When I heard one man put the Southern California porn empire to a grinding halt because he was spreading syphilis, I just knew it would be some Nobody Scrub Dude strapped for cash and fudging his records so he could pay his bills and bang chicks he’d have no chance with otherwise.
But it was my boo Mr. Marcus! I am so sad. I actually kind of like him (but only in that whole “If I had a pussy I would probably let him beat it up secretly and never tell anybody” sort of way.)
From The Daily Beast:
Last week Mr. Marcus, one of the top big-name male porn stars, revealed in a voice mail message to blogger Mike South that he was the anonymous performer at the center of a syphilis outbreak that has roiled the adult-film industry. Porn—from Europe to the United States—is in the midst of a voluntary shutdown while hundreds of performers get tested and treated for syphilis.
In the presence of executives for the industry lobby, the Free Speech Coalition, which arranged the proceedings, two adult trade publications, AVN and XBIZ, together interviewed Mr. Marcus. Though Mr. Marcus claimed to have already been treated for syphilis at that point, he admitted to altering the test results performers bring to shoots to show they are clean of certain STDs. The Daily Beast reached Mr. Marcus by phone Saturday night for this exclusive interview, his first outside the porn media, in which he discussed how the outbreak began, how many people he had been with after becoming contagious, and other questions:
Most of his answers are boring. But he explains how he altered his test to show that he was clean and all he really used was a copy machine. I’ma just put the last half here.
Q: How hard was it to fake a test?
A: Honestly, it wasn’t that hard at all. I sat in my office. I had a copy of the test. I literally folded it once. It made me pause. And, I decided to make a copy of the test, and that made it look like a regular test. That was stupid. It wasn’t necessary. All I had to do was explain that I had taken the shot and I had been treated. I could have explained it. But I thought it would be a lot harder to explain it. It was very bad judgment.
Q: Could you have done the same thing with your test if you had discovered you were positive for HIV?
A: That’s a very valid point. I think HIV sets off a bigger alarm. There wasn’t a system in place to alert everyone about syphilis but for HIV, yes. HIV would set off all kind of red flags.
Q: But hypothetically, if you had wanted to alter the HIV result on your test, would you have been able to?
A: No. HIV and syphilis are two different types of diseases.
Q: I understand that. But if you wanted to alter the HIV result on your test like you did the syphilis result, would you have been able to do so?
A: I don’t think so.
Q: Has this experience changed your view that the testing system is adequate and that condoms should not become mandatory?
A: It’s a good question. I immediately thought I should be the perfect argument for condoms now. But I do believe in our testing system. I’ve been using it for 18 years; I watched it evolve. It’s not a perfect system, but it is better than trying to rely on condoms. Condoms break; condoms come off; I know they do. I still believe in testing.
Q: Do you think you can go back to performing? What sort of feedback are you getting from your peers in the industry now that your name is out there?
A: I’ve been hearing I should retire, that I should go to hell, and that I should go to jail. I’ve heard I should go get a job at Subway. I’ve heard everything. I’ve heard what a bad person I am. This is not easy to live with and I am hoping eventually everybody that I’ve worked with is found to be fine. I made a mistake. People make mistakes. It is what you do after that which makes a big difference
Obviously he’s not the brightest bulb in the box, which is probably why he decided to make a living using his wang in the first place. (Not that all pornstars are dumb—Asia Carerra has some kind of engineering degree and everything—I’m just saying…Mr. Marcus is dumb.) And kind of an asshole. Well, not even kind of. A total asshole. Just willingly exposing people to disease because you were embarrassed? More people have seen your bootyhole than know your actual name, but you’re embarrassed about saying “Hey, I caught the syph from some heaux I don’t know, so I’ma take a long vacation.” You have sex for a living. Sooner or later you’re gonna come up with something you didn’t plan for. I’m sure every dog catcher has stepped in shit a time or two. And even after faking his test and knowing how easy it is to fake, he still doesn’t believe in condoms. Asshole dummy.
That boner I used to have watching your videos? Gone for good. Because you’re an idiot. Plus Brian Pumper lives not too far away from me. And Rocco Reed has finally switched over to gay porn anyway…