Because Rule 34 demands it, the Occupy movement now has its own little gay porno, thanks to the people at Dirty Boy Video. And as the resident porn culture analyst (heeeeee . . . anal-yst), I decided I might as well take a good look at it and weigh the pros and cons so that I can decide for all of you if it's a good idea.
PRO: It raises awareness of the gay community in the Occupy movement . . .
The queer community has sort of been downplayed in the already minimal media coverage of the Occupy movement, so yes, the fact that there's now a gay porn spoofing the movement does show that there's been a strong backing from the gay community.
CON: . . . while completely misreading the point of the protests.
The point of the protests is to promote fiscal responsibility, and a million-dollar porn company using them to sell a scene rings a bit . . . gauche. Like using the good silverware to scratch your butt. Sure it feels good, but you still get ass-crack hair tangled in your salad fork.
PRO: It spoofs an overly serious subject . . .
Let's face it: the Occupy movement is ripe for parody, and as much as I support it, anyone who can take the piss out of these guys gets a standing O from me.
CON: . . . but the sex still feels awkwardly shoehorned in.
As I said before, just because you can make a parody of it doesn't mean you should. If you need to figure out if you should, use this litmus test: does the sex make sense within the confines of the spoof? In Getting Levi's Johnson, it worked because it spoofed something where sex was already incorporated into the story, so the spoof made sense and felt natural. As opposed to To Fuck a Predator, where a heavy-handed show about pedophiles was injected with gay sex, which felt a little less so. It's not so much about not spoofing things as it is a matter of knowing what subjects make sense within the parameters of gay porn. (And at the very least, they could have thrown in a "We are the 69 percent joke." How did they not see that one?)
PRO: Boys . . . pretty boys.
CON: Oh shut up. PRETTY BOYS! YAY!
Yup, pro-side wins.