Racializens, you know we love some serious, head-sharpening news and analysis around here. But, shit, sometimes we gotta cavort and kick up our heels (to bite a phrase from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine‘s Avery Brooks). And Friday is that day!
Sometimes it involves some interior-design loveliness (blame/credit that on me because I’m sometimes found daydreaming about what a brick-and-mortar Racialicious office would look like), some booty-shaking (that’s Arturo’s department, being a DJ and all), or some sort of smoove mischief (all Latoya, ’cause she rolls like that).
Somewhere in all of this, we’ll shoutout folks we wanna love up–heretofore to be known as The Racialicious Crush Of The Week.
When I told him about our plan to love him up on this blog via Twitter, he responded:
— Keni Styles (@KeniStyles) February 29, 2012
Besides his rocking The Fahn like it was custom-made for him (his tats alone, y’all!!!), we love Styles because he’s helping change some conversations around Asian male stereotypes, namely being sexually undesireable because US (white and male) society gender-polices Asian and Asian American men as “less masculine,” be that read as “nerdy”, less “endowed” than other men, and/or some orientalist-based foolishness. (This tends to be more “and” than “or.”)
Oh…and Styles has been doing this through the medium of mainstream US hetero porn, as racist as it is. Since 2006.
This is what Hyphen Magazine says about our Crush last year:
There are very few Asian American men starring on mainstream TV and movies, but in straight porn, they were totally missing in action until Styles came along.
Jezebel’s Dodai Stewart waxes orgasmic about him:
Unlike female porn stars — Jenna Jameson, Sasha Grey, Traci Lords — it seems like male porn stars seldom become household names, or even find any recognition or fame outside of porn. But recently, poking around on our sister site Fleshbot one night, I discovered a British/Thai porn actor named Keni Styles. I checked out a few photos. Then I watched a video. And then a short film. Then I checked out his blog and started following him on Twitter. It goes without saying that I liked what I saw. Fantasy fuck, without a doubt. And now that a few months have passed, I can admit it: I have a crush on Keni Styles.
Welcome to the club, sis!
For more on why we dig at the R crush on Keni–including his own views about interracial hetero porn in the US–check out this interview excerpt at the R Tumblr.