K-Town, the Tyrese-produced Asian version of Jersey Shore shot a pilot last weekend, and its eight-person cast includes a relatively famous porn model.
ChannelAPA has photos and reports that “episode was shot over the weekend at BCD, Bohemians, and BoBo’s in Koreatown,” and that the cast member’s names are “Young Lee, Jennifer Field, Joe Cha, Scarlet Chan, Violet Kim, Peter Le, Steve Kim, and Jasmine Chang.”
One of those, Peter Le, is drawing the most attention, because he does porn. His Peter Fever [very NSFW] has photos, and in an interview, he said, “I try not to label myself” when asked about his sexual orientation, but said, “A lot of people say I’m a borderline gay porn star. I’m kinda a gay porn star but I’m not trying to go in that direction I’m more of a solo, for myself right now.”
On 8 Asians, Ernie has an interesting discussion about the show that notes “early response from weblogs have people mortified” and adds that “Asian Americans in the media — this blog included — are a fickle bunch. We freak out when Asians are portrayed in the media as nerds and geeks, we freak out when no Asian males have been cast in The Real World in its 15-year run, presumably because we’re desexualized.”
If anything, it seems like this show will help to dispel those kinds of stereotypes, perhaps by creating new ones. And as to Ernie’s incredible point: Really, MTV and Bunim-Murray? Not a single Asian male ever on The Real World?