Porn Star August Ames (23) Commits Suicide Following Homophobic Twitter Backlash

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    Porn star August Ames dies at 23 following Twitter controversy: report

    August Ames, an award-winning performer in the adult film industry with a substantial social media following, died on Tuesday, according to the NY Daily News.

    Friends suspected that her death was a suicide, and the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office later confirmed that her death was caused by asphyxia due to hanging, according to Adult Video News, the primary outlet covering the adult film industry.

    Early this week, Ames seemed to stoke controversy among porn industry followers for tweeting that she was canceling a shoot because an actor slated to perform with her had done gay porn:

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    Fans criticized Ames, with some alleging that the bisexual porn star was homophobic for refusing to work with the unnamed actor.


    She clarified her reasoning for canceling the shoot with another tweet, explaining that her refusal is for safety reasons:

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    Then this final tweet was posted on December 4th:

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    Following the news of her passing, members of the adult industry came forward in waves to offer their condolences on Twitter. Many implied that the online bullying took a toll on Ames; in the wake of Ames' death, fellow porn actor Annika Albrite suggested Ames had struggled with depression.

    Ames had been becoming more popular in the porn industry as her career progressed, winning the AVN award for Best New Starlet in 2015 and earning nominations for Female Performer of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. At the 2018 AVN Awards, she would've been up for Best Female Performer once again. She also won fan-voted awards for Cutest Newcomer in 2015 and Most Spectacular Boobs in 2017.
     
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    I felt really bad that this happened to her. So two things.

    I do think porn companies should give their models info on their co-stars porn history and allow them to choose. But I think since straight porn mainly focuses on the women they really get the male actors from anywhere. They don't care if dude is straight gay or bisexual as long as they look healthy (which I somewhat appreciate). And w/ Black men there is manly only a couple of "models" that they use in regular rotation so u kind of know who ur dealing with.

    It's somewhat of a double standard because almost all the female porn stars have did some type of lesbian porn. U dont see the male actors complaining. There is a perception by women about bisexual and gay men. They think they all have STDs or AIDS as if the straights don't also.

    At that end of the day when u have sex w/ random people u don't know for a living ur taking on a huge risk tested or not. That's why the CDC calls it "sexual risk behaviors"
     
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    While I agree...what is the HIV transmission rate from female to female? And if I'm not mistaken the HIV rates in the straight porn industry is significantly lower than the gay porn industry. If you have HIV in straight porn, you're out of a job. In gay porn its almost not a concern.
     
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    Just my observation.

    So crickets about how liberal social justice warriors bullied her online huh? If this was people from the right, they would've been labeled 'trolls'.
     
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    I hope you're playing devils advocate here but I thought the point of twitter was to have conversation. Based on these tweets, I don't feel that anyone here was making fun of her or calling her out of her name. I feel they were simply educating her on her ignorance. I don't have social media because i don't feel the need to post my every thought and I don't want strangers commenting on my every thought. But here's a simple idea for people who feel they are being bullied online. Delete your account and move on with your life. You don't have to read vitriol.
     
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    She posted a stupid ignorant post that got an appropriate backlash. Instead of leaving it alone, she chose to be stubborn and dig in deeper. Also the real 'bullying' has been the straight and homophobic 'fans' of this deceased porn star who are attacking the people who tweeted this woman- and they are being way worse than anyone was to her.

    She had a history of bipolar disorder, depression, and a very fucked up family life. She should never have been in the porn industry. Also she left a suicide note after she hanged herself that said nothing about the online dispute. She made her own decision to take her life and it was her responsibility. If she felt that bad about this online stuff then she should have just LOGGED OFF-but these types cannot do that and are addicted to their social media. If she was this close to the edge then even if this online thing did help her to do it, she was very close and likely would have done it anyway. She was self-destructive and committed the ultimate act of self-destruction.

    And has someone who has(and currently is)struggling with depression, this is JMHO.

    If you are an adult then nobody is responsible for you except you. Just like addicts, you need to seek help with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. just like someone with an addiction-you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make them drink. It is up to the person to make the decision that they want or need help, or to make the decision to just end their life-people have a right to do that as well. It is your life, and you have the right to take it if you really feel that is the only way. Some mental illnesses do not respond to any kind of treatment, and a person is left in a state of perpetual torment not that different from someone in untreatable and intractable physical pain. Taking one's life or engaging in some form of euthanasia is the right of a person in such a situation. Again, JMHO.
     
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    So right. I think the big thing is about educating people. I mean really its 2017. To be honest I think most porn stars are really pansexual anyway. But to be a well known porn star you got to educate ur self. Even when ppl are tested there is a thing called false negative especially if u get too soon right after having sex.

    I'm the same. I sure ppl just be posting any time of rants and word garbage online. She really should have talked to some before posting it online.

    RIP August :(
     
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    Not saying I disagree but why should they have to? Why should users have to leave over harassment but the harassers get to stay and utilize a service that is free for everyone?
     
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    Double standards and hypocrisies....I can't stand them.

    1st the above list of tweets are just A FEW she received.

    Gay porn star Jaxton Wheeler told August Ames to take a ‘cyanide pill’...and she received many like this.

    Those tweets were tame, carefully selected to make it seem like gays and gay allies can't be jerks, assholes or bullies which would go against the narrative thus shaping opinions. Half truths are still who lies.

    I've seen a ridiculous amount of those on the left who cry "shaming" and "bullying" simply for disagreeing. I've gotten plenty from queer feminists who disagree with my opinions. They same way those on the right cry "fake news" over anything they disagree with.

    Folk are selectively using terms when it fits their narrative.

    Gay dudes on this site and specifically in this thread have stated they don't want to date or have sex with dudes who are HIV positive....which is your right because its your body. But she is not allowed that same right or her opinion is flawed because she is a porn star and because it hurts gay feelings and because she's straight? GTFOH

    None of that makes sense. Typical echo-chamber thought processes.
     
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    Most often, like most things in life, it is not this black and white, but usually a shade of gray. It is rare when one person or 'side' is perfectly innocent and the other side is 'the devil'. Those harassed have often been harassing themselves. One can also just block or ignore people without having to engage in arguments or debate. As in this case, she argued back and dug a deeper hole for herself. Sure sometimes it is just cruel bullying with no rhyme of reason and then it needs to be reported.

    Also it is worth mentioning how quickly people will claim 'harassment' and call for banning when they themselves have engaged in conduct at some point as equally bad as those they are decrying.

    Regarding your other post, she was not called out for not wanting to have sex with gay men, or men who have had gay sex. It was the reason she implied that gay men were more likely to transmit HIV than Straight men in porn-and where is the data on this? This is the sex industry and who knows what anyone is doing off work? This person was engaging in all kinds of unsafe sex, and hopefully was on PREP, but who knows?-there are a ton of diseases one can get and show me the evidence that gay performers or 'gay for pay' are more likely to transmit a disease than non gays?

    And she was already dead when Wheeler sent that text-which he got(and is getting) a ton of heat for as it went way too far. Nobody was defending that. Red herring once again smh.

    Funny how she was so 'concerned about her health and body' yet destroyed it a day later. She was deeply disturbed and should have been getting professional help if she was so damn concerned about her health instead of making dumb comments on twitter about porn for Christ's sake.

    It does not make sense to you because you are not understanding the nature of most of the complaints and how the arguments progressed. Educate yourself.

    *and most of those criticisms (you posted) were actually correct.

    Oh does this so describe you. lol
     
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    You mean the data that is on every gay website (including this one) that is mined from the CDC and touted every year around the time of World AIDs Day that clearly shows MSM and Black and Latino MSM have higher transmission rates than any other group of those who are infected.

    Are you referring to that data?
     
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    This makes no sense. Is the issue trying to prove a point about who has the right to be online or living without feeling harassed or being bullied. My life is totally fine without social media and I'm aware that i have the right to create an account at anytime. My point is why log in and sit down with a cup of coffee and just read hateful comments about yourself when there are so many other things that can be done. I think people like the attention of having lots of followers so they trade their privacy and sanity for likes but then can't handle when people voice their differing opinions. Either make your social media private to only close friends or family or prepare to engage with the wider public that doesn't know you or care about you at all.
     
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    And that data is only and exclusively about the porn industry which is a regulated business with regular testing?
    Again another red herring. Where is the data regarding the porn industry??? I am waiting....????

    Where is the CDC report on men in the porn industry who have sex with women and men and their transmission rates to their industry partners compared to straight men in the porn industry?

    What part of the differences between these do you not understand?
     
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    First, there is a difference between saying i don't want to have sex with someone who is proven HIV positive and a woman saying i don't want to have sex with a man who once did gay porn. The latter carries a strong implication about gay men in general and many called her out on that. That being said, she can chose who she sleeps with or not. Her choice but ocky, you are way to smart to even use this quote to make your argument. SMH Furthermore, again did she need to post this thought that popped into her head on a PUBLIC site knowing that people would see it, read it, and feel compelled to reply in the way they felt appropriate?
     
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    Go and make this exact same argument within a feminist queer forum and see how they hand your ass to you. You're commenting as if I disagree with your point when I don't. Its not about me or you, its about the people who are experiencing what they feel is the bullying who feel they are the victims.
     
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    Also she had people wondering(and searching)to find out who the person she was about to perform with whom she decided not to work with, and this could have damaged that persons's career. She could have just kept her mouth shut and not done it but not discuss it, but she had to advertise it to the world and she MADE it an issue with her posts. She had to throw shit out there, and this time shit got thrown back.
     
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    It is about the people who feel they are being bullied. I'm not sure i understand if you're giving a solution to this bullying or you're just pointing out that people feel bullied. I understand people are bullied online all the time. I'm simply stating on here, and would gladly do it to someone i knew personally, that it boggles my mind that one would log into a site and read comments that are offensive and continue to read them over and over. I empathize with anyone being bullied but folk gotta stop making excuses for why they themselves are choosing to remain engaged in that online stuff.
     
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    Wait so the porn industry is the out liar that needs specific data? Do you need it? If so does your internet work outside of this forum? If so use it.

    I don't have a problem with an people making judgement calls based on known data about who they choose to have sex with. Plenty of non-porn stars fuck hella people. I just don't give a damn about folks preferences on who they are attracted to or who they choose to have sex with.

    Folk are way to invested in people who don't want to fuck them.
     
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    Her death doesn't make any sense. First she goes "nuts" over a bisexual guy due to a fact that she doesn't want to put her body in danger....okay, that's understandable. But after that she goes and hangs herself to death...like...WTF?!?
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    -No you need the data to make your argument and you don't have it, so you have failed.

    -There is no 'known data' as I have asked you to provide it. Another falsehood. The rest is not part of this issue, once again I will repeat that.

    -It was not about who was wanting to fuck who, it was the implications involved in the reasoning that was stated. Once again, you just do not get it.
     
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    She did not 'go nuts'-she was already there-as evidenced by her 'apparently untreated or mistreated' mental illness(which she had described). She did not want to 'put her body in danger'....but then destroys it? She needed help but did not get it.
    I doubt if she sought treatment she gave it time to work-she was only 23 and her apparent issues from bipolar disorder to a very turbulent family history could hardly have been sorted out by the age of 23. Ultimately she was a grown adult and took her own life, and once again in her suicide note there was no mention of online 'bullying'.

    The only thing making this is an issue is the timing, and there is the old 'correlation and causation' thing to look at, especially given this information.
     
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    I agree
     
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    Ok. So i have to say maybe i seem a little bit insensitive to this young lady. Obviously, she had mental issues and depression and this has to be taken into account when judging her behavior. Doesn't mean i agree with what she posted and I definitely don't think anyone should be online with the purpose of spewing hate. The fact that she has committed suicide is dreadful and I feel for her and her family. It's just a sad situation all the way around to be honest.
     
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    My argument is clear.

    She made a judgement call of not wanting to have sex with a bisexual or "gay for pay" male. Her body - Her Right

    She felt as if (most likely based on known public data) she could be possibly exposing herself to HIV/AIDs based off of this data.

    Gay feelings were hurt because straights get HIV too and they are mean to gays...duh. Heterosexual people have LESS INFECTION RATES THAN MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN.

    If you are looking at anything outside of this base argument....thats on you. At the end of the day opinions can't change the facts of the data the CDC has been putting out for years now.

    Being mad and tweeting is not stopping HIV infection rates of MSM. And guess what else...nor is "education" because plenty of dudes know the dangers and still fuck raw.
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    I know I am coming across as insensitive, but much of that is from anger. I am just pissed that she killed herself at 23 years old. She did not give herself enough time to get better, if she was trying. That is just a real shame. Unfortunately suicide, mental health issues, criminal behavior, substance abuse, etc. are not exactly strangers to those who are a part of the porn industry. Probably one of the worst things she could have done with her issues.
     
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    Dude you just posted some "I aint fucking / dating no dude with HIV" a couple of weeks ago on your profile post. How are you not a hypocrite right now?

    Open an account on Twitter right now and state that exact same thing and see what happens. I dare you.

    The public will try their best to find out where you work and have you fired!
     
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    She made the assumption(and that is what it was, an assumption as you have failed to provide any evidence)and then spread it around the internet. What was the reason for this? And she did not expect a reaction or was not prepared for it?

    Gay minds were not happy about the implications of what she said and how she said it. Again we are not talking about the general public, we are talking about the porn industry. And if she was so concerned about her body, why was she in the porn industry at all not using condoms, taking cum in her mouth, pussy, and ass, and performing over 230 scenes with enumerable partners? And it is not just who you do, but the circumstances involved(porn performers are far more likely to know their STI status and to get tested more frequently-they have to, than the general public) and the number of partners, use of condoms, use of PREP, vaccinations, etc. etc. etc.

    Her argument was a false one(that she was more in danger of getting an STI from a performer who had performed a gay sex scene vs one who had not)based on ignorance and the way she put it also was unsettling given she mentioned a person she was just about to have a scene with and involved that person in her announcement as well and caused an immediate search for the identity of that person.

    She fucked up. And it likely had nothing at all to do with her suicide either. Why leave a note and not mention it?

    Your argument is murky af.
     
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    And I didn't say that she couldn't have the thought either. I'm not saying i disagree with her thoughts or the science behind who is most at risk of being infected with HIV. This article was on online bullying and i made the point that if the comments on her twitter were so hurtful, it was self-defeating for her to read those comments until they drove her to take her life. I don't have mental illness and if people on this site had an issue with what i posted and were attacking me relentlessly, I would've either apologized or stopped reading the comments. And this is why i don't have Twitter. I definitely don't think i'm a hypocrite in this case at all.
     
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    There is no evidence that this twitter thing and her suicide were connected. There is no evidence that this issue drove her to commit suicide. She left a note-and this matter was not mentioned. Anti-gay people are using the timing of these things however, to attack gays and blame gays for her death and to demonize gays in general-as if most of these people really gave a shit about this porn performer. She admitted to having a mental illness and other issues(family and abuse issues) and was most likely an attention seeker( given her line of work especially). She had no business being in that business or getting in a twitter war over some stupidity. And no you are not being a hypocrite-Ocky just can never admit he is wrong especially when his argument is heavily intertwined with one of his agendas.*

    *not that I can remember anyway...lest he post an example just to prove me wrong lol. He may, in fact, have admitted to being wrong and it has simply escaped my mind at this time, or I was never aware of it.
     
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    I'm trying to wrap my head around the linkage to her homophobic vantage point on non-straight men vs. her death.
    I'm thinking that there is more to her death than these tweets.
     
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    What do you mean an "appropriate backlash"? She should be able to say what she wants on her Twitter page and if someone don't like it, move on and find something else to comment on...If that's how she feels, that's it... I mean it doesn't take rocket science to know that Gay and bisexual men account for a majority of new HIV diagnoses with Blacks MSM first, followed by White and Latinos and then I think African American Black Women are next on the list.

    It came off ignorant but she was stating facts and a few gay pron studios don't even test their models. I've seen a few gay porn clips where it will say that they test their models but a lot of them have no such thing...just come on the screen f**kin.

    Her comment is probably more true than anything and I don't think she was being homophobic. Hell, how many men in the gay lifestyle itself will lie about their statuses? Dudes do be lying for no reason and I'm not saying it doesn't happen in the straight community, just saying...it ain't all golden teacups over here..

    They trying to call her out and most do the same thing..".Oh, I don't want no Top that was a bottom at one point." Hell, many of them jack off too the porn stars and as soon as they nut, look down on them and post comments about they HIV statuses and escorting etc.. Myvidster is full of receipts. They can save that "homophobic tweet.."

    Not saying diseases aren't in straight porn, either. I'm just saying she said what she said and I don't see it as being homophobic. I see it as being safe and alerting others who act like ain't nothing going on for some reason...

    Now I will raise an eyebrow about her posting it publicly , it would have been better as a DM but that's how folks do these days, I guess. Porn is a business. From most of the straight porn I've seen...(with Ricky Johnson) they go at it raw.

    Everytime someone mentions something with gay in it & "it don't sound right", the Glitter Patrol Internet Warriors rush in too attack for no reason. It's just like the folks that obsess over celebs or whatever.

    Also, why are people so insensitive? I mean, sure she took her own life but this woman is dead. I don't really know how people build up the gaul to disregard another human being as if their life didn't matter.

    Yes words do hurt. It's called verbal abuse and it can lead people to kill themselves. She was already battling a hard life and some folks in her family may have called he worse or she could have grown up under verbal abuse and it's like a trigger.

    I think in her case, social media was not the best but as a porn actress, they have to market themselves as well off camera, so these days they have to have a social media presence.

    Sucks it had to happen to her and at such a young age.
     
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    VERY TRUE!
     
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