If you live in North Carolina, it might be time to kick that porn habit. Just weeks after Disney and Marvel threatened to pull out of filming in Georgia over an anti-gay law, another company is following suit in response to anti-LGBT laws in North Carolina. However, this one will definitely leave a number of people feeling a little blue.
Major porn site Xhamster is denying access to its users in North Carolina as of Monday, Huffington Post reports. When trying to load the site, individuals are met with a black screen instead. That will remain so until the Tar Heel State repeals a house bill that prevents local cities and counties from instating rules that protect its LGBT citizens.
"We have spent the last 50 years fighting for equality for everyone and these laws are discriminatory which XHamster.com does not tolerate," spokesman Mike Kulich said in a statement. "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."
He added that in March, the site garnered 400,000 search hits for the term "transsexual" and 319,907 for "gay" in North Carolina alone. Maybe the individuals who searched for those entries will sign the petition to repeal the law, which the porn site plans to replace the black screen with eventually.