Towleroad today posted an open letter that gay porn star Wesley Woods wrote about White Masculine Privilage, specifically that shown by fellow gay pornstar Colby Keller (who, you might recall, voted for Trump though he claims he “doesn’t support him” – whatever that means).
Its worth reading in full, mostly for his thoughts on why masturbating to Keller’s videos is tantamount to supporting his politics and allowing his ideas to impact the marginalized. Fascinating stuff.
My relationships with those that are socially disempowered and highly impacted by politics makes me more sensitive and offended by white masculine privilege, like that shown by fellow gay pornstar- Colby Keller- a man who obviously lives in an ivory tower without any minority friends.
Is that why he doesn’t understand the impact and power of his vote? “I think the problem is that I don’t support Trump,” Keller says. ”I did VOTE for Trump, that’s the distinction.”
The problem with this “distinction” and ideology is that there isn’t one. A vote IS support. A vote isn’t anything more or anything less than SHOWING support of that candidate.
When the votes are counted and collected there’s no fairy vote mother who comes by and asks your stance on the nominee- you stated it, with your vote.
He hopes that one day, when we evolve as a species, we will one day wake up, stretch and suddenly understand why he did what he did. But, what about minorities without his white male privileges that can’t wait until “one day” to be educated on the glory of what his vote did.
I understand why he did it- he is a white man who can blend REAL QUICK with his surroundings- he (and I) have NOTHING TO LOSE. What a disgrace to others who do not live a life where that opportunity exists. He OPENLY and PROUDLY voted AGAINST anyone who feels marginalized. Colby, you and I will never fully understand how it feels to live a life of oppression.
You will never fear being shot by a police officer, you will never fear being grabbed by the pussy, you will never fear being mocked for your disabilities, you will never fear what others think of you based on the color of your skin, you will never fear being an outsider- but, with your pompous regard to others in choosing your vote, I hope you understand the impact you placed against those oppressed by the people you put in power.
I don’t believe Colby Keller stands behind his vote anymore- I think he’s trapped, and instead of apologizing he stands behind his vote adding to the offensiveness of the current political debate. It is a disastrous attempt at being truly radical.
A true radical works on undoing systematic and root causes of systemic problems and cultural injustices, but Colby Keller is further adding to it.
As someone who has built a career as a performer and therefore has his popularity and career dependent upon public opinion- are his fans not aware of what they are supporting when they are supporting him- Or, do they not care?
Please do not think the porn you watch, just like all other art and media outlet, does not have an impact- your orgasm is not neutral- you are directly supporting him, his platform and therefore his politics. You are acknowledging and allowing Keller’s ideas to further impact those marginalized.
Watch Woods dig deeper into the letter with Into’s Kevin O’Keefe, below