Adding to the woes of North Carolinians who live in a state run by bigoted lawmakers, the adult website XHamster.com is blocking users who live in the Tar Heel State.
According to The Huffington Post, the site has been refusing service to anyone from North Carolina since 12:30 p.m. EDT, Monday. Now, when users click on a video they want to watch, they’re greeted by an all-black screen.
XHamster spokesman Mike Kulich says the extreme measures will stay in place until the state repeals HB2, a law passed on March 23 that effectively prevents cities and counties in the state from enforcing rules that protect LGBT rights.
“We have spent the last 50 years fighting for equality for everyone and these laws are discriminatory which XHamster.com does not tolerate,” Kulich said in a statement. “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.”
“Back in March, we had 400,000 hits for the term ‘Transsexual’ from North Carolina alone,” he added. “People from that state searched ‘Gay’ 319,907 times,” he added.
This is what comes up when you access XHamster in North Carolina. pic.twitter.com/4GVOmseGiG
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Kulich said the website will include a petition demanding the repeal of the law along with the blacked-out screens.
“Hopefully, it will get as many signatures as the ‘transsexual’ searches,” he said.
Image via screen grab (Twitter)