Adult Film Star August Ames Commits Suicide At 23 After Homophobic Online Bullying

Submitted by: fancylad 1 week ago in News & Politics
August Ames (August 23, 1994 - December 5, 2017)

Adult film actress August Ames was found dead on Tuesday. The Ventura County Medical examiner confirmed the 23-year-old's death, but had yet to issue an official cause. Ames' friends, however, believe that she had taken her own life, telling online publication The Blast that she was prone to depression.  

A recent online incident may have triggered the suspected suicide, sources close to the Ames said. 
Ames recently suffered a torrent of online abuse after posting on Twitter that she would not be doing a scene with a male performer who had previously done gay porn. 

On December 3, Ames posted a message reading: 'whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews, you're shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know. BS is all I can say. Do agents really not care about who they're representing? #LAdirect I do my homework for my body.'






She might have taken the wrong approach, but is an adult film actress wrong for not wanting to have sex with a male "crossover?"
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Female 8,181
It depends, I would be wary of partnering with a person who was not practising safe sex- especially in a country with horrible healthcare.
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Male 171
The US porn industry typically is unregulated and normally uses no condoms and has no protections around STI... I certainly can't bame her for not wanting to expose herself to additional risk
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Male 15,408
I think it's a pretty universal belief in Western cultures that people should get to choose who they have sex with for whatever reasons they may have.

Mind you she shouldn't publicly stigmatise gay people. I get they may have a higher STD risk, but so do women who do unprotected buttsex and ATM and the industry testing should further level the playing field.
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Male 152
I'll never understand online bullying, just don't read the comments.
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Male 569
boredusernames01 One would assume that a porn star would need to have thick skin. It is not a universally admired profession. I would look deeper for motive...
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Male 152
toetagmodel2 ya, probably was balancing on a thin line to begin with and this just tipped her over
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Male 1,311
"Most girls don’t shoot with guys who have shot gay porn, for safety. That’s just how it is with me. I’m not putting my body at risk"   

How is it safer for a porn star to not have sex with a guy whose shot gay porn?  
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Male 348
lockner01 Relaying what has been posted on other boards:  Apparently with gay porn if they wear a condom the testing is more relaxed.  So she was concerned about if they caught something off-screen and were not tested because normally they'd be using a condom.  So she didn't want to chance it but it seems like she was pressured heavily into doing it, with or without a condom isn't known.
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Male 1,311
Beaverfever ok but the stats I've found show more straight porn stars having HIV than gay ones.

And I looked her up. She didn't use condoms in her scenes with male porn stars.  She says "i don’t know what they do in their private lives." about the men who have sex with men.  However did she know what the people she fucked on camera did in their private lives?
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Male 348
lockner01 Again, different standards.  Hetero males are tested frequently, gays who use condoms are not for whatever reason.
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Male 1,311
Beaverfever Where did you find this information? I'm curious -- I'm not trying to take an opposing stand.

The fact that she said "i don’t know what they do in their private lives."  I have a problem with.


I will say that I don't think that anyone should have to have sex with anyone they don't want to -- whether they are being paid or not.  Even though she did some pretty hardcore porn she shouldn't have to do something she wanted to.

I think that her reasons are wrong.  For the same reasons that in Canada gay people can't donate blood unless they have been celibate for 5 years (they may have just changed it to 1 year).  

Statistically gay men may have more STDs than other groups. However I would say promiscuity plays a huge roll in the risk of contracting an STD -- with HIV being the biggest concern.
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Male 348
lockner01 It apparently was stated in one of her Tweets, I did a glancing check but quickly got tired of the toxic shit that's posted on there.  

I'm not up to date on HIV/AIDS transmission myself, so I don't know the specifics of the biology.  I think the main argument is that a somewhat nominal percentage of gay men are infected, yet they are all but a small percentage of the entire population.  Hence the stigma.
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Male 1,847
lockner01 Gay men are 4x as likely to catch an STD than straight men. While most porn stars are required to be tested, some STDs can't be detected until the virus has had a chance to multiply and reach certain threshold levels.
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Male 1,311
bliznik But are those stats for general population or for Porn Stars?  Most porn industries require testing at least every 30 days. I would think the stats would be different for porn stars. According to Wikipedia there are more straight porn stars that have had HIV, in this decade, then gay ones.

 She says " i don’t know what they do in their private lives."  Does she know what straight porn stars do in their private lives?


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Male 1,847
lockner01 Those are stats for the general population.

I'm not sure if anyone's done a study just for porn stars. I would think the stats would be similar across the board.  *shrug* 
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Male 1,311
bliznik I wonder if those stats include male prisons. 

And to clarify I think we're talking about men who have sex with men not just men who identify as gay.
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"online bulling for being homophobic", not "homophobic online bullying"

Anyway, depression is a fucker of a thing.
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Male 605
Tragic really, a shame that she couldn't get help in time to prevent this happening.
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Male 10,379
She's going to posthumously get a ton of play form the auto-erotic asphyxiation set.
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Male 4,212
She could have just called her agent and told them no she is not working with this guy.  I dunno what she would expect by saying this online.

Did she think a legion of evangelicals would praise her choice to only be a porn whore with straight men?

Famous people with twitter accounts should just let their agents or managers right their tweets if they just want to use the platform for exposure, its not a good place to air these sorts of thoughts.
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Male 1,847
It's her body, her choice.

But if she wants to promote her choice on the Internet, she should understand that she will get backlash from people on the Internet who do not agree with her choice.

All bullying is wretched though. I don't care if you're promoting world peace. If you're BULLYING people who do not believe in world peace, then your are in the wrong. People love to bully nowadays.
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