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August 23, 2006

Dear friends and fellow Jews,


I was both hurt and surprised by some blogs and comments made in reaction to my upcoming Israel show. Yes, I did take time to read them. The opinion of my people is very important to me. I did not care about any of the hatred filled comments from arab or muslim men. But the hateful comments from Jews were profoundly depressing. We Jews were persecuted, killed and hated for thousands of years. All of our rights were always taken away and we were always considered second class citizens. I can't believe that some of us can be so intolerant, especially to gay people!

Jewish people and gays were pushed into gas chambers together during the Holocaust. How can we be so disrespectful to thousands of homosexuals, many of whom died in the second World War, many of them fighting Nazis, with many still dying defending Israel? Contrary to the opinions I've been reading, the Israel that I know and love is a democratic, free, fun-loving society, seen as a blemish in the eyes of Arab nations. I am sure these muslim countries would like to destroy Israel precisely for its tolerance, open-mindedness, and respect for human rights.

Did you ever think how many parallels can be drawn between gays and jews? This letter would be way too long if I even started to list. But for one, we were both persecuted and hated throughout centuries, and we both gave the world the biggest artists, scientists, writers, actors, musicians. So maybe we both are chosen people.

There is a big enemy Israel is facing and the enemy is Islam, not homosexuals. Do not confuse the two.

Look, I am one of you, my gentle readers. I have experienced a great deal of anti-semitism growing up in Soviet Russia. Like all Jews, I had a paragraph in my passport which read "Jewish". People called it "5th paragraph". Russians never gave me the opportunity to be one of them. Israel is my country as much as it is yours. To come to Israel is my birthright.

Yes, I produce gay porn. But for the most part, I am just like you, proud to be Jewish, love my family, proud of Israel, and was glued to TV for the past month, worried for my people.

The fact is, lots of people love and need porn. I do not harm anyone, I make them happy.

I've performed in Israel 3 times already, every time with huge success, thousands attending my show at TLV and VOX. The response was always wonderful, I entertain my way and a way that is appreciated by many. Let us respect those who enjoy this form of entertainment.

Sincerely,

Michael Lucas


PS- The folks over at Ynetnews.com and Something Jewish were kind enough to post my response. Once again, people have been commenting in a manner VERY different from the ones you will see below on my blog (and I very much appreciate your support).
Check out their comments here:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3295173,00.html
I invite you to go there and diversify the opinions being given.

Posted by Michael at August 23, 2006 06:38 PM

Comments

michael,
as another minority (black & female)
i hear what you're saying.

it hurts the most to get criticized from your own people. sometimes all you can do is shake those people off and do what you need to do.

Yes, I produce gay porn. But the fact is, lots of people love and need porn. I do not harm anyone, I make them happy.

yes. i love gay porn. i will always watch it, i will always own it. it makes me very happy. especially "apartments."

shalom.

Posted by: JB at August 23, 2006 06:59 PM

Hi Michael:

I do not know you personally and I have not seen any of your movies, but I do enjoy reading your blog for your colorful insights. I am not Jewish, but I do understand your analogy between the persecution of Jews and homosexuals throughout history, and to this very day. I think it is exciting that you are going over to Israel to perform, but I must say I am a bit concerned and worried for your safety. There is much publicity surrounding your trip and the climate over there is anything but stable. It is remarkable that there have been no rockets launched within the last few days with all of the hatred and tension over there.

I understand why you are undergoing this trip, and I respect you for doing what you believe you must, but I worried about your safety and life. Please be careful so you return alive, healthy, and in one piece. I do not think that killing yet another “Jewish Fag” will make all that much difference to some over there, but I think life here will be just a little less complete, interesting, exciting, and entertaining without you. So, please, be careful if you must go and take extra security precautions.

An avid blog reader.

Posted by: Ryan P. at August 23, 2006 08:54 PM

Dear Michael:

Given your professional position and your upcoming appearances in Israel, you probably are wise to take so diplomatic a position vis-a-vis Jewish people and Israelis who condemn you for being gay and a sex performer.

However, I want to be the Wafa Sultan against those anti-gay religious bigots.

Any Jew who would use a religious argument to further prejudice against any individual or group of people is a disgrace, and a foul stain on the otherwise proud record of the Jewish people. An overwhelming majority of Jews in Israel, Europe, Australia, the US and South America has recognized the scientific evidence that 1) gay people are born gay and 2) that even if they weren't, there is no rational reason to deny them full legal equality in society.

An overwhelming majority of Jews has recognized those things because, unlike Muslims, who cite the Koran and Sharia as the only supreme authorities for deciding major life issues, they allow all the rich intellectual heritage of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment to illuminate their thinking. Without rejecting all elements of their Jewish heritage, they interpret certain of them so that they are in accord with rational and fair consideration of other minorities.

How dare any Jewish person speak so much as one bigotted word against a gay person, whether that gay person is Jewish or not? Doing so reveals a vulgar, severely flawed, reprehensible and condemnable mental function, one not even worthy of the appellation "intellect."

Any person who doesn't like the concept and reality of erotic entertainment has the easy option of not observing it. There are likely many things that people who rail against erotic entertainment do that to erotic entertainers and the people who enjoy their work product seem distasteful. But they don't kick up a fuss over those things and they don't go opening a fictional book called the Bible attempting to prove that a fictional supreme being disapproves of what they are doing.

The bottom line message to religious people here is; mind your own damned business. Nobody is doing you the least harm by being gay. You are imagining stuff and nonsense and getting whipped up into a pointless, hateful frenzy because of garbage in the Bible. You have every right to have the faith you do, and you have every right to be respected for having the faith you do, until you use that faith as a weapon to deprive others of their fundamental human rights. That is when the printed material you use as a weapon should be called garbage, and that is when your bullying intolerance must be denounced for the social trash it is.

Obviously, were there no demand in Israel for the type of entertainment Michael provides, he wouldn't be invited there. And obviously, the people who create that demand should be able to enjoy in full liberty the pleasures of observing the entertainment. To the religious bigots I say this; we will respect you fully when you fully respect us. Until then, we look down our noses at you for the morally inferior, bullying jerks that you are.

Posted by: Tight Hole at August 23, 2006 09:48 PM

Do what your heart say and be proud.

Tim (a french friend)

Posted by: tim at August 23, 2006 09:59 PM

Michael,

Trust and believe that I have wrestled with myself and others, who do not believe that you can be a Christian, a good person, and love everyone and be gay or think that porn is an art, and one that you choose to display beautifully. God is love, and if they can't see how you bring so many races, religions cultures together in your gift of human connections. Well if they can't see it and appreciate it for what it is, then they shoud move onto something they can appreciate. Love in any form, will always conquer hate in every form. Michael, continue to do what you do with my blessings, and many the world over I'm sure. I dont even know you, but you are my brother of another, but we are all one people. You unlike most dont get it. Please, continue to use your gifts... to spread love, all kinds of love, but love no less.

Posted by: jeffrey at August 24, 2006 12:08 AM

Micheal,

You are so right and I can really relate to what you wrote in this entry. As a jewish israeli gay person, It hurts when people of your own country (and sometimes even your friends) make comments about gay people.

Over the past few months, around the disccusion of the pride events in Israel, too many organizations and people (including Kennest memebers [political] and religious people who are very very respected in Israel and by a lot of religious or close-to-religion people) protested against the pride events, giving all kinds of reasons (usually cursing). The last straw was a reward offered to anyone who will kill at least one gay person in the pride events (the ad that was anonymously put in mail boxes around Jersualem, contained instructions of how to make 3 home-made weapons). The reward was for 20,000 NIS and that was the last straw. someone in Israel made a video clip (which can be found in YouTube), taking all of what these people said throughout the past months and replacing the world "gay" with "jew" everytime. The end of the video clip read something like: "If you replace the word 'gay' in 'jew' in any of these sentences, you'll find the sentences which the nazis said prior to the World War 2. Don't fool yourself, Don't think it can't happen again - It's already started".

So, your analogy to the Holocaust is more than correct, Micheal, but I think that people rather be blind or think that something as horrible can't happen again. The question is - can't it?
I mean, I've read dozens of people's opinions blaming gay people for the war in Lebabon. If you remember, Jews were blamed for Germany's lost in World War 1. So who's to say the Holocaust can't happen again?

I hope you don't plan on cancling your arrival, because if there is anything I've learned from living in a country that is under an active war against teror for the past six year is that you win a little everyday by not giving into fear and threats.

Posted by: ori at August 24, 2006 04:47 AM

Wow. I found an article on your plans to visit Israel and look where I ended up....my first gay blog! I was hoping to feel special, but then I discover that I agree with what all the gay guys are saying...another first!

Simple and short...you have my profound respect. Keep calling it like it is...sexual preference is not an enemy to any nationality, BUT ISLAM IS. Unfortunately, we in the US still have to preface any comments about Islamic extremists by saying "but we know the extremists are a tiny minority who are trying to hijack a wonderful religion, blah blah blah".....WHAT? A WONDERFUL RELIGION? Maybe at one time but look who is running the show now, folks! Read the Quran and get a good dose of a "wonderful religion"...

MIKE- keep up the good work. You are a fucking PATRIOT and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. At the end of the day, gay or straight, it seems us "non-muslims" are gonna have to come together or face some really dire consequences.

Cool. Well, sorry I won't get to see your show, since you are kinda hot for a guy. Watch yourself and don't be silenced, by either the fascist bigots on the right (me on occasion) or the guilt-plagued liberals on the left.

You are my hero, at least for today.

OK, now all the liberals can respond to my note and tell me how awful I am for blaming all muslims for the actions of a few.......

Posted by: Eric in Texas at August 24, 2006 05:06 AM

Hey Michael!
Sometimes all you can do is shake those people off. I know you personally and I understand what are you feeling. Do what your heart say :)
Lu (from B.A.)

Posted by: Lu at August 24, 2006 10:52 AM

So sad to me that religion is so often used as a way to attack instead of to join. But, it's always been so I guess. I send you and yours prayers for safe travel and a successful trip. I do enjoy your work and your blog so keep on rockin.

xoxo
j

Posted by: Jacob Glass at August 24, 2006 12:59 PM

Michael, As always your blog is profound. It is always easier to be critical of others, rather than extend oneself and think of others. The fact that your blog encompasses so many beliefs, whether religious, political, or social, you are getting a voice out there, and it is being heard. Discussion around the office watercoolers in the World help to bring to mind that we can be people of faith, and still be proud to be gay. Thank you for all you do, and looking forward to seeing you on your return. Have a safe journey!

Posted by: Matthew at August 24, 2006 03:01 PM

Unfortunately, Hate is an equal opportunity employer. I find it rare that people who "should know better" actually do. There are gays who are prejudiced against African-Americans, Jews or Asians, just as there are Jews who are prejudiced against gays and other minorities.

Posted by: David at August 24, 2006 03:05 PM

I love ;-) Kiss from France Maxime of http://www.maxigay.fr ( shopping Gay & Lesbian in Paris )

Posted by: Max at August 24, 2006 06:29 PM

I think what you're doing is just great!

I just wish more people were as generous and thoughtful as you are.

If you're ever in Austin, TX...look me up! I'll buy you a drink!

Myackie

Posted by: Myackie at August 24, 2006 11:23 PM

My only issue with your latest column is "yes i produce gay porn, but for the most part i am just like you." You do not have to defend or appear to defend your occupation. So what, and frankly who cares.

There is nothing wrong in producing gay porn but by how you phase it makes it appear like this is a bad thing, therefore being gay is a bad thing. Wrong. We are too hung up with sex being viewed negatively when we forget we were all concieve by this act.

I don't think i need to defend being gay and i don't think you need to defend doing gay porn.

I have said many times that religion isn't about love it is about teaching hate. And for many Jews, Christians, Muslims, Mormans it is all about hate. If anyone, religious or not has a problem with gay porn they can kiss all of our gay asses.

Posted by: Dawson at August 25, 2006 02:01 AM

Hi Michael,

Wanted to give kudos to your response. Though sometimes over patriotic for my taste it really cheers me up :)

I posted about it in my blog and don't have a place to put it all here so I'd love it if you read it and comment:
http://blog.myspace.com/deeperboy


See you here (Maybe :))!

Truly,
Or.

Posted by: Or at August 25, 2006 10:03 AM

Dear Michael,
I found out today for the first time that you are Jewish and that you like visiting israel. I find your site great, an amazing combination of politics, gay rights and pleasure (and business ofcourse). You must be very brave to be able to live through all these worlds and do it succesfully. I'm a gay guy from Israel, 26 yo, and I must admit I have seen once a movie of your company and enjoyed it. I eveb feel proud to know that not only the Hollywood studios are run by jews but even some of the Porn industry... I wish we only had more succesful film making industry in Israel (and that includes Israeli gay porn, what a wet dream... partly fulfilled by Omer) Anyways, I actually would like to ask you somwthing. I'm a video artist, and hearing that you are coming to Israel and the combination of your work, thoughts, ideas and religion made me want to to make a small documentary about your visit. I might be too late, so it could also happen in one of your future visits. i got some ideas about it, and it would be great if I could share them with you. Well, anyway have a great visit, and good luck with your activities.
All the best
Avshalom

Posted by: Avshalom at August 25, 2006 01:15 PM

Hi Michael:

Don't cum between now and the time you go to Israel. That way, when you finally shoot your load, there'll be hope that it splats on
Nasrallah's head, drowning him in a barrage of jizz. He doesn't deserve such an entertaining fate but if the load actually killed him, it would be for the best.

Posted by: Nasrallah eats pork at August 25, 2006 03:38 PM

Dear Michael,

Have a great trip, and don't listen to the bullshit you might read or hear. Israelis and especially gay Israelis truly need some diversion in their lives with all that has happened the past year (from Sharon to Hamas to Hizbolah). It is because of people like yourself that makes me proud to be both gay and Jewish.

Best,
Chip

Posted by: Chip at August 25, 2006 05:16 PM

I like the photo you posted with your letter. It has an emotional feel to it.

Posted by: Polaris Borealis at August 25, 2006 06:29 PM

Michael, Alot of straight people, are what reactionary against gays, bec. they have the feeling at times they would like to try it. They may have a very good friend that they like alot for example. They probably get horrified by this thought bec. of the society which signified gayness as being a tad abnormal.

This is my impression of the USA and most countries.

I believe there are some exceptions to this. Some countries would be Scandanavia, Holland, perhaps Spain.

As for myself while I have not had a gay experience when I am in these countries, I do visit a gay hangout, not a bar or even a sex place, but perahps a gay beach.

I enjoy the vibe for awhile.

Usually however, the happiness that is there becomes to much for me. I am not used to such a pleasant vibe. I know this sounds wierd.

I see men in these countries holding hands in the main square. No one pays it much notice, because they are too busy enjoying their own lives.

Posted by: Sima French at August 25, 2006 06:41 PM

Well, wish me luck, perhaps I will yet meet someone on my current trip.Niceguy420l@yahoo.com.

Posted by: Sima French at August 28, 2006 01:23 PM

I'm impressed.

From Toronto, living in Israel.

Thanks.

David

Posted by: David at August 31, 2006 04:53 PM

Hi, Michael
I am happy you had a good time in Israel, I had sent a big e-mail to you about the comments people made about your trip, just trying to lift you up.
I'm not jewish by blood but in my mind works as a Jewish person, even though I was brought up a born again Christian, I am also a south american black residing in New York for the last 24 years, and I have been extremelly entertained by your work, I really like the product of your work.
Regarding the negative comments about your trip, please don't pay any attention to it, I wish I could be in your place out there.
Michael, the first time I met you on 24th street, you were very polite to me.
I really was a little jealous when I saw the pictures, I wish it could be me with the Israeli army.
Congratulations for your trip from a Jewish by Heart,
gilson rome

Posted by: Gilson Rome at September 6, 2006 10:31 PM

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