"Right in front of my salad?!?" The "What is porn and what is art?" debate continues BY DREW ROWSOME
Despite numerous attempts, no-one has been able to turn explicit sex, especially gay sex, into mainstream film or art. However, probably by accident, Men.com (a prolific gay porn site) has managed to infiltrate the zeitgeist with Private Lessons 3 starring Jaxton Wheeler and Jake Porter. And, the breakout star, an actress who goes by the name "Nikki."
Nikki's reaction, when she discovers her husband having anal sex with the chef he has hired to surprise her with a special meal, has become a mainstream meme: "Right in front of my salad?"
The meme uses her expression of surprise, horror and laughter, to illustrate anything that is deemed outrageously egregious. Hearteningly, most of the memes are used to comment politically on LGBT and feminist issues.
The scene itself is charmingly quaint for hardcore porn. Wheeler has hired a chef who arrives and begins to make a salad (it is a tragically inept salad whipped up out of pre-packaged lettuce and carrots. The only chef work Porter does is dicing a cucumber and a red pepper. He will never get a shot at being The Next Food Network Star). The twist is that he is a naked chef.
As Porter strips down, Wheeler reacts in horror, "This is a surprise dinner for my wife. Maybe keep those clothes on?" Porter shrugs but as he begins to pull his red undies back on, Wheeler realizes that he can't resist Porter's "tomatoes." Shockingly, that is the only vegetable-related double entendre in the scene, a scene that contains a prominent cucumber. (Wheeler does, after being blown, ask, "Is that mouth the only thing on the menu?" which does count as a double entendre even if it isn't a very good one.)
The wife returns home and begins to enjoy her salad when she notices that the men are having sex on the other side of the counter. She utters her now immortal/iconic line - "Are you fucking? Right in front of my salad?" - and storms out in a huff. Undisturbed by the wife's exit stage left, the two men get down to getting down. Post-cumshots, Wheeler states, "Why don't you clean up and we'll get to dessert."
Porter, who is relatively new to the gay porn business, told Buzzfeed, "I wouldn't call the scene scripted. We had bullet-points set up for how we kind of wanted her to react. We kind of gave her the bones of what we were looking for, but she definitely built the structure of the scene. We did it multiple takes to get it perfect, but also because we were all laughing."
Wheeler, whose hunky hirsute good looks and indefatigable impressive erection have given him longevity in the business, deserves some credit for making the scene work but Nikki, a woman appearing in a gay porn scene, has become a mainstream celebrity. Men.com has even announced, "We've reached out to the break-out gif star for another appearance, and she has agreed to return for another scene in the very near future."
Good for her, but I hope it gets Wheeler some more attention: His pop music career seems to have stalled and the ability to follow his artistic impulses. His Tumblr blog is a work of art waiting to be discovered and the 5,861 people who follow my semi-anonymous porn Tumblr react with enthusiasm to any reblogs I do. Hamlet may not be in his future, but he's be a hit as Deadpool's sex partner in the next Marvel franchise extravaganza.
Private Lessons 3 was promoted by porn news/promo site waybig.com as "Jake Porter takes a big one up his puckered hole from stud Jaxton Wheeler," and by gay.fleshbot.com as "Jaxton Wheeler Orders a Naked Chef, and Gets HIS Meat Tenderized Instead!" A far cry from the mainstream sites that link to the Men.com trailer with titillated warnings of NSFW but promises to explain how the now mainstream meme got its birth in gay porn. And above all it is delightful that the lines between art and porn have blurred just a little bit further.