Michael Lucas: The Zionist Porn Impresario Waves His Political Muscle in the Left's Face

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​At the beginning of the week, porn impresario Michael Lucas was somewhat known as a controversial gay conservative writer, someone you could expect to see playfully debating Ann Coulter at a GOProud event. But he was far more famous for his day job as a top porn star. He seemed more likely to go the whole nine inches to make a sale of his own likeness than to go the whole nine yards for Zionism.

By the end of the week, Lucas became known for flexing his political muscle: He intimidated New York's LGBT Center into canceling its hosting of another group's Israeli Apartheid Week event scheduled for next month. And it took him only a few hours of emails and phone calls, plus a little more than $1,000, to do so.

The cancellation went down faster than one of Lucas's co-stars. Lucas is, of course, more than willing to talk about it.

The Siege Busters Working Group, along with Existence is Resistance, was planning a March 5 "Party to End Apartheid!" at the Center. Siege Busters had been meeting regularly since last summer, and Israel Apartheid Week organizers had held an event there as far back as 2008, apparently with little or no problem.

When Lucas heard about the "party," he says, he immediately contacted Center officials. While they would eventually put out a statement that the event had to be canceled because it "interfere[d] with the Center's focus on our core mission," Lucas paints a different picture of their initial reaction.

"At first," he tells the Voice, "they tried to tell me, 'Don't intimidate us.' " He says he was told the Center had an "open-door policy." (Center officials have repeatedly refused to answer the Voice's specific questions on the matter.)

So Lucas says he started sending out emails, made "about 100 phone calls," and spent upwards of $1,000 putting out a press release on PR Newswire.

Within hours, the Center's open-door policy shut down. Lucas says: "[Executive Director] Glennda Testone responded directly to me, writing, 'We are canceling the event. Next time, maybe we can talk more about it before you do all of that.'"

Lucas didn't get much else of an elaboration out of the Center, and nor has anyone else, including the press. Veteran left and gay activist Sherry Wolf, a member of Siege Busters and long-time activist at the Center, told the Voice yesterday that her group was evicted without so much as a phone call.

The event's organizers are trying to fight back, releasing a statement today that says, "We demand that the LGBT Center reverse its decision and guarantee the right of organizers to continue to meet and hold events there."

In the past couple of days, our inbox, comments board (here and elsewhere) and Facebook wall have been flooded with all kinds of charges against both Wolf and Lucas. Is Wolf a self-hating Jew hell-bent on inappropriately co-opting the LGBT Center for the "non-gay" goal of destroying the state of Israel, or is she a queer activist utilizing the Center in its grandest tradition of organization and free speech? Is Lucas an opportunistic self-promoter who found yet another opportunity in his continuing evolution from porn king to pundit, or is he a true Zionist believer — or is he both?

Lucas has a few kind words to say about Wolf — but only a few. He admits that he appreciates that she was once a member of ACT-UP. But he also calls her "a liar" and finds her claim baseless that Siege Busters' Jewish makeup protects them from charges of anti-Semitism. He says he detests her socialism and thinks she should spend her time pointing out how horrible the Muslim world is to lesbians like her and how good Israel is to gay Palestinians.

His thoughts towards LGBT New Yorkers sympathetic to Palestine who might wish to discuss this at the Center are even less generous — and more sarcastic.

"Just because someone has a low IQ, that should not be a reason they are not allowed to use the Center," he says. "Maybe after they meet there, they should take a plane to Israel and protest there against the Israeli Government, whose actions they find so unjust — and they will be perfectly able to have this demonstration in front of the Israeli Parliament. Then, they should go to Palestine and have a protest there! They will then be mutilated, or hanged, or burned — you know, the favorite methods of Palestinians to treat people who are different."

There is probably one member of Siege Busters not entirely convinced a protest in Israel would come without any consequences. Regardless, Lucas seems to think the idea that the Center should truly be open-door is ludicrous.

"If there were a Ku Kluk Klan group that had some gay people, they should meet at the Center, and have a drink and hors d'oeuvres, and listen to some music?" he tells the Voice. "It's a very extreme example, and ... maybe for you, Israeli Apartheid Week is not as bad as the KKK. For me, it is as bad as the Ku Klux Klan."

True, says Lucas, any group can petition for space. But he says, "I, too, have a right, if I am a donor or not a donor, if I am just a gay man, to voice my concerns. And to say I disagree. And it is up to the Center to decide if my concern is appropriate or not. I have a voice, and they have the right to ignore it — or not."

This time, the Center chose not to ignore it.

At the time of this writing, after many requests on specifics from the Center, this is the final word we've been able to receive on what went down:

"We received feedback from a number of constituents expressing concern over this event. The group in question is not LGBT, nor was the event's focus, and since a non-LGBT issue began to distract from our core mission, we asked the group to move the event. As for the status of the group going forward, we have cancelled future reservations for all the same reasons.

"The Center has a rich history of welcoming the exchange of ideas and divergent points of view on LGBT issues and provides meeting space to a wide array of groups. The Center neither endorses nor sponsors any group or activity renting our space. Should any one group or event divert our primary focus of service to the LGBT community, as this group has, we must weigh the greater good of our organization and act accordingly."

Lucas tells the Voice that he was unaware then that IAW had held an event there years ago. Contemplating this revelation yesterday, Lucas as good as says this proves the Center's guilt. "They said they didn't know what this group did. They said, 'They're just having drinks, they're just serving hors d'oeuvres.'" If they'd hosted them before, Lucas contends, "they knew exactly what the group was about! They knew exactly what they were doing. They'd have to be morons not to know." Another clue, he adds with contempt, is that "it's called 'Israeli Apartheid Week!'")

[sthrasher@villagevoice.com]


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Fermin
Fermin

Great. Very insightful and educational! Michael is a very innovative multicultural teacher.

Ariesbear
Ariesbear

stupid fagget jew. what gives u the right to assume what would happen to gay palestinians and to blurt it out like that.

screw political correctness, this guy is sick and bent on hate. lets watch his career go down the toilet, where he originally belongs.

Seth Wright
Seth Wright

Did anyone ever stop to think that maybe the reason arab nations are so homophobic is because they are kept centuries in the past by western nations AND ISREAL?... Fact: Palestinians DO suffer from the actions of Israel; Fact: the behavior of Israel, occupying and settling portions of the west bank and gaza as well as is against international law; Fact: Israel is not only preventing the people of palestine from organizing a real government to fix there own problems, but it is also damning everyone is the west bank and gaza to PERPETUAL poverty.

It doesn't matter how much money Lucas has or how privileged and protected by the system that he and other zionists are... they will always be racist, religious, zealots with no regard or respect for the rights of others to live in peace.

Jonekito
Jonekito

yes it is time to end appartheid in palestine land. that jews action undermine our american hight moral ground in the worls community.. jews has to go back to the 1967 border ,, and stay there .

Jake
Jake

thank you Michael.Lesbian idiot should go and talk about feminism and lesbianism to Gaza

whatiswrong withupeople
whatiswrong withupeople

Lucas is a egotistical whore!

Just look at those statements:

"Just because someone has a low IQ, that should not be a reason they are not allowed to use the Center"--Okay, so who gets to be the person who decides on this? You? Why don't we rename the center the Micheal Lucas GLBT center since you decide on who is 'intelligent' enough to share the space. I would expect a diminished number of people since anyone who disagrees with you, on this issue or any other for that matter, is labeled an idiot.

I might not have a problem with Israel, but stop citing its "gay rights" as a means for judgment against other nations in the region. Would you apply this standard towards the United States? And besides, am I applaud them for doing something, in my view, that they should do as it is someones basic human rights to begin with? Something inalienable, like...free speech? This argument is weak. Stop trying to win favor based of policies in one area where another is a failure. Gov't policies are always weak, and constantly at appraisal to ensure they are accurately providing those basic human rights. Some gays might argue that abortion is wrong, and want a pro-life rally at the center. I'm pro-choice, and I would respect their right to assemble in that space should they respect the property and pay its rental fees.

People think that money grows on trees, and frankly, if the center needs money to go towards other more important services: then YES, rent the space to anyone interested; including some random gay KKK rally, if the center deemed so. OF course, when you cite the KKK you are arguing on the basis of racism. But the leader of the group or their constituents are also Jewish. Why don't you create dialogue with them to discuss the issues appropriately instead of berating anyone who might oppose you?

whatiswrong withupeople
whatiswrong withupeople

Lucas, by the way, has admitted to being an 'egotistical whore' many times in the media. So no critics can combat me on calling him that.

azul
azul

Should the Center be for the interests of the LGBT people it represents and try to raise awareness for, or should the Center's sole focus be to concern itself with LGBT rights and issues? Is the issue of Israel and Palestine's current situation something the Center should be involved in or just renting space to anyone who is willing to pay for it is not involvement? I would think the Center should clarify all of these issues in its mission statements. If you are gay and you want to protest Palestine or Israel, should you be able to use the Center for your meetings? If you are gay, and you want to promote your business, should you be able to raise a hubbub and tell people You should be thanked for stopping those evil people from using the Center for their evil purposes, when your own purposes and business may e considered evil by others? Again, I hope the Center has learned something from this and will act in a more precise and strong manner next time, rather than being bullied one way or another. If you are to change a decision, it should be due to your mission statement and your convictions for the service you want to bring to the people you care about and the people who care about your mission, not because some oxymoron (i.e. a gay republican porn star) decided he will use you as a publicity stunt. I find it funny that the discussion has been targeted either to the oxymoron in question or to the group who wanted to rent the space. To me it seems essential to discuss the Center's role here, its mission, and the LGBT community's expectations of the Center.

bigriggs
bigriggs

He's a porn star. Why would anybody listen to him?

whatiswrong withupeople
whatiswrong withupeople

SOMEONE CLEARLY IS ON STAFF AT THE VILLAGE VOICE. This is a total rag of a publication, it no longer serves a purpose.

Tom
Tom

he is smart and beautiful.

Athena.Long
Athena.Long

Whoa... Never heard of this dude...

That guy is a black hole of self-absorption.

Wowsies.

Adam Levick
Adam Levick

The charge that Israel - by any measure, the most liberal state in the Middle East, and the nation with, by far, the greatest record on protecting the rights of the LGBT community - should be labeled an "apartheid" state is morally obscene, and am glad Lucas had the balls to say so.

whatiswrong withupeople
whatiswrong withupeople

"Lucas had the balls to say so."

Well, Adam, instead of spewing your love for Micheal why don't you spend time sucking on his.

Deanosor
Deanosor

I am a gay anti-Zionist Jew, and believe the event should not have cancelled and the people sponsoring it should not have been banned.I don't believe that criticizing the state of Israel or calling for the abolition of the apartheid of that state is equivalent is in any way anti-semitism. In fact i believe that the existence of israeli apartheid besides being bad for Palestinians, is bad for Jews. It segregates them from the rest of the world and especially their neighbors.

I know nothing about Michael Lucas, but i believe that this important issue should not be clouded by how he makes his money, and especially that he makes it in the sex industry. This whole anti-sex/fun attitude goes against what i believe the LGBT communities should stand for.

Im know nothing about Michael Lucas, ut don't like that people are insulting him because

whatiswrong withupeople
whatiswrong withupeople

The LGBT community is a diverse group. There is no sole 'attitude' towards sexuality. You can't even get some to agree on the nature of homosexuality:

nature vs. nurture.

"I born this way!" or "I have a right to a choice of sexual partners!" or is it both?

There is no consensus view. And it would be childish to assume so.

Deanosor
Deanosor

Note;If the editors could get rid of the last posting with the wrong last line, it would be appreciated. Thank you

I am a gay anti-Zionist Jew, and believe the event should not have cancelled and the people sponsoring it should not have been banned.I don't believe that criticizing the state of Israel or calling for the abolition of the apartheid of that state is equivalent is in any way anti-semitism. In fact i believe that the existence of israeli apartheid besides being bad for Palestinians, is bad for Jews. It segregates them from the rest of the world and especially their neighbors.

I know nothing about Michael Lucas, but i believe that this important issue should not be clouded by how he makes his money, and especially that he makes it in the sex industry. This whole anti-sex/fun attitude goes against what i believe the LGBT communities should stand for.

Elad
Elad

To call someone like porn filmmaker Michael Lucas a conservative is bizarre.He's not a conservative, he's a liberal minded guy that doesn't feel he has to take up EVERY liberal cause, such as apartheid of Israel. Israel is indeed the only democracy in the Middle East and the only place where gays and lesbians are protected - not persecuted. Many readers may be surprised to know that gays have long been able to serve openly in the armed forces, and same-sex marriages are RECOGNIZED BY THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT. The GLBT Center should not be giving a soapbox to a group criticizing the one GLBT-friendly country in the whole region.

Derek
Derek

Israel=Zionist Occupied Areas of Palestine. Period.

whatiswrong withupeople
whatiswrong withupeople

Elad, He has openly criticizes the democratic party, which has a better record for gay rights then certainly republicans, and Lucas been attending gay republican events. He also stated he admired Ann Coulter.--Do some research before making criticisms about this. Yes he pretty much is a republican.

Most Jewish people are not of Arab decent, a lot are European. Some are even Latino too. Judaism is not an ethnicity, it is a religion... for which Lucas has stated he doesn't practice or is even remotely interested in. IT be different if he was a practicing Jew, but this is more about self promotion then anything else.

The GLBT center, is not representative of any one group in the gay community. The event was to be hosted by a lesbian, whose political views are not typical of the gay community. Nonetheless, the event was ONLY renting space; this was about commerce NOT political affiliations. If anyone had problems, and didn't like the space being rented by them, they should have their pro-Israel rally there instead. People are full of crap on this issue, especially Andre(ML), who should have put their money where their mouth was and rented the space to do a second/first rally for the cause instead of criticizing the center itself.

pork
pork

someone call immigration on this fucking racist!

whatiswrong withupeople
whatiswrong withupeople

I have such contempt for Michael Lucas. He is a fraud and a toxic person. Someone who is a manipulator and a liar.

And a fraud. How can he be even considered a person with any sensible or valid opinions worth putting in print? He is a republican, a political association for which is ANTI-GAY! Ironically, Michael very intolerant towards Arabs for being anti-gay--considering his justification for this intolerance is based off of theirs; it is a contradiction to be lecturing about it, since your intolerance is the motivation for speaking out against them. It is ridiculous. He has demonstrated intolerance towards even blacks accusing them of homophobia-- yet again, his political affiliation alienates its gay base by putting anti-gay legislation into law. They pander to zealots of all kinds, which the majority are christian or even in some cases Jews.

Michael is known to have illegallly worked as an escort in the New York area for years, and with disregard for the law. Why doesn't someone in INS or with the government effectively terminate his visa since he broke the law on numerous attempts and with complete respect to the united states laws for which he claims he reveres as a 'citizen'. I am disgusted with a government agency that would allow this type of person entrance into our country and yet only target migrant Mexican workers, who are impoverished and want to make an HONEST wage.

enough already
enough already

Seriously, enough with the copying and pasting!

blast
blast

fuck you asswipe!

whatiswrong withupeople
whatiswrong withupeople

I think at the core of this issue is first amendment rights, for which anyone in porn has routinely fought for, and yet in this scenario a 'porn' producer is actually infringing on someone else's right to assemble and have free speech.

And While I might disagree with the groups stance, I do feel they should have a right to use the space-- the space was rented to them; they paid for it, and it was a matter of commerce NOT political affiliation for the center!

If 'Micheal' or Andre wanted to make a serious statement against this group, he would put his money where his mouth is, and rent the same space to hold a pro-Israel rally. Instead, he took this as an opportunity to hawk his name in the press. And scapegoat an innocent LGBT center. This guy is an asshole, and a media whore, uses incidents like this to further his REAL agenda which is to promote his porno company. Shame on you Micheal, you hypocrite!

youmayberight
youmayberight

"First amendment rights" have to do with not allowing the government to do certain things. It is not a proscription on private groups. They are free to allow or not allow whatever speech or platform they want.

whatiswrong withupeople
whatiswrong withupeople

Shouldn't an LGBT groups views on "free speech" apply to its own center!

""First amendment rights" have to do with not allowing the government to do certain things." No, free speech is about providing people opportunity to speak, gather, and present ideas. The gov't says this is an inalienable right of EVERYONE whether its on TV, in a public forum, or in the private sector.

Who are the biggest ardent protesters as we speak! Gays. Gee, I wonder why I would make the assumption about a GLBT center.

And for those who criticize me read their mission statement.

The mission statement of the center:

"The Cultural Programs Department engages an extensive variety of artists, authors, speakers and activists to create a safe space for culture and the arts to be well-represented at the Center and among the larger LGBT community.

[cont.]

In addition, one of our prime functions is to provide affordable meeting space for LGBT organizations, many of which would otherwise have no place to go. The lack of affordable, harassment-free space in New York has pushed several organizations to the brink of extinction. Stepping forward more than once, we have ensured the delivery of much needed services and programs."

I may have not used grammar check or proofed my material, but I have excellent research abilities. Maybe you two would have taken the time do so, you wouldn't have bothered to pen ignorant statements.

e jerry powell
e jerry powell

Still, the first Amendment guarantee of free speech applies only to actions of THE GOVERNMENT, not to actions of private citizens or organizations.  Read the effing constitution: it says CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW several times, and nothing about duck-faced gay porn stars whose ancestors were still in Tsarist Russia at the time.

whatiswrong withupeople
whatiswrong withupeople

LIKE I SAID: Micheal Lucas, a pornographer, is a hypocrite for taking a stand such as this.

He is infringing on someone else's free speech. And the Center is breaking their own Mission Statement for breaking down to some random persons criticisms. Clearly, Micheal wouldn't know anything about this organization since his stance is so strong on the issue. I ask because of that fact, how would he know this woman is a liar, if a.) he hasn't met her and doesn't know directly what is truth or lie b.) hasn't been to a meeting to determine if the "falsehood" of jewish participation in this event.

Michael has openly admitted from interviews those accusations I have leveled at him. This is where I differ from him, I actually have a responsibility to know the facts before drawing out accusations.

enough already
enough already

If you're going to copy and paste your own comments from other posts, the least you could do is proofread before you re-post (and re-post). The most you could do is give the other people following this story some credit and come up with an original thought.

JJ
JJ

Lucas gets too much credit for this. Many people telephoned and emailed the Center. It was not just Michael Lucas, but the community who expressed their dissatisfaction.

whatiswrong withupeople
whatiswrong withupeople

Im sure there were and I would hope those people were of the gay community since the center is dedicated to them.

If they were so passionate about this issue, they could assemble their own version of a rally to discus it. OR actually attend the one meeting, and discuss the issue in fashion that is dialogue and not censorship.

I worry about this incident leading to others were people cannot effectively use the center anymore because someone might "complain".

Ricky Taylor
Ricky Taylor

I agreed with Michael Lucas on this matter but I gotta question why Michael did not know about the Center hosting things like that for several years until recently?

R-

whatiswrong withupeople
whatiswrong withupeople

Right Ricky! Totally taking advantage of an opportunity to get media attention. Notice in the earlier interview he simply states the production of the movie he was working on while this was going on. Basically, was manipulating to get the movie publicity.

Tim
Tim

Michael Lucas could not be more on point. The lesbian girl is a lunatic

rcdcr
rcdcr

Ole duck-lips Lucas should stick to what he knows ~ botox and dick sucking.

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