Sex, Death and Social Media at the Annual Porn Awards

evil-angel-august-amesSometime after the talking-head segment on how to make an award-winning anal scene, but before the stage invasion that led Lil Wayne to declare he’d “died and gone to heaven”, this year the AVN Awards – known as the “Oscars of porn” – spent a few minutes facing the reality and finality of death.

The ceremony, which was held on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, is not usually an arena which grapples with mortality. This time was different. When Greg Lansky, the creator of adult studios Tushy, Vixen and Blacked Studios, collected his Director of the Year award, he said only a quick thank you before inviting the producer Kevin Moore to speak in his place. Moore’s wife, the porn star August Ames, took her own life on the 5th of December last year at the age of 23.

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