This Message was posted on our titillating (if not a little frustrating FaceBook page) following our first of three Canadian Turning TriXXX screenings:
Today i attended a bike smut show in Toronto.
I was shocked to walk into the venue to find a projected display of “We want porn in Iraq.” i immediality felt replused by this image comming from a political, activist and queer background. As an audience i sat in my chair and participated in the entire event vieweing awaiting for an explanation, or a sort of relation to the image of a man holding the at poster stating these words. Unfortunatley there was no refrence or dialouge invested in explaining the context of the image displayed. I found this profoundly offensive, especially since most of the bodies reflected in the “short films” were not people of color and have no connection to the language or display of such words.
I then asked one of the organizers of the event, and she stated she has not been long on the tour and doesn’t understand why it was displayed. That’s applauling!!
Using people of color to display repressive sexuality is not okay. Using IRAQ as a continent torn into pieces by the united states for years in a war that is uncalled for based on false statment based on WOD is even more problematic. The middle east doesnt need rescuing by privilaged people, it doesn’t need the outside world defining it’s sexuality and it’s take on the expression of sexuality.
As an arab queer identified person, i find it extremely problematic to showcase this image without explanation and no understanding. SHAME on you, using the suffering of Iraqi people to advance your agenda on obscenity, and shame on you for failing to put this image in context with the entire event! SHAME ON BIKE SMUT!
Whew! Its all a bit more than we are ready to process at the moment. What do you think?
8:15pm PST This is particularly interesting because we recently just listened to a Savage Love podcast featuring Make Love Not Porn advocate, Cindy Gallop. She is advocating that the volume of porn is only a problem because we have no context to place it in.
8:30pm PST Here is a photo of the incident with Poppy Cox presenting in her Victorian bicycle wear (who had no involvement with the image appearing behind her)