A popular pornography website is voicing its opposition to House Bill 2 by saying it has banned all North Carolina users from accessing its content.
XHamster.com announced the blackout Monday. The website is ranked among the most popular 100 websites in the world, according to Alexa, which analyzes website traffic.
“We are appalled by the recent events that have transpired in North Carolina,” XHamster.com spokesman Mike Kulich said in an emailed statement. “As of today, access to XHamster.com is blacked out in the state of North Carolina until further notice. Judging by the stats of what you North Carolinians watch, we feel this punishment is a severe one. We will not standby and pump revenue into a system that promotes this type of garbage. We respect all sexualities and embrace them.”
Instead of allowing North Carolina users to access its library of pornographic photos and videos, the site displays a message that says “stop your homophobic insanity.”
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The blackout message also lists the number of North Carolina visits to material labeled “gay” or “shemale” (a derogatory term for transgender women).
But the site actually allows access to videos if users click an “X” button, Dome has confirmed.