Adult film star who recently faced huge online backlash dies aged 23
Adult film star August Ames recently faced online backlash after comments she had made about men who film gay scenes. She had dropped out of a shoot because she discovered her co-star had also conducted scenes with other men, with her comments on the topic were widely criticised by her fans.
Ames, who had starred in over 270 adult films since her debut in 2013, passed away on Tuesday this week. Toxicology reports are being conducted, with no official cause of death confirmed at this point, but some are citing her struggle with depression as related to the death, with the recent backlash pushing her over the edge.
Her original comments were addressed to the actress who replaced her on the shoot, which she tweeted out on December 3. Many of the replies on Twitter questioned her decision to not work with certain actors for this reason, sparking others to come to her defence.
"Whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews , you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know," she wrote, adding "BS is all I can say Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? I do homework for my body"
Noelle Easton, another adult star, jumped to her defense, claiming that it is dangerous to work with gay performers as they don't have to follow the same rigorous tests that straight performers have to.
However, many others in the industry pointed out that anyone filming straight pornography would have to follow the same protocol regardless of what other work they had been doing beforehand, to which there seemed to be no answer.
Some of her friends and colleagues have claimed that she had been battling depression, and that online harassment may have played a part in her death. After the news of her death came out Annika Albright tweeted, "You people should have known better than to berate her over her personal thoughts! Shame on all you for beating it into the ground. Online harassment is a real thing & it claimed another life".
After the critical response from Twitter, Ames said that she didn't have anything to apologise for and that her intentions were not malicious. She said the issue was about her choice of who she works with and her personal health, stating that she "f*cking love[s] the gay community".
Her final tweet, which was posted on the day of her death, simply read: "f*ck y'all".
The Canada-born actress passed away in Camarillo, California. Many of her fellow adult actors and others who work in the industry came out to pay their respects to her following her death. Her husband, adult film director Kevin Moore, asked for privacy in the wake of her death, and said: "she was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me".