Porn Stars Andre Donovan and Dillon Diaz Talk About How Black Men Are Objectified and Fetishized

Porn Stars Andre Donovan and Dillon Diaz Talk About How Black Men Are Objectified and Fetishized

Porn stars Andre Donovan and Dillon Diaz recently sat with Davey Wavey, the creator of Himeros TV for a quick interview following their filming of Himeros TV’s new film, Honorable Discharge. And they talked about what it was like being a black man in gay porn.

To that question, Dillon Diaz, a performer who hasn’t been very long in the porn industry, said that “as a person of colour, you’re out into a box. There’s a certain role that you’re supposed to play. I kinda feel like that’s opening up now. But I was very aware of that box when I first started.”

Andre Donovan is a veteran who has been an adult entertainer for about six years, and in speaking to the expectations placed on him as a porn star, he said, “Being black and six foot two and 206 pounds and I am a Top, there are definitely certain expectations that come along with a person who fits that archetype. And sometimes, that’s cool, because sometimes, I do wanna be those things that are expected of me. But I think the problem that we have is that there’s this expectation that any man who’s an adult entertainer that looks like me has to fit that mold. And that’s not how that works.”

Andre Donovan

Both men seem to agree that there are certain boxes that non-white performers are placed in, with Diaz saying that “there’s the expectation that being a person of colour, this is how you have sex. These are the roles that you play. These are the words that you say to each other. This is how you do it. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes it is the case. Sometimes, the stereotypes do fit. But not always.”

He added, “It makes me feel a little bit weird sometimes, because I think people looking at me think that I should fall into that category, that BBC category, and I don’t really fit the BBC category … My dick is not huge. It’s a decent size, but it’s not huge. So I don’t fall into that stereotype of all black men, all men of colour have huge dicks. I don’t. They don’t. There are a lot of us who don’t. I hate that that’s an expectation that I’m supposed to live up to, to have a huge dick. I mean, I have enough issues to worry about as it is. I don’t wanna have to worry about the size of my dick too.”

Dillon Diaz

Donovan elaborated on this, adding that these stereotypes are “perpetuated not only by gay porn but by the world of entertainment in general.”

He said, “There are certain facades that people portray in the media as a whole of black men, black people, of how we are sexually or just how we are in general. And obviously, you know, what we see in the media, in entertainment, in pop culture will in turn affect how we view people as a whole.

“Even if I’m hooking up with a dude, regardless of his colour actually, you talk to people and you can read energy, you can read vibes, and there’s definitely this expectation for me to be this, like, hung, alpha, Dom, deep voiced, verbal, rough black dude. And I’m, like, Yeah, depending on the day, depending on what mood I’m in, you know, how many margaritas I’ve had, I might be that dude. Sometimes I am that dude. But then sometimes, I really don’t feel like doing all that. Like, I don’t wanna be verbal right now. I don’t feel like picking you up in the air and fucking you while we’re standing up. Like, that shit is hard. Like, bitch, you’re heavy. I just wanna lay here and cuddle and kiss and fuck you a little bit and just relax. Like, why does it always have to be a show?”

Check out the interview below:

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  1. bamidele
    August 20, 10:23 Reply

    Well,
    Unfortunately, while this is not new, it is the first shock that slaps you in the face when you as a black person arrives the western world–gay or straight. The objectification of black men spans even beyond sex; a crime scene that includes a single black person will receive four-times (than normal) attention from the police.
    Using porn movies, and social media to judge who is what is quite weak. Overtime, reliable scientific research has proven it wrong that the myth of blacks with the biggest dick or are roughest in bed. Blacks are just like the normal people, while language and culture shape major aspect of our life. Indeed, we might be among the top 10; but the myths about blacks are quite exaggerated. These myths have continued to traumatize many black men living in the western world, simply because they don’t fit in the description, that is, Black men hetero or gay (top) with small, or average-sized dick .
    The fetishism can be very annoying as some non-blacks will not even communicate with you as a person, but with your body parts.

    I find it ridiculous when some Nigerians brag ignorantly about the body parts of the black person; for not only are they emphasising the ongoing fetishism, but also perpetrating other forms of stereotyping.
    For instance, many westerners believe that people of African heritage had less intelligence, and critical analysis in compassion to others prior to encounter with the western world. They believe that all the precolonial black people do is climb trees, dance, play with animals and have sex (with very low moral capacity). Meanwhile, various evidence–scientific, written, material culture, language–have shown that black people are just like, if not better than, other races on earth. Indeed, every culture had their flaws, but example from (if we’re to overlook the classic Nubia, Egypt, and so and and focus on recent) Yoruba, Igbo, Benin, Zulu, etc, vividly portray precolonial people’s political, social, moral, etc, advancement. Hence, the sociopolitical failures plaguing many African societies today are greatly influenced by external contacts and religions, rather than continuation from the past.

    Anyway, while one cannot speak for every black person, some of us blacks want to be seen, from the perspectives of our great potentials any humankind can aspire, rather than being limited to a mere sex object.

    • Xhris
      August 26, 07:56 Reply

      ?
      You capture it well.

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