AI is Making Celebrity Gay Fantasies Come True. What's Behind DeepFake Mania?

Jake Myers READ TIME: 5 MIN.

If you're a gay man with a pulse, at some point you've probably speculated (fantasized) about the possibility of being with Shawn Mendes, Tom Holland, Michael B. Jordan or any other straight Hollywood hunk. Now, with AI on the rise, you can make your celebrity fantasies come true in the privacy of your own bedroom, simply with the touch of a few keystrokes.

That's right, AI porn is skyrocketing, which means you can pretty much create whatever dream scenario you want. Sure, sometimes AI fakes (or deepfakes) look a little bit, well...fake, especially the porn videos, which often consist of a superimposed celebrity face on a real body. It's giving a little bit of an "apparition getting it on," but hey...if it does the job, right?

Freaky? Maybe. But, love it or hate it, AI porn can be found all over the internet, with entire categories on various adult tube channels devoted to it. And it's not always about turning your favorite heteros into homos. It can also be designing the perfect guy for you out of thin air, based on all your preferences (think the 80's cult classic "Weird Science," only gay and virtual).

An AI-generated image of Taylor Swift

But using AI to manipulate hard-core images or videos of celebrities without their consent? That's where things get a little dicey when it comes to ethics.

Last month, the internet was flooded with images of Taylor Swift. No, it wasn't because her hunk-of-a-man boyfriend Travis Kelce propelled the Kansas City Chiefs into and win this years' Super Bowl, paving the way for countless shots of Taylor's blood-red lipstick from her viewer box. Instead, it was Taylor acting out her "Wildest Dreams" like never before...until we realized that the images were actually not her, but sexually explicit AI generated images of the star.

One of the most popular of these images attracted 45 million views, 24,000 reposts, and hundreds of thousands of likes and bookmarks on X (formerly Twitter). In some regions, the images became so popular that "Taylor Swift AI" became featured as a trending topic, propelling the images even further into the stratosphere. Eventually, X had to pause (and later restore) the ability to search her name on the platform.

Luckily for Taylor, the Swifties sprung into action and criticized the social media platform for allowing the explicit posts to remain live as long as they did. They also flooded out the images by using the trending hashtags to promote real clips of Swift performing, effectively hiding out the explicit fakes.

But now that the cat's out of the bag, it doesn't seem like AI porn is slowing down one bit, even as venues like X explicitly ban "synthetic and manipulated media." The company even put out a disclaimer, citing an abbreviation, NCN (which stands for "Non-Consensual Nudity"), which we have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot more of.

by Jake Myers

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