“Whatever sells tickets to the circus.”
—Erik Rhodes, June 11, 2012
from his Tumblr blog
I love porn. I do. Porn is the bomb. Any one out there who says porn is bad needs to get his (or her) head examined. In a way, I’m in the porn business, although I don’t really make money since I write some really nasty stuff and people jerk off to the words (and borrowed photos) here on this blog.
A huge chunk of the porn industry has a problem and it’s been exposed by the death of Erik Rhodes. Rhodes, a 30-year-old Falcon Studios exclusive, died early June 14 of an apparent heart attack. Rhodes wrote often of his extensive drug use including crystal meth, GHB, human growth hormone, prescriptions, steroids and recently outlawed “bath salts,” among others. Rhodes, who’s real name was James Elliott Naughtin, was cremated on Monday.
Right now, a concerted effort to clean the scene as a huge chunk of porn consumers, producers, actors, companies and media outlets attempt to ignore what killed this gorgeous man. Each knew it, enabled it, ignored it or implicitly encouraged it.
Try to say anything else and you’re just lying to yourselves.
If you check Twitter (as of today), people are still just discovering the Friday death of Erik Rhodes. GayPornGossip.com , a website with the word “gossip” in the name, is completely ignoring his drug use. Some tweets demonize any coverage that dares mention the drug use or suggests that the drugs contributed to his death, despite his last blog entry speaking of starting a cycle of steroids and recent tweets discussing taking several barbiturates in order to sleep including Ambien, Klonopin and nine over-the-counter pills.
Erik’s Tumblr blog and Twitter accounts were deleted Monday (although cached versions remain available if you know how to reach them; remember folks, nothing is ever really deleted off the web).
This reminds me of the heroine chic that dominated the fashion world for a while. The impossible muscularity and party mentality that the gay world expected from this man proved impossible for him.
And I continue to think it’s just hypocritical to embrace drug use and reject barebacking. When I wrote my original post, I expected more than two of thousands of people who read my blog every day to respond. Agree. Disagree. Argue. But I guess not. I guess the clean-up job will again sweep away the truth.
Update 4: Postscript on My Posts About the Death of Erik Rhodes (June 20, 2012)
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