Why Don’t Some Porn Stars Do Interracial?

Interracial Porn
My post on what porn stars will do generated some interest in one agency form checkbox in particular – Interracial (IR). Porn being something of an alternate universe, “interracial” does not simply mean persons of different racial backgrounds having sex. It refers to black men with white women about 95% of the time.

Only about 40% of white girls will do a scene with a black man if the talent agency websites are to be believed. Even if you count the girls who are listed incorrectly in the non-interracial category (one site listed Gianna Michaels as not doing IR), it’s probably still fewer than 50%.

There are a few theories floating around about why some stars won’t do IR:


1. They’re afraid of negatively impacting their career by upsetting their fan base.
2. They’re afraid of upsetting their families
3. They don’t find black men attractive

I’m sure they’re all true to one degree or another. Sarah Jane Hamilton is a poster on Adult DVD Talk and told this story in a thread about girls who don’t do IR:

Long time ago when I had an active fan club. I had a guy write to me just completely disgusted and irate with me. He said that he had been a big fan for years, but now he was completely appalled and turned off … because I did a scene with Sean Michaels. I laughed my ass off!!! And I kept the letter for years after. Imagine, he wasn’t offended when I was gang banged by 8 guys on a bridge, but his delicate sensibilities were rocked because I did Sean in a bedroom scene.




Clearly, there are some bad (racist) apples out there who are scandalized by seeing white women with black men. Enough to ruin a career these days? No.

What about fear of upsetting one’s family? Taylor Rain did an appearance on Howard Stern in 2005 where she said that she didn’t do IR because her father hates black people, but had slept with black men in her personal life.

Let’s ignore the obvious questions (does your father approve of you being double penetrated?, etc) and focus on the one that relates to the subject at hand – How would your family know you’d done interracial unless they watched your movies? If so, you have much larger problems than racism on your hands.

Finally, the idea that women who don’t do IR make that choice because they simply don’t find black men attractive. As I said before, there’s probably some degree of truth to that. But if not working with partners they simply found unattractive was an option, would Dirty Harry still have a job? I wouldn’t think so.

The party line in the industry is that women should be able to work with whomever they want and I agree. If they don’t want to do scenes with black men, they shouldn’t. That said, I still think the fact that this is even an issue is a shame.

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44 Responses to “Why Don’t Some Porn Stars Do Interracial?”

  1. tombrokaw Says:

    Maybe with our new president, this, like every other problem on earth will be solved. Right?

  2. along Says:

    You didn’t mention the possibility that some of the girls could be racist themselves.
    As much as I hate to admit it, there are still alot of race problems in the world today. If there weren’t, a black man with a white woman, or vice versa, wouldn’t be in its own porn category.

  3. CORRY20 Says:

    Black guys have bigger dicks the girls may not like that.

  4. pendejo sin nombre Says:

    I find this stat truly surprising.

  5. HotScooter2 Says:

    the fact that this is even being written about in this blog is a reflection of rascism in america. Are things getting better gradually probably but there is such a long way to go Much has been done since Rosa Parks and MLK. But why does IR have to even be an issue or a category for porn videos. sex is sex and people are people.if you are into a woman what the fuck difference does it matter where they are from,or even what they look like.Josh White put it beautifully in a song called “free and equal blues” he said “every man,everywhere is the same when he has his skin off”

  6. Luke Wilson Says:

    Go read the comments on any IINTERRACIAL scene on tube 8 (which i noticed videobox advertises on now) and you will see so SO many racial insults/arguements.

    PERSONALLY I LOVE SEEING A WHITE WOMAN BEING PWNED BY A MASSIVE BLACK STAFF.

  7. greywind57 Says:

    Which scenes are in that banner? They are hot.

  8. Undrwriter Says:

    Let’s separate the two issues here…

    1. The Actresses – Many will not do interracial for several reasons. Among those reasons could be racism, family issues, etc.

    2. Their Representatives (Agents, Managers, etc.) – Their reps want to preserve a certain image that they think will appeal to a broader audience.

    I think it’s more their reps that keep them from doing these types of scenes.

    ANy thoughts anyone???

  9. Illini Says:

    I honestly think that 40-50% is way to high, maybe if it was 10-20% of the low shitty level stars it would be ok…

  10. harstad Says:

    Who cares? They are actors and can choose whatever roles they wish. If some of them are racist so what? They have to fuck a black guy because you want them to? How come Tom Cruise hasnt ever been in a movie about Baseball? How come there hasnt been a sequel to the greatest movie of all time, SuperTroopers?

    Why do we care who porn stars fuck and why do we think they should fuck black people if they dont want to?

  11. mistahleary Says:

    I don;t remember which porn chick it was, but I remember hearing one on the Stern show say that it would decrease her value, and that alot of the black guys are disrespectful. I doubt chicks have to reduce their rates after they do a black guy, and I’m sure there are just as many disrespectful white guys.

  12. bob Says:

    It would be fair if was more videos of white guys fucking black girls…. but wait nobody wants to see that

  13. cumonerface Says:

    For some reason I just can’t bring myself to be outraged by this because its porn. I mean lets face it for the most part we’re just dealing with a bunch of dumb whores!! Let them fuck who they want and come up with whatever bullshit excuses for reasons they choose not to fuck whoever!! Really not that big of a deal imo.

    But on another note has any one else not been able to add scenes to their favorites list?? Its been happening to me for the last 2 weeks and I’m becoming extremely annoyed. Can someone look into that for me? Thanx!

  14. Bronty Says:

    Racism? Maybe, but a small reason I think. PLEASE, people: put racism in perspective. I’ll bet you that more people are prejudiced against porn stars than black people generally. Poor people in general have it bad. Less educated people generally have it worse. Believe me: I’m not black, but I’m not white—I’m definitely ‘foreign’ looking in a country such as the USA. But, it has never been an issue. Prejudice against poor people, for example (regardless of race), is far more a problem than racial prejudice.

    Everything is fair game in porn, which operates on the principle, if you don’t like, don’t watch it (and rightly so). Of course, traditionally racist language is also fair game. If I were a women, I wouldn’t want to be in a film titled, “Fucked by the Black Pole” or whatever—-which is a likely thing if you sign up for an ‘interracial’ film.

    Some women I’m sure wouldn’t want to appear in a film called “Dumb Slut Conquered”. But when they sign up for a scene, they rarely can guess what the title is going to be.

  15. Drock Says:

    eh, obama has been featured in a few scenes lately (see my comments on screen caps to know which ones)…so far he has gotten pretty good reviews & the ladies seem to enjoy his political johnson

  16. along Says:

    I’m not sure who pisses me off more, judgemental hypocrites who say most porn stars are “dumb whores” or racists who want to call black people “poop”.
    @ Bronty: I agree with most of what you said. However, if you don’t think race is that big of an issue anymore, try asking about Obama around any small southern town. You’d be amazed at the reactions you’ll get from people of any race.

  17. zarafan Says:

    Regarding mistahleary’s post about the perceived disrespectfulness of Black men in porn, I have to say that I think just the opposite is true of most interracial scenes I’ve watched: it seems to me that precisely because of the lingering taboos regarding interracial sex, Black performers, at least on camera (which is generally all we have to go on in the porn world), behave more respectfully, gently, and amiably than most of the white guys do. I certainly would rather see a gonzo scene between a black guy and a white woman that DIDN’T involve slapping and spitting and ugly name calling than watch a scene with two people of the same “race” that did, so as far as porn can model two people of different ethnicities having a good time while they fuck, that’s a good thing. Beyond that, I tend to agree with Alison–in this as in so much else–that if you’re going to get naked and suck pole on camera, at that point it shouldn’t matter what the guy you’re working with looks like, least of all the color of his skin….

    Zarafan

  18. apef3to2 Says:

    I vividly remember a Howard Stern show where he talked to a porn girl and she said doing IR will bring down a girls future salary down drasticly so she avoided it.This was maybe 10 years ago.I don’t know it it still stands.

  19. doppyman Says:

    Race remains a real issue as long as people still identify each other by race, so labeling scenes as interracial perpetuates the problem. I realize that it helps serves readers interests and that a lot of white guys can’t identify with the guy in a scene if the guy is black, but the fact remains, that as long as race is listed as a primary feature of a scene, it will remain a dividing factor. It’s a sad/funny comment on society that girls will not work with someone because of their skin color but then submit themselves to degradation at the hands of Benjamin Bratt and his ilk.

    From comments on VB I think a lot of white guys would like scenes of white men with black women (but too many seem to resent the other type of interracial scene as well, which black responders like to point to as whitey’s inferiority complex, which keeps the racist wheel turning round again).

    A lot of scenes with black women in them have recently had comments added that “Obama approves this message”. Why is this comment made? Why is a comparison made between the black female porn star and the president elect? No one writes “W Bush approves this message” after a Sasha Grey scene or even “Carrot Top approves this message” after an Audrey Hollander scene. The link is made only because of skin color, which obliterates every other feature of the people involved, reducing them to just a matter of pigment, which is insulting. And not funny.

  20. maltNhops Says:

    Harstad,

    They ARE making a sequel to the greatest movie ever, Super Troopers. And Tom Cruise hates baseball.

  21. theorama Says:

    The fact that “interracial” refers to “black men with white women” 95% of the time already says a lot. In pornography, as in most cultural elements in North America, the presumed point-of-view is by default always: white Caucasian. The ideal of beauty perpetuated in mass media remains white, Caucasian as well.

    And it’s unfortunate, because pornography – like erotica in general – has the potential to be a very progressive cultural element. Nevertheless, because porn is ultimately a business, it must cater to its market. According to the 2006 US census, less than 5% of all marriage pairing in the US were “interracial” (in the true sense of the term, not simply black male-white female). Of those interracial pairings, half of those were white males paired with females of other ethnicities. It’d be interesting to see how those numbers match up with the stats on videobox’s collection, but for my money it’s heavily weighted in the direction. of demand.

    That being said, the interracial pairings that *are* out there still constitute a significant market. They’re still some 2.3 million couples. For example, a friend of mine is Irish and her boyfriend is asian, and it’s nearly impossible for them to find porn together. Their only recourse? Make their own…

  22. Brinkman Says:

    Taylor Rain’s justification for not doing interracial is so absurd my head about implodes. It’s okay to let some guy piss all over your face, but interracial is out of bounds? Those are some screwed-up sensibilities.

  23. Kemuri Says:

    @Hotscooter

    You are absolutely right. This is why there will always be racism because people continue to make race a big deal. Personally I don’t care if the guy is white/black/asian/indian/whatever as long as a cute girl is getting fucked, I will enjoy it.

    @Harstad
    That is a horrible analogy. Refusing to perform with someone simply because of the color of their skin is completely different than refusing to do something because you’re not a fan of baseball.

  24. DP Says:

    My ‘issue’ with black & asian men on ANY woman in porn is pretty simple. When I watch porn, I like to visualize that my cock is the guy’s cock. That is the entire reason I enjoy porn and the entire reason I watch porn. I have a white, average sized cock. I can’t visualize my cock as being black or small because it has never been black or small in the past, isn’t black or small now, and isn’t likely to be black or small in the future. My only experience with asian men in porn has been on videobox, and there seems to be a pattern with small dicks on relatively hot women. I just can’t visualize to that level, so I don’t buy DVDs with scenes that I’m not going to be able to ‘implant’ myself into.

    That being said, there are also white men in porn that I can’t use as a proxy — those that are loud, can’t shut up, or have distracting visual aspects. Lee Stone and Rob Rotten — I just can’t mentally introject myself in their place.

    As far as the ‘interracial’ label, I’m in an interracial marriage, and neither of us think that interracial porn is very fair to reality. Personal tastes, so we don’t buy it. My wife, who has been the subject of racist attacks her entire life, thinks that many of the descriptions on the boxcovers of ‘interracial’ black-on-white DVDs are highly racist. She’s gone so far as to substitute the word ‘black’ for ‘white’ in those descriptions and said, “now doesn’t that seem like someone in the KKK wrote that?” It isn’t politically correct, but her conclusion is that racism is perpetuated by the industry itself. I agree.

  25. zarafan Says:

    By the way, the notion that Tayor Rain’s business decisions in porn were by her admission directed in part by her relationship with her father gives us considerable insight into her relations with him as well as her possible motivations for going into porn to begin with; neither of these insights do her father any credit whatsoever, so we have to deduce that he’s a singularly reprehensible guy.
    I read once long ago on a different porn blog a rundown of statistics on which (white, female) porn stars did interracial and which didn’t. The conclusion of the comparison suggested that the wildest, sexiest, most popular, and longest enduring porn stars were also the most “enthusiastic” (on camera: again, all we really have to go on in porn) interracial performers.
    Taylor Rain might be the exception that proves the rule, but otherwise I can’t think of a single performer–American or Euro–I’ve enjoyed who HASN’T done interracial. And while I agree, provisionally, with DP’s characterization of the boxcovers on interracial DVDs as being, often, racist (which labels do you think are worst at this, by the way, and are there exceptions??), what’s interesting about this, to the extent that anything in porn ever is except the fucking, is the way the performers themselves might be able to undermine the sensationalism and exploitation of the conditions under which they work. Does that EVER happen? I wonder….

  26. dd135754 Says:

    No one wrties “W Bush approves this message” b/c hes white, a republican, and wealthy…and he made me even more wealthy. Obama wants to redistribute my wealth, bottom line is, if I wanted him to redistribute something I would show him my cum

  27. harstad Says:

    maltNhops:

    Seriously?! Awesome!!

    Kemuri:

    No it isnt. Porn stars can fuck whoever they want, just as you can. If they do not want to fuck a black guy because they are racist so what? What if they dont want to fuck black guys because they have bigger cocks? What’s the difference? Porn stars can fuck who they want, just as real actors can choose what movies they want to be in. Fuck this idea that they should fuck black guys because someone else thinks they should.

  28. doppyman Says:

    dd135754 – your comment has absolutely nothing to do with the point I tried to make. In fact, it has nothing to do with reality either. How did Bush make you wealthy – do you work for a company that makes prosthetic limbs for maimed soldiers?

  29. HotScooter2 Says:

    it really pisses me off when it is implied that racism and prejudice are mostly a problem in the south. that is pure bullshit. i feel that rascism and prejudice are sicknesses of the mind ,and as such has no geographical boundaries. Any more than does diabetes or cancer the only difference is that they affect the body instead of the mind. we in the south have done far more than we are given credit for in cleaning up our acts since the 60’s. i would never say that prejudice is nonexistent down here,but i am saying that we are no better or no worse than y’all

  30. wcfields Says:

    The black guys in the industry have cocks the size of a little league bat. I wouldn’t fuck them either.

  31. Garp Says:

    I am not surprised this got such a response. Thanks Alison for a compelling topic. I will make this simple. I am black and racism is alive and well, even post-Obama. That being said, I think most of racism is driven by classism. Basic economics of the golden rule. He that has the gold rules and in America; it is white men. Since antebellum, whitemen have been intimidated by “Mandingo” the hung black man. So who rules porn…those same white men.

  32. along Says:

    @Hotscooter, I didn’t see any other posts that mentioned the south, so I’ll assume you were talking about my post. I wasn’t saying racism is only a southern problem. I was born, raised, and still live in west Kentucky. I’ve seen lots of progress made in my life, but there is still a LONG way to go, on all sides. I was just telling things as I see them.
    @doppyman My guess is dd135754 in the oil business.

  33. HotScooter2 Says:

    @along:
    Kentucky is a beautiful state and i don’t know which is more beautiful the horses or the women lol. and you are indeed right that inspite of the progress made so much more needs to be done to end racism. it is good to know you were not saying prejudice is limited to the south

  34. Cantgetenough Says:

    I am a black woman who likes porn from time to time. My sister does as well. Neither one of us like watching white men with black women. We are just not physically attracted to white men. I believe that may be the case with white women who don’t do interracial. They aren’t attracted to black men. I don’t watch black men with white women because it seems alot of white women do this stupid dirty talk or some annoying shrill during sex and it drives me nuts. Can’t concentrate on the good stuff. LOL.

  35. Strangepork Says:

    I don’t believe for one moment that choosing to do interracial scenes will reduce a performer’s “value” in any way. Is there really any studio out there that will pay a performer less or refuse to give her work because of who she has worked with in the past? And how many hardcore racist porn fans are really out there? If you don’t like a girl’s IR work, will that really stop you from watching her other work too? What kind of fucking loser writes hate mail to a porn star anyway? “I’m not racist, but my fans are.” Bullshit! You’d only take those people seriously if you agreed with them. And upsetting the family is just as much bullshit. Being in porn is fine by your folks, but fucking a black guy is going to ruin Christmas dinner? Right….
    .
    Everybody is entitled to their personal preferences, and that’s about the only reason given that makes the least amount of sense to me. If you don’t want to fuck somebody because you don’t find them attractive, or just don’t like some aspect of them, fine. I’ll readily admit that I mainly prefer women of my own race, but that doesn’t exclude me from also being attracted to beauty in all of its other colors. I say you can keep your “no fuck” list, but consider what you are really saying when you exclude an entire race of people.

  36. Mendo Says:

    @greywind – I think you’ve got the incredible Velicity Von in Blacks In Blondes #3, Bobbi Starr in Black In My Ho, and I can’t quite place the third cap.

  37. doppyman Says:

    Thank you, along. Oil business, defense contractor, mercenary, or maybe he is involved somehow in the lethal injection business.

  38. Anthony Says:

    For me interracial porn is porn.

  39. ECL928 Says:

    I think personally that this is one of the best blogs i’ve seen on this site KUDOS! You’re right it is absurd to freak out about interracial porn. I’ve been on many a site just to see what people said about it on specific scenes.
    Scenes where it’s a white male and a black female get comments like “Oh yeah pound her!” Or “I love it!” but scenes with a black male and a white female get boo’d or people say they don’t like interracial porn or they don’t like the guy or that the girls don’t react to the black dick like they would to the white ones. I check out the scenes and they are about the same. Sites like naughty america and brazzers if you wanna be outraged by how many people say “If i wanted to see interracial porn i’d have joined a site for it.” you’ll see comments like that there. I though we were all just people right? I have a white girlfriend and yes i am of african descent we love eachother she doesn’t see me as a color but as a person. That’s why my fave pornstars are the girls who don’t mind IR Gianna michaels, trinity post, Bobbi Starr and many more. I commend them :)

    Again great blog…loved it.

  40. 808Mhoram Says:

    I was always puzzeled that there seemed to be so little white male black female porn. I had thought with the public exposure of so many beautiful black woman images (beyonce, Berry, Ashanti, ect)that more white men would feel and acknowledge the incredable sexuality of the black woman…and seek to feed that desire in porn as well as in “real life”. I wonder if the market is just not being read right. Those few White on Black videos always seemed to be checked out in my community. Perhaps the race issue is in those reading the market and not the market itself.

  41. Chack Says:

    Taylor Rain does nothing for me, but I find it a bit strange that here she is getting fucked stir crazy and her father would have his daughter fucked like a street whore and because he “hates” black men she won’t do any on film? Hey if that’s her reasoning more power to her.

  42. porntubedreamer Says:

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  43. porntubehappy Says:

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  44. alex Says:

    firstly, a fact that idiots like sarah jane hamilton just don’t understand; many black men view fucking white females as a way to get revenge on white men for slavery, and white men know this, which is why they take offense. nobody likes seeing their race used, just ask the blacks! secondly, it may sound politically incorrect to say, but i have a sneaking suspicion that many of those white men, (and women) who like interracial scenes, like them because it almost looks like a form of beastiality; that white female, fucking and sucking something that doesn’t look too dissimilar from….well you know what. i have no doubt that some are turned on by it, but it can be a big TURN OFF too. thirdly, titles like “white trash whore” and “white sluts sucking black dick” are themselfs racist, and are using race and selling race and racism in the porn. the entire point of interracial scenes seems to be to play UP RACE, not play it down, so those, especially blacks, who whine about racism, you sound like a bunch of hypocrites.