Coronavirus-themed porn on Pornhub, xHamster causing outrage online

  • 05/03/2020
Coronavirus-themed porn videos on sites like Pornhub and xHamster are causing outrage and going viral.
A still taken from one of the many coronavirus-themed porn videos that exist. Photo credit: Pornhub / Little Squirtles

In the wild, weird world of online porn, nothing is off-limits.

So as you could have probably guessed, there's already a bunch of X-rated coronavirus-themed videos out there.

At the time of publishing, COVID-19 has killed more than 3200 people with more than 95,000 cases reported worldwide, with the total confirmed cases in New Zealand rising to three on Thursday morning.

That's apparently ripe fodder for the adult entertainment industry - there are multiple videos on Pornhub and xHamster that include 'coronavirus', 'COVID-19' and related terms in their titles.

Most have quickly racked up more than 10,000 views - although some appear to simply be using the search terms to attract clicks, with no actual reference to the coronavirus outbreak.

But some videos explicitly use imagery associated with the outbreak, including one with 'deserted Wuhan' in its title and another where two people have sex while wearing facemasks.

Vice spoke to one of the performers in the video, who said it was made "to help inform viewers about proper mask usage and how the virus spreads".

"There are a lot of people with a mask kink, but I don't think that is directly related to this COVID-19 trend. I think it's attractive to people because it can help lighten the mood on a serious subject," they said.

Coronavirus-themed porn videos on sites like Pornhub and xHamster are causing outrage and going viral.
Photo credit: Twitter

Reaction online has been mixed, with some outraged commenters condemning coronavirus-themed porn while others crack jokes.

"Whoever came up with this shit needs to crawl back into their little hole and stay there until that person rots," tweeted one person.

"Whhaaaaa. I can't. But like, is it good content?" asked another.

The official Pornhub account responded to a tweet about the coronavirus-themed videos on its site with one emoji: the facemask one.

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