Interview with Hello Rooster : Ethical and feminist porn, a complex web of progress and abuse.

Click here to read the full interview with Hello Rooster – Please read it fully 😉

Before entering in the piece, I’d like to acknowledge that I identify as a queer white cisgender woman and a pro-sex feminist activist, immigrant in Canada. I am also grateful to be able to share this story with you, grateful that Rooster trusted me enough to confide and talk with me. This text has been proofread but is open to feedback and constructive criticism. 

I met this performer and film professional in march 2018, at the Toronto international Porn Festival. Rooster was part of the event as a performer and panelist, I was there reporting.

I immediately saw in Rooster a powerful voice, a human being lucid and vividly conscious about the complexities of sexualities, dignity, violences and healing. In Toronto, they (Rooster prefer to use the pronouns ‘they\them’ instead of him\his) was awarded hearthrob of the year. Lately, their participation in the porn film industry have been proof of a curiosity for humans, bodies and a will to make things change.

Rooster is engaged within a network of activists and sex workers being vocal about the issues concerning them, feminists from diverse horizons, queer communities and sexual educators. Moreover, they are making an admirable effort to point out the specificities of the working conditions and representations of people of color in the sex work world and outside of it. Recently, was shared on Rooster’s instagram page the wish to insist on the need for PoC Sex Ed. There are numerous goals for this work that is intrinsically connected to racist, sexist and colonialist systems of oppression at the heart of which sex workers are, invibilized even though they are and have been critical and necessary truth bringers.

Deconstruction, analysis and understanding are  underlining new online practices, mixing art and discourse, Rooster is an example of a new generation of performers who accept to be in the public eye to help the community through speaking to them directly, without filters and without fear.

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Last year, Hello Rooster was already discussing quite actively the issues of human rights and performers rights in the porn industry. Especially in the « feminist porn » world.

 

For almost a year, they have been engaged in legal procedures involving themselves and the Erika Lust Firm and the french director, Olympe de G. Erika Lust and her husband (also C.E.O) are reigning on the feminist porn market. Her series Xconfessions has become a turning point in porn consumption in terms of representativity and inclusion. The Barcelona based porn production company has proven to be very strategic in terms of aesthetics choices and marketing logics. It seems that Erika’s wish to change the porn industry and participate in the evolution of the labor conditions and professional interactions led her towards a grey area : What if performers actually take the law into account ? 

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Erika Lust for Vice Media 

As  Rooster points out in this exclusive interview, the accusations related to his work experiences on three different Erika Lust films are :  Tort against a person (Sexual Assault), Breach of Contract (Outing/Doxxing) & Gross Negligence of an Employer, by Olympe de G and her employers; Erika Lust & Pablo Dobner. He furnishes on his website informations about the case and the attempts to communicate with Olympe de G. and the Lust Team in order to negotiate. Right now, the judiciary process is in action and Rooster is waiting for the case to be heard, in France, England and in Spain where Lust Production is based.

quote-roosterRooster’s testimony can be seen as a follow up to the #metoo movement which was focusing, from october 2017 to now, around sexual violence against women.

Here,  unfortunately, this story « intersects with race, class and gender. » Moreover, Rooster makes a point in expressing and sharing the fact that  the smart use of black stereotypes has been used to discredit their experience and story.

 

Indeed, the online experience of having to testify and be visible as a black sex worker was the occasion for Rooster to « navigate complex tropes when seeking justice as a victim of sexual assault and a person of colour ». 

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Speaking up is the first step towards justice and recognition. Opening the discussion on how we – as a society- can change the way we look at sex work and human rights could positively improve the state of things.

Adopting intersectional tools of analysis is essential and possible thanks to many great activists from anti-racist groups, pro-sex feminists  and  sex-work advocates spheres who are sharing knowledge and facts in order for everybody else to be able to think things thoroughly. 

#SEXWORKISWORK

Click here to read the full interview with Hello Rooster – Please read it fully 😉

Follow Rooster on Twitter, Instagram and check their work on his website. 

Listen to his participation in the Sex Ed in Color here, a podcast exploring sexuality from a perspective of sex professionals of color. 

Rooster is fundraising to help cover their legal costs regarding seeking damages; Tort against a person (Sexual Assault), Breach of Contract (Outing/Doxxing) & Gross Negligence of an Employer, by Olympe de G and her employers; Erika Lust & Pablo Dobner.
Please help support them here: www.hellorooster.co/linktree

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  1. DROIT DE RÉPONSE DE OLYMPE DE G.*

    « Since I ended our intimate and professional relationship, Rooster has been spreading accusations of sexual assault against me on Internet. He has published about 100 posts attacking me in a deceptive way, his narrative evolving and contradicting itself over the months. I formally contest these accusations, motivated by his need for personal revenge. I have filed several defamation and harassment claims, that are currently under investigation. I remind you that Rooster has no legal right to present me as an aggressor, his accusations being by all means unfounded. »

    Olympe de G.

    *Conformément aux dispositions de l’art.6 IV de la loi n°2004-575 du 21 juin 2004, disposant que « toute personne nommée ou désignée dans un service de communication au public en ligne dispose d’un droit de réponse, sans préjudice des demandes de correction ou de suppression du message qu’elle peut adresser au service.
    (…)
    Le directeur de la publication est tenu d’insérer dans les trois jours de leur réception les réponses de toute personne nommée ou désignée dans le service de communication au public en ligne sous peine d’une amende de 3 750 Euros, sans préjudice des autres peines et dommages-intérêts auxquels l’article pourrait donner lieu. »

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    1. 
A Response to; 
DROIT DE REPONSE DE OLYMPE DE G

      
1. In regards to an “intimate relationship”, below is an extract from an email I received from my employer; more of which you can find here – Erika Lust has a serious MeToo problem.

      https://hellorooster.co/2018/06/28/erika-lust-has-a-serious-metoo-problem-clean/

      ~ “I think it would be good for us to get comfortable with the action that they approve (whatever it finally is) before June’s shoot. We will look more spontaneous, it will avoid awkward moments, hesitations in front of the camera. I like to know my partners a minimum and be aware of what they like if it has to be recorded and stay on the Internets for ever and ever 😀 I think knowing each other helps making good porn. Tell me how you feel about that, it is really what I prefer from instinct.”; 19th April 2017 – Olympe de G (Barbara)

      — my response and reply to this request was a professional email; presenting my CV as an employee; 28th April 2017 — Rooster (Rufai)

      ~ “My participation in the shoot with Erika has been cancelled by Lust….In that context, if you feel that flying to Bretagne would be too tiring and doesn’t have a point anymore, as we don’t have to “train” for a shoot…”; 2nd May 2017 – Olympe de G (Barbara)


      — I would argue and side with the use of common sense that; an “intimate relationship” never existed, only one that was professional; which would be characterised as an abuse of power by: The Guidelines for Guest Directors; when producing ethical porn, written by Erika Lust Films.

      2. As for the claims of defamation, I ask, why haven’t Olympe de G’s lawyers proceeded to court regarding those claims after my lawyers presented them with the evidence of: Tort Against a Person (Sexual Assault).
      Whilst on the other hand, I have proceeded to the police and relevant authorities with my claims; which are currently being investigated.

      Dear reader, I will let you judge for yourself, especially since this isn’t Olympe de G’s first allegations of Boundary Violations; see The Bitchhiker.

      3. Finally I would draw your attention to Olympe de G’s continual and intentional misgendering and use of incorrect pronouns to inflict harm despite a courteous request to cease this action; in 2018.

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