Jason Tseng

New "K-Town" cast to include Muscle-daddy gay porn star Peter Le

Filed By Jason Tseng | July 24, 2010 2:00 PM | comments

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The Asian American blogosphere has been abuzz with the recent leak of a preliminarypeter_le1_thumb[2].jpg reel of a new reality tv series called K-Town, the Asian American cousin of infamously trashy Jersey Shore.

Being one of the few Americans in my age cohort that has avoided seeing a single episode of Jersey Shore, I only had a passing interest in the developing story. I personally wasn't overly excited about the prospect of Asian Americans getting the same painfully stereotyped treatment that Italian Americans got out of Jersey Shore. However, when I took a look at the TMZ leaked premo reel I was shocked to see someone that I knew from a very different part of my life... gay porn.

Pictures and video after the jump.

I've been very open about my deliberate decision to go sticky rice (a.k.a. asians dating asians) as an anti-racist revolutionary act against sexual racism in the gay community, but, politics aside, I've definitely shifted my adult entertainment consumption to also include this new shift. A part of that had definitely included the obscenely chiseled Peter Le.

Peter runs one of those boybuilder muscle god websites where subscribers get access to videos of the object of their affection in various stages of undress, flexing and the occasional wank. While I have to admit Peter is a little lacking in enthusiasm and commitment as a gay porn star (in that he has a perpetual glaze of vague disinterest, he never goes over the gay line with his exclusively solo videos, and with the most sexual thing in his videos being pillow humping he barely puts out), he is still wicked hot. And I'm not ashamed to have reserved a few slots of my happy alone time for him.

But the question becomes how will K-Town producers address Peter's sordid line of work? I'm almost positive that Peter is actually straight and just a competitive bodybuilder looking for extra ways to cash in on his craft. So it's unlikely he'll be "the gay guy" of the group. But it's clear the producers are aware of his site since they use it in the promo reel. Will Peter have a queer crisis when his co-stars wrestle with his past as an almost gay-for-pay star?

Whatever the outcome, I am personally amazed that what got me interested in now seeing this assuredly horrid bit of reality television is gay porn.

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JIMINEY CRICKET HE'S HOT! WHOOO!!!!! (sets DVR)There isn't enough hot Asian guys on TV that aren't just arm candy for white guys.

Peter is wonderful. I've been working closely with him to market his brand to my (NSFW) audience. He's one of the sweetest guys I know. Here's
a link to an interview I had with Peter back in January:

http://menofcolor.blogs.com/moc_blog/2010/01/peter-le.html (NSFW)

And kudos to you Jason for finally injecting a little variety in Bilerico's coverage of the Adult Entertainment industry. While I applaud your efforts in even broaching the subject, sadly Bilerico has put up resistance in covering the gay porn industry in all of its diversity.

Thanks for the link! Good site!

Teeny tiny eeeny weeny dick. You might as well be with a muscular woman. It's pretty much a big clitoris. He needs the muscles cuz there ain't nothin' else of interest.

Actually, his penis is comfortably average-sized (I'd estimate around 6" erect, based on the pics in which he has a semi). Funny how racial stereotypes (like the one about Asian guys having small dicks) endure even in spite of clear and obvious evidence against them.

You know, as Peter is a friend of mine, I was tempted to respond forcefully to your comment. But then I quickly realized you've shown more ignorance in what you wrote than anything I could ever possibly say.

I agree with MOCBlogger. I don't know Peter personally or anything, but I think he's hella hot and his dick is not only sufficient but more than enough.

It saddens me that you'd make such an unfortunate response because it only reflects poorly on you.

I've been very open about my deliberate decision to go sticky rice (a.k.a. asians dating asians) as an anti-racist revolutionary act against sexual racism in the gay community...

No matter how much I chew on this, I still fail to see how being "sticky rice" is in any sense a revolutionary or anti-racist act. All you're doing is exchanging one form of sexual racism for another, no more revolutionary than white guys who only date other white guys.

I've known guys who prefer to date members of a certain race because they genuinely prefer certain phenotypes that might be more common in some ethnic groups than in others; and then some people prefer to date those who share their cultural background. That's understandable.

But if you label yourself "sticky rice" and declare that you'll only date other Asians, it's ultimately no different from being a "potato queen" or a "rice queen": At the end of the day, you're still dating guys on the basis of WHAT they are rather than WHO they are. That's a notoriously unreliable way to find long-lasting love and satisfaction because it tends to draw men also interested only in superficial characteristics, which I suspect is a huge reason why you wound up being so disappointed when you were dating white guys.

If you want commit a truly revolutionary act against sexual racism, then date guys for their body, mind and soul, regardless of their race. Otherwise, you're simply repeating the same ineffective strategy and expecting different results.

oh i don't date asian men exclusively. my sticky rice experiment was a year long personal experiment to sort of make up for lost time. I'm guessing most white people have dated plenty of people within their racial cohort and have never had to think twice about it. I was just making up for lost time i suppose.

I've always dated a wide range of men (ethnically and age-wise). But I continue to do my due diligence in being especially open to queer asian men. It's my personal version of affirmative action.

Hmmmm... But if you were just "especially open" to Asian guys and didn't date Asian men exclusively, wouldn't that technically mean you weren't actually sticky rice? I thought "sticky rice" meant an Asian guy who exclusively dates other Asians, as opposed to merely having a preference.

i mean, i think sticky rice means whatever you want it to mean. For me, there was a distinct sociological block for me to date other Asian men. I've spoken to many other queer Asian men who have felt similar blocks at dating intra-racially. So for me, "going sticky" was a deliberate opting in decision to actively seek out other Asian men who I had previously subconsciously been self-selecting out of.

But I also think there's something to be said about Asian men who date exclusively Asian guys. I don't think it's ethically or semiotically equitable when a white guy dates exclusively white guys as when Asian guys date exclusively intra-racially. To assume so would be to neglect the very real power and impact of white privilege.

I'm not unmindful of white privilege or its effects on people, and I'm all for conquering internalized prejudice, but I see a big difference between simply questioning internalized racism and opening oneself up to dating members of a race one might have previously disregarded, and practices like "going sticky." While a disinclination among Asians toward dating other Asians may be the result of internalized racism resulting from living in a society that privileges and exults whiteness, it's also up to individuals to take responsibility for allowing internalized prejudice (whether racist or homophobic) to take root in the first place and subsequently overcome it. But the decision to date only Asians, even if temporarily, and the overall tone of your posts comes across more as blaming others for an inability to find satisfaction that ultimately resulted from your own actions and dating habits.

As such, I don't agree with the second paragraph. When you tell yourself that you'll only date people of a certain race -- whether it's whites exclusively dating whites, whites with Asians, Asians with Asians or what-have-you -- the reasons are still contrived and superficial and not based on anything real or substantial, except perhaps racial fetish and/or animus.

And what's the ultimate goal here, on the societal level? Is it to eliminate racism and racial discrimination? Or is it to criticize racism and racial discrimination practiced by white people while justifying and ignoring it when it's practiced by others?

Exclusively dating other Asians after long disregarding them due to internalized racism is revolutionary and anti-racist only to the degree that switching to heroin is a remedy for alcoholism.

"it's also up to individuals to take responsibility for allowing internalized prejudice (whether racist or homophobic) to take root in the first place and subsequently overcome it."

wow. blaming the oppressed for their oppression. classy.

Also, the title of my past posts about my wrestling with sexual racism in the gay community was "Fried Rice: A Failed Attempt at Subverting Sexual Racism" emphasis on the "failed". I never meant to connote that what I did is what I thought everyone should do, but it was rather a documentation of a visceral response to an oft ignored ugly side of the gay community.

I readily admit that my attempt to subvert sexual racism with my botched "sticky revolution" was steeped in anger and a need for a sense of retaliation or vengeance. But I still don't believe that when oppressed people choosing to support and bolster each other with their love constitutes "reverse racism".

The logic you present is very similar to the kind of rhetoric used in anti-affirmative action rhetoric all the time. The minute spheres of influence that I exert in moving in contradiction to the overwhelming cultural current in favor of white beauty in no way constitutes a pervasive, society expansive, system of privilege. So as long as white privilege exists in gay male sexuality, non-whites dating non-whites, in my view constitutes a destabilization of that cultural current and therefore is revolutionary.

I think the commenter was attempting to instill a sense of responsibility in one's own internalized racism or homophobia. if you've got it, that's fine, but get rid of it. Don't blame society. Society isn't going to change. Society is an abstract. You, however, are not. You can change, and you can change other people's minds by holding different opinions than them while arguing persuasively.

I bring this up because your rhetoric, while technically accurate, is not winning you new friends or allies. If you are attempting to argue persuasively, you are not doing so by getting bitchy with someone who is making a point contrary to yours.

i really don't see how i was "being bitchy"... if that's the tone you inferred then that was not my intention.

I agree very much that people need to take responsibility for their internalized prejudices where sexuality is concerned. but I am of the opinion that people of color are far more likely to be cognizant of these internalized prejudices in the same way that women are much more likely to be cognizant of gender issues and problems because they must confront the limitations imposed on them by society because of their gender.

In the same way, people of color are more likely to be cognizant of these internalized prejudices. I've been talking about this issue for a long time now, nearly two years, in informal and formal contexts (with friends as well as in focus groups for research). And while chiefly unscientific, nearly all the people who I have talked to that did not believe that their non-attraction to specific ethnicities or races was problematic were all white.

every. single. one.

I'm not saying all white gay guys feel the same way. I in fact, do not believe this is true in the slightest. But what it does tell me, is that white folk tend to have a more difficult time identifying racism because they live in a world where they are so infrequently confronted by the ways their race limits their options.

wow. blaming the oppressed for their oppression. classy.

That's not at all what I meant. I mean that you can't control the structural racism that led you to avoid other Asian guys, but you can control how it affects you internally, just as I presume you did when you decided not to let societal homophobia affect you. But you willfully indulged that internalized racism and then tried to blame it all on white gay guys (I believe "born and bred to subjugate" was the original phrase you used, before you deleted it), as if someone had forced you to sleep with them.

I readily admit that my attempt to subvert sexual racism with my botched "sticky revolution" was steeped in anger and a need for a sense of retaliation or vengeance.
>> I appreciate your candor here.

But I still don't believe that when oppressed people choosing to support and bolster each other with their love constitutes "reverse racism".

Under normal circumstances, neither do I, but your case is somewhat different. You basically said that you had fetishized white guys. Well, it stands to reason that you would attract -- surprise! -- a lot of white rice queens who fetishize and objectify Asian guys. But rather than reexamining your dating habits and thinking and then maybe going to a different bar or website or screening guys before sleeping with them to make sure they like you for you and aren't just after some Gaysian Geisha Boy to use as a living blow-up doll, you merely went to the opposite extreme.

I can't tell you whom to find attractive, and if you end up spending the rest of your life with a wonderful Asian man, then that's great, but I wouldn't call it "revolutionary," especially if you're just exchanging one racial fetish for another.

The logic you present is very similar to the kind of rhetoric used in anti-affirmative action rhetoric all the time.
>> Ironic, considering that I've always supported affirmative action, but I digress...

The minute spheres of influence that I exert in moving in contradiction to the overwhelming cultural current in favor of white beauty in no way constitutes a pervasive, society expansive, system of privilege. So as long as white privilege exists in gay male sexuality, non-whites dating non-whites, in my view constitutes a destabilization of that cultural current and therefore is revolutionary.

But again, I ask you: What is the ultimate goal? What do you hope to accomplish? Is it racial equality, or is it revenge? You say my logic is like that of people who oppose affirmative action, but I'm just thinking in practical terms here. Dating only within your race as a way to "stick it to the man" may seem empowering and revolutionary, the ultimate wrench in the cogs of white supremacy, but that kind of thinking will ultimately do nothing but create further divisions and perpetuate the problem, for you and for others, and I highly doubt it'll lead you to satisfaction and happiness in the end.

There's a reason why we have a national holiday for Martin Luther King Jr., and not for Malcolm X. That's because King, in the face of racist oppression far worse than today, preached fraternity and love; Malcolm X (at least early on) preached segregation and animosity. Needless to say, had Malcolm X had his way, it's unlikely that the resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. would be the son of a white mother and a black father.

If you want to be truly revolutionary, then date guys because you actually care about them and see them for who they are, regardless of their race.

"Under normal circumstances, neither do I, but your case is somewhat different. You basically said that you had fetishized white guys. Well, it stands to reason that you would attract -- surprise! -- a lot of white rice queens who fetishize and objectify Asian guys. But rather than reexamining your dating habits and thinking and then maybe going to a different bar or website or screening guys before sleeping with them to make sure they like you for you and aren't just after some Gaysian Geisha Boy to use as a living blow-up doll, you merely went to
the opposite extreme."

For the record, I never said I fetishized white guys. I did say that I had dated a lot of them, but it was not because I sought them out, or sought out rice queens. Also, not all rice queens are white. I've dated rice queens who are non-white, which makes the entire question even more complicated.

There also comes into the question of supply and demand. Before moving out to New York, most of my sexually active time as an adult was in college in Richmond, Virginia, a small city in the south. So A) racism abounds there, B) not a whole lot of Asians, much less queer Asians in Richmond.

So no, i was not trading one fetish for another. But when you're a queer asian kid trying to date in a southern city, your status as a second class citizen is very obvious. Getting told to your face "Sorry I don't do Chinese" over and over again make it very clear in no uncertain terms that your race is a clear mitigating factor in the gay community. So when you're a 19 year old kid having his first attempts at striking out in the gay community, and being completely shut out because of his race, is it surprising that I'd take on a random guy who fancied me BECAUSE of my race? what a novelty.

And I also resent the assertion that I didn't attempt and assess my dating habits. You basically called me a dumb slut who jumped on whatever saggy old troll rice queen came my way. The thing is, rice queens often try and hide the fact that they're rice queens. Sometimes not very effectively, but it's very common for a guy who has yellow fever actively denies and hides the evidence of it. And it may not be far into the relationship when these hints become more clear. I talked about that a lot actually in my previous posts. And that's part of the reason i wanted to opt out of interracial dating because then Asian guys have an extra burden of doing the due diligence of avoiding rice queens. The constant paranoia that the person your dating is actually hiding something from you. Just the fact that you have to ask all those inane coded questions is enough to make your brain burst.

So it's easy to just say "love people for people." But that's not what's happening. Gay white men are often complicit in this racialized hierarchy by continuing to deny the existence of sexual racism, and not being proactive and addressing their own subconscious prejudices. And why would they need to, if they have never run up against their race blocking them from being a prospect? It's called white privilege, which you have claim to be very cognizant of.

"But again, I ask you: What is the ultimate goal? What do you hope to accomplish? Is it racial equality, or is it revenge?"

I'm not claiming to know how to solve all the racial problems within the gay community. I'm not saying that all Asians should go sticky in order to reverse sexual racism. But what I was trying to do was to bring a human face to the problem of sexual racism. To demonstrate how much it damages queer Asian men, and document how and why I was searching for a way to "check out" of the whole racial politic in my dating life, which evidently is clearly impossible. The whole going sticky was an effort to find a means in which a relationship could be free from the anxiety of the problems that arise from an interracial relationship, which is often the norm for Queer Asian men and Queer MOCs. I mean, it was a logical step considering: "I've dated interracially exclusively and it has caused X, Y, Z problems. Maybe I should try dating intra-racially and see how that works."

And in terms of real solutions? Sure it'd be great if all gay men everywhere stopped and actively worked to correct their internalized racisms and altered their sexual preferences to be more egalitarian. But how quickly do you see that happening? I was and will continue to attempt to bring to light these issues so that all people will try and assess their own racial prejudices in and outside of the bedroom.

Okay, maybe "fetishizing white guys" wasn't the right way to put it, but recall that in your first post, you wrote:

"But in all of my personal and romantic experience, men who like Asian guys but are not rice queens either did not exist, or required too much vetting to be viable romantic prospects.

"I realized a fundamental flaw in my equation: if we, gay Asians, continued to entrust gay white men with the keys to our eventual happiness, they would inevitably fail us."

Given the number of guys I've met in NYC who are able to find Asian guys attractive and aren't rice queens, and your admission that you previously had never dated other Asians, I can only conclude that yes, you did seek out rice queens, even if you weren't thinking about it as such.

And even if many rice queens try to hide that about themselves, I would think that at some point, you'd learn to recognize one when you saw one through various telltale signs or by asking questions that would give them away, especially considering that even you said many don't hide it very effectively (and I've met many who make no effort to hide it at all). I wasn't suggesting that you jumped on every saggy old troll rice queen who came your way, but you apparently did decide to date and/or sleep with guys without fully assessing the situation.

I don't mean to invalidate your experiences or deny the existence of white privilege and how it plays out among gay men. But at the same time, having read your posts and your comments, it's apparent that you've placed yourself in situations in which you've set yourself up for disappointment. Again, maybe it's because you've been looking in the wrong places, but it's resulted in you attracting guys who don't value you, thus leading you to make unfair assumptions about others.

While I find your assessment of my dating life and my alleged complete inability to be self-aware wholly inaccurate, I want to table this assessment of my individual experience.

I at the very least want you to acknowledge that this problem of sexual racism is wide-spread and not confined to my individual experience. Because I assure you it is not.

I'm also interested in what venues you imagine that I go to which are such obvious hot beds of rice queen infection that I should avoid. Cuz last time I checked I wasn't subscribed to asianboys4u.com or something. I am active in the queer asian community and volunteer with several community organizing groups servicing the queer asian population. And believe me... this problem is not as trivial as you seem to suggest.

I've never denied that sexual racism is real and widespread. I acknowledged as much in my comments on your original "fried rice" post and also expressed my discomfort with racial fetishes.

I don't know what bars or websites you frequent, and that's ultimately not very relevant (though The Web and Fridae.com come to mind as favorite rice queen haunts). But whatever strategy you've been using using, at least here in New York (no disagreement on Richmond -- I've never heard anything good about race relations in Virginia), it's been attracting some pretty shallow and superficial people. I've meet far too many guys who can like Asians without being rice queens to think your experiences are solely the result of white-on-Asian racism and not because of something you've been doing as well.

I'm not sure how I feel about the concept of 'sticky rice' over any other form of dating. You can't really help how your dick feels. I'm attracted to a certain kind of guy. It doesn't make me racist anymore than being gay makes me misogynist.

i think that while individual preferences can run the gamut, it's still important to check in and question the way in which societal forces have effected your sexual preferences.

For example, when i was younger, there was a time when I was not interested in dating black men. I had a lot of black friends, and like a lot of black cultural things like hip hop, soul food, and Spirituals, for example... but Black guys just never did it for me. I had nothing "against" them... i "just wasn't wired that way." And so when black guys would hit me up and show their interest, i would politely decline. They're nice people, just not my cup of tea... right?

Until I stood back and though about how fucked up that is.

So I actively worked to correct my deep seeded internalized racism against black folk. The way i did this was every time a black guy hit on me, I took the time to find one thing that i liked about him. I mean it's hard to find absolutely nothing you find appealing about a person (at least in my view). Maybe he had nice eyes, a warm smile, a nice chest, an infectious laugh, a quick wit... and slowly I built on that psychological exercise to undo the internalized racism that was deeply ingrained in my sexual preference.

I encourage people to question the hard and fast criteria they use when selecting partners. Not saying that you should hop into bed with everyone who bats an eye at you, but rather be cognizant of your criteria, why you have it, and if it's really necessary.

So does that mean that you have dated black guys? Or that you can appreciate them for who they are? I simply don't find features that many black people have to be appealing. For one, I prefer skin that isn't dark but isn't light. That means I have gone for guys who are Pacific Islanders, East Asian, Latino, and Middle Eastern. Again--does that mean that I'm racist, or that I have a preference?

I am not arguing that I don't date black guys because I value my wallet. I am arguing that I don't date most black guys because I do not find them physically attractive, just like I am not into effeminate guys, overweight guys, bald guys, or guys with poor hygiene.

My criterion is simple: do they turn me on? If so, then I will actively pursue that person as a partner. The simple fact of the matter is that most black guys don't do it for me. I'd prefer be honest about it than have some sort of fetish for a type of person (Asian, black, redhead) and pursue a sexual relationship solely based on that. That's worse to me than having a racist dick.

i have in fact dated black guys. In fact, since that little bit of self-therapy I'm gonna say a good third of the people I've dated have been black.

Do i have preferences? sure. I like short guys, but plenty of guys that i date or are attracted to are tall. I also prefer pears to peaches... But if someone gives me a peach, I'll eat a peach because it's still delicious.

While preferences can affect your dating behavior, I don't think they should form lasting and concrete lines that you would not cross.

I am sure that for every one of those criteria you listed "effeminate, overweight, or bald" I'm sure that there may be one guy who fits that criteria that you might actually be attracted to if you assessed his whole person rather than just one thing.

It's not an easy thing to confront your internalized prejudices, but it's important and will make you a better person.