A Music Video Highlights the Disturbing Reality of the Porn Industry [NSFW]

Obviously, no one watches porn videos, but the adult industry represents 30% of internet bandwidth with a greater visitor count than Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined. The French artist Hierophante, who specializes in social satire, made a short video depicting all the cliché of porn videos.

The two-minute video starts with women walking in an office before moving to a bedroom. Hierophante then shows the typical phases of a porn film from start to finish. The dark soundtrack is composed by the artist himself.

Beside the biological function of sexuality, the title of this video, “Reproduction,” makes a clear reference to the formulaic aspect of the pornography creation, its lack of originality, and the constant degradation and objectification of women.

In its annual review, the Pornhub site described some of the regular trends observed on its platform. In 2018, “Pornhub’s servers served up 30.3 billion searches, or 962 searches per second. To make sure there was always fresh content to satisfy those searches, Pornhub’s amateurs, models, and content partners uploaded an incredible 4.79 million new videos, creating over 1 million hours of new content to enjoy on the site. If you were to start watching 2018’s videos after the Wright brother’s first flight in 1903, you would still be watching them today 115 years later!”

But the most searched terms on Pornhub appear desperately cliché, such as "lesbian," "hentai," or "teen." The video shows this reality with actresses dressed as schoolgirls and a combination of various hentai scenes.

Once again, Hierophante delivers a scathing social critique. In one sense, the mass consumption of pornography is simply the result of a schizophrenic society full of contradictions that sexualizes everything for commercial purpose but demands respect and dignity, like these Instagram models who pose half naked all day long while a former teenage Disney princess turns into a softcore porn star with choreography that clearly elevates the condition of humankind. Meanwhile, some of the top 10 Instagram celebrities are made out of nothing but leaked sex tapes. Eventually, we end up with a president who boasts about grabbing women by the intimate parts, the Harvey Weinstein atrocities, and a surge in porn consumption. The adult industry is just a reflection of our society, and what we see in this dark mirror is pretty disturbing.

You can follow Hiérophante's work on his Instagram, Soundcloud, and Facebook.

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Will Murray's picture

How on Earth did people miss the sarcasm?

David Stephen Kalonick's picture

Yeah well y'know, I'm sorry, Evan, that the Coen Brothers don't direct the porn that I watch.

I love how Weinstein's non-consensual activities are lumped in with Trump bragging about what pageant contestants allow. You would think someone writing an article would read a transcript instead of jumping on a sound bite.