Watch: After Backlash, GayVN Awards Nixes 'Best Ethnic Scene' Category

Wednesday November 29, 2017

Over the weekend, gay porn actor Hugh Hunter posted an open letter on Twitter, taking issue with the GayVN Awards' category for "Best Ethnic Scene." In response, Hunter, who is white, declined his nominations in other categories.

A backlash on Twitter ensued and officials for the Adult Video News (AVN) issued a statement, saying its changed the category, Instinct magazine points out.

AVN announced it will merge its controversial "Best Ethnic Scene" category with "Best Duo." This means the performers nominated for the former category will now compete against those in the latter category.

"In response to concerns raised by members of the adult community, AVN Media Network is making a significant change to the 2018 GayVN Awards nominations," the statement reads. "Effective immediately, the category of Best Ethnic Scene has been merged with Best Duo Scene. All nominees in both categories will be in the running for a single award."

Click here to read the full statement.

This is the first time the GayVN Awards, which were launched in 1998 and honors the gay adult industry, are being held since 2011. It is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2018 in Las Vegas.

Find Hunter's original message below.