This article was published on July 4th, 2020
As gay porn star Antonio Biaggi gears up for a political run, HomoCulture does a deep dive into his sketchy history that involves antics that go against the core principles of the very community he is seeking to represent.
Politics in 2020 in America are already on a whirlwind course, so why not throw another wrench into the storm with the announcement that Juan Melecio – aka porn star Antonio Biaggi – has recently announced his intentions to throw his hat into the ring as a contender for a seat on the city commission in Wilton Manors, Florida. Biaggi, who has lived in the area for little over a year, spoke to local reporters and issued the following statement:
“I’m from Puerto Rico and I’m a very passionate person. When something is right I just go for it.”
Known as a queer capital in South Florida, Wilton Manors made headlines in 2018 when they elected an all-LGBTQ city council, and currently ranks only after Provincetown, Massachusetts with the highest per-capita percentage of same-sex couples. With a city so progressive and queer-friendly, Biaggi plans to go beyond the standard Gay Pride festival in summer and add more festivals to the annual schedule. But before voters go to the polls, they should be informed of Biaggi’s prior actions that have caused a stir within the community and could ultimately impact his political ambitions.
Biaggi’s previous racist statements are again making headlines.
In 2014, Biaggi was slapped with a $14 million lawsuit for defaming and then propositioning a Virginia police officer. When Richmond police officer Centell McNeil called Biaggi by accident on Facebook inquiring about a rifle he had recently purchased, Biaggi allegedly asked the officer for oral sex, then repeatedly told McNeil to “go pick cotton you n*gger.”
Federal records show that the officer, Centell Colonzo McNeil, filed a defamation lawsuit, alleging Biaggi falsely accused him on social media of threatening him. Biaggi said the case was settled after McNeil apologized and he paid his attorney fees.
But wait for it, wait for it.
In 2017, Biaggi experienced an online backlash for releasing tweets that many considered racist.
Not only did he throw shade at Beyonce and her fans, but he then went on to attack the gender neutral community. You would think that Biaggi would have come to his senses, apologized, and realized that anything posted on the internet never really dies.
Will cancel culture ultimately decide Biaggi’s fate?
Biaggi is running in the state of Florida, however, a place where the unimaginable can become reality in the blink of an eye. For all his racist antics, Biaggi has not apologized for any of it, and his candidacy has drawn the ire of many in the community as protests continue in the country and throughout the world for the Black Lives Matter movement. With one racist porn star currently embroiled in his own controversy, it remains to be seen if voters will send Biaggi a clear message that resonates throughout the LGBTQ+ community.