As of 12.30pm EDT Monday, North Carolinians trying to access the site are instead being served with a blank screen.
XHamster spokesperson Mike Kulich said:
“We have spent the last 50 years fighting for equality for everyone and these laws are discriminatory which XHamster.com does not tolerate. 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.”
According to Huffington Post, Kulich says the block will stay in place until North Carolina repeals House Bill 2. He also revealed that residents of the state are more open-minded than HB2 might suggest. “Back in March,” said Kulich, “we had 400,000 hits for the term ‘Transsexual’ from North Carolina alone. People from that state searched ‘Gay’ 319,907 times.”
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Adding that the website plans to replace the blank screen with a petition demanding that the law be repealed, he said he is hopeful “it will get as many signatures as the ‘transsexual’ searches.”
The block comes after Bruce Springsteen last week cancelled a performance in North Carolina. Bryan Adams has also cancelled an appearance in Mississippi while various companies have spoken out against the discriminatory law.
Watch a Young Turks report below.
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