempt to watch a video on the site, the message is pretty clear: no porn for you, hypocrites. The website intends to replace the black screen soon with a petition to repeal the hate legislation soon.
According to Mike Kulich, an XHamster spokesperson:
“We have spent the last 50 years fighting for equality for everyone and these laws are discriminatory which XHamster.com does not tolerate,” he said in an official statement sent to The Huffington Post. “Judging by the stats of what you North Carolinians watch, we feel this punishment is a severe one. We will not standby and pump revenue into a system that promotes this type of garbage. We respect all sexualities and embrace them.”
Kulich made it pretty clear that laws like HB2 are even MORE hypocritical than we already thought, as North Carolinians searched the term “transsexual” 400,000 times, and “gay” 319,907 times. Gee, these are the people supporting anti-LGBT and extremely transphobic laws in NC?
XHamster hopes to accrue as many signatures on the petition to end the heinous hate laws as they have had searches for “transsexual.” Of course, hypocrites aren’t known for their willingness to put their name where their real interests are, or even where their actual beliefs are — that is why we call them bigoted assholes.
Kulich said that he believes that porn can do what Bruce Springsteen can not. Springsteen canceled a concert at the Greensboro Coliseum to protest the law saying it was, “the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
Kulich thinks cutting the porn feed for the raging hypocrites is one of the strongest ways to combat the bill. Bringing the weight of the 97 billion dollar a year porn industry would be an incredible step, so he just may be right about this.
There is one caveat, according to Huffington Post:
XHamster may have good intentions by wanting to repeal HB2, but the company is contradicting itself by publicly supporting Donald Trump on its search page for “big c*ck,” which features a “Make America Great Again” ad that links to Trump’s website.
Kulich appears to not really see the double standard there, stating that XHamster will continue to “support equality regardless of who gets elected.” Well, even a broken clock is right twice a day. However, if XHamster really wants to capitalize on their social activism, they should probably pick a candidate that isn’t promising to destroy marriage equality if elected.
We can also hope that other internet porn companies get behind this as well, as strength in numbers may be the ticket to end this backwards momentum.