A 23-year-old porn star committed suicide after she was criticized online for a tweet in which she said she wouldn’t do a porn scene with a man who had shot gay porn for her “safety,” Fox News reported.
August Ames, one of the biggest rising stars in the porn industry, died Tuesday due to asphyxiation by hanging, the Ventura County Medical Examiner told The Blast.
“She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me,” said her husband, Kevin Moore, to porn trade magazine Adult Video News (AVN). “Please leave this as a private family matter in this difficult time.”
Ames, who had more than 270 onscreen porn credits, had received intense criticism online for a tweet in which she said she wouldn’t have onscreen sex with a man who had done gay porn.
“[Whichever] (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews, you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know,” the tweet said. “BS is all I can say. Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? #ladirect I do my homework for my body.”
Ames was roundly criticized for the tweet by other performers in the industry.
“I think it’s hilarious that your discriminating against a man who does/did gay porn when half of this industry has performed with such performers,” tweeted Alexis Monroe, another adult film star. “ALLLLLLL performers must subject to the SAME testing in order to work.”
While many porn stars in Ames’ replies said that she had the right to refuse sex with anyone she chose, they said her reasons for refusing to work with a gay porn actor was based on misinformation.
“She doesn’t have to work with him,” tweeted Sinn Sage. “NO ONE is arguing that. However, her REASONS and excuses are based on lies and misinformation about the industry, & fans are listening to what she’s saying, and spreading discrimination about ppl who are marginalized.”
But people who defended Ames said that a gay performer could contract a disease in his private life after passing the test.
“It's because she does not know what they do in their private life, so tested or not, that test could be tainted already from their private life,” tweeted star Noelle Easton. “She and I both have turned down plenty of performers because even if they have a clean test we do not trust their private lives.”
But Ames got more than just reasonable criticism on Twitter. She garnered some comments that crossed the line into cyberbullying. One person reportedly tweeted, “Next time use your brain when openly being a c*nt on Twitter.”
Ames was a two-time AVN award winner, and she is nominated for Female Performer of the Year in the upcoming 2018 awards in January.
Before entering the porn industry, Ames worked in a bar and a tanning salon, according to AVN. Her final tweet, sent the night before her death, was just two words: “f*ck y’all.”