I’ll give you 10 seconds to guess where this is going.
Moon, vids … MoonyVids! I hear you groaning, and not from sexual release.
The plan: “to alleviate the alienation and isolation of space travel.”
If like me, you still can’t quite wrap your head around why this is happening, here’s a little more content from Bella French ManyVids model, and CEO:
“We’d like to make this fantastic voyage as pleasurable as possible for everyone and what better way to alleviate the stress and loneliness than with full access to the over half a million clips on the ManyVids platform, or to interact in real time with one of our 20,000 adult performers?”
Hold up. Did I forget to mention the space voyage is for 6 days. 6 days! Whilst I do love an orgasm (or five) if I was in SPACE the last thing I’d want to do is masturbate! I’d want to look outside and take in everything. Okay granted, a small part of me would be curious (purely for scientific reasoning of course) about masturbating in space, and if it would feel different, but … SPACE.
I will say, amongst all the problematic things ManyVids has done, MoonyVids is not problematic … as a concept. My first thought upon reading that SpaceX will be given 8 free videos was ‘will the models receive compensation’. Just because they upload their work on the site does not mean the site can go around giving out their videos for free (I have many thoughts on this). However, I was pleasantly surprised to read this:
“The boarding passengers will have the freedom to select any vids they wish or have 1 on 1 MV Live shows with the MV Stars of their choice, and MV will buy the vids and tokens so that our MV Stars are compensated for their hard work.”
Good, I should bloody well think so.
My next thought, unwanted publicity. This whole MoonyVids thing is a publicity stunt, thought up by the advertising department. Whilst having SpaceX onboard might normalise pornography in a climate that’s so anti-porn, the spotlight will inevitably not only be on ManyVids, but the models who the chosen few will pick. Furthermore, what about those on the trip – would they even want to watch porn, and would they be prepared for their porn habits to be on public display. If it ever were to ever happen, quite honestly I don’t think anyone would be ready for that backlash. Even though part of the aim is to foster ‘sex positivity’, and to try and instil respect for sex workers, I don’t think attempting to partner with Elon Musk, and pushing advertising funds towards Moonyvids is the way to do it.
The last point on publicity, right now ManyVids is tweeting at Elon Musk, and SpaceX, and people are replying to those tweets with pornographic images. That might not have been ManyVids intention, but it’s happening. I’m betting Elon Musk, and SpaceX (and whoever manages that account) didn’t ask to see pornographic images. Sex writers, models, and general humans don’t like it when there are random genital pics in their mentions, so why is it suddenly okay to tweet Elon Musk, and SpaceX sexual images, words, and such because ManyVids decided to start this whole schtick without informing them first?
ManyVids, and seemingly a lot of clip sites, aren’t focusing on their models and content producers at the moment. It seems that publicity and portraying a certain image is far more important than producer satisfaction. It’s almost as if they’re creating a big advertising gimmick so they can divert attention to sweep their wrongdoings under the rug …
Finally, an issue I see cropping up time, and time again with ManyVids is their reluctance to tag the chosen model in their promo content. Evidence in this Twitter thread. ManyVids didn’t ask the model in the promo picture permission to use her image, and whilst legally they may be entitled to use the image (as soon as you upload content to a site they’re able to use it any way they see fit really), they’re tweeting the image to Elon Musk! Again, bringing the issue back to publicity – if the model wanted to keep their porn life separate, having MV tweet a picture of them at Elon Musk isn’t going to do that. This boils down to common courtesy for flip sake! All they had to do was ask first.
With so many news stories about consent at the moment, you’d hope that a site that took a stand with a ‘#WeAreMany’ would know better. But, unfortunately not.