How An HIV-Positive Gay Porn Star’s Lie Helped Shape L.A.’s New Condom Law
It happens casually. If you keep repeating something that isn’t true enough times, eventually people just stop bothering to remember that you’re lying. And if what you’re lying about helps set and push a politically popular agenda? Even better.
The most recent example of how a lie becomes the truth is in this article about L.A.’s new mandatory condom law, which quotes well known former gay hooker and gay porn star Derrick Burts. The mainstream, well-respected, and left-leaning UK paper The Independent writes:
“Herpes comes with the job. Everyone gets it,” says a former adult actor Derrick Burts. The bisexual performer worked in the industry for a few months at the age of 24. In 2010, he tested positive for HIV. “Testing is a broken system. It does not protect the performer; it only notifies the performer of what they have,” he says. He was infected on a gay set where performers generally wear condoms for anal sex and HIV-positive men are permitted to work.
Emphasis mine. And The Independent isn’t the first paper to regurgitate Burts’ talking points and present them as facts; the L.A. Times has also been a mouthpiece for Burts and his puppetmasters at AIDS Healthcare Foundation (which was the driving force behind the mandatory condom law). That Burts, who was not just a gay porn actor but also a gay escort, can simply say where he thinks he was infected with HIV and have that be accepted as truth is remarkable. How many HIV-positive people have been able to pinpoint exactly where and when they were infected? How many people who say they know exactly where and when they were infected are telling the truth? Why should we believe them? Because what they’re telling us helps frame the seemingly innocuous narrative that “safe sex is good”? If someone like Derrick Burts says so…
Let’s look at the sentence more closely though.
1. He was infected on a gay set where performers generally wear condoms for anal sex…
“Generally”? The hell? Which “gay set” has a policy of “generally” requiring condoms? That kind of vagueness tells me that you don’t know what you’re talking about.
2. …and HIV-positive men are permitted to work.
??? Tell me which set (which was allegedly in Florida, remember) Derrick Burts was on that “generally” uses condoms and uses HIV-positive models. I don’t believe you. If HIV-positive men are “permitted to work,” why bother testing anyone in the first place? Derrick Burts tested positive, and he wasn’t permitted to work!
Whether or not you believe in Derrick Burts’ story, do you believe in logic? Does The Independent? Because what I see is that a performer tested positive for HIV and his shoot was canceled, thus preventing him from possibly infecting other performers with HIV. The system worked. But by Burts and AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the mainstream media and now the L.A. City Council’s logic, testing doesn’t work. Only condoms—mandatory condoms—work. Condoms like the ones that were used on the gay set where Derrick Burts says he was infected?