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Michael Lucas: Gay Pornographer Who Faults Islamofascism

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:25 pm - March 20, 2008.
Filed under: Freedom,Gay America,Gay Culture,Gay Politics

A couple months ago while browsing in history section of the Barnes & Noble bookstore near me, I chanced upon a book which must have been misshelved, Corey Taylor’s Naked: The Life and Pornography of Michael Lucas. Intrigued by the sexy man on the cover, I browsed through to learn about a Russian Jewish porn actor and producer who is outspoken on a number of political issues not (directly) relate to the porn trade.

While this unusual combination intrigued me, I didn’t buy the book and indeed may well have forgotten it had I not earlier today read Jamie Kirchik’s New Republic essay on Lucas “Hard Right: Gay porn’s neocon kingpin.” Turns out this guy is an interesting blend of seemingly discordant parts (inciently a description which could be applied to many gay conservatives though the parts might be different).

A “staunch advocate of safe sex,” he makes sure performers uses condoms in his films, he has earned the enmity of many on the them, thankfully not for this safe-sex advocacy, but because he has frequently denounced “Muslim homophobia and anti-Semitism.”

Reading widely, he is well-versed in international affairs. He even blogs about them, though his blog (warning, it contains adult content) is far racier than ours. He even writes a regular column for the New York Blade. In this piece, he offers his thoughts on “Gay Takeaways” from the CNN/YouTube debate last summer.

Devoted to his family, Lucas uses the money he earned in porn to move his parents and grandparents to New York. He even “put his father to work as a set constructor on his films.”

While I can understand how (to quote another outspoken blogger who performed in the buff), porn “flattens the soul,” I don’t see it as necessarily a bad thing. Those who become addicted to it may well be destroying themselves; that’s not because of porn, but because they let it become a substitute for something else. Others find porn offers a temporary release, enabling them to get on with their lives.

While I wouldn’t normally find myself intrigued by the story of a “porn star,” I must admit Michael Lucas’s story does fascinate me. His regular video celebrations of casual sex do not cause him to lose sight of his obligations to his family. His professional focus on sex has not prevented him from opining thoughtfully (if a bit vitriolically at times) on a number of issues of the day.

But, the real “takeaway” (as he might put it) of his story relates to the essence of America and (what I believe should be) the essence of the gay conservative agenda–freedom. We may not like the way Lucas chooses to exercise his, but at least our nation allows him to do so.

Gay activists may not see the War on Terror as a gay issue, but Michael Lucas shows why it is. While they focus on other issues, fitting their liberal leanings, such as increasing the power of the state to promote “equality,” they would certainly defend the freedom of pornographers to ply their trade. A freedom they lack in Islamofascist nations, just as gay citizens there lack other freedoms we in the West take for granted.

While some might fault him for his trade, we should at least salute Michael Lucas for speaking out on an issue on which the heads of most gay organizations are, more often than not, silent. (They don’t want to risk offending their allies in the community of the oppressed.) This issue is of course the persecution — and execution–of our fellows in foreign lands. Methinks the lives of gay individuals is a far more compelling concern than state-sanctioned equality in a nation where we already enjoy so many freedoms, including sexual ones.

I may just have to return to Barnes & Nobles to pick up Lucas’s book.

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26 Comments

  1. Porn is only useful to those that are dead inside, but nice to see a porn entrepreneur that gets it.

    Comment by Crow — March 20, 2008 @ 8:52 pm - March 20, 2008

  2. GPW, you think the guy on the cover is "sexy?"  I guess there’s no accounting for (utter lack of) taste.  There should be some sort of moral cutoff mechanism that automatically finds people engaged in such things repulsive, not sure if this is an uncommon feature or not.

    Comment by Crow — March 20, 2008 @ 8:55 pm - March 20, 2008

  3. My son alerted me that Michael Lucas spoke at Stanford earlier this year, and was booed and shouted down.
    Someone wrote an article in the Stanford Daily about the unbecoming behavior of Stanford students to a member of a minority who holds a different opinion.

    I read the letters that came pouring in. What a bunch of whiney spoiled kids. (not my son of course). They felt that this man has no right to speak to them about anything, since they are getting a Stanford education, while he doesn’t hold any kind of degree. It will be interesting to see how many of them end up either working for the likes of Michael, or at least lining his pocketbook by buying his product.

    Comment by Leah — March 20, 2008 @ 9:37 pm - March 20, 2008

  4. Is Stanford the new Harvard or MIT?  I was under the impression Stanford was still an actual institution of higher learning.

    Comment by Crow — March 20, 2008 @ 9:43 pm - March 20, 2008

  5. Stanford is a University like all the rest. One can get an excellent education there, or one can waste four years on what passes as multicultural drivel.

    Comment by Leah — March 20, 2008 @ 9:53 pm - March 20, 2008

  6. I like lucas and his porn

    Comment by Vince P — March 20, 2008 @ 9:59 pm - March 20, 2008

  7. Others find porn offers a temporary release,

    ………..Yeah. I better not comment on that.

    I’m pretty sure that this is the guy I saw on the Michael Signorelli interview video.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 21, 2008 @ 1:54 am - March 21, 2008

  8. Porn is only useful to those that are dead inside,

    Sounds like you could use some.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 21, 2008 @ 1:55 am - March 21, 2008

  9. Speaking from experience, I can say that in certain instances when getting intimate with Hubby, a little porn goes a long way.  Just my two cents.

    That being said, I can only say "WOW!" when I read the part about Lucas’ dad being employed as a set designer on his son’s films.  Such openness boggles the mind.

    To wit – I wonder how many "progressive" Hollyweird types (Penn, Sarandon, Moore et al) would condemn this guy and his father for their pursuit of the American dream.  After all, Lucas is definitely going after "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

    And hey – if gay porn ain’t about pursuing happiness, then what is??  😉

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — March 21, 2008 @ 9:51 am - March 21, 2008

  10. I haven’t seen Lucas’ porn, but I know in advance it will be banal (even if it has traces of thought or art), because porn, being porn, always is.

    Having said that: I love it that Lucas is a self-made man, that he helps his family, and that he "gets it" about Islamo-fascism.

    I don’t see how you can be a gay person and not love Western Civilization – wanting to see it defended, and appreciating the people who defend it.  Bush and Cheney are a victim of their own success here.  They have done such a great job in defending us since September 11 that the HARMs (Hit And Run Morons) of this blog now think, or claim to think, that their own gay freedom and lives aren’t under threat.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 21, 2008 @ 10:21 am - March 21, 2008

  11. Sorry TGC, but when I’ve seen porn in the past, I first try to riff it, and then just get bored and sleepy.

    Comment by Crow — March 21, 2008 @ 10:42 am - March 21, 2008

  12. Lucas’ porn is very raunchy

    Comment by Vince P — March 21, 2008 @ 11:10 am - March 21, 2008

  13. The best line of the story about Michael Lucas contains this salient point:

    “It totally escapes me how gay people can side with burqa-wearing, jihad-screaming, Koran-crazed Muslims. What’s the point to respect their culture, or supposed culture, when they have a strong contempt for mine?”

    And THAT is why I am a proud gay conservative.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — March 21, 2008 @ 12:12 pm - March 21, 2008

  14. To wit – I wonder how many “progressive” Hollyweird types (Penn, Sarandon, Moore et al) would condemn this guy and his father for their pursuit of the American dream.

    Given the chance, of course they’d condemn him. If his porn helped bring down a Republican, they’d be cheering from the sidelines. But since Lucas is stating the obvious about our enemies – they will be silent. He hasn’t set foot in their territory yet, (Hollywood), so they don’t care. To be honest, I thought he’d set up business down the street from me, since I live in the ‘porn capital of the world’. More porn is produced here than anywhere else.

    I have a friend who works the support side of the business, but of course, she doesn’t work for a porn company. It’s an adult intimacy aid company.
    Whatever, it helps pay the mortgage on her house.

    Comment by Leah — March 21, 2008 @ 12:28 pm - March 21, 2008

  15. We should all get together to watch one of his movies and … discuss its merits.  😉

    Comment by Mike in Sedona — March 21, 2008 @ 1:32 pm - March 21, 2008

  16. #10 continued – And, after reading TNR’s article… I do *hope* Lucas is no crook.  (The porn industry isn’t the world’s cleanest, and there are one or two details in the article that could be taken as hint-dropping.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 21, 2008 @ 2:29 pm - March 21, 2008

  17. Finally – Who has heard of Charles Merrill?

    TNR’s Lucas article mentions him.  He is apparently the co-founder of Merrill Lynch who became a "three-quarters gay" artist and radical atheist.  He also ‘gets it’ about Islamo-fascism, though I might question some of his means of protest.  He burned a rare $60,000 copy of the Koran last year, to make a statement.  You can google "charles merrill koran" to find out more.  Relevant because his home page features an article by Michael Lucas.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 21, 2008 @ 2:39 pm - March 21, 2008

  18. #16
    Call me naive, but not late to dinner. I normally might agree with you, but considering that he cares enough to make his stars wear condoms, I kind of doubt that he would be involved in such stuff.

    However, I do offer the caveat that it wouldn’t be that surprising if he did.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 21, 2008 @ 5:01 pm - March 21, 2008

  19. TGC, you’re probably right.  There are several other signs that, added together, show Lucas as a guy with ethics.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 21, 2008 @ 5:11 pm - March 21, 2008

  20. #19
    I was going to say that, but I had to run to Homo-Depot and didn’t have time.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 21, 2008 @ 7:19 pm - March 21, 2008

  21. […] Michael Lucas: Gay Pornographer Who Faults Islamofascism […]

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  22. After being booed at Stanford, Lucas wrote an article defending and explaining his views in the Stanford Daily.  I don’t have the link handy, but at the time, Glenn Reynolds linked to it, and I read the article.  I also read the comments submitted by many students in response to the article.  The level of their discourse was appalling.  Many were so blinded by their own elitism about being students at Stanford that they couldn’t reason their way out of a paper bag.  They could only make ad hominem attacks–casting aspersions on him for being in the porn business–or they could play the game which many students at elite universities learn so well–that of not being able to see the forest for the trees.

    Comment by Kurt — March 22, 2008 @ 12:44 am - March 22, 2008

  23. This is the URL to an op-ed Michael wrote a day after his appearance

    http://daily.stanford.edu/comments/2008/2/15/opedRacismAndIntoleranceDisappointingAtALiberalUniversity

    I wrote a number of comments trying to set the idiots who opposed him straight.

    Comment by Vince P — March 22, 2008 @ 1:13 am - March 22, 2008

  24. […] not just one gay pornographer standing up to Islamofascism. Now we learn of gay informants telling American forces about their abusive Al Qaeda lovers. Seems […]

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  25. The gay community is getting nowhere fast with the leaders of the community seeking liberal judges to demand “legal” change.
    Did African Americans dance down the streets of major cities dressed in grass skirts to the sound of drums and barefoot? NO !
    They dressed in suit and tie showing that they were no different than anyone else.
    The yearly parades for the gay community have turned out to be nothing more than a circus freak show that are, to put it simply, embarrasing and uneffective.
    The leaders of the community are failures.

    Comment by Ojay — November 7, 2008 @ 10:02 pm - November 7, 2008

  26. Michael makes his performers wear condoms. There’s a key word in there.

    Hypocrite.

    Comment by Jason — December 31, 2008 @ 7:43 pm - December 31, 2008

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