The whole “Gay For Pay” concept is a lot like climate change. Denying its existence doesn’t make it any less real 😛 .
Now of course there are about a thousand different shades of gray between 100% Gay and 100% Straight, and I realize that part of the fun for many viewers is trying to figure out where each new model lands on that spectrum, and/or watching with surprise and excitement as each model explores and evolves and in some cases even changes positions on that spectrum over time.
But I do think an important distinction needs to be made between sexual ACTS vs. sexual ORIENTATION. They are not always necessarily one and the same thing! And it’s sometimes frustrating to hear gay viewers leveling the same accusations against BBA’s “gay for pay” models that they already hear enough from homophobic family and friends if and when their scenes are discovered. Namely, that they are “gay” simply because they’re on a gay website doing gay things.
Sexual orientation should be defined by one’s desires and behavior in everyday life, not sexual acts performed for entertainment purposes in exchange for large sums of money. Under the right circumstances, I could theoretically pop some Viagra, watch gay porn on my phone, and have “straight for pay” sex with a female. But that wouldn’t make me any less gay! In the same way that I know from FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE that regardless of whether viewers want to believe it or not, some of these guys doing “gay for pay” porn are in fact STRAIGHT in their “real,” everyday lives.
Now this is where the question of authenticity comes into play, and the recent complaints from some viewers about what they perceive as “over-acting” by some of the models. I do realize that I’m partly to blame for muddying these already murky waters by introducing an element of “acting” into the mix over the past couple years.
To better understand the context for this, just browse through this blog’s archives and take a look at some of the feedback to the earliest scenes from models like Stephon and Isaiah. You’ll find countless complaints, some quite hostile and rude, about the guys being too stiff, boring, reluctant, emotionless, corpse-like, etc. Which is why it’s both frustrating and amusing to see some of these very same people now complaining about the same models being *TOO* passionate, energetic, “gay,” etc.
With the notable exceptions of anomalies like Saint and Apollo, straight guys doing “gay for pay” porn are simply NEVER going to perform like your favorite gay “porn stars.” They will always fall somewhere on the spectrum between the extremes of “too boring” vs. “too fake.”
I’ll admit, my own feelings on this subject are somewhat conflicted. In BBA’s early years, I was much more of a “purist” who prided myself on keeping things 100% authentic and unscripted, even if that meant showing the straight guys practically breaking down into tears and/or reaching for the wastebasket to throw up, LOL.
And while authentic “reality porn” is still very much what the BBA brand’s all about, I have definitely responded to pressure from viewers and compromised on this approach somewhat over time. For those of you wanting a little more clarity on my present-day approach, it usually follows this pattern:
In a straight model’s EARLY scenes, I try to keep things as natural and authentic as possible. I encourage the models to be themselves and show their honest reactions, even if that means coming across as reluctant, quiet, awkward, and tense to the point of being uncomfortable for some viewers to watch. I show them watching straight porn on their phones as they get their dicks sucked and/or try to fuck a guy’s ass for the very first time.
Like any good director or coach, it’s part of my job to help these guys evolve and improve at their craft, including acting out the fantasy of them being gay that so many gay viewers insist they most want to see.
And to be honest, there’s a part of me that is just as turned on by watching a hot straight basketball player like Isaiah grunting in his deep, sexy voice for another guy to “fuck that ass,” even if he doesn’t entirely mean it, as I am by watching him stiffly surrender to a good pounding in stoic silence. Which probably explains why BBA’s scenes have tended to go back and forth between these extremes so much in recent years.