The headlines that are 'go-go boy dancing' around the gay blogosphere read; "Jewish Gay Porn Star to Perform for Soldiers" and "Jewish Gay Porn Star to Perform for Israeli Troops."
First of all, many of us have already performed for Israeli soldiers; they are easy to find in New York. Secondly, this story is one of the most ridiculously overblown bits of nonsense and bad taste I've seen in a long time.
Michael Lucas--who is very good at what he does: selling sex--travels the world to produce gay pornography and, where it is legal, he performs live sex shows in gay sex clubs--as will be the case in Tel Aviv. The club will allow soldiers to enter for free--never mind the fact that active duty soldiers are routinely admitted to clubs and bars for free. Why let a trifling fact like that get in the way of public relations spin?
While I applaud Michael Lucas' gift for manufacturing publicity, crass exploitation of human pain and suffering for self-promotion is, uh, crass exploitation of human pain and suffering for self-promotion. Sadly the dead and wounded won't benefit from Lucas' fantasy USO tour since they tend not to hang out in gay sex clubs; generally entertainers donate their time and head for the front lines, the military hospitals and the rehabilitation centers.
But bloggers are eating it up--even otherwise politically savvy and responsible bloggers, because despite the reality, the fantasy of a Jewish gay pornographer and escort playing Bob Hope and Marilyn Monroe is just so entertaining.
And so a complete fabrication turns into reality. A myth is born.
"It will be my fourth trip to Israel, and my third time to perform there," Lucas boasts on his blog. "I am very proud to be going to my home away from home [he's Russian and has never made a home in Israel, by the way].
"I will expose the reality that the people of Israel face right now, especially of gay Israelis who are targeted by the hate of Hezbollah."
I'll give him this: Lucas' bullshit factor is way up there with George W. Bush and Lindsay Lohan, who as you may recall is taking gun lessons so that she can defend herself when she flies to Baghdad to entertain the troops "just like Marilyn Monroe."
Kudos to Lucas for reaching new heights in bad taste.
I hear that Lady Bunny is going to receive the Nobel Prize for having auctioned off several of her breasts to raise money for the victims of breast cancer. (Actually, I like that idea. Lady Bunny, are you listening?)