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Manhunt Chairman Jonathan Crutchley Steps Down from Board

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As a response earlier this week to revelations that Manhunt Chairman and founder Jonathan Crutchley (above, right) had maxed out his individual personal contributions to vocal gay rights opponent Senator John McCain ($2300) which we reported on Wednesday, Crutchley has apparently been pressured by the board of the company to step down as Chairman.

I received this statement made by founder Larry Basile (above, left) in my inbox late yesterday from an anonymous source at Manhunt and called Manhunt which confirmed its legitimacy. Please read the statement below:

***STATEMENT from LARRY BASILE

"There has been a depiction this week of MANHUNT being Republican. All my life, I have never voted to the right, and have always been generous to 20th Century Democrats, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, HRC, and the NGLTF.

"I was arrested at the Supreme Court and FDA in Act-Up actions, and was the founder of the Grass Roots Gay Rights Fund, which over the years has raised more than $800K. I was the Treasurer of Out Week magazine, which was a powerful force in its time. I began giving Obama donations in March 2007, and I have sent several checks that have yet to be reported. The hat and t-shirt I wear say 'Obama for President', as does the sign in front of my house. I refuse to live in a country that is so marred by war and hate. To me, Barak (sic) is by far the best candidate, probably better than we deserve.

"It should be known that Jonathan Crutchley's donation to McCain left the entire Board in disbelief. I am disappointed that we have lost some customers, and I understand the anger. It is too bad for the web site if we lose customers, but PLEASE never refer to me as a Republican. I consider it an offense.

"Earlier today, at the request of the Board, Jonathan has stepped down as Chairman. Sincerely, Larry Basile."

***END***

One last note: We never referred to Basile as a Republican. Also, though Crutchley has stepped down from the board, as far as we know he's still collecting money from thousands of gays and donating it to a presidential candidate who would deny them status as equal citizens.

Previously
Manhunt Responds to Account Cancelation Over McCain Donation [tr]
McCain Takes $2300 Contribution from Owner of Gay Sex Site Manhunt [tr]
(top photo: OUT - "Has Manhunt Destroyed Culture?")

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  1. ARGH!!!

    MANHUNT! Who the hell is checking the ads over there anyway?

    I've already lodged a complaint about a half hour ago, but the ad is still on the site. WTF!

    I am pissed off about the following:

    name: proud2bewhite

    the ad doesn't say much, but if you click on the picture and then enlarge it you will see that his t-shirt reads "leikez". Anyone who has done any research into some of the sneaky 4th reich movement knows that using backward spelled words is supposed to be a clever way of passing there messages to one another while being in the midst of the stupid masses.

    The picture is in the mirror so the word is spelled backwards forwards it read "zekiel" pronounced "sieg hiel"

    thanks for listening.

    Posted by: D | Sep 6, 2008 8:17:09 AM


  2. I would like to know why Jonathan was sitting in the ManHunt booth at Folsom St Fair. I guess he still owns the company.

    Posted by: Andy Andy | Sep 28, 2008 8:57:53 PM


  3. well, i thought people were leaving manhunt because of the crappy new look...now i find out the real story!!!! I am conservative and consider it disgusting and unamerican that you can pull someone off the board because of his voting record. Obama has done nothing for Gay Rights...and guess what...He never planned to...it was all a LIE, as is his whole Socialist period in office. I will not renew my subs. to manhunt!!! I see the same actions taken by the manhunt crew being very close to the days of Hitler and the Nazis Party!!

    Posted by: tim | Oct 4, 2009 12:05:33 AM


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