A black, male adult movie star is suing DF Productions, his former employer, over allegations that he was called the n-word during filming twice by a white female costar without his consent.
Maurice McKnight, who goes by the onscreen name of Moe the Monster, filed the lawsuit against DF Productions and his former supervisor, James Camp, in Los Angeles on Thursday after discovering that the video, which he did not consent to, appeared online.
Allegedly, on July 12 of last year, McKnight claims Camp asked him on two different occasions whether or not it would be acceptable for him to be called the n-word during filming by his white costar. Both times, McKnight says he refused and that he did not like the use of the word at all.
Camp pressed further, stating that fans would enjoy hearing the word during his performance, but McKnight would not consent. “I told him, ‘No, I don’t like the word,'” McKnight said of his conversation with Camp.
Later in the day, the film’s director, along with his costar, Deborah Hinkle who goes by the stage name Ryan Conner, asked again, this time noting that Hinkle had agreed to say the word. “I said, ‘I don’t care if she’s OK with it — I don’t like that word and I’m not down with it,'” McKnight added.
Despite all this, during the filming, Hinkle used the word twice. The video was then uploaded to the adult website dogfart.com, which is owned by DF Productions. The offensive word can clearly be heard. Hinkle has yet to comment, but McKnight’s lawyer said the following:
“The use of the n-word in the workplace is considered by courts, and our society, as the most offensive racial slur imaginable. It embodies the evil of racism,” said his lawyer, Dan Gilleon.
A team of journalists at the Washinton Post examined its use through history and how it’s come to its current role in our modern day vernacular:
“Unfortunately, Dogfart makes a lot of money catering to racists in our society, so they were willing to dupe Moe into performing this scene, knowing Ryan Conner planned to use this vulgar language,” Gilleon added.
McKnight says that once he found out the video was posted to dogfart.com, that he asked for it to be edited to take the offensive language out but his request was denied.
McKnight claims that black adult movie stars have to ensure a lot of racism as it is and he hopes his lawsuit helps to eliminate some of it.
“I want that word and those types of stigmas to be eliminated from the adult industry,” he said.
McKnight also alleges that dogfart.com, which specializes in interracial videos, and DF productions “targets racist viewers and entices them into paying DFI money in exchange for the right to view racist adult films.”
While it is unclear whether or not the video in question is still online or not, it should not have been uploaded in the first place.
The “n-word” is a very offensive word and it should not have been used at all, especially when the person who the word was directed at had already expressed offense from its use.
As the video below proved, racism is still rampant in the US:
“I just felt violated and betrayed,” McKnight said. “I’ve shot over 50 scenes for this company. For a long time, I was one of their top guys. And I’m always publicly talking about racism. For them to even ask me was an insult, then to do it against my will, it hurts. It feels like it was a set-up.”
Hopefully, this lawsuit will be a step in the right direction toward removing this horribly offensive word from our lexicon entirely.
If you want to learn more about the “n-word” and why it’s so offensive check out the video above.