Mason Wyler’s Raw ShootCauses Controversy
Mason Wyler looks like the adorable boy next door, but the 27-year-old is more than that. He’s a major porn star, a self-described “sex fiend” whose past online advertisements declared that “anything goes,” and he’s also a man of many contrasts.
Wyler posted on his blog in 2008 that he’d been raped, but The Advocate reported that “when he followed it up with a series of posts about enjoying rough sex and ultimately decided against pressing charges, several bloggers suggested he’d made the entire thing up.” Wyler has also been public about being HIV-positive, saying in this same article that he only has himself to blame and, “I take responsibility for my own actions.”
That word—“responsibility”—became the focal point surrounding Wyler when he recently announced he would be appearing in two bareback scenes with Owen Hawk and Brandon Hawk — porn stars, and boyfriends, who are also HIV-positive.
On his NSFW blog, Wyler gives a couple different reasons for his actions. He says, “I did it because my career had been at a standstill (or dead) for nearly nine months.” While he’d gotten work offers from bareback companies, all of the mainstream studios were staying away. “I love having sex on camera and I can't think of anything else I'd rather do,” he explains. He then adds, “I did it because I wanted to get fucked by Owen Hawk. Out of all the performers in all of gay porn, bareback and condom, Owen has always been and will always be my ideal top.” So when Hawk made the offer, it seemed more appealing to the young man.
Wyler also admits, “I did it because I prefer bareback sex and I'd rather be with other openly HIV positive men.” He goes on to say that it's understandable for HIV negative people to fear working with him, and that fear turns everyone off, so it makes less sense to perform with HIV-negative models. In yesterday’s interview with The Advocate he elaborates on this last point, explaining:
“I actually haven’t had the experience of working with someone who I knew for sure was HIV-negative and they knew for sure I was HIV-positive. As soon as I tested positive, I stopped filming... My experience with [filming with HIV-negative people] is just from chatting with other models who are negative and have kind of hinted that they wouldn’t be too comfortable working with me… That’s where it kind of started and it set in that there is a chance that I could spread it to someone who’s negative. I wouldn’t want to cause someone direct harm or be at fault. I wouldn’t want to pose that risk on somebody — even though condoms are 99% fool-proof, there’s still a chance.”
Here’s where the controversy truly takes off. On one hand, Wyler says that reinfection with another HIV strain is “a slight concern. Not really. I mean, if it was a major concern I wouldn’t have done it.” One could also argue that this is Wyler’s body, it’s his choice, and if he’s being honest about his HIV status with his scene partners, then they have the right to do whatever they want.
However, some argue that the adult film industry has a responsibility to promote safer sex practices—though, to be fair, this is a belief widely held in the gay porn world and less so by the straight porn industry. To this point, Wyler says that porn’s role is to entertain, not educate, and that bareback sex doesn’t influence real-life behavior. He tells The Advocate, “I worked in porn for six years and see it as a form of entertainment; I think most people do too. I don’t know many people who buy porn to learn about sex; people buy sex to masturbate. It’s not our place to try to inform people. If that’s something that a porn model or studio wants to take on and spend money and effort doing that, that’s great, but I don’t think it’s our responsibility to do that — just like I don’t think video games are to blame for violence or movies are to be blamed for murders. It’s entertainment.”
And with that, the debate continues...
Read the new interview on The Advocate.
Images from MasonWyler.com.