Michael Lucas Publishing Scandal II

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Speaking of yesterday, you may recall our post on New York Magazine‘s article on the so-called porn king, Michael Lucas.

You may also recall that we narrowed in on the Lucas Entertainment/Dark Alley feud and HX Magazine‘s alliance with Mr. L.

Well, not long after said posting, we received an email from Heather Reznor, Lucas Entertainment’s publicity director, insisting that the real scandal isn’t the Lucas/HX Magazine alliance. Rather, Heather takes issue with New York Magazine and their editing of William Van Meter’s piece. She writes:

Rather than discuss Michael as an ambitious, accomplished, successful gay man, [the editors] turn him into some absurd cartoon of a gay, self tanner and all. It seems the editors just weren’t ready to depict Michael as a real human being rather than some cheap gay stereotype.
There’s your real scandal, but of course we’re all so used to gay people being discussed as absurd, catty, and ridiculous in the press that this editor’s bias has been overlooked. They’ve also shyed away from printing any picture that shows his physical beauty…perhaps they aren’t ready for male sexuality at this point in time.

Oh, snap! Heather’s a lovely girl and we’ve worked with her for years, so we definitely appreciate her insight on the matter. To prove how much, we’ve pasted her entire letter after the jump.

Also, as a side-note, we’d love to see Heather and New York Magazine EIC Adam Moss in a throwdown. No offense Mr. Moss, but we have a feeling Heather would kick your ass.

Earlier: Michael Lucas Publishing Scandal Revealed!

Hi Queerty,
Saw your posting today so thanks for paying attention to lil
old us once again …

But there’s one thing I’d like to point out to you (aside from noting that
you ought to swallow a healthy dose of skepticism with that
article. There are a number of factual errors but we’re bored with
debating those points)

William Van Meter started writing that article in March. It was pages
and pages long, originally containing many more positive sections
portraying Michael as a strong, powerful figure, alongside the more
scathing elements of the article. It wound up being a very lengthy feature
and was chopped to pieces by its editors, who manipulated it like one
of those characters on reality tv. Mr. Van Meter interviewed many of
Michael’s close and notable friends and celebrities, but there’s not one
positive quote in this article. Rather than discuss Michael as an
ambitious, accomplished, successful gay man, they turn him into some
absurd cartoon of a gay, self tanner and all. It seems the editors
just weren’t ready to depict Michael as a real human being rather than
some cheap gay stereotype. There’s your real scandal, but of
course we’re all so used to gay people being discussed as absurd, catty,
and ridiculous in the press that this editor’s bias has been
overlooked. They’ve also shyed away from printing any picture that
shows his physical beauty … perhaps they aren’t ready for male
sexuality at this point in time. I believe their cover on John Cameron
Mitchell’s new movie was rich with tits.
Best,
Heather Reznor
Publicity Director
Lucas Entertainment