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Luke Ford – most hated Jewish blogger – interviews me

Luke Ford is probably the most hated Jewish Blogger, he told me that he has been banned from almost every shul in LA and receives death threats when he walks down the street. Along with the fact that he was called the Matt Drudge of the porn industry, made me kind of excited to be interviewed by him. (I really have no idea why people hate him so much – I didn’t do my research, only wikipedia, but, maybe you can tell me why he’s hated) Where else would I get to meet a frum guy who was a notorious porn industry gossip columnist? I brought a friend along just in case Luke tried to pull any porn moves on me.

I wish I would have known the interview was going to be live, the second I arrived at Luke Fords “house”, really a converted garage with no kitchen, he sat me down and adjusted his camera equipment and told me it would be streamed live with the ability for people to ask questions (don’t worry the next time I’m in LA I may do it again) I didn’t realize how long the interview was until I saw the links from Luke Ford – there are 14 you tube videos that are 10 minutes long a piece.

I am positive I said things that may have been stupid, that’s what happens when you’re sitting in a relaxed environment and being asked questions, some very random, for several hours. I watched some of the clips and I do say some funny stuff – but I doubt many of you are big enough fans to actually sit through the whole thing.

Watch the entire Luke Ford interview of Heshy Fried.

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  • SkepticButJewish March 8, 2010, 1:57 AM

    I saw the first part, it is cool that you went to Breuer’s in Washington Heights, that is where I live!

  • Jack March 8, 2010, 3:03 AM

    You really believed that he has been banned from most shuls. C’mon Heshy…

    • Heshy Fried March 8, 2010, 3:27 AM

      Actually according to the Jewish Journal article he has – and if you read the article in Wired on him it pretty much says the same thing. He is an infamous dude in the LA area – people hate this guy.

  • Jason March 8, 2010, 10:11 AM

    Who is this guy Luke Ford ? No one knows who he is.

    • Heshy Fried March 8, 2010, 10:44 AM

      I was hoping no one here would know him – so no one can bash me for meeting with him.

      • shoeless March 8, 2010, 11:27 AM

        Seriously dude you are really off the derech that interview was blasphemy and it showed me how messed up you and your hashkofos are . Deep down your blog is mekalkel aherim but as you know its a free country you could write what you want and i can read what i want so a guess this is goodbye.

        • Heshy Fried March 8, 2010, 8:09 PM

          Tell me something who’s derech am I off? Yours? Can you please tell me what was so messed up – everything in that interview was written at one point or another on this site – in much greater detail than it was discussed there – but I can’t imagine you watched the whole thing, you probably just took his blurbs and made assumptions – of course I can use less idiots like you around these parts, good riddance.

          • Nickman March 9, 2010, 1:22 AM

            Hey, cool down……. guys!

        • shosh March 9, 2010, 4:41 AM

          I do not agree at all.

          In the last few videos (did you watch them?) Heshy explains his hashkafa, and it seems very honest, realistic and a tad idealistic.

          It might be that if there were more people like Heshy around, there would be less scandals involving chareidim. No, that’s not realistic. Every society is entitled to its share of trash. But at least, Heshy defends Torah values while the hareidi establishment sometimes prefers to defend the hareidi establishment rahter than Torah values.

          • shosh March 9, 2010, 4:43 AM

            The reply above refers to “shoeless’s” comment. It seems it was not inserted at the right place…

  • fan March 8, 2010, 5:37 PM

    What is SEO?

  • shosh March 9, 2010, 4:36 AM

    Hi Heshy,

    I like this interview very much, watched all the videos.

    You come across as a relaxed, open-minded and honest guy.

    What I like about your blog is that you do not censor, as other orthodox blogs do, and that you do not take offense when readers criticise you. (Other bloggers censor whatever comment hurts their ego and than pretend that they would damage the “higher cause” they defend).

    I also liked the philosophy of honesty (don’t tell blatant lies) you spoke about in one of the later videos, and I like that you are, nevertheless considerate of the feelings of other people.

    I like that you try to do your own thing, never mind what the others think of it, and that this seems to be a constant in your personality.

    All the best for the future,

  • shosh March 9, 2010, 4:37 AM

    PS: and I also like, very, very much, that you avoid being judgemental…

  • DrumIntellect March 15, 2010, 8:50 AM

    I”m only part way through, but I totally relate to this: “At the same time, Im a loner I go to movies alone. I eat out alone. I go to concerts alone. People dont do that.

    • Heshy Fried March 15, 2010, 10:15 AM

      Wow I if people are actually watching the whole thing it must be interesting

      • DrumIntellect March 15, 2010, 3:10 PM

        I think it is quite interesting. I like the laid-back pace. A lot of interviews are very in your face. His questions are mostly open ended and allow you to just go off on the topic.
        I wish I could have checked this out when you posted it. I am sooo far behind on your blog. I will catch up! 🙂

  • AnonInJ-Town March 17, 2010, 12:56 PM

    I hate to use the Anon handle but got my reasons. I just have to shed a little light on where the LukeFord hate may originate for many.

    Anyone remember the JBlog “Protocols”? It was what I’d call the Boing Boing of the Jewish blogosphere. Founded by journalist Steven I. Weiss, its spiritual center was YU. The blog was teh cool.

    Like the happy mutants, Steven regularly invited guest bloggers. They’d introduce themselves, spend a week spreading some influence and sharing some cool links, and at the end of their stint politely say goodbye.

    Well, at one juncture Steven went on vacation and left the keys with Luke. That was the beginning of the end.

    Luke text bombed the hell out of Protocols. He published prolifically, both by writing feverishly on what were obviously drug-induced manic sessions, and by copying old postings out of his own site. He was the king of TMI. He pontificated on subjects about Orthodox Judaism while plainly exposing his kefira. He admitted he was a “convert”, albeit an insincere one. Etc. etc.

    Yeah, he had talent, but didn’t know how to display it in proper doses. Like I said, just dropped ASCII bombs into that blog and didn’t stop.

    When his guest stint came to an end, he stayed on. Who knows was Steven was thinking through the rest of the stinking death of his once-wonderful blog, but in December 2004 he called it quits.

    What happened to Luke thereafter I don’t know and don’t care, except that like a bad penny he just keeps coming up. He’s persistent — I’ll give him that.

    I’m not qualified to speak about him as an individual, just about the online persona he developed, which I hope to G-d is not true. If he kept it up, I’m pretty sure it’s that persona that’s at the origin of people’s hatred.

  • Xam January 6, 2013, 2:42 PM

    I don’t know why they hate him, I didn’t do any research, maybe you can tell me… Wow…

  • SteveO February 7, 2014, 7:08 PM

    “.. don’t know why they hate him..” Just watch the sanctimonious prick in the otherwise excellent documentary “After Porn Ends” and you will get a taste of why. Why they included his BS comments in the film escapes me. He offers opinion as fact and conjecture as scripture. What a douche! Had never heard of him before this film, so glad to hear he is universally reviled. I guess his living circumstances reflects the accepted value of his work: Zilch.

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