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Being a top porn star is not all it seems according to an r/AskReddit post. Check out some of the top comments about the dark side of porn.

Redditors reveal the truth about being a top porn star

The porn industry is well known for being a grey ground when it comes to morality. Heck, many still debate whether or not porn can ever be ethical. But the industry is also booming, with many top porn stars bringing in bank for their employees yearly.

Recently, Redditor u/flickbreeze2003 posted in r/AskReddit looking for people in the adult film industry to spill their secrets. Ranging from top porn stars, to camerapeople, to producers, people responded to the post with some interesting, and even tragic secrets.

So if you’re wondering what it’s like to really be a top porn star, this Reddit thread has you covered. Be warned though, it’s not as glamorous as you may think. 

Being a top porn star is not all it seems according to an r/AskReddit post. Check out some of the top comments about the dark side of porn.

Underage porn stars

A common theme we noticed in the replies to this post were underage models and porn stars admitting they were introduced to the industry as early as fourteen years old. 

Several users told a similar story: An underaged girl is scouted by a modelling agency. Invited for an interview, the girl goes to whatever address she was given, and the interview room basically looks like every casting couch video ever. 

One user even told the story of a fifteen year old girl who was trafficked into the industry, and managed to have 100+ verified videos uploaded to Pornhub during her time. Another user chimed in sharing that she’s not the only underaged girl who’s been abused on camera and had her videos shared on Pornhub.

Erections on demand

For men wondering how to last as long as a pornstar, the answer is drugs. User TheRealFizzberg shared that top male porn stars are on Viagra to try and keep an erection alive for an entire shoot. 

u/PedalboardEspresso also mentioned a documentary that showed male pornstars injecting “their penises with drugs or chemicals to make themselves erect on demand.”

Being a top porn star is not all it seems according to an r/AskReddit post. Check out some of the top comments about the dark side of porn.

“Locking” is just grooming with extra steps

If the grooming of underaged girls was bad enough, wait until you hear about locking. Explained by u/GuntramV3, “It’s basically when a group of girls doing porn are living together (typically) and they are pressured to spend their money by producers who claim to be their friends.” 

The user continues, “The goal here is to diminish any sort of ‘saving money’ thought process and they make it out like the money will never stop coming. This keeps them broke and makes them do more shoots.”

#MeToo doesn’t exist in the porn industry

James Deen, not to be confused with the 50s actor, has been a top porn star for years, appealing to women since he looks like your everyday guy. But around the time of the #MeToo movement, two ex-girlfriends of Deen’s came forward accusing the porn star of rape. Several co-stars also stood by the women and came forward with their own stories. 

Yet Deen is still in the porn industry working. While dropped by kink.com, he’s still making scenes on a regular basis and maintains a decently sized fanbase. No investigation was opened up, proving that the porn industry cares more about the money than its stars’ actions. 

Being a top porn star is not all it seems according to an r/AskReddit post. Check out some of the top comments about the dark side of porn.

STD testing isn’t as regular

In an industry where all you’re doing is having sex, you’d think STD testing would be a priority, right? But according to u/Suavely_Beardington, a friend of his turned down a gay porn scene “because none of the actors were required to be tested beforehand.” The friend also said a few of the actors involved in that scene became HIV+ afterwards. 

Worse, turning down a gay porn scene even because of lack of testing can make people turn on you. u/ShakingMonkey brought up the story of August Ames, the pornstar who killed herself after being called a homophobe for refusing to do a scene with a guy who’s done gay porn. But it wasn’t homophobia that caused her to turn it down. It was a lack of STD testing by the male co-star. 

The money doesn’t trickle down

The porn industry allegedly draws in billions of dollars a year, but thanks to sites like Redtube, Pornhub, and XVideos, a lot of that money doesn’t go back to the producers. u/out_focus explains that a lot of the videos on “tube” sites are just pirated content, so while the site receives plenty of revenue from the video, the people who made it see not a cent of it. 

To make matters worse, a lot of those sites won’t take down a video even if it was pirated, as that video helps earn them a profit just as much as it would the producer. So while the industry is profitable, it stays in the pockets of only a few people. 

Being a top porn star is not all it seems according to an r/AskReddit post. Check out some of the top comments about the dark side of porn.

Turning off porn

The biggest part of this thread is people realizing how their basic watching of porn is helping fund a problematic industry. A large portion of the comments on this thread were somewhere along the lines of “I’ve been wanting to quit myself and I think this thread is what did it.” 

If you want to hear more about the dark side of the porn industry, we’ve covered stories from actual ex-pornstars about their time in the industry. You can read that article here

 

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