AVN CEO apologizes for “accidentally” publishing George Floyd article, promises changes
After publishing an article about George Floyd’s connection to the adult industry, AVN Media Network CEO Tony Rios has released a statement. He apologizes for publishing the article, claiming that he had rejected the story that was then accidentally published by an editor. The editors involved have been suspended indefinitely, and Rios goes further, describing the steps that AVN will be taking to address racism both in their publication and in the adult industry at large.
From the statement:
- Effective immediately, AVN will be eliminating the terms “IR” and “Interracial” from its news coverage online and in its print publications. These are terms that should have been jettisoned long ago.
- Effective immediately, AVN will be eliminating all “interracial” and “ethnic” categories from the AVN Awards.
- The entire AVN staff will undergo racial sensitivity training. Not only should the article never have been published, it shouldn’t have been drafted.
- We are forming an advisory board on race, made up of people of color, to help address our own shortcomings, and address the larger issues in the industry.
- We are actively soliciting editorial contributions from adult talent, businesspeople and other industry members of color in order to amplify their voices and illuminate their perspectives.
- We will be donating to Campaign Zero.