This is a funny one: is porn studio Sean Cody at fault for specifying that models must be Caucasian? Somehow I missed the original story in May, in which an email from Cody Media asking for "Caucasian (white)" models was widely circulated around the net and had various bloggers seething with righteous indignation.
The first comment on the MOC Blog report reads: "Well I doubt Thugboy.com will be hiring white guys anytime soon either. It's a white flavor brand."
I doubt Enrique Cruz, Big City or Flavaworks will be hiring any pasty, melanin-deficient folk either, but you won't hear anyone complaining about that, will you?
My initial reaction to this story was righteous indignation, until my brain, which isn't entirely wine-sozzled, kicked into action. Porn is a visual medium, which sells fantasies. It sells fantasies of twinks, muscle, leather, thugs, barebacking, innocence, and depravity. These fantasies are sold to consumers who make their purchase based upon their own requirements. So, whilst Consumer A might enjoy the artificial muscle Marys of Falcon, he might not wish to sample the dubious delights of Flavaworks blaxploitation, or Rudeboiz visions of white trash Britain.
You might not like it, but there's nothing wrong with this sort of discrimination in porn. You might cry foul over Sean Cody rejecting non-Caucasian models, but remember there's plenty of studios rejecting white models too. And there's nothing wrong with that. There's plenty of examples of genuine racism in porn, but this isn't one of them.