This’ll show ’em.
Effective 12:30 a.m. on Monday, April 11, the adult film site XHampster began refusing service to anyone with a North Carolina IP address. Now, instead of porn, North Carolinians seeking to get their rocks off at XHampster are confronted with a link to a petition demanding the repeal of the state’s controversial anti-LGBTQ HB2 law.
Mike Kulich, spokesman for XHampster, said the website believes in equality for all.
“We have spent the last 50 years fighting for equality for everyone and these laws are discriminatory which XHamster does not tolerate,” he said in a statement to The Huffington Post. “Judging by the stats of what you North Carolinians watch, we feel this punishment is a severe one. We will not standby and pump revenue into a system that promotes this type of garbage. We respect all sexualities and embrace them.”
Kulich added that the company’s statistics indicate that, despite their narrow-minded politics, North Carolinians are pretty open-minded when it comes to their porn.
“Back in March, we had 400,000 hits for the term ‘Transsexual’ from North Carolina alone,” he said. “People from that state searched ‘Gay’ 319,907 times.”
XHamster joins a growing list of companies–including PayPal, Apple, Google and the NBA, among many others–and entertainers like Bruce Springsteen who are refusing to do business in the Tar Heel State.
Kulich says he believes denying people porn may be the ticket to ending LGBTQ discrimination in North Carolina altogether.
“I think that porn has the power to do what Bruce Springsteen can’t,” he says.