Friday, April 1, 2011
Trolling, Faggots, and Donny Long
Trolling, Faggots, and Donny Long
Trolling (from Wikipedia):
"In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. In addition to the offending poster, the noun troll can also refer to the provocative message itself, as in "that was an excellent troll you posted". While the term troll and its associated action trolling are primarily associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels highly subjective, with trolling being used to describe intentionally provocative actions outside of an online context. For example, recent media accounts have used the term troll to describe 'a person who defaces internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families.'"
Faggot (from Dictionary.com):
"1. a bundle of sticks or twigs, esp when bound together and used as fuel"
I posted a blog several months ago in response to the October 2010 adult industry HIV “outbreak” (the word outbreak is used loosely due to the fact that only one performer contracted the virus – most likely outside of the industry). Within the piece, I addressed the issue of rampant homophobia in straight porn.
The root of such bigotry appears to come from the well-documented statistic that men who have sex with men are at higher risk for contracting HIV than practicing heterosexuals. That, and the lack of a universal testing protocol in gay porn.
In short, many straight porn companies don't want to hire male performers who have done gay porn. And many girls don't want to work with crossover male talent. The fear might not even be HIV itself, but the fact that any association with gay porn can cost someone a lot of work.
For example, two directors recently asked me to stop doing “bi” scenes so that I wouldn't pose a casting problem with some of the bigger name girls. I've only done one “bi” scene in the past year (unless you count “cuckolding” scenes in which the “husband” will suck me off for about 15 seconds at a time). Straight porn is my bread and butter. So if I look at my job in the strictest financial terms, it may be wise for me to play it one-hundred-percent hetero.
But in all honesty, I don't often think about it. Confrontations with overt homophobia are not a part of my daily life. People don't run around straight porn sets yelling out, “Faggot!” There just happens to be a guy on the Internet who likes to type it a lot.
Meet Donny Long (aka Donald Carlos Seoane): convicted felon, ex-performer, and notorious Internet porn troll. Word on the street is he came out from Florida in the mid-2000's, tried his hand at porn, and then ran back east when it didn't work out.
I have to rely on hearsay because the man obviously didn't make much of a name for himself. That is until he started invading the XXX Twitter feed with rants about which male performers are faggots, which girls are faggot-lovers, and which agents are Jews and/or faggots.
Most Twitter-savvy performers took it in stride, and quickly hit the “block/spam” button. But Donny Long just set up new Twitter handles and did it all over again.
Then he came up with Porn Wiki Leaks, a site dedicated to spreading more gossip about faggots, whores, and Jews in the porn industry. Long wrote this on his own blog: “The gays that work in untested gay porn that have spread HIV in the straight business countless times and ruined porn are now under attack by this Porn Wiki Leaks website and I don’t feel bad for them one bit... The straight porn business has changed a lot and not for the better and hopefully one day it will get cleaned up and get the scumbags and gays out for good.”
While it should be clear – to anyone with common sense – that Donny Long is not doing a public service, but rather perpetuating hate speech in the manner one might be accustomed to seeing on juvenile message boards, he has elevated his attacks to something a little bit more dangerous.
As of now, the legal names of many performers are available on the Porn Wiki Leaks website. For example, my entry reads: “Danny Wylde born Real Name Christopher Daniel Zeischegg is a pornographic whore, and Hooker.” It then goes on to chastise me for being a faggot, amongst other things, and depict pictures of someone who sort-of resembles me getting fucked in the ass.
It appears Long is unaware that I've shared my legal name on numerous occasions. In fact, you can find it on the first entry of my blog. He must also be in the dark about the stories I've shared wherein sucking dick and getting fucked in the ass are explicitly mentioned.
But I've made a conscious decision to share such information because I don't ever want to be “outed.” If someone doesn't like who I am or what I represent, that's fine. But no one can ever say, “I didn't know.” A quick Google search will give anyone enough information about me to form an opinion.
This may not true for most other performers.
The reasons people get into porn are as varied as the people themselves. And no one can claim it's a small decision to make.
Doing porn - especially performing in it - comes with a stigma. Families can be torn apart, friends can break ties, and jobs can be lost all because someone decides to fuck on camera. So understand - it's not just for fun that most every performer uses a stage name. Privacy is still an issue for those who've spread their legs in several thousand photos.
And while anyone who chooses to expose themselves in the public sphere should expect a certain loss of privacy, and a healthy dose of criticism, the choice to protect one's legal identity should remain intact. It's not just an issue of stigma. It's about safety.
Porn fans are by and large normal people. But the mentally unstable do watch smut. And they are capable of forming unhealthy fantasies. They are also capable of carrying out those fantasies in the real world. If such a person were to find the legal name of a performer and track that person down, there is very real cause for alarm.
I've never had anything terrible happen to me, but I was willing to move at a moment's notice when I learned that a fan had discovered my physical address. Because I am very uncomfortable with people knowing where I live – especially those who hold obsessive fantasies. I'm sure most anyone can relate. You don't have to be a porn star to understand the need for personal safety.
So when I learned that Donny Long had begun posting the real names of pornographic performers, I believed he had crossed a line. He was no longer just offending people. He was putting them in danger.
But the Porn Wiki Leak assault has not ended. This is the newest stunt from Donny Long (from The Daily Beast):
“A website known as Porn Wiki Leaks has published a database with the HIV status of current and former adult-industry performers, possibly from a health clinic. Earlier this year, Porn Wiki Leaks published the real names and addresses of 15,000 current and former porn stars, which reportedly came from the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation, which also performs tests for sexually transmitted diseases.”
Before the pitchforks are raised at Adult Industry Medical, one should know that all performers who test at an AIM facility do sign a release waiver so that their records can be shared with industry directors and talent agencies. The reason for this is to fully disclose the HIV and other STI statuses of performers in order to curb the spread of such infections. It's part of the system, and it's proved very effective.
Donny Long and Porn Wiki Leaks have used this information for an ulterior purpose: to cause people distress. There is no other discernible motive. This is not the original Wiki Leaks that demanded transparency of government agencies. It's just a way to get people riled up. Donny Long is a troll and Porn Wiki Leaks is his means of execution.
So the question is, “What should we do about it?”
The tactic taken so far has been to continuously report Donny Long's Twitter handles for spam, construct a website that documents his criminal record, and some other small efforts which basically amount to ignoring him.
Some friends of mine have brought it to my attention that Porn Wiki Leaks can be reported to Domains by Proxy if it fits either of these criteria: “A domain name using our service infringes upon a trademark or is engaged in cybersquatting,” or, “The website of a domain name using our service contains content that infringes upon a trademark or copyright, is defamatory, or morally objectionable.” If anyone would like to do so, please fill this form out at https://www.domainsbyproxy.com/ClaimForm.aspx?Type=3.
But to me, following official action when it comes to Internet trouble-makers is a bit ineffective, and frankly, way too boring. Call me immature, but I find the antics of websites like 4chan.org to be quite amusing.
Taken from The Art of Trolling: Inside a 4chan Smear Campaign:
“4chan's /b/ message board is ground zero for Internet mischief. Some of their most famous pranks include sending Justin Bieber to North Korea, flooding YouTube with porn and getting 4chan.org's founder, Christopher Poole, voted Time's most influential person.”
Typically such pranks serve no purpose other than to provide entertainment for the members of the anonymous imageboard. But occasionally their antics take on a social/political stance, such as "Operation Holy Diver," the threat issued on the Westboro Baptist Church.
To me, Donny Long and Porn Wiki Leaks seems like the perfect target for such a campaign. Perhaps nothing will come of it, but I urge anyone from /b/ and the rest of the anonymous Internet community to check out the following websites, dig up as much information as possible, and do your worst:
Because if you want to fuck with porn whores, you should be prepared to be treated like one.
Danny Wylde, Faggot
You can find Porn Wiki King, Alex Beltane's Twitter account here: http://twitter.com/pornwikiking