“Top Vs. Bottom” Twitter Drama unfolds in the wake of Porn Star Armond Rizzo Calling Out Pay Disparity In Porn Industry

“Top Vs. Bottom” Twitter Drama unfolds in the wake of Porn Star Armond Rizzo Calling Out Pay Disparity In Porn Industry

So, things quickly escalated on Twitter following the call-out that porn star Armond Rizzo did, where he accused the porn studio, Blacks on Boys, of underpaying bottom performers.

First, fellow performer, Ricky Larkin stepped into the controversy to voice an opposing opinion in the absence of the studio, whose Twitter account hasn’t been active since 2018. This started a domino effect that eventually led Armond to get into a Twitter war with gay porn blog, Str8UpGayPorn.

Ricky Larkin tweeted that he was siding with the studio. His argument was that since Blacks on Boys is a site that is “geared toward the fetishization of being fucked by black men,” it makes sense that the tops get paid more. Armond however stuck to his original viewpoint, and that led to a heated exchange between the two models. Ricky ended up calling Armond a “psychopath” and said he was going to block him on Twitter.

Armond doubled down on his opinion again and went live on Twitter. He said he went live to educate people about the industry and how shooting a scene works. Armond emphasized that tops spend less time getting ready for shoots and bottoms have to prepare their bodies by douching multiple times and not eating throughout the day.

“People don’t really ask what bottoms fucking go through. People don’t ever ask,” Armond said in the live broadcast. “Like I said, I’m not asking to get paid more. I’m also asking not to be paid less. Because guess what? Bottoms have to go through some shit.”

He also tackled Ricky’s claim that the tops should be paid more since it’s a top-centric site. Armond claimed that if the bottoms weren’t a focus for the site, then why would they be contacting one of the most notable bottoms in the industry?

“I don’t give a fuck that your motto is that tops are the dominant ones on the site and bottoms are the bitches. That’s not how it works!” Armond said in the video. “You can have your little fetishizing site and have all tops dominant, all being about the tops, and nothing about the bottoms! Then bitch, why are you contacting me? What are you contacting the best motherfucking bottom in the industry for if it’s all about the tops? See, I see what you’re doing. You’re trying to get those motherfucking clicks as well. So you’re using a bottom. Using a motherfucking bottom to make that money. But it’s all about the tops, right?”

Ricky didn’t respond to Armond’s video or tweet about the situation since he said he was blocking Armond.

Things then took a whole different turn when the blog Str8UpGayPorn did a write-up about Ricky and Armond’s Twitter war. They specifically wrote about a tweet where Armond used the words “the chick has a dick.” The blog described the phrase as “hostile” and “arguably transphobic” and said it was a criticism to Ricky, who has bottomed for trans women before.

Armond responded by tweeting out that the website “has always been a one sided blog” and compared them to Fox News. He also accused the site of “giving out performers’ personal information.”

Trans performer Wendy Williams came to Armond’s defense and told the site to “not insert transphobia into this argument.”

“As a Trans woman, using transphobia as an attack needs to be warranted,” the performer wrote. “I have no issue with either of you, the tweet was just a stretch.”

Armond then brought back the Fox News comparison when he revealed the blog had blocked him on Twitter.

Later on, Armond logged back on Twitter to share a screenshot of an email he got from Blacks on Boys. The email shows someone from the studio asking if Armond remembers talking to him. It ends with them saying that Armond will get “100 more” and he would be the “only model getting that much.”

Armond followed up the email by criticizing the studio for being a “white dude” making money off the fetishization of people of color.

And now Armond is calling for his fans to boycott the gay porn blog that blocked him. He brought up SlamRush, a new porn site that glamorizes drug use and has seen its fair share of controversy, and how Str8UpGayPorn featured and linked to the site when it launched. Armond is utilizing the hashtag #BoycottStr8UpGayPorn for his protest against the blog.

Str8UpGayPorn has yet to respond to the boycott or the hashtag.

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  1. Mandy
    January 30, 14:39 Reply

    What a mess.

    Armond has a good point. Wish he would of articulated it better, or waited 10 minutes and edited his replies.

    Larkin shows a strange lack of knowledge of the industry (or maybe some magical thinking) in his conjecture, and added nothing to the conversation, other than a passive aggressive continuation of the myth that tops are superior to bottoms.

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