Zac Efron lookalike Brent Corrigan won three awards during the 2009 GayVN Awards ceremony (the gay porn Oscars). As he took the stage to accept an award for Best Bottom, Michael Lucas became the Kanye West of gay porn by stealing the mic and saying, “Shame on those who nominated and awarded Corrigan. There should be no forgiveness for the companies and individual who put the industry in danger.” According to Corrigan, the audience’s boos drowned out any applause.
You see, Brent Corrigan lied about his age to break into porn at the tender (and illegal) age of 16. And though the GayVN’s awarded him for his legal work, Lucas found it the perfect time to upstage Corrigan and speak out against his jail-bait kiddie porn ilk. Lucas said he has no personal beef with Corrigan and after the awards he added:
“It is shocking how lightly the industry is taking this matter. By falsifying his government-required identification, Brent Corrigan put himself, producers, and the general public at the mercy of federal prosecution. Because Brent performed while he was underage, all the material that he appeared in during that time is now considered child pornography, and rightfully so. However, anyone in possession of those titles, who purchased them or viewed them assuming that the producer had taken the necessary precautions to eliminate the risk, now has illegal pornography on their hands. Can you imagine the trauma of having to deal with something like that? And with the internet being what it is, who knows what images of Brent are legal and illegal? This is a disgusting and horrifying question.”
Porn stars are a bit like Chinese Olympic gymnasts: sometimes a youth performs against the rules and the entire world gets to see. Yes, Corrigan lied as a teen to get a head start in gay porn, and shame on those who recruited and filmed him before properly verifying. But Lucas didn’t bother speaking out against any of his porn stars who dabble prostitution or drugs or unsafe sex and never had he used the mic in past GayVNs to speak out as passionately against those things.
A GayVN attendee suggests that jealousy might have spurred Lucas more than self-righteousness: “Lucas Studios was getting overlooked and [competing porn studio] Raging Stallion was winning by a landslide… Michael was obviously annoyed as well… [and] searching for a way to stir up, in his classic, any-publicity-is-good-publicity approach of doing business. Lucas later apologized for the statement on-stage and wanted it to be clear he wasn’t attacking Brent, but rather the industry as a whole. The apology (in very broken English) fell flat. People were yelling, music was playing. You barely could understand his message. It seemed his final attempt to sealing that he’d make headlines.”