Porn Site Blocks N. Carolina for 'Homophobic Insanity'
XHamster says porn can do what Bruce Springsteen can't
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2016 1:08 AM CDT
Updated Apr 12, 2016 5:33 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Porn site XHamster is taking action to deal with something it considers really obscene: North Carolina's new pro-discrimination law. The site—one of the most popular porn websites and one of the world's top 100 websites of any kind, according to Gizmodo—went dark for users with a North Carolina IP address shortly after noon on Monday, reports the Huffington Post. "We feel this punishment is a severe one," an XHamster spokesman says. "We will not stand by and pump revenue into a system that promotes this type of garbage. We respect all sexualities and embrace them."

The spokesman says he believes "porn has the power to do what Bruce Springsteen can't." XHamster initially suggested that users from the state would be blocked until the law was repealed, although later Monday, it was back up for them with an added pop-up slamming the state's "homophobic insanity" and "incredible hypocrisy," Gizmodo reports. The pop-up noted that so far in 2016, there have been more than 319,000 North Carolina views of videos in categories marked "Gay," and another 491,000 views in "Shemale" categories. (Bryan Adams is boycotting Mississippi over a similar law.)