WHAT TO DO ABOUT [REDACTED]?

Posted February 20, 2013 9:48 AM by with 24 comments

I got an email from [a gay porn star] a few days ago asking me to remove various posts with him in it. As a Russian in a small university town, he claims that his porn past is getting him in trouble — that people are using the links to blackmail him, he could be kicked out of the house and that he might be facing arrest. Despite the fact that the cat was out of the bag, and that porn-wise you have to be prepared to be found out, I did plan on taking down the posts. Then yesterday I got an update in my inbox. What should I do?

[UPDATE: We took the links down, and have redacted the name from the comments. While porn does bring certain consequence, youth brings certain exceptions — and this seemed dire enough not to keep it up. Thanks for all the advice.]

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24 responses to WHAT TO DO ABOUT [REDACTED]?

  1. Filip, Sweden February 20th, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I don´t understand – what did You get in Your inbox yesterday? The pics with Vito Gallo and Justin? Have You had contact with Lucas Entertainment to see how they are handling the situation? I feel very sorry for the guy – seems as a nice kiddo. Russia is a country that is taking many steps in the wrong direction. For example Gay rights, freedom of press, corruption….

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    • Mike February 21st, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Yeah, I got an update for a new scene. I was happy to remove things if I thought it would be any help — but if new stuff is coming out, it leaves me feeling a little useless.

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      • Liam McG February 23rd, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        Got the same email the other day as well and, since I want Justin Cruise to have my babies, went to take a peek. He has been scrubbed from the site. Not a video, not a pic, not a mention left. Seems to me that if Lucas is foregoing money on the kid, it must be serious. My vote would be to respect their wishes.

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      • Liam McG February 25th, 2013 at 6:09 AM

        Thanks for the right decision. You may want to scrub the comments a bit more, though. Cheers.

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  2. Jay February 20th, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    How can anybody complain about their porn ‘past’ while ‘currently’ still doing porn?. Isn’t that a bit hypocritical?

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  3. alex February 20th, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    This reminds me a bit of a current situation at the (usually) drama-filled Fratpad. A current model told a fan-site blogger to remove his name and all his images from the blog. Of course, the model is still appearing naked on camera nearly every day. When the blogger questioned the need for this action, the model escalated things needlessly. Then, some members wanted the model fired for some veiled homophobic things he said.

    I have no clue what happened next, as my subscription expired and there was no way I was going to pay to witness drama and people sniping at each other in their chat room.

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  4. franklin February 20th, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    So, in spite of his pleas for his own safety, you went ahead and put on a splashy photo spread. Nice work.

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    • Jay February 21st, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      So, what you say is the problem is not his horribly homophobic country or the fact he CHOSE to have sex on camera for a living. The problem is people talking about it. Yeah, that sounds fair.

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    • Andrés February 21st, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Despite threats on HIS OWN safety, he went ahead and continued doing porn. That’s on him, not on a blogger whose job is precisely to write about porn performers.

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      • franklin February 21st, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Even with porn performers (who are human beings by the way), there is still room in this world for a little bit of understanding and common sense. I have seen way too much in these forums of the attitude of superiority of those sitting behind anonymous computer screens to the porn talent they are watching. This very site has claimed it wants a kinder environment for porn stars, and yet it cannot wait to flaunt their power over them after a personal request. Could they not wait at least a few days until the facts are made known as to the real threat? All I can say is that the gay porn industry (and the “fans”) need to look inward before casting such a harsh judgement on those who may be facing hard times.

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        • Andrés February 21st, 2013 at 3:16 PM

          How did I in anyway imply porn stars were not human?. And how did I in anyway imply I was ‘superior’ to anybody?. I love porn, I watch it often and I have nothing against the people performing in it. Bu I DO have a problem with hypocrisy and lack of personal responsibility. These people ARE human beings, indeed, and they are also adults at that. If you choose to become a public sex performer, you CAN’T complain about the notoriety that comes with it, and you certainly can’t blame that notoriety on a blogger or the fans. The problem is not that people like me think porn stars are not human, the problem is people like you think they are above humans; that they are not accountable for their actions and mistakes and should be treated differently(better) than the rest of us. When they spend years destroying their bodies by injecting it the with garbage and having unprotected sex, in you eyes it’s never their fault: it’s social pressure, it’s the bloggers, it’s the industry, it’s the fans and of course, it’s the ‘haters’. Not once is the fault placed on them, and when anybody does then they’re ‘haters’. Just because I point out destructive, irresponsible behavior when I see it doesn’t mean I’m a hater or I have a superiority complex. Porn stars are human beings, you got that right, they’re not gods. They are as accountable for their actions as anybody else, you shouldn’t treat them differently.

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          • Sam February 22nd, 2013 at 8:29 AM

            “Andres” well said i agree with you 100000000000%…we as a society can always rest assure there will be people who will rail in favor of people who make certain choices in life..and then omits the “take responsibility for my actions” role.
            This guy has no problem making money off of his choice in life , but now wants his privacy for a profession so public.
            I say to the site keep all his material up , it’s a business just like him being a SEX worker is how he makes a living.
            I’m sure he was well aware of his country’s views regarding this life style!

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          • Eddie February 22nd, 2013 at 10:55 PM

            I agree with you. There always will be people throwing the cards that place sex-workers like victms of our society. For these people porn star or male prostitutes are naive people that went through things without any knowledgement only to face incomprehension and hate. Poor lil’ kids…

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  5. harry February 21st, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Me and Justin Cruse from same city in Russia and i know how conservative it is. Stay strong Justin…its terrible situation in russia now for gay people

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  6. tucker February 21st, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    my ignorant two cents: oblige justin’s request and remove all pics and text associated with him…

    GAYPORNBLOG is the hands-down, ass-up BEST free site for gay sex stuff… it’s accessible and affordable unlike pay-sites and porn-shops… because of that, it might expose performers in ways those sites and shops don’t…

    bottom line: whatever the reason — and however unreasonable — this guy has asked you for a favor… if you can grant it without hardship or harm to yourselves, why not?

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    • Mike February 21st, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      As I said, that was my original plan — just to remove everything. Occasionally, I’ve received requests from old or occasional performers who didn’t want their old identity showing up in search results. In most cases, I comply. But two days after receiving his email, I got an update from Lucas with a new shoot. It may well have been done earlier, but it meant that removing it was going to be pissing in the wind.

      He also mentioned that his friends had already seen the posts on Gay Porn Blog and other sites — so that cat’s really out the bag. It does raise somewhat of an ethical quandary though, and I thought I’d post to see what you guys thought. Thanks for checking in. And for the kind words

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      • Filip, Sweden February 21st, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Thanks for your well-written comments Mike. I still suggest that You contact Lucas Entertainment and ask what they are going to do. It´s their model and Michael Lucas is russian himself. But to be clear – I´m not naive. I´m aware that Lucas Entertainment MIGHT say that “We don´t care at all. If Justin takes a big risque by doing porn it´s up to him.”

        I really hope that is NOT what the company will reply. If so I hope they will loose ALL their models…

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  7. Richard February 21st, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Justin and every other guy doing porn is an adult in 2012 or 2013, otherwise there would be a lot of arrests for the filming, watching and distributing of his porn. Along those lines, the internet is not new and if someone decides to willingly participate in one or more porn scenes as an adult, then the consequences of his or her actions are all their own. Perhaps the “common sense and understanding” can start with them, instead of pushing the responsibility to bloggers who are just doing their jobs. Let this be a wonderful lesson to Justin and everyone else.

    If the consequences are as dramatic as he sites, which is highly unlikely, then he should contact Russian porn star Michael Lucas for advice.

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    • Tom February 22nd, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      “Just doing their jobs”

      Jesus Christ. The amount of morally questionable and downright abhorrent activities that have been “justified” by this phrase… This complete abolishment of empathy with the claptrap of, “he’s an adult so he deserves no help from anyone else and should fully accept the consequences of his actions, even if those consequences put his health and even life at risk” makes me absolutely sick.

      What kind of “lesson” has someone fearing for their lives? What the fuck is wrong with you?

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  8. zaxaco February 21st, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Please do what he is asking you.

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  9. Nick February 22nd, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    So actually what will taking his vids and images off here do?
    This is the internet i’m sure thousands have these already downloaded..lol
    Remember once it is uploaded to the net it is there for EVER :-))
    Next time make your choices wisely…sometime taking the easy way out in life is not always the best move:-)

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    • Tom February 22nd, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Perfect solution fallacy. Look it up.

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  10. Pygar February 22nd, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Young, dumb, and full of cum. So what else is new out in Gay Porn La-La Land?

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  11. Jay February 26th, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    If you go to Lucas’s blog, you can still find a whole pictorial on Justin Cruise, along with several trailers and even an interview. How was your entry about him ‘a threat on his life’ while his boss continues to promote him openly and publicly?. It’s incredibly arrogant and hypocritical, but then again it’s Michael Lucas, so what do you expect.

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