I am not sure what this is. I just found it. I was googling around after someone let me know about a commercial they’d heard on Sirus radio, and then somehow I found this… I am absolutely flabbergasted.
Apparently .xxx and its daddy, ICM Registry, have recently released a sales-campaigning cadre of “clever” and “quirky” ads…
(more about .xxx and ICM Registry here)
These ads are all conveniently collected on their spokesdude’s very own YouTube channel. In each, said spokesdude – call sign: King Gavin XXX – is seen having all sorts of sales misadventures. The following are two of my “favorites” (read: the ones I found most flabbergasting and offensive)…
Really, “Operation Domain: Sheep Farmer”? Implied bestiality… because that has anything to do with adult content production… And really??? Classist mockery and stereotypifying of pastoral agrarian folks… but it’s just parody chauntelle, and parody is so hott right now – gah!!!
Here’s another that’s just about too much to take…
Based on the messages and implications contained in this “Operation Domain: Smackdown” commercial, 1) only black men are in gangs (black men gang members are also very scary to women and white men) and 2) gang members would/should neeever want anything to do with online marketing and/or web development (.XXX or otherwise)… foolish, foolish gangstas.
Oh, but wait – adult has a rich history in organized crime, and this little dig invokes what mainstream civilians “know” about both the adult industry and gangs. I get it!!
And then someone sent me this…
(pictured: sure dog, I’ll totally get one… image grabbed on 12/6/11)
Apparently ICM Registry is peddling their .xxx wares via pop-ups on MMA news site Sherdog.com. So I went to Sherdog myself; and sure enough, there it was…
As I understand it, you’re supposed to be a member of the adult community to purchase a .xxx domain (kinda like you’re supposed to be an accredited university to get a .edu)… So why the hell are there ads for .xxx domains on an MMA news site??? Sure, it’s likely that members of the adult community visit Sherdog; but enough to warrant what was certainly an expensive ad? Riiiight…
[UPDATE: I was just told that these ads are also currently airing on The Discovery Channel!!]
Scam. Money-making, fear mongering scam of exploitative (industry insiders) and entrapping (mainstreamers) proportions.
From what I can see, ICM Registry is using poor taste and problematic stereotypes (again, let me remind you of the sheep farmer and the gang members) to feed on the culture’s misunderstanding of adult and fear of public affiliation with the industry. Even universities, like my doctoral alma mater UT Austin, are “using protection” and attempting to “preempt pornographers” (gah – the language!! the implications of the language!!) by purchasing .xxx domains according to this recent bit on Inside Higher Ed.
How is this, any of this and all of this, ok?
I have written quite a bit about .xxx over the past couple of years, and one of my relatively recent posts about .xxx (here) prompted three – three!! – ICM Registry affiliates (two employees of the organization and one “spokesperson”-type person) to contact me directly via email.
In each instance, each person let me know that (in their opinion) I wasn’t explaining .xxx fully, accurately, or in an unbiased way. I responded to the two employees in kind, letting them know that I was explaining .xxx as I saw it given the information I had gathered over the years – research on domains, including gTLDs and sTLDs; information from news and press; and attending countless debates and talks, all of which included representatives from their organization (among many other sources).
I politely and enthusiastically requested each person communicate with me further – be it via email or phone, off the record or for a PVV audio interview, I asked each to please explain to me what I was missing. However, in spite of each person initiating contact with me, neither responded to my request for more information.
So I once again implore – will someone please explain what’s good about .xxx? I want to know the other side!! I also really want to know who came up with those commercials.
Interested in more on .XXX? Go here for more information and commentary.
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