Thursday, February 10, 2011

Corbin Fisher - Gay Porn Rakes in the Dough

So, everyone knows that gay porn is THE industry to go to if you're looking to get money for being nekkid and doing taboo things on video/the web (well, it's a common idea that gay male porn actors make more money than straight male porn actors...but I haven't verified this).


"What to do?" ask all those men contemplating whether to go gay or straight for pay. Why not make millions of dollars and then sue the shit out of the WORLD?!

Yes, my fantasy come true. Being rich AND suing people and getting MORE rich.


Levi Johnston for Playgirl (c/o Queerty)

And donating $60,000 a year to Equality Florida.

Corbin Fisher, voted the "Gay Site of the Year" in the 2011 XBiz Awards, is gonna sue everyone and their mom. On the plus side, they've donated $120,000 to Equality Florida over the past 2 years.

The gay porn studio and dirty video distributor is pretty pissed off that people are illegally downloading their videos online. As my friend across the kitchen table just said..."Why illegally download when there is so much free porn on the internet?" I don't know. I just don't know.

About 35,000 people will be sued for illegal downloading through BitTorrent, a free file-sharing website  (which could cost each of them up to $150,000 for EACH violation). In an effort of goodwill (and also so that they don't have to potentially spend a shit-ton of money and fail to win), Corbin Fisher offered to not sue if paid $1,000 in a 14-day grace period - which is over.

Only 20 people took advantage of Corbin Fisher's flat fee. I'm sure lots of illegal video burning pirates are laughing over their jugs of rum for the hundreds of thousands of dollars they just made...and the suing that they won't have to deal with by paying a mere one grand.

Corbin Fisher offers bisexual and man-on-man sex but caters mostly to gay men. I think the women are just there for some of the straight guys who don't want to be gay yet. Anyway, they are making bank.

Enough bank to offer Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin's baby-daddy and the guy who apologized for lying about the Palin family...after they probably paid him off or threatened his life with a moose rifle, $100,000 to "masturbate on camera to completion." Corbin Fisher didn't manage to nab Levi's johnson, but Playgirl did (Queerty). I mean, if you have unsafe sex with a Palin, you gotta be a little afraid of gay men, too...or Sarah Palin will eat you.

UPDATE: So, why is this important to queer news? My boyfriend recently pointed out that this story didn't quite get to my queer news point.

So...the long awaited point. The point is that gay men are a powerhouse of money. Most studies show that gay men actually make less money than their straight counter-parts. So, we're not saying that all gay men are wealthy (comment if you want more sources proving my point). But, gay men have significant discretionary money at their disposal that has been used to rapidly increase the wealth of an industry that was just molting a decade or three ago.

What would happen if people who paid for gay male porn went to other sites if the website refused to donate money to pro-equality causes? An interesting Fruit 4 Thought...no?

The power of the boycott seems to be more about creating a media storm than actually hurting someone's profits (unless the boycott is from conservatives fundies - they actually band together and boycott...queers can't seem to actually stop buying from Target, Domino's, etc.). It would be beneficial for queer equality if all male-male porn distributors and studios gave $$$, money, moola, big bucks to places like Equality Florida. Pretty sweet.

[EDIT: 04/19/12 17:41 XBiz link removed to accommodate Google AdSense TOS] 
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2 comments:

  1. I think another "queer news point" should be that CF's lawsuit has the potential to out lots of teens to their parents, with possibly devastating results. I understand the need for producers to protect their copyrights, but that's why the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has a provision for them to send take-down notices to sites sharing their property. This mass extortion attempt is going to strike at some very vulnerable young people, and I think CF may quickly regret the move if their name becomes linked to teen suicides.

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  2. Anonymous, I totally agree. I read something similar on Queerty (http://www.queerty.com/will-corbin-fishers-gay-porn-piracy-crackdown-inevitably-out-gay-teens-20110211/). I hadn't really thought about it at the time of this post, but this lawsuit could be absolutely devastating to closeted teens. It could even be dangerous depending on their parents. Here in NYC, many homeless youth are LGBT and are homeless because they left their queerphobic households.

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