In some industries, the chief executives of companies would be shredded by shareholders for speaking out so publicly, and repeatedly, on controversial issues. You don’t hear Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson weighing in on nuclear weapons in Iran, or IBM’s topper Sam Palmisano wondering aloud why the U.S. isn’t doing more about genocide in Darfur. But they don’t work in porn. Michael Lucas does. And his nearest and dearest social issue has involves the hot button subject of Israel. And there’s no shutting up about it.
Having made the porn film Men Of Israel (and engaged on a lovely PR tour for it), you can surmise where Mr. Lucas stands on the issue. An ardent supporter of Israel (and rabid critic of Palestine), Lucas uses his platform as porn star and producer to spread the gospel.
And this time, it’s coming right at you gays … who dare support Palestine.
We all seem to get very mad, and for good reason, when Ann Coulter or the latest right wing pundit uses the word faggot or spews that gay people are the downfall of civilization.
Yet, we don’t get upset about organizations like the San Francisco based QUIT — Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism chanting their oxymoronic mantra, “Queers for Palestine”.
The motto by itself evokes such a horrific mutilation of progressive thought. If you are queer and for Palestine it means that you are for the stoning of gay people. It means that you are for the torturing and disfigurement of gay people. You are for the brutal harassment and honor killings of gay people—because these are the things that Palestinians do to us.
QUIT advocates the divestment from Israel. They call for a boycott of Israeli products, an end to U.S. aid in the Jewish state and an end to investments in universities and Israeli establishments and corporations.
What makes QUIT and their slogan “Queers for Palestine” such foolish rhetoric is that these gay people’s affinity for Palestine is clearly unrequited. If these ‘queers’ want to march around with their delusional banners for Palestine—then they are free to make that irrational mistake. But do they think Palestine is for them? Queers for Palestine = laughable. Palestine for queers = horrendous torture and death.
And really, that’s just the lead up to this:
If you were to go to Israel with a big sign that said I am gay and pro Palestine then you will be left alone—not bothered or remotely harmed. If you were to go to Palestine with a sign that says I am gay and pro Palestine then you will be killed and no one will protect you.
So why in the world would gay activists protest against one of the centers of gay liberation (Israel) and for one of the planet’s most violently oppressive homophobic societies (Palestine)?
Many call it insanity; others say naivety or poor information. But these are complete delusional lies. Because, try as I might, I can’t comprehend any other justification for being a member of QUIT other than overwhelming anti-Semitism.
Not included in Michael’s blog post is this postscript: He also cannot comprehend any other justification for not buying Men Of Israel other than you being cheap.