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Brent Corrigan "Truth;" Orgasm Wars; Locker Room Culture

Brent Corrigan “Truth”

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I’m going to be following this for a while, but I wanted to introduce the basics for anyone who hasn’t heard about it yet. Brent Corrigan is an adult entertainer who has been successful in an industry that many say is getting harder and harder to find success in thanks to the Internet and free content. In any event, Corrigan is making a film that’s not considered adult entertainment titled, Truth, and he’s having a fundraiser at Indiegogo.com in order to finish up and get the film released. I’ve posted about kickstarter and how people are raising funds for various artistic endeavors there, but never about Indiegogo. But what I find most interesting is that Corrigan is moving away from adult entertainment and he seems to be doing a very good job at applying his film experience to something that’s out of his proverbial box.

A suspenseful, psychological thriller, “Truth” exposes the hidden demons buried deep inside each and every one of us. After a chance encounter over the Internet, Caleb (Sean Paul Lockhart, “Milk”, “Judas Kiss”, “Chillerama”) meets and falls head over heels for Jeremy (Rob Moretti, “Crutch”, “An Affirmative Act”, “Snapshot”), and soon the line between love and lies blur.

You can read more here, and donate if you wish. I can’t promise anything, but I’m going to try to lobby Corrigan for a personal interview about the film.

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Orgasm Wars

In Japan there’s a late night TV show called Orgasm Wars. The general theme revolves around a gay man trying to get a straight man off.

Dramatically narrated for a jokey effect, the variety program features straight Japanese porn star Ryou Sawai meeting his “opponent,” Takuya, in a warehouse. They exchange boasts of who will win and then get down to business. Takuya performs oral sex on the porn star but all the graphic action takes place discreetly in a covered box. Takuya has 40 minutes to finish the job as university students cheer on the contestants. (Quite the field trip.)

This isn’t exactly all that new. It might be for TV, but there have been adult web sites doing this for a long time. And it doesn’t take that much to get the alleged straight man off from what I’ve seen.

You can check it out here, where there’s a video.

Locker Room Culture

There isn’t much written about what’s being dubbed these days as locker room culture, and that’s partly because it’s considered private and kept toned down for reasons few want to discuss in public. But this article to which I’m linking gives a few good examples of what happens behind the closed doors of locker rooms in professional sports.

The rewards of acceptance in an NFL locker room are plentiful — players become part of a unit, have a chance to become secure financially and play a game they love. But, to fit in an NFL locker room means being able to survive a whirlwind lifestyle of mental stress, physical violence, egomaniacs and rampant testosterone. There’s constant teasing, taunting and testing to sort out who can take it. When everything works right, it leads to the strongest of bonds, the strongest of teams.

Sounds like high school to me. Instead of the mean girl cheerleaders you have the big bad bully jocks. Because, from what I gather if you try to buck this system…or ritual…it doesn’t end well. And there seem to be more who are willing to play by the rules of locker room culture than there aren’t just for sheer survival.

You can read more here. It’s a fascinating piece about how some players are bullied and hazed for sport and for ritual. And I would guess this is why most professional players who are gay remain hidden in the closet.

Former Gay Porn Star Ryan Idol Gets Stiff Sentence

Former gay porn star, Ryan Idol, got a stiff 12 year sentence this week for bashing a woman over the head with the lid of a toilet tank a few years ago.

A Sacramento judge handed down the prison sentence on September 26, more than a year after Idol’s conviction. The sentencing was delayed to make way for a motion for a new trial, which was rejected.

I met Ryan Idol in the nineties backstage at a night club in Philadelphia after he did a strip show. He was part of a group of gay porn stars that became very popular during an interesting time in the adult entertainment industry. It was a time when people were watching videos and DVDs in the privacy of their own homes. Before that, the only way to watch adult entertainment was to go to a movie theater (ick) or figure out how to work a super 8 movie projector (too much work). It was also a time that was pre-Internet, so the adult entertainment was limited to videos and DVDs. And a few porn stars made names for themselves because it was the right time and the right place. Ryan Idol, along with other stars like Sergeant Swan and Joey Stefano, were others.

As a side note, I was sorry to hear this about Idol. When I met him at the height of his career he seemed like a nice guy, and was probably one of the best looking men I’ve ever met.