Donald Trump has been dubbed the “upscale pornography” of America after he called out “upsize porn” on his Twitter feed in an apparent swipe at the adult industry.
“Hollywood, in its infinite wisdom, chose to ignore and deride the work of so many great pornographers in this country,” the Republican nominee said in a series of tweets on Wednesday.
“If I were a star in the making, I would never have made it to the top.
It’s a shame!”
He added that it was “a shame” that some porn stars had made it in the industry “because I’m a businessman and can make money on my own.”
The presumptive Republican nominee did not specify the name of the adult film producer or film company he was referring to.
But his tweets included the hashtag #upscaleporn, which was coined by BuzzFeed News to describe the term for pornography that has grown in popularity in the past decade.
The adult industry is thriving, but it has become a source of concern to the Republican presidential nominee, who has said he is open to expanding its scope.
“A number of my friends have worked in this business,” he tweeted.
“They know how hard it is.
But I don’t want to get in the way of the business I love and want to help our country succeed.”
Trump’s comments come after the Trump campaign released a list of what it called “upsized porn” stars, including one who was reportedly paid $30,000 per scene.
Trump’s use of the term “upsilon porn” could fuel the debate over whether he is truly open to changing the porn industry’s status quo.
While Trump has previously called the industry a “scam,” he said in May that he had a “great relationship” with the industry and was “proud” of the “great work” that it did.
The businessman’s remarks were the latest in a string of controversies to plague the adult business in recent years.
He fired an actor after she accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2012.
Trump also was accused of making a racist remark about a female reporter.
And in October, he was asked about a report from BuzzFeed that said he was a “serial sexual predator” and had been accused of molesting at least five women.
“When you look at what’s going on, the people who are doing the work, and I’m the only one who knows, and you look, and they are being called up by women and girls, I feel like it’s a disgrace,” Trump said during an appearance on Fox News.
“It’s a disgusting, disgusting business, I’m just not going to have any part in it.”