The XTubes of this world are all about 30 second trailers for movies. Why bother? The Net is littered with philanthropic bloggers uploading full movies from major studios. If I wanted to (and, of course, being an upstanding law-abiding citizen, I wouldn't) I could download Chi Chi LaRue's mind-blowing Black Balled 6 (two words: Eddie Diaz), Falcon's Roman's Holiday (six words: Pedro Andreas, Daniel Marvin, Roman Heart) and Rockafellaz Raw Dickin It #1 - all for free.
There's one Tube site that really is worthwhile, and that's Nubian101.com. Type in Jovonnie or Shorty J and you'll be presented with an extensive menu of full scenes (the only problem being Nubian101 takes an eternity to load. That site, and that site alone, cripples my computer). Nubian101 offers a comprehensive overview of a particular gay subculture; the blatino homothug.
Try and open Nubian101 today and you'll have a problem. The site is down.
According to the site's owners, it's all down to the notoriously litigious Titan Media. Their copyrighted material has been uploaded by a Nubian101 member, and Titan have thrown their toys out of the pram.
What's disturbing is that Nubian101 are trying to make it a racial issue: "In our opinion [Titan] doesn’t cater to our viewers or any of the needs of the black gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans-gender community."
The men of Titan may be mostly white, but they're also Latino and black. Diesel Washington (above left) is a major Titan star.
What Nubian101 are saying, essentially, is that the black gay community is concerned exclusively with the perpetration of the gangsta thug stereotype that's the popular currency when it comes to black, gay sexuality - thanks to sites like Nubian101.
It seems to me that the purpose of Nubian101 is to brand black gay men as faggamuffins and homothugs. Thug, Thug, THUG. You can say "shut the hell up white boy, what do you know" as much as you like, but I happen to know that a lot of black gay men aren't exactly thrilled at being consistently portrayed purely as thugs. Just ask my good friend, (black) porn star and fellow blogger Tré Xavier.
It's therefore somewhat disingenuous for Nubian101 to make their legal woes out to be a racial issue - a lot of black gay men would argue that Nubian101 do more harm to black people than good.
Nubian101 are selling a tawdry, bling-encrusted fantasy of young, du-rag wearing ghetto youth. They play on a tired stereotype, and they're selling it to both black and white gay men. So please, don't come the high and mighty and claim to be a bastion of the black gay community, 'cos you ain't. Far from it.
Here's the Nubian101 official statement - for what it's worth:
Nubian101.com has been taken down due to a pending lawsuit with Titan Media. Out of the thousands of media on nubian101.com, it seems a few photos and a video clip of Titan’s models were posted by a couple of members onto our site. Oddly enough the media did not feature Nubians. When Titan Media requested they be removed, we did so immediately. This was not enough for Titan Media. They wish to own nubian101.com's soul. In other words, when you type in nubian101.com you would be redirected to Titan Media products. A site that in our opinion really doesn’t cater to our viewers or any of the needs of the black gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans-gender community. This particularly does not sit right with the nubian101.com founders and I'm sure with you the viewers and faithful members.
What can we do? We have a huge membership and a viewer base large enough to be heard at Titan Media headquarters. As far as we are concerned we have immediately taken down their media and are now personally choosing to boycott anything to do with Titan Media Group.
It is time for us to stick together and not be bullied into giving up our community. We have prided ourselves in working with any porn companies that had DMCA claims and have provided media approved by them. That said, we welcome your thoughts on this matter and will pass them on to Titan Media about their attempted takeover of nubian101.com. They may be Titans but we are Nubians.
Jason & TDL