Clothier Sends Mixed Safer-Sex Messages
A popular clothing company involved in a safe-sex campaign has recently touted its work with a bareback porn actor.
Andrew Christian, Inc., which is well known for its scantily clad male underwear models, has recently been involved in a campaign to promote condom use during sex.
But in a May 6 news release, the company announced its "Miami Car Wash" promotional video featured a well-known bareback porn performer. The ad shows about a dozen buff guys showing off their skivvies as they use one man’s body to scrub a red convertible.
"Andrew Christian turn (sic) up the Latin heat with super hung bareback porn star Antonio Biaggi," stated the news release.
There’s plenty of foreplay and bare butts in the video, but no actual sex.
Asked about the mixed messaging regarding safe sex, Andrew Christian spokesman Jeff White emailed a statement to the Bay Area Reporter that said, "We were not trying to make any statement about bareback porn, we don’t recommend having bareback sex, and obviously our videos aren’t any endorsement of bareback sex."
The company chose Biaggi, who’s 34 and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, because "we wanted to cast some sexy ’Miami looking’ Latino actors who could really fill out the underwear," explained White’s statement. "We also liked the fact that [he] was a little older than most of our models and he is super masculine, which also fits the ’gay-for-pay’ roles that we were casting in this video."
The message also said that since early February, Andrew Christian has been including a postcard in customer shipments that encourages condom use. The postcard was produced in conjunction with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The clothing brand has also distributed more than 27,000 condoms donated by Wet Lubricants to customers.
Jim Key, chief public affairs officer for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, said in a phone interview that he doesn’t know anything about Biaggi and "I make no judgments against him personally."
However, he said, "What concerns us is when a company that explicitly markets to gay youth touts and promotes in its marketing materials that it’s turning up the heat by featuring a bareback porn star, in essence glorifying the acts of someone who has unprotected sex on camera, that concerns us, and it surprises us considering their partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation."