Luke Ford, circa 2000
28 May 1966 |
Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia
Luke Carey Ford (born 28 May 1966, in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia) is an American writer, blogger, and former pornography gossip columnist known for his disclosures and traditionalist Jewish religious views.
Ford moved to California in 1977. His father, Desmond Ford, was a noted Seventh-day Adventist theologian, and was the center of a theological controversy in the late 1970s and '80s. His mother, Gwen Ford, died of bone cancer in March 1970, when Ford was three years old.
After leaving the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ford explored atheism. Ford states that he was converted through the Los Angeles Beis Din. Ford says he observes the Jewish Sabbath, attends synagogue regularly, and keeps kosher. He has been asked to leave at least two different congregations. Ford wrote about his religious ostracism in XXX-Communicated: A Rebel Without a Shul.
Ford studied economics at UCLA but did not graduate. Instead, he worked as an investigative journalist for southern California newspapers and at a radio station. In 1995, he became intrigued with the lack of journalistic coverage of the pornography industry, and started to write a book, which would become A History of X.
In January 1996, after researching porn for a year, Ford wrote, produced, directed and acted in What Women Want, a pornographic video (not related to the Mel Gibson movie of the same name). It was not a success. Ford is credited as "Dick Dundee".
In 1997, Ford started his pornography gossip website, LukeFord.com. It was criticized for being badly organized, but contained a large amount of information; Ford would take a tape recorder nearly wherever he went, and transcribed many conversations.
Ford exposed a 1998 HIV outbreak which infected an indeterminate number of actors (including Tricia Devereaux, Brooke Ashley and Kimberly Jade) who had been working with actor Marc Wallice. Ashley eventually sued Wallice, claiming that she had been infected on the set of The World's Biggest Anal Gangbang.
Discretion has never been a Ford strong suit. In his own words "I'm not a businessman. I'm not a conventional journalist. I'm a story teller/entertainer/lunatic." Porn stars such as Asia Carrera and Brandy Alexandre have criticized errors and inaccuracy on his site. But its impact was undeniable, and he was referred to as the Matt Drudge of porn.
Ford was sued for defamation multiple times by people in the porn industry, including by RJB Telecom, whom he (as well as the Federal Trade Commission) accused of dishonesty; Christi Lake, whom he mislabeled in a bestiality photo; and Laurie Holmes (widow of John Holmes), for accusations of prostitution on the set. Ford has said that he has been sued five times to date: one suit was dropped, another was thrown out, another was settled when his insurance company paid $100,000, and the last two were settled when he removed some of his statements without making a retraction. Wired called him "The Most Hated Man in Web Porn". He was physically assaulted by Mike Albo, an editor for Hustler.
In August 2001, after urgings of his rabbi, Ford sold his main website,lukeford.com to Netvideogirls.com for $25,000, and created lukeford.net which avoided pornography, and focused more on Jewish issues. One year later, after nearly going broke, he returned to his pornographic roots by starting lukeisback.com with many of his old archives. On 23 October 2007, Ford announced he had sold lukeisback.com and its contents for an undisclosed sum to an undisclosed party. "Any writing I do on the porn industry from now on will be for publications with no porn advertising," Ford said. Those owners (whose names have not been divulged) ran the site until June 2008 but walked away from the site saying that writing the site was too much work for the money earned. It was sold a second time, with the new owner being long-time industry observer Cindy Loftus.
- A History of X: 100 Years of Sex in Film. Prometheus Books, 1999. ISBN 1-57392-678-7
- Michelle Goldberg. "The Matt Drudge of porn". Salon.com. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
- Noah Shachtman (13 August 2001). "Porn Stripped of Gossip Maven". Wired. Retrieved 2007-06-14.
- "Luke Ford: Another Brash Web Columnist". 9 July 1998. Retrieved 2007-03-10.
- Noah Shachtman (1 February 2001). "'The Most Hated Man in Web Porn'". Wired. Retrieved 2007-06-14.
- Luke Ford (23 July 2007). "Rumor romp". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2007-07-23.
- "Loose Lips". AVN. Archived from the original on 2001-04-10. Retrieved 2007-06-14. "In an outdoor confrontation with gossip columnist Luke Ford, Albo bitch slapped Ford and chased him outside around the Hustler building."
- Tony Castro (5 June 2007). "Luke Ford: the outsider". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 2007-06-14.
- Anne Winter (24 October 2007). "Luke Ford Selling LukeisBack.com, Distancing From Adult". XBiz.com. Retrieved 2007-10-24.
- Luke Ford (2008-06-11). "LukeIsback.com is For Sale". lukeisback.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
- Cindi Loftus (2008-07-20). "Not Luke is…". lukeisback.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
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Websites run by Ford
- Official website
- Autobiography at official website
- Luke Is Back! Porn News 2002–2007
- Your Moral Leader blog about Judaism and moral issues
- Nearer My God To Thee Buzznet site with many photos
- Luke's weekly report on Booble Nation (site where Luke Ford used to contribute)
- Emmanuelle Richard, "Luke Ford: Another Brash Web Columnist", Online Journalism Review, 9 July 1997
- Nancy Beiles, "Porn Muckraker and Son of a Preacher Man: Luke Ford Holds Forth on Converting, Dennis Prager and the Trials of the Triple-X Industry", The Forward, 7 January 2000
- Noah Shachtman, "Porn Stripped of Gossip Maven", Wired magazine, 13 August 2001
- Dan Kapelovitz, "LA People 2006: The Xxxorcist", LA Weekly, 19 April 2006
- Brad A. Greenberg, "Interview with a serial blogger", JewishJournal.com, 3 August 2007
- Luke Ford at the Internet Movie Database – Appearances in What Women Want and pornography documentaries