Porn Pulse: Porn Studio Noir Male ‘A Lie' According to Actor

Image via Jacen Zhu's Facebook

Adult film actor Jacen Zhu announced that due to problems with black representation, he would no longer be working with Noir Male, the studio founded by award-winning adult film director and drag queen Chi Chi LaRue.

“I [stopped] working for Noir Male when I woke up,” Zhu tweeted. “When I saw that everything was a lie and I would like to apologize for having the wolves in suits to sell this lie. Wake up y’all and see it’s not about us.”

According to its own site, Noir Male “breaks free from stereotypes” about interracial gay porn and “showcases black men as sensual, sexual, and unapologetically fine.”

“I’m not angry, I just sat back and watched as the aspiration didn’t meet the reality. We are being used to sell a product that doesn’t cater to our community,” Zhu added.

Zhu explained his disappointment with Noir Male was a gradual process, rather than any particular event. It seems to Zhu, the break from stereotypes has been lacking.

“It’s not standing up to what they initially started out with,” Zhu told Out. “I’m not going to do any more work with them because to me, it’s getting worse.” Zhu said that he did not alert Chi Chi LaRue prior to sending the tweets.

Zhu said that at one time, he was asked to perform as a parolee having sex with his assigned parole officer.

“I said, ‘Hey, that’s not cool, that’s going to be problematic,’ and Chi Chi said, ‘Well, when I write these things, I don’t think about that,’” he said. “Putting the pieces together, I realized that they don’t care and I need to separate myself from this.”

Noir Male faced criticism when it first launched in August 2018 due to the fact that its original roster of models was less than 50% Black, even though its site was dedicated to showcasing Black men albeit in interracial scenes.

Six months later, according to Str8UpGayPorn, the percentages have not improved much. When the site launched, it featured 29 models, with 16 white models and 13 Black or mixed race models. Now, the number of models is up to 67, with 30 white and 37 Black or mixed race models.

Zhu notes he tried behind the scenes to get Noir Male more invested in the Black gay community by doing Black gay pride events.

Additionally, he claims he pushed Noir Male to diversify the ways Black men were depicted on camera by having more Black men bottom in scenes, as well as developing more scenes with two Black men.

When contacted about Zhu’s departure and the alleged parole scene, Chi Chi LaRue told Out, “I loved working with Jacen Zhu. He’s one of the best performers I’ve ever worked with,” but did not comment further.

Two months before Zhu left Noir Male, he starred in “The House Call” with Trent King, who is also black, in a masseur house call storyline.


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