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Of Course the Winner of Mr. Gay World Is an Amateur Porn Star. But Who Freakin’ Cares?

You thought the big story out of Oslo’s Mr. Gay World pageant was the inclusion of a Chinese contender who entered against the wishes of Beijing? Wrong! The bigger (read: more scandalous) story is that Mr. South Africa Charl van den Berg, the restaurant manager crowned the champion over the weekend, appeared naked in a jack-off video.

Van Den Berg, who is listed at eight inches and uncut, got “hot and horny…and strips down in a warehous” for a solo video from Liberate Studios, filmed and released last year, reports The Sword (possibly NSFW). And when the story surfaced locally last year, as Van Den Berg was named Mr. South Africa and prepared for Oslo, he shrugged off any controversy of his starring role as “Chad”: “If people meet me, they will see me for who I really am and know that what is on the website is not who I am,” he tells South Africa’s Times Live. “Chad was a persona they created. … I did the video in April, way before I thought about entering Mr Gay SA. It helped me financially at the time and I gained good life experience.” What’s more: “Porn is an integral part of the gay lifestyle, it’s just that most guys don’t have the guts to do what I did.”

And it was then, before knowing Van Den Berg would be crowned the winner, Worldwide Mr. Gay director Tore Aasheim envisioned the competition as a means of saving him from exploitation! “Sometimes, within the gay scene there are opportunists who identify these men and promise them a better life and freedom within the adult entertainment industry, in which exploitation may result. Our organisation embraces those men that have found the courage to escape the exploitation in an effort to find a better life.”

The Sword says this sort of statement “insults its contestants, not to mention sex workers everywhere, by dismissing them as squirming, helpless prey, incapable of thinking for themselves, tricked by the big, bad, manipulative gay porn wolf.” Which is a pretty accurate assessment of Aasheim’s remarks, however well intentioned.

But Van Den Berg’s porn gig is less interesting for the supposed controversy it caused than the non-issue it really is. What we have here is an attractive guy who decided to make a few bucks by ejaculating on camera. That there is a market for this sort of thing is the same reason there is a market for beauty pageants: audiences like to look at pretty people, and sponsors (or, in the case of porn, distributors) know there’s a profitable way to distribute this type of event.

So instead of treating this year’s Mr. Gay World as a victim of the porn industry, let’s celebrate him for what he is: A global face who won’t be judging others for their personal decisions. Isn’t that a novel concept?

It’s the very opposite of this notion that had everyone in uproar about Carrie Prejean. He insistence on judging gay Americans — as less than — is what had everyone turning on her. We didn’t care about her risque modeling days and topless photos. And we wouldn’t have called for her ouster if they were the only “controversial” part of her short-lived pageant career. Instead, she attempted to score a crown while harboring feelings of ill-will towards some of the same people she would theoretically represent. And that’s not being a good role model.

VIDEO: Mr. Gay World contestants show off their national costumes (Mr. South Africa arrives around the 5:00 mark):

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On:           Feb 18, 2010
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  • 15 Comments
    • delurker
      delurker

      I would be more surprised if any of the competitors were NOT amateur porn stars. It’s all a part of pornification the gay community.

      Feb 18, 2010 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jay
      Jay

      Was he at least attending Porn Star college?

      Feb 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Republican
      Republican

      @delurker:

      You say that like it’s a bad thing.

      Feb 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lukas P.
      Lukas P.

      If there was some Mr Gay Pageant rule against porn or modeling, then it’s sort of a scandal, but without his breaking any contest regs, who cares.

      Anyone seen the actual ‘Chad’ vid?

      Oslo is def. worth a visit if you’re in the neighborhood, IMO.

      Feb 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sal(the original)
      sal(the original)

      dahling he is no carrie prejean.no hypocrisy here,move on kiddies

      Feb 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      I am sick and tired of porn types representing gay rights. Porn and gay rights are two different things. Porn is about voyeurism, about being paid money to perform for a third party. Sex is about experience, about interacting with your party for no cash transaction.

      Feb 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      not exactly a big surprise…

      Feb 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      @sal(the original): What an excellent analogy!!…….Carrie Prejizz got all high and mighty til her (8) finger puppet videos came out and showed what a hyprocrite that miserable crunt is.

      How ironic she could learn a lesson from a Gay pagent winner……………

      Lukas P.: Am pretty sure its in the rules!! : p

      Feb 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      No. 6 · jason “I am sick and tired of porn types representing gay rights.” …. a gay pageant has as much to do with gay rights as a (straight) beauty pageant has to do with feminism.

      Lighten up guys … it’s not like the winner said he was the male equivalent of “a good Christian woman” (e.g, Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz).

      Feb 18, 2010 at 11:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hardmannyc
      hardmannyc

      If anyone cared about Mr. Gay World, I guess it would be some sort of scandal. Or something.

      Feb 19, 2010 at 10:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sal(the original)
      sal(the original)

      @terrwill: thanks doll

      Feb 19, 2010 at 11:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eden
      Eden

      México the best costume, and Spain… absolutly Hot!!!

      Feb 25, 2010 at 12:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Patrick
      Patrick

      Hey Peeps keep updated with Charl Van Den Berg’s new at

      Jun 2, 2010 at 9:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason [Different person #1 using similar name]

      The straights (meaning straight males and their female enablers) have got Miss America, which is tragic enough. Now we have gay men mimicking these horrible competitions from straightsville. Therefore, the question that needs to be asked is this: why are we in the gay community mimicking all the worst aspects of straight culture?

      I can only surmise that the gay community has descended to a brain-dead globular form reminiscent of 6-month old jello.

      Jun 2, 2010 at 9:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • L.
      L.

      @ Charl van den Berg: Oh, but I have the *guts* to do what you did. Just not the *abs*. (Or the 8-incher, actually.)

      Jun 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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