For the first time in six years, the GayVN Awards have returned. A subset of the AVN Awards, which takes place in Las Vegas each January, it is a celebration of gay porn industry and awarding who they think performed the best in several different categories. Here's the problem: most of the nominees are stark white.
This was something that was brought up over the weekend when performer Hugh Hunter publicly withdrew his nominations from the 2018 ceremony due to the veiled racism and bigotry that is in the industry, and that these awards only exacerbate it. He brought up why it wasn't necessary to have a Best Ethnic Scene, given how the racial climate is sky high currently.
This isn't something really new, honestly. Let's take a look at the show's history since its inception in 1998 and it's most recent awards in 2011. Performer of the Year for each time it has been held has been won by someone who is Caucasian. Now, let's look at this year's nominees (bolded out are men who are of a different ethnicity than white):
3 out of 15, that's right 3 out of 15. Now let's look at the category of Best Newcomer (once again, bolding out men who are not white.)
Faring a bit better at 5 out of 15, but still pales in comparison to the amount of white men nominated. The Best Actor category has minimal to no diversity whatsoever, with not a single man of color being nominated with the exception of Adam Ramzi. So why are they relegated to the Best Ethnic Scene categories and a handful of others, but when it comes to the main categories, they are left out?
Is Hugh right, does the industry still have a major issue with racism and bigotry? These nominations definitely fuel that fire as you have to wonder if this was a music award show, would we award people like Beyonce for Best Ethnic Album? Hell no, so why do it here?