Legendary “gay for pay” site Broke Straight Boys made history last night, but you might have missed it.
The world-renowned site announced earlier this year that they were producing the worlds first gay porn reality series for mainstream consumption, with a mixed response from fans and curious onlookers.
The TV show follows the lives and back stage antics of performers and staff, presumably showing what it’s like making gay porn featuring straight boys who are only doing it to make some money.
With public appetite for reality TV shows seemingly on the wane and a generation of increasingly cynical viewers becoming tired of the “manufactured” reality so often depicted (take note of the statements issued at the start of shows admitting that some scenes have been created “for entertainment purposes”) it was thought that perhaps Broke Straight Boys had arrived a little too late.
Much of the response to the initial announcement and subsequent publicity seemed to be negative, as is so often the case. The predominant theme in comments seemed to be almost entirely anger and indignation at the notion that someone would have the audacity to call themselves straight while having sex with other men.
On Friday December 19th the debut was broadcast through HereTV, which calls itself “America’s only Gay TV network”. Initially the BSB team responded to comments on YouTube that it would be available all around the world and on various networks, but it seems that this original plan was somewhat scaled back – to one network, in one country, catering exclusively to a gay male audience.
So, what happened and what was the response to episode one? It’s hard to tell. There’s been so little discussion and seemingly little interest in the TV show on social media, even the BSB Twitter account hasn’t bothered to tweet anything about it since yesterday, when they added a pic to remind everyone and accidentally used one stating “4 Days To Go”.
It’s a curious situation, the BSB Twitter account has more than 17k followers, but the announcement on their feed on December 19th had all of 7 favorites and only 1 retweet.
Could this be confirmation that the fans would rather stick with what the site does best? Has Broke Straight Boys misjudged their audience and their appetite for this form of entertainment?
The jury is still out on whether this new reality TV show will be anything more than an unnecessary distraction from the main business of the studio. It’s a risky move, given that public attitudes to reality TV shows are so fickle, and one potentially offensive event or statement on such a show can do incredible damage to any associated brand or performer.
Given that their own followers and fans seem to be almost completely ignoring this event, it seems as though this show might only gain traction with the kinds of people who slow down to look at car wrecks, rather than those actually interested in straight guys having sex with each other to earn a living.
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