Quick Index
 Adult Industry News
Search AINews Database
Type Keyword or Phrase Here
HardArt Films Pornography feminists unshackle their desires and celebrate their sexuality in the patriarchal world

Front Page
Film News
Media News
Business News
Clubs & Appearances
Law & Politics
Internet & Mobile News
Lifestyles Arts Health Charity
Letters to the Editor
Movie Spotlight Reviews
Pornstar Pages
AINews Staff
Ad Rates
PR 101: Press Release Service

Porn for GEEKS! Meet me & my friends!

Club Jessica Jaymes - Official Website

August 12, 2001 11:00pm
Porn Stripped of Gossip Maven
Source: Wired News
by: Noah Shachtman

(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- The battle for the soul of Luke Ford is over. Ford - the Web-based gossip columnist universally reviled and universally read by the porn industry he covered - [allegedly] left the smut business behind last week.

But unlike so many retiring dot-commers, Ford's reasons for bowing have nothing to do with slumping ad revenues or fed-up investors.

Instead, Ford is calling it quits because of his religious beliefs.

Ford's triple-X connections had long been in simmering conflict with his involvement in Los Angeles' Orthodox Jewish community.

For years, the gossip lived "constantly on the knife's edge," knowing that he'd be tossed out of Young Israel of Century City, his strictly-observant synagogue -- where he studied Talmud every morning -- if the leadership found out about his website -- where he dished out equal portions of news and half-truths every night.

In late June, the tension reached its boiling point.

"I should've known something was wrong when I walked into shul (Yiddish for synagogue) this morning," Ford wrote. "I'd forgotten my yarmulke (skullcap) and had to scrounge around the children's toys cupboard to find one. It was painted with ghosts."

After prayers, Young Israel's Rabbi, Elazar Mushkin, informed his congregant that he had discovered the truth about Ford's "double life."

"You can imagine how humiliated we feel now," Mushkin told Ford. "I brought you into my own house for Passover and introduced you to my family."

Ford left Young Israel. Six weeks later, he had sold his trash-talking LukeFord.com site to online smut center Netvideogirls.com for $25,000 and began making plans to move to Jerusalem.

This wasn't the first time he'd been booted from a congregation. In December, 1997 -- months after constructing his site from the material gathered for his book, A History of X -- Ford's then-Rabbi asked him to end his adult industry involvement. When Ford failed to do so by April of 1998, he was told to get out.

This spiritual nadir came as his career began to peak. In the same month, Ford landed his biggest scoop: that veteran money-shooter Marc Wallace had HIV. The revelation injected him into the mainstream's consciousness and cemented his infamous reputation in the adult community.

Summing up the porn business' feelings about Ford, Mark Kernes, an editor at Adult Video News (AVN), the porn industry trade magazine, said "Luke Ford is a scumbag. And you can print that."

The abuse only seemed to encourage Ford to outrageous heights, with salacious stories about porn tarts turning tricks, movie moguls dealing with the mob, and down-on-their luck actresses doing it with dogs.

"I'll put up anything someone's willing to put their name on," Ford once boasted. "If someone tells me (AVN founder) Paul Fishbein sticks bananas up his anus in an on-the-record interview, I'll happily publish it."

Strangely enough, Ford -- the converted son of an Australian evangelist -- was also happy to couple this less-than-holy material with lengthy debates of Jewish law and melancholic, angst-filled ruminations on living in the conflicting realms of smut and Sinai.

In response to his free-wheeling posting policies, Ford was sued -- and threatened with lawsuits -- on several occasions.

And he was threatened with worse when he began questioning the financial stability of RJB Telecom, one of the most prominent porno pay site operators.

"Hey Luke if I ever see you in public...I hope you bring that BIG gun...your gonna [sic] need it," posted one angry reader.

But despite such hostility, Ford attracted enough of an income from adult advertisers -- around $45,000 annually -- to keep himself fed and the site afloat. And he got plenty of attention from adult industry insiders, with many of the people who trashed Ford in public perfectly happy to supply him dirt in private.

"A couple of years ago, I would have been jumping up and down for joy to see Luke Ford 'eliminated,'" writes well-known porn performer Asia Carrera. "Then I figured out how to use him to my advantage (having Luke around to disseminate scurrilous 'anonymous scoops' on one's enemies was almost TOO convenient!)"

It's this interest from blue-movie bigwigs that made LukeFord.com an attractive buy for Michael Keene, the Netvideogirls.com chieftain.

"We (made the purchase) to introduce ourselves to the players," he said. "Already from the people we've met, we have our money's worth."

Few in the adult community believe Ford will actually leave the industry behind.

"He'll be back. He can't stand to be away from this business," said AVN's Kernes.

So Ford has bet over $7,000 with skeptics, like online madam "Nici," that he'll still be out of porn by Oct. 1.

By then, Ford contends, he'll be ready to move to Jerusalem.

"I really think we're going to have a war (in Israel), and I want to be there to cover it," Ford said. He'll upload such material -- along with his religious musings -- to his new LukeFord.net site. "I never covered a war before. But I've certainly dealt with a lot of dangerous people."

He jokes, "I plan to do for the Middle East what I've done for the pornography industry."

Meanwhile, Netvideogirls.com's Keene says LukeFord.com will continue its rowdy ways.

"We're not going to be toned down. We're not going to check every story," he said. "We're going to be true to the character of Luke."

HardArt Films


New AINews Website

Top Stories

MWA: 05/08/19

2019 Club EXPO Breaks Record

Emori Pleezer: BDSM Princess

Expo 2019: A Star is Born

AEE 2019: Is Camming the New Porn?

2019 XRCO Awards Nominations Announced

MWA: 04/20/19

MWA: 04/12/19

AEE 2019: Ela Darling

AEE 2019: Sofie Marie

AEE 2019: Cindy Starfall on Swinging and Camming

MWA: 04/10/19

Stunning Summer Now Loves Models Talent Agent

AEE 2019: Christiana Cinn on Porn and Camming

AEE 2019: Bree Mills, Part Two

AEE 2019: Bree Mills, Part One

Alexis Fawx: A Lesson in Self-Awareness

MWA: 04/01/19

AEE 2019: Sofia Rose, BBW Sweetheart

AEE 2019: Taylor Stevens on Camming

AEE 2019: Kelley Cabbana and Camming

MWA: 03/29/19

AEE 2019: Cory Chase

MWA: 03/27/19

MWA: 03/25/19

AEE 2019: Ember Snow Talks Cam Girls

MWA: 03/16/19

MWA: 03/08/19

MWA: 03/01/19

Charlie Biggs RIP

AEE 2019: Vanna Bardot Update

Discloses Searches for Prostitutes

Elements ~ Reviewer Rated

Industry Veteran D. Wise Passes

Decline of Big Girl Market

AEE 2019: The Code and August Ames

AEE 2019: Nina at Thirty-five

Angel Marie at Lust

Sexual Harassment ~ Reviewer Rated

MWA 12/19/18

MWA: 12/12/18

Sarah Vandella: Pushing my Boundaries

MWA: 12/10/18

MWA: 12/08/18

Reagan Foxx: A Ton of Fun

MWA: 11/28/18

MWA: 11/18/18

Depression in the Industry

Vanna Bardot: The Girl with the Braces

Scarlett Mae: Making Sex Feel Natural

MWA: 11/08/18

HardArt's Sexual Harassment Trailer

MWA: 11/07/18

HardArt Announces Sexual Harassment

Love in the Digital Age ~ Reviewer Rated

Being a Pornstar

Sexual Harassment Trailer

HardArt Lauches Website

OneStone Hub

E11EVEN, Nova Win at ED Expo

HardArt Rejects Director Sally Forth

MWA: 08/19/18

Stokely Cherry OTM

August Taylor MILF PoY Nom

Phoenix Divina Hooking

ED Expo Opening Party

Vickie Jay on VNALive

HardArt 3 Pic Deal

Iron Girls 6

Carmen Valentina NightMoves Nom

Dillion Harper at Expose

Texas, Monroe, Valentien to SEXPO

The Puppeteer

Urban X Voting Open

Brooklyn Chase in Madison

HardArt's Hypersexuals a Success!

TES Affiliate Conference

Jessica Johnson Hooking

MWA: 07/27/18

Vote Olive Glass, NightMoves

Attn: Club Owners, Managers, Staff, Entertainers

2018 Inked Awards

Hard Art's Hypersexual

MWA: 07/25/18

Johnson Hosts Urban X

Dee Wallace at Horrorfest

MWA: 07/19/18 - XRCO

AirBnB Discriminates Against Sara Jay

Hard Art Shoots First

MWA: 07/21/18

Holly Hendrix at Exxxotica

Karen Fisher at Exxxotica

Carmen Valentina at Exxxotica

DomCon Registration Opens

Luna Star at Exxxotica

Elvira Receives Price Award

BSF Media Welcomes Sabrina Deep

MWA: 07/18/18

Jenevieve Hexxx Site Launch

Sex Expo NY 2018

MWA: 07/16/18

MWA: 07/15/18

Bush 7

Hard Art Signs Director

Pulse Inks Hard Art

MWA: 06/28/18

New Studio: Hard Art

XRCO Changes Venue

The Roast of April O'Neil

McCullough, Rai on Inside

Morgan, Foxxx CoHo XRCO

Big Ass Rubdown ~ Reviewer Rated

MWA: 05/03/18

MWA: 04/29/18

MWA: 04/28/18

Natasha Nice Free Agent

Holly Hendrix Self Booking

CDC: Undetectable HIV

2018 XRCO Nominees


Natasha Nice Gangbang

Amateur Introductions 26

Sex Expo NY 2018

2018 XRCO Awards Announced

Anal Violation of Bonnie Grey ~ Reviewer Rated

Eros, a Short Film

Lee Signs Victoria June

Maxine X Voted #1

Czernich Releases Heavy Rubber 37

Legal Panel: Weinstein, #MeToo

Consent Checklist

Nice Girls Swallow 10

Paradise Wins Best Condom

Paradise, Astroglide StorErotica Nom

Paradise Marketing New Website

Dennis Paradise Inducted

Stories From

Internet & Mobile News

Vickie Jay on VNALive

Stokely Cherry OTM

TES Affiliate Conference

BSF Media Welcomes Sabrina Deep

The Roast of April O'Neil

McCullough, Rai on Inside

Jenevieve Hexxx Site Launch

Inside The Industry 04/25/2018

Natasha Nice Gangbang

Maxine X Voted #1

Natasha Nice Spring Schedule

Lauren Phillips on Cyberbullying


Dinner With Ron

Patriots Win = Superbowl BJs!

Jelena Jensen Girlsway GOTY

New Model Leila Sugarcookie

VNALive Marathon

Rachel Raxxx CumBang

Vote Porno Dan

Inked Angels Now Podcasts

Lauren Phillips Launches Site

Alexis Golden Skype Show 12/6

Vicky Vette AVN Nom

Bunny De La Cruz Website

VNA Celebrates 10,000 Shows

Angelina Castro Anniversary

Sugarcookie Earns Nom

Sabrina Deep AWA Noms


Its Cleo Lands Radio Show

FreePornDay 9/8/2016

Teri Weigel on Rock'N'SeXXXy

Sins Explore Limits on Snapchat

Internet & Mobile News Section Index

Jelena Jensen Girlsway GOTM

Penny Pax New Site

Brooke Bliss on Fleshbot

Katrina Jade GOTM

Marica Hase Official Site

World Bukkake Tour

Shawna Lenee Dogfart GOTM

New Webcam Opportunity

NaughtyAllie Facelift

Paradise Marketing New Website

RNSU Radio Thurs March 24

New Gay News Site

Danni Ashe Awarded

New Wave Porn: BrightDesire.com

XBIZ Trophy Girls

Adult Webcam Conference

Hirsch XBIZ Keynote Speaker

Hill and Howard Raw

Night, Rai, Moore, on Inside

More w/Mo Celebrates 100

Introducing Bitcoin Porn Sites

Rock'N'SeXXXyu Radio This Thurs

Mindbrowse with Royalle, St. James

Raven Bay on Jukeboxx

Copyright © 1998 - 2018 Adult Industry News (AINews.com)
All materials constituting text, articles, press releases, stories, columns, photographs, graphics, and code on the AINews.com domain are protected by copyright, and either owned by Adult Industry News (AINews.com), or reproduced with permission from other copyright owners. It may be downloaded and printed for personal reference, but not otherwise copied, altered in any way, or transmitted to others, without the written permission of Adult Industry News (AINews.com).