The Adams Report by J.C. Adams – February 21 – 27, 2005

February 21, 2005 | Comments Off on The Adams Report by J.C. Adams – February 21 – 27, 2005

The gay skin trade recently crossed into the mainstream in an unusual way. If you pay attention to liberal and progressive news blogs, the strange and sordid tale of “Jeff Gannon” is already familiar. The mainstream media is now running with the story. Mr. Gannon, whose real name is James Guckert, was unmasked as a journalist with shaky credentials and a shady past whose access to the White House press room is being questioned. Further, it appears Mr. Gannon has also worked as a gay escort selling his services for two-hundred bucks an hour. Can you imagine the uproar if this had happened in a Democratic White House?

The double and triple layers of irony are mind-boggling. Start with the knowledge that gays and same-sex marriage were used as a political wedge in the recent presidential campaign, then think about the fact that a gay escort whose journalistic credentials were extremely weak, and who operated under a fake name, was ushered into the most conservative and security-conscious White House in recent memory and given the chance to question the leader of the free world.

Mainstream media has been reluctant to touch the story (although they had no problems laying bare the private life of Monica Lewinsky). Conservative papers and commentators at first primly clucked about nasty liberals going after the private life of a “journalist” whose sole apparent crime was a conservative point of view. Boo-hoo. They had no problem making MY life cannon fodder in the run-up to the November elections, did they?

But that’s not quite the point here. Jeff Gannon’s sordid past, as well as his contradictory lifestyle as a gay escort who also happened to work as a Republican stooge, are side issues. The real question is how this guy got access to the White House when actual journalists from the “New York Times” were denied. Expect this scandal to escalate in the coming weeks.

MICHAEL LUCAS IS “DANGEROUS”
Director-performer Michael Lucas has managed to generate a bit of mainstream-ish press coverage for his porn version of “Dangerous Liaisons.” One sequence took place at Quo nightclub in the Big Apple and involved dozens of extras and celebrity cameos. One of the celebs was Rupaul.

“I filmed a cameo in Michael Lucas’ big budget, triple X-travaganza DANGEROUS LIAISONS. It’s always such a thrill to meet my favorite porn stars, and [this shoot] was no exception,” he wrote in his blog.

Rupaul goes on to note, “Owen Hawk is a genius at projecting sexual empowerment with no shame in his game, which is the crowning glory of the new generation of porn stars. Gus Mattox has a sparkle in his eye that reads on camera as intelligence, clarity and playfulness. I’m pleased to announce that those same qualities are true for him off camera. Also making cameos were [New York City nightlife habitués] Amanda LePore, Boy George and The Lady Bunny.”

The esteemed “Village Voice” columnist Michael Musto also made an appearance. He and I are acquainted and I asked for his take on the experience: “RuPaul, Amanda [LePore] and Lady Bunny…all played ourselves — which we’re well equipped to do — coming out of a limo to flashing lights (well, it’s a fantasy) and entering [a] gallery event,” he told me, “where we mixed, mingled and reacted to the dramatics going on. It was fun, but I can’t believe I finally got in a porn movie and it was with my clothes on!”

For more scoop, Mr. Lucas has established a DANGEROUS LIAISONS blog at Lucasentertainment.com, Mr. Musto’s “La Dolce Musto” column is at Villagevoice.com and Rupaul can be found at Rupaul.com. Oh, and my pal Jonno, editor of Fleshbot.com, were also present and they have photographs from the shoot at his addictive site.

“SEX” LIFE ON FILM
“Berlin Cheers Documentary on Gay Porn Films” was the headline of a recent newswire story. It was describing “Cycles of Porn: Sex/Life in L.A. Part 2” from German director Jochen Hick, a sequel to 1998’s documentary “Sex/Life in L.A.”

“A documentary about the lives of aging porn actors that throws a harrowing spotlight on the gay film industry in Los Angeles opened the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival…to an enthusiastic reception,” reads the article. The movie “takes its audience on a riveting journey into the world of gay sex films.”

“Driven by a sense of adventure or by their own narcissism, young men today are still keen to put their stamp on porn cinema,” Mr. Hick writes about his movie. “But the days of a purely non-commercial fulfillment of one’s sexual desires has long gone, and the interests of consumers, models and producers no longer coincide. Gay life — like the entire industry — has become something of a profession and is now thoroughly commercialized. Young models begin their sexual careers in internet containers; they enter the business fully aware of their self-exploitation and yet, at the same time, they are somehow unconscious of how they are being exploited.”

Matt Bradshaw, Kevin Kramer and Cole Tucker are among the subjects of the first film. Bastian, Sergio Anthony, Holden Grey, Johnny Law, Corbin Michaels, Vin Nolan, Rocky and Chi Chi LaRue anchor one section of the sequel. Bareback filmmakers Ray Butler, Bill Gardner and Will West are featured in another. Messrs. Bradshaw, Kramer and Tucker return in a follow-up segment that also features Damian Ford and photographer Henning von Berg.

No word yet on a U.S. theatrical distribution, so keep an eye on your local gay film festival. And speaking of gay porn documentaries, the Colton Ford/Blake Harper film “Naked Fame” will be hitting theatres very soon.

DEPT. OF SELF-PROMOTION
The “Adams Report” has a sparkling addition to the stellar list of media outlets that carry this column. The brand spanking new JRL Publications website now carries the “Adams Report” at JRLgay.wizaweb.com. Check it out and let ’em know what you think.

Also, my first two directing efforts are now available on DVD: “Catch Me” for All Worlds Video and “Shooters” for MSR Videos (a co-directing gig). I’m in pre-production now for my third film; “Sex with Strangers” will shoot in late March, again for AWV. Stay tuned for the scoop.

Porn Star Birthdays for February 21 through February 27: Eduardo Galisteu, Ken Griffin (Feb. 21); B.J. Andrews, Trent Black, Aiden Shaw, Cameron Stone (Feb. 22); Tonatieu Christian, Zoltan Kincses, Justin Mycles, Isidore Nadas, Adrian Reyes (Feb. 23); Tom Lynx, Richard Reyes, Julio Vidal, Drew Warner (Feb. 24); Ethan Alexander, Steve Harper, the late Kurt Houston (Feb. 25); Clint Cooper, Rick Matthews, Daniel Montes, Bryce Pierce, Marc Pierrot (Feb. 26); Carlos Aguirre, Anthony Ferrat, Matt Majors, Jackson Phillips, Austin Reeves, Rio, Nick Stevenson, Rob Walker, Chris Windsor, Tony Zerega (Feb. 27).

J.C. Adams has covered the gay adult entertainment industry since 1995, and has served as the editor of “Inside Porn Magazine” and “Unzipped Monthly.” In addition to the “Adams Report” weekly gossip and news column, his work has appeared in “Adult Video News,” “Gay Chicago,” “Genre,” “HX” and many other print and online publications. You can reach him at JCAdamsXXX@aol.com

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