McCain Takes $2300 Contribution from Owner of Gay Sex Site Manhunt

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You may have read about Manhunt.net founders Larry Basile and Jonathan Crutchley (above right) in Michael Joseph Gross’ OUT article entitled “Has Manhunt Destroyed Gay Culture?”

Crutchley’s political leanings are pointed out near the beginning of the piece:

“Crutchley, a liberal Republican with a tight white beard, admits that he felt anxious during Manhunt’s first years, before his and Basile’s initial investment of $800,000 bore fruit. Now, seated at his desk and surrounded by giant photographs of body builders’ glutes, Crutchley says the company brings in at least $2.4 million per month — almost $30 million a year — not counting ad revenues, and prospects for growth are strong. Manhunt’s success measures the extent to which online cruising has changed gay urban social life. Is it changing gay politics too?”

Crutchley’s right-leaning ways have been reported on before, in the Huffington Post, which reported on a contribution he made to the McCain campaign. Last week, Crutchley defended his contribution in the comments section of an April 2007 interview (which he apparently monitors) with Online Personals Watch:

Crutchley

And here’s the amount, via Open Secrets:

Crutchley2

It appears John McCain has accepted the maximum individual campaign donation from the owner of America’s largest gay sex hook-up website.

UPDATE:

After one of our irate readers emailed Manhunt informing them that they had cancelled their account, he received the following email from the company:

***
Dear Sir,

We are always happy to hear from our members, thank you for taking the time to
express your concerns. The subject that you have brought to our attention is a personal matter and is
not representative of MANHUNT. We thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely, Team MANHUNT
***

Comments

  1. says

    Let me get this straight. The guy who owns and runs ManHunt doesn’t consider himself liberal? I guess running a gay hook-up site is the epitome of Conservatism.

  2. michael says

    “Massachusetts Republican” = “Alabama Democrat”? You’ve got to be kidding. A Republican is a Republican (in this day and age) no matter how you try to spin it. Hello guys, time to rethink who you are giving your $ to when you are trying to hook up on Manhunt.

  3. Jersey says

    Yeah time to close the account. I read about him in the out or advocate this month but if he’s giving my bucks to McCain well, we can’t have that. What other sites are there? Not A4A, too many twinks.

  4. says

    unfortunately while I live in a nice part of Brooklyn, it’s not full of too many single gay guys, so Manhunt, A4A, craigslist . . . it’s all hopeless. i think i’m going to become celibate. :(

  5. Leo90068 says

    Pathetic! Talk about fag hating fags! How dare they. More rich gay guys giving money to keep the hate going. BOYCOTT MANHUNT!

  6. jeffg166 says

    I’m sure they’ll be getting their money back from the McCain campaign shortly now that the story is out.

  7. Leo90068 says

    Pathetic! Talk about fag hating fags! How dare they. More rich gay guys giving money to keep the hate going. BOYCOTT MANHUNT!

  8. Ciminello says

    Crutchley is a big fat fucking insult. A greedy hypocrite. Is he really worried about the safety of this country — or the safety of his 30 million per month? Think of all the honest good that could be done with even a fraction of that money.
    “The hallmark of aristocracy is RESPONSIBILITY.” He makes me sick.

  9. Nick says

    He looks out of shape. Hopefully he has a heart attack and dies very soon. Selfish fat fuck.

  10. ee says

    This is ridiculous, they make $30 million a year on membership. I hope gay men know better and not to fuel this website anymore. I have to agree, those 2 old manCunts. Everyone should start word of mouth and not to let these 2 guys ruin our future!

  11. JoJo says

    Put this freak’s feet to the fire when Prez McCain expands online obscenity laws and REQUIRES proof of age for anyone that registers on this scumbag’s wweb site. Watch him squirm when he loses 70% of his monthly income. THEN block him from ever entering PTown again. Oh, and Crutchley? You’re not allowed to get married. Ever. Because your fugly ass paid for people who work against it. And anyone you love will not allowed to be married either.

    You don’t get the privilege of being called gay, let alone liberal, you useless dickhead.

    BOYCOTT. Spread the word.

  12. says

    It figures that a self-hater would have started Manhunt :) Wonder if he’s aware McCain doesn’t want us to adopt. Probably not, those folks have an amazing ability to hear only what they want. Oh well, I’m not really using MH anymore. In Seattle it’s become just a place for people to find other tweakers to do Meth with.

  13. ee says

    Yes, they will both either die with a heartattack or a stroke soon! Hope they have good health insurance cus mcCain’s plan probably wont cover them!

  14. John says

    Ugh. I’m sure it’s hoping for too much that word of this spreads like wildfire and Manhunt folds.

  15. jack says

    Gay Agenda?? I guess he really is a right winger. Does he take orders from Focus on the Family? Is James Dobson his hero?
    More people need to read about this

  16. JTlvr says

    Giving up your subscription is a portion of their revenue stream. Stop visiting the site altogether.

    Manhunt’s high page views and minutes per session (the highest rates among all Internet sites) are stats they quote to advertisers to sell Web ads. Manhunt’s execs are literally raking in the dough every hour we spend there.

    Anyway, I’ve been disallusioned with Manhunt, A4A, online personals and dating, tired of people who don’t follow through or stand you up, done with strange people with little class or manners. I was thinking of giving up on such sites. This is the icing on the cake for me.

  17. says

    Regardless of whether McCain or Obama wins little will change for the LGBTQ community: We have suffered under Democratic Presidents, Republican Presidents, a Democratic Congress and a Republican Congress.

    However, one thing is certain: after the election Jonathan Crutchley still will have more money than all of the combined democratic idiots posting on this message board.

    P.S. Those using violent imagery and wishing for Mr. Crutchley’s death demonstrate that the soul of the Democratic Party is little more than vindicative and bitter bile. I suggest that you all get yourselves a manhunt account, get laid and stop vomiting your sexual frustrations here.

  18. Jonathan says

    When my membership is up I will not rejoin. I’m sick to my stomach that I’ve given that fat piece of shit any money at all.

  19. Todd says

    This guy is pathetic. He only cares about his own personal financial welfare. And why he thinks Repubs are better for that is a mystery considering his finances are sexual-freedom based is beyond me. And the “liberal” crack is especially nauseating. Everything he’s gained in his pathetic life is because of the liberalness and openness we have worked so hard to achieve in this country over the last 40 years. Can I say the word pathetic again?

  20. Landis says

    Yep, time to hang up those account dollars. Spend them on beer! Socializing! Reading! Making acquaintances!

  21. Mark in Portland says

    Aside from the political ramifications, which I think are abhorrent, I can’t believe manhunt makes THAT MUCH MONEY and the interface sucks so bad! And no iPhone version! Half the reason people spend as much time as they do there is because it takes so many clicks to see/do anything on there.

    Now that I know how much money manhunt makes, and where the money goes/does NOT go, I’m cancelling, too.

  22. HAHAHAHAHA says

    Come on and let’s be honest here!

    How many of you are going to drop your Manhunt subscription because he is Republican and probably supports many conservative causes (privately), hmmm, let me guess at the number less than 20.

    The entire internet sex site sell yourself to the highest bidder is so over done that it is simply pathetic and tragically childish.

    The need to “get off” is greater than the gays so called principles and beliefs. Gay men still think with their dicks and asses and if you do something that stimulates one or both no matter who and what you are matters.

    Now if you cannot do anything that gets the gay men off then it is all out ATTACK!!

    There is FAR too much porn and “hook ups” in the gay community and each person should really work hard and reducing their comsumption.

  23. Mark in Portland says

    Aside from the political ramifications, which I think are abhorrent, I can’t believe manhunt makes THAT MUCH MONEY and the interface sucks so bad! And no iPhone version! Half the reason people spend as much time as they do there is because it takes so many clicks to see/do anything on there.

    Now that I know how much money manhunt makes, and where the money goes/does NOT go, I’m cancelling, too.

  24. Chris says

    Am I the only gay guy who, before the Out article, had barely heard of Manhunt, much less never even visited the site at all?

  25. says

    Makes sense to me. Manhunt thrives on men seeking men for sex. More men hooked up in civil unions or marriages means fewer customers for Manhunt, even accepting that a certain percentage of men in relationships will still be trolling the Internet for anonymous sex.

    Oh, and the attempts by Congress referenced by OTTO, above, to restrict speech on the net in the name of “protecting the children” will persist whether Democrats or Republicans control Congress or the White House. It was a Democrat who signed the original COPA into law.

  26. HappyCamper says

    The question remains how much porn and sex does a gay man need in their life. I think every gay man should print out a few copies of the article and/or send the link to friends. Knowledge is TRUE power to make a more self-aware choice versus confirming to the same standard of everyone else.

  27. says

    Crispy’s right! Hideous!

    But can we put this into perspective? The idiot donated $2300. No doubt some of manhunt’s many employees in Massachusetts are Obama supporters, and if just one donates $2300 — poof! idiocy canceled out.

    It’s not as if ALL the profits from manhunt are going to the McCain campaign. That WOULD be a cause for a boycott.

  28. RJ says

    Is this guy really that naive (or stupid) to support McCain based on the tired comparisons that both candidates are against gay marriage? The real key are the judges the next prez will get to appoint to the Supreme Court.

  29. says

    if mccain continues to sell his soul to social conservatives mr crutchley will have to kiss his lucrative site goodbye (censorship). more reason for online gays to support planetout aka gay.com(since they are having such tough times).

  30. says

    Bottom feeder. Although I wish him no ill, society would clearly be better off if he was dead or had never been born. What does he really offer to the world?

  31. says

    I will be cancelling my subscription to Manhunt as soon as I can rush home after work.

    There are many ways to use online hookup sites (of various stripes) that do not involve lining the pockets of those whose political activities are in direct opposition to my (and your) civil and human rights.

    Cancel the account, guys. Just do it. There are lots of other options.

  32. qjersey says

    I can’t believe their investment was $800,000! Shit I should have gone to school to be a computer programmer.

    And their owners are NO different from the “lovely” fellows that own the West Side Club and East Side Club here in NYC. Elitist white guys who could care less about the OD’s and spreading of HIV and STD’s in their establishments while they enjoy their weekends in the Hamptons.

    Maybe M4M4Sex will clean up their user interface and make a comeback. Or we could all run to Gaydar. A4A and any other “Free” site attracts too many sketchy characters (no face pics, someone else’s pics, phishing).

  33. JTlvr says

    And another thing, deep down I feel like this Presidential race is more fractured along a generational divide. Like Bush/Quayle v. Clinton/Gore in ’92 — it’s the “Greatest Generation” unable to give credit to the Baby Boomer experience.

    The Republicans keep throwing war and terror at us, as if America were marching to the battlefront this very minute. This “war on terror” is just a charade to keep us on edge, chasing a phantom enemy that pops up whenever and wherever it’s conviently needed. Crutchley, has apparently, drunk the GOP kool-aid… Put your liberties aside for “the safety” of the country.

    So many people have been brainwashed into thinking that war is the only answer, without stopping to ask the real questions: Why all this warmongering? Can’t we find better solutions than international conflict? Can McCain’s war experience really be more valuable than Obama’s intelligence and advanced education?

    I would think in “this dangerous age” as Crutchley calls it, we would be better served by an intelligent leader and diplomat, than another hotheaded warhawk.

  34. crispy says

    “Am I the only gay guy who, before the Out article, had barely heard of Manhunt”

    Yes. Yes, you are.

  35. says

    KevininVT:

    Agreed, a couple thousand bucks won’t change the world. But that coupled with the snarky, nasty remarks make me think that those couple thousand bucks are just the tip of the iceberg. It strikes me as naive to think that this is the only money he’s sending to the Republicans… it’s just the only money he has to report.

    Color me suspicious, but I smell a fart.

  36. says

    Didn’t McCain get shot down multiple times, and then spend the majority of the Vietnam war in a camp? Kudos to him for surviving… that took grit… but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that he’s some sort of talented soldier. He got shot down and captured. Not exactly an indication of a successful military experience.

  37. thevoice says

    Where are the gay principles now to stand up against the Republican machine…now some gays are back peddling because theydo not know what they are going to do if they can not distract themselves with sex. Typical reaction: I guess he means us no harm and it was only $2300.00 to McCain. That is why so many organization do not want to grant gays rights because it is so very conditional.

  38. WTF says

    You guys should really read all of the pieces and the crap he is spewing. He is a gay man who is making money off of the gays and could care less as long as he can live in an exclusive manner and purchase porn stars to support the notion that he is desirable…much like Nelly and other artists selling “pimp juice” in the inner city all the while saying that there is NO HARM done.

    I made up a few fake accounts and emailed all of these links to about 400 members so far and will do more. I encourage anyone with a memberships to send this information to many people. The gay men should know who they are giving their money to and what they think about them also.

    Did you know Manhunt.net is owned by a Republican and he has given money to McCain. Be sure to read all of the articles.

    http://www.towleroad.com/2008/08/mccain-takes-23.html

    http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/news/2007/04/manhunt_chairma.html

    http://www.out.com/detail.asp?page=1&id=24005

    DISCONTINUE your subscription to MANHUNT.NET

  39. JTlvr says

    He deosn’t believe you are valuable or talented enough to serve your country.

    He doesn’t believe in granting equal status to your relationship.

    He doesn’t believe in your right to adopt or protect your family.

    He doesn’t even WANT TO SEE YOU — ask the Log Cabin Repubs.

    But he will take your money and use it to further oppress you once he’s elected.

  40. says

    Does Larry Craig have a star profile on this crappy site? They should feature him tapping on the banner page.

    Gays who give money to Republican candidates blow chunks. John McCain recently had to be informed what GLTB actually stood for.

    And these two selfish money grabbing leeches can walk between the raindrops as they sell out their own community.

  41. brad says

    For those who haven’t read it yet, click on the OUT article about Manhunt. It’s probably one of the best articles to come out of that publication in ten years.

    Incredibly spot on.

    No matter your political affiliation, you’ll ask yourself what in the hell am I doing on this site? They compare it to a slot machine mentality–purely addicting– hoping that if you just stay online a little longer you’ll find “the one” or in some cases “an even better looking guy to sleep with.”

    It’s a fascinating read that should be required reading for gay men around the world.

  42. says

    I don’t know, Brad… I thought some of the article was insightful, but much of it (especially at the end) was pretty histrionic.

    That doesn’t change the fact that anyone who takes money from me and gives it to the right wing won’t be taking money from me for long.

  43. MAARRS says

    I just had a hot piggy-sex three way with two donkey-hung guys who were tweaked out of their minds and a plastic packing FTM that ‘accidentally’ shat on my chest due to a last minute meth bump. (God i hope s/he’s not pregnant again!) Thanks MANHUNT!
    As i wash off the filth and stink, I feel cleaner, at least morally, then this ‘founding’ scumbag.

  44. Paul R says

    Well, not to sound smug but damn this makes me happy I’ve never visited Manhunt! I can’t believe anyone here could defend this guy in any way.

    He had to know this news would come out. Seems like a very poor business decision, made by a total dickhead. But he’s probably betting that a lot of gay guys won’t care for the reason others have already mentioned: sexual compulsion. I hope he’s wrong, but it will take a lot of emails to a lot of members to make a dent in his revenue stream. A boycott seems crucial.

  45. hootn says

    At Manhunts corporate site online-buddies.com, the offer insight into how socially aware they are including notifying you of STDS by: “anonymous notification process enables trained health care professionals to notify MANHUNT.net members of possible exposure to sexually transmitted diseases via the internet.”

    Oh brother that sure sounds like the Republican version of “privacy”.

  46. says

    Meen seeking men for anonymous internet hook-ups? What could be more Republican than that?

    Who in the “Mainstream” media will be the first to ask McCain about this major contributor?

    Anyone?

    Anyone?

    Bueller?

    (crickets chirping)

  47. Iko says

    Oh, honestly, who believes that “commander-in-chief” bullshit? He’s going with McCain because McCain is going to lower taxes on the rich while raising taxes on the lower and middle classes. This shitbag’s praying Obama doesn’t get elected because then his $2.4m per month will get significantly taxed.

    It’s all about money, people. He doesn’t care about the gay community; he doesn’t care about national security; he doesn’t care about what best for the country. He cares about his bottom line.

    The only form of reprisal against a man that cares only about money is to take it away.

  48. AJ says

    Gay Republikan: An alienated invert who thinks it’s better to be a conservative than to have a conscience.

  49. says

    …as I opened this comment page, I was a tad trepidacious that I’d encounter a lot of dismissive comments with a few clear thinkers. I am very happy to see that I am but one of many who see this for what it is likely to be, and can read the signs of self-hatred, duplicity, denial, delusion and elitism in the actions of this man. It’s almost too much to hope for that an appreciable dent might be made in this man’s numbers through cancellations and boycotts; but it is not outside the realm of possibility.

    I’ve already closed my own account a manhunt; and would truly enjoy seeing an exodus from that site…

    WTF – nice work, thanks. And Crispy, thanks for the laugh!

  50. BradCav says

    What’s a stronger protest: Never logging in again? Or going so far as to cancel my (free) account, knowing that manhunt will get a few more cents from advertisers for the pageviews it took for me to cancel?

  51. Marco says

    I will be writing this guy and canceling my membership also, but the OUT article is fucking ridiculous.

    Self-pitying bullshit.

  52. Alan says

    It strikes me as very hypocritical that any gay man who demands to be accepted should turn around and reject any other gay man for his political beliefs. If I want the world to accept me even though some might not agree, I must be willing to do the same. I can’t stand McCain, but as a liberal I believe we must always defend a truly pluralistic society, and that starts with my own example.

    Is it your right to reject Manhunt for whatever reason you choose? Sure. But don’t be in an uproar when some Christian Supremacist rejects YOU because of your sexuality.

  53. peterparker says

    How’s this for evil?: you can’t delete your manhunt account. That’s right, fellas. It’s impossible to permanently delete the account. You can only downgrade it to a non-paying, ‘limited account’. So they still get to tell their advertisers “We have XX million accounts.” Manipulative fucking assholes. Surely there is a class action lawsuit in this?

  54. John in Manhattan says

    Perhaps an account can’t be deleted but that doesn’t mean the profile can’t be updated with “BOYCOTT MANHUNT” followed by the info Andy has provided above. Maybe then MANHUNT will delete the account for you.

  55. Mat says

    The problem is that Manhunt users need an alternative.

    When I lived in Canada, http://www.gay411.com was really popular. I wish it would take off here, if anything to show the owners of Manhunt that the community has alternatives.

    Maybe gay bloggers can spread the word?

  56. Mat says

    The problem is that Manhunt users need an alternative.

    When I lived in Canada, http://www.gay411.com was really popular. I wish it would take off here, if anything to show the owners of Manhunt that the community has alternatives.

    Maybe gay bloggers can spread the word?

  57. says

    Alan, no one is seriously talking about banishing the man to Elba, or any such nonsense. I do think that if a gay man is willing to vote for and financially support a party that is so clearly opposed to GLBT civil and human rights, then they are welcome to do that… but they must endure the consequences of those actions.

    It’s not at all hypocritical to ridicule those who would so callously vote against their own (and their community’s) civil rights. No one has a consitutional right to be liked. If some business I support turns out to be owned and operated by a right-wing asshole, I’m gonna cowboy up and stop supporting them.

  58. ed says

    In a way, this all makes sense. Most of the guys looking to hook up on ManHunt are probably closeted (married) Republicans anyway.

  59. says

    Hurrah! Now, playing the tart on Manhunt can be a way to express your lack of self-respect in two ways simultaneously! The internet age makes everything so efficient.

  60. John in Manhattan says

    I found this comment on Joe.My.God’s blog:

    “I just sent out hundreds of emails and replaced my ad on Manhunt with the article above. I’d like to hand out fliers on 8th Ave tomorrow anyone want to join? Around 5 in front of Rainbows and Triangles where they have a Manhunt internet room? I received two letters from Manhunt, here’s what they told me:

    Dear nickguest,

    MANHUNT is a place for men to meet men, not to be used as a political forum.

    Please make sure that all the text in your ad pertains to what you’re looking for in a partner, not a statement of your political beliefs.

    If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to contact Customer Service.

    Thank You,
    Bert

    MANHUNT Customer Support 24/7
    866.424.9999 (USA & Canada)
    001.617.424.9999 (All Other Countries)
    support@manhunt.net

    Let’s give them a call and tell me what we think?”

  61. says

    How’s this as an alternative to “Manhunt”? Go out into the actual (as opposed to virtual) world and MEET REAL LIVE FLESH AND BLOOD PEOPLE!!!!

    I know that sounds strange. Radical even. Give it a shot kids.

  62. says

    I love how he like all these nutty gays supporting McCain point out that Obama says he is not for gay marriage, as though that makes them the same. McCain isn’t just against marriage, he’s against employment equality, for Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, against adoption rights, and has said he would appoint Supreme Court justices who would be like Scalia. Voting for McCain is guaranteeing 50 years of no wins on the Court for our equal rights. But I guess for some people, a tax break is worth selling out a whole class of people.

    It just goes to show that greedy hypocrisy transcends sexual orientation.

  63. says

    “If we have an experienced, seasoned person defending the country in this dangerous age, we will be able to argue about the gay agenda later.”

    This is so typical of money-queens and is indicitive of a larger problem in gay “culture”. That is — class warfare. There is an obvious divide between the blue-collar/working class gays and those that have found vast wealth through whatever means. Do you know why the “gay agenda” (whatever that means) isn’t at the top of Jonathan Crutchley’s list of priorities? Because he can afford to have it not be. Those two douche-bags (in the photo above) get to sit around on their tacky ample asses and count money all day (when not vacationing). Meanwhile the street level GLBT’s are slaving away at whatever jobs are left. I want to laugh — but my instincts have me reaching out with a strangle hold.

    I’m one of those struggling gays. I live in Northern Colorado and the job market here is atrocious. I am in between jobs but I get by with the occasional freelance gig…and a little help from my friends. There are two certains in any slumping economy — the bars will be full and the need to get laid never goes away. Folks, be mindful of your livers and if you feel the need to “get off” please don’t “get on” Manhunt. These pigs are banking on you being too stupid to know what to do with your money. It doesn’t matter if you have a paid account or not — just by showing up they get credit in some capacity (ad revenue).

    I don’t fault people for finding fame and fortune…even if it’s by doing something absurd like giving men a place to compare dick sizes. But Jonathan Crutchley is openly mocking his customer base and laughing all the way to the bank. Think twice.

  64. Mike, California says

    This guy is one of two things, stupid or greedy. We are not safer under 7 years of republican; we are less free, we have less rights and corruption is everywhere. Iraq was under a dictator, but at least it was a secular nation, now it’s a Muslim nation with a Muslim constitution. The middle class is on a downward spiral, loosing our wealth and watching our wages shrink all the time this creep and the rich get richer. There is class war and we are loosing.

  65. Glenn says

    This is a good chance for someone to come up with a liberal competitor for Manhunt! Then you can worry about what to do about YOUR 30 million!

  66. says

    This is buried deep, deep, DEEP within Manhunt’s “help” area:

    “You can request the individual information that OLB has collected about you, correct factual inaccuracies in your information, remove personal information from OLB’s databases and/or update your personal information here or by contacting support@manhunt.net. Please note however, that we reserve the right to send you administrative messages relating to the Site, including messages about changes to this Privacy Policy. If at any time you would like us to deactivate your member profile and remove it from public and member viewing on the Site, please e-mail us at support@manhunt.net. Please note that we will retain your personal information in back-up storage after deactivation and we are not responsible for removing information about you from the database of any third parties to whom you previously authorized us to share your personal information.”

    So, you *can* have your account deleted altogether — when they get around to it — but they get to keep your personal info.

    Lovely.

  67. says

    Wouldn´t it be a hoot if the donation was meant to create a HUGE MEDIA circus to:
    1) Create publicity for the site and drive traffic to it…
    2) Embarrass the hell out of McCain´t (all, let´s start referring to McCain as “McCain´t” … I digressed… sorry)

    But unfortunately, this isn´t the case. I am embarassed that my recent $30 payment for unlimited updates is going to help pay for this donation. ARGH!!! go to my manhunt URL now (above… cuz, i´m cancelling my account soon)

  68. Stephen says

    “Get on, Get off- Permanently!!!” Don’t just do it to spite these guys, do it to stop wasting your time and money on a hopeless site that breeds nothing but negativity. Get Up, Go Outside!

  69. scott says

    It’ so typical to see the whining babies on here crying about their rights. Let’s talk about rights okay? The owner of that web site said he believed that McCain was a better for what he believes are the IMPORTANT AND IMMEDIATE ISSUES that are there today. Meaning he does not subscribe to Obama’s view of world politics.

    Frankly this election is not about your penis and who you stick it in. CA and MA have both proven that the Old guard can and will be beaten at their own game. However, to merely boil down this election to gay politics only is stupid, naive, and frankly the most self centered thing I could ever see in modern times.

    Frankly neither of these candidates gives a rat’s ass about you, your penis, or where you want to stick it. The President of the United States doesn’t make law. That is the constitutional job of the congress…so bitch at your congressmen and your senators.

    I have voted both Democrat and Republican because I look for the candidate that will move on the issues that are MOST IMPORTANT at the time. If you believe gay marriage is that important over National Security, taxes, energy reform,foreign policy in an unstable golobal economy….then you are one sad faggot.

  70. MiddKid97 says

    I completely understand everyone’s sentiments. But trust me, as an employee of Manhunt, conservatives are quite the minority in our office!

  71. GBM says

    Here’s a revelation, Scott: The Obama supporters on here most likely care about national security, responsible taxes, energy reform, foreign policy, the economy AND their own rights as gay citizens. They are just picking the other guy to address those pressing issues. Fancy that.

  72. says

    “Frankly this election is not about your penis and who you stick it in.”

    It isn’t?! That does it, I’m not voting. I’ll stay home on Manhunt instead.

    Unfortunately, the right wing, the same right wing that John McCain is all too eager to jump into bed with, is oddly fixated on where I stick my penis. In fact their opposition to gay rights pretty much boils down to that. If the decorating-challenged fat cats of Manhunt want to support McCain, that’s certainly their right. Just as it’s our right to take our $’s and penises elsewhere. I decided that Manhunt was a waste of my time and money some time ago (I’m too lazy and picky to be a successful slut), but I imagine there will be, um, withdrawal pains among Manhunt devotees who actually follow thru on the boycott threat. Good luck, boys! Putting one’s conscience before one’s dick isn’t for sissies.

  73. Terry Ott says

    A fund is being set up for new curtains. Contact 1-888-HID-EOUS to contribute. Your name will be stitched into the hem.

  74. says

    I did the same as John In Manhattan and was censored. I reworded it and was censored again. They claim that it is a private matter and not representative of Manhunt. I said if Steve Jobs or Bill Gates gave money to the KKK or Nazis, wouldn’t you think Apple or MicroSoft represented the same? I also asked how could they work for a company that would be under fire if their candidate of choice (hope not hope not hope not) won in November? Didn’t expect and didn’t get an answer. At least I’ll be saving some dough from now on.

  75. MIddKid97 says

    Well, yes of course it matters, but. Maybe not as much as you’d like it to, but like everything else, it’s worth considering. Yes one of our owners is a Republican. The other is not. There’s really not a lot to be done about that. But please consider when judging that this is still fundamentally a gay company that employs many gay people and contributes significantly to many more, for better or worse. And come on – name a successful company that isn’t Republican owned! They all run to the right when they’ve got money!

  76. NClongsummer says

    I admit it: I’m a Manhunt member so I can get screwed. I didn’t expect to get screwed over.

  77. Rami says

    If had the money and the idea, I would have started Manhunt too. Get over yourselves, haters.

  78. WTF says

    Far too many gay men have become addicted to the behaviors around Manhunt, craigslist, Adam4Adam and many other hook up sites therefore getting them to really drop their subscription will be easy say and hard do:

    1- please look at my pictures and let me know I am desired if I am not desired then I am not really a good enough gay.

    2-sex is what makes me gay so I should be having it; there is no real gay culture that does not revolve around sex, there are so many men on Manhunt looking for sex so what I am doing must be OK

    3-STDs are a part of being gay just look at all of the resources listed here for services

    4-drugs are a part of being gay just look at all of the resources listed here for services

  79. Bill says

    I appreciate the post, Andy. It’s good to learn these things, even at this late date. I’ve canceled my account as well.

  80. Alex says

    I think we’re all missing the boat here. Instead of moping about Manhunt and what one of the owners does with his money, why don’t we focus on the hypocrisy of McCain accepting the donation. Why isn’t this all over CNN and why aren’t people demanding to know why McCain has accepted this donation?

  81. Dick says

    I work at Manhunt too and I’ve got to say that Jonathan has like nothing to do with the site. He’s an investor who doesn’t do much with the actual site. And the other owner, Larry, is as liberal as they come. Not that it would get reported on, but he has donated more than $2300 to Obama and the dude wears Obama shirts all around Boston.

    So before you go harshing on Larry or the rest of us at Manhunt, know that this is only one guy’s point of view.

  82. WTF says

    The truth is the gay community will have to fight for their perceptions within a larger world. Far many gay men have accepted this “hook up” lifestyle as a part of gay life and nothing could be further from the truth.

    Much like the black community had to fight and say no all of its citizens are on drugs, don’t have responsible fathers and the list goes on and on. The gay commmunity will have to poise itself on something better than “sex”. The black community had to do this with “teenage pregnant girls and teenage dropout boys”.

    Yes there are some truths to that in the black community but it can not be all that there is. There has been an entire generation in the black community who continue to work hard to dispell this mythology. Please note that these stereotypes are present within many minority groups.

    Therefore is the gay community going to let “SEX” be their banner flag or will it be something else.

    Too many gay men need to check themselves about the rampant need for sex it is out of control and it is heavily endorsed by hook-up sites. Whatever happened to meeting at a bookclub or movie with a group, now it is come over to my place tell me you are HIV- and lets have sex. Wow that is really lame and self-limiting.

    Gay liberation and identification is not permission to be a perpetual child. Grow up and stand up; you have laid down enough.

  83. Manstink says

    While it’s a free country, and gay or straight people can be of any party they like, this is beyond the pale.

    I guess the millionaire owners of Manhunt didn’t hear McCain’s last statement, that gay couples aren’t fit to raise children.

    Yeah, let’s just wait it out, vote McCain in – so we can be at war ad infinitum, then try to corral the Republicans to focus on gay rights. Yeah, that’ll happen. Sure.

    F’ck you, Crutchley, and f’ck you Manhunt. You’ll still rake in millions from the gays who are too stupid to care that you sold them out by supporting someone who belongs to the party that would ship all gay people off to leper island, if they could.

    But it does prove one thing:
    Gay people ARE just like straight people!
    They choose making money over principle just like straights!

    F ‘ C K Y O U M A N H U N T !
    Account cancelled

  84. says

    Why would anyone use Manhunt when there are so many good free services? Try dudesnude.com . I’ve used dudes for over 3 years and met really great guys all over the planet as well as my hometown. You can enter a travel schedule with dates and auto notify guys who match your search criteria. You can opt to receive email notification of new messages and see every new guy that signs up, about 400 per day. There are dozens of free features and your INBOX will hold 50 free messages. The free profile narrative space is large enough to write a blog or diary. I’ve had about 10 letter size pages of data and never reached capacity. Manhunt is worthless as far as I am concerned.

  85. Disgusted Gay american says

    us soon as my 3month account runs out–IM NOT RENEWING! Fuck the GOP bastards….EQUALITY is for ALL Americans!

  86. MiddKid97 says

    Good lord! How did we go from one of Manhunt’s two owners donating (foolishly, imho) to McCain’s campaign to Manhunt being on the board of the Family Research Council?? LOL! While I disagree with Jonathan’s politics, there’s no denying that his company is anathema to the Republican platform and McCain agenda. I’d also add that, while not an excuse, Jonathan has contributed much more to AIDS organizations and other traditionally liberal causes than he has to any political campaign, and more, I’d wager, than any poster on this forum has.

    There’s a lot about Manhunt I don’t agree with and I understand people’s initial reactions to this “revelation”. But seriously, it reminds me of the Christians boycotting Disney! If you’ll only spend money at companies where all the owners and employees share all of your political views, you’ll quickly become quite wealthy (and possibly even Republican!) yourself. I’m just saying take a step back and a deep breath. I’m sure even adam4adam has a Republican or two on staff! Hell, if it can happen at Manhunt it can happen anywhere!

  87. Dan says

    First off, I don’t think people should get too hysterical about the political leanings of various CEO types. If we boycotted everything single company whose CEO sent money to McCain, we’d wind up living a pretty austere life.

    That being said, I fully support the right for anybody to cancel their manhunt membership over this. Just like this CEO’s free to spout off his views, I’m free to cancel my membership and call him an asshole.

    If anything, I think this will be a pretty good PR lesson for any corporate officer out there. It’s one thing to send money to various political causes. It’s another to grant an interview and publicize your personal political beliefs. If you don’t want your company to suffer because of whatever personal beliefs you have – keep your everlovin trap shut.

  88. Homo Americanus says

    Excellent work, Mr. Clutchley. You not only provide a quality service to androphiles (as is obvious from the large and growing community of Manhunt users), you also help to fight American Socialism. Thanks.

    Long Live the Homo Republican Revolution!

  89. mark says

    me and my partner just terminated our manhunt, 30 dollars a month accounts. total bs….please do the same. same on him

  90. says

    I must say…it’s been an interesting day in the gay blogosphere. Jonathan Crutchley’s donation data has been available for awhile but it seems to have hit big today. The comments sections are blazing. I’ve seen many varied opinions — some well thought out points of view and some alarming defenses. There is also a compelling side effect happening too…a realization. Guess what guys — these companies aren’t your friend. Gay male “habits” (good, bad, or otherwise) are indeed just a commodity.

    Sure companies like Manhunt, Gay.com et al pass themselves off like some type of social network/hook-up playground. After all, look at the pretty links (ads), profiles, and shirtless men (albeit often headless). But really…they are trading in smut and questionable behavior. You’re just a schmuck with a buck — and when that front page beefcake gets shoved in your face you give it up like a slot machine. You’re certainly getting screwed but not how you intended.

    I applaud those cancelling their subscriptions. Not because I necessarily want to stick it to Manhunt. But because maybe it is time to zip up your pants and go outside for some air. There might be some nice fellow out there worth talking to. Stats be damned.

  91. says

    to the Manhunt staff. First of all, democrats are well represented among the founders & CEOs of technology companies, so it’s a cop out to say they all republican. Apple and Amazon are founded by liberals for example. And this guy didn’t just say he supported McCain through careful consideration, but spoke about liberals with disdain. Replace libral with fag in his statement. I’m sure that’s at the root of his issues.

    Also, I’m guessing your are in PR, not engineering, but if I’m wrong, hit me up I’ll help you escape from the dark side :)

    Maybe you should show us you (Manhunt) are worthwhile in the community by donating some profits to support LGBT causes?…. I didn’t think so.

  92. MiddKid97 says

    See, if I didn’t post in defense of Manhunt, you’d have nothing to argue with, so just consider this me doing what I can to promote the Socratic method. 😉 As a matter of fact, I do work in engineering, not PR. And, quite serendipitously, used to work in engineering at Apple as well, so I know all about having liberal CEOs. Jonathan is *not* Manhunt’s CEO. He is one of the two guys that started the company. The other, Larry, is quite liberal. The dynamic is really very Mary Matalin/James Carville. The CEO himself is also quite to the left on the political spectrum. As is every other employee of the company I know of.

    It’s not my intent to argue the merits (or lack thereof) of the service MH provides. You all can judge that for yourselves. And you’re certainly free to cancel your subscriptions although, I regret to say, it will have little effect. The more productive avenue, I think, would be to make it known in Republican circles that John McCain accepted Manhunt money in the first place.

    One other observation: the company does indeed donate profits to support a number of LGBT causes. I’ve personally participated in several of these events. It also maintains a very active outreach program and works closely with the Massachusetts Board of Health and its analogs in other states/cities. Again, I’m no apologist. I just feel compelled to offer the other point of view considering there’s not a lot of that here. Understandable. But for the grace of Joan Crawford I’d probably be wailing with you.

  93. says

    Better yet CHEAT MANHUNT. Don’t pay for pics. There’s a free workaround:

    HOW TO VIEW FULL-SIZE PHOTOS FOR FREE:

    – Use Firefox
    – In a profile, right click and select Copy Image Location
    – In a new tab, paste the image location URL – it looks like this:

    http://www.manhunt.net/showpic.php?showuid=123456&i=1&type=t_

    That “t_” on the end means “thumbnail”. Remove it:

    http://www.manhunt.net/showpic.php?showuid=103582&i=1&type=

    …and the resulting URL will be the FULL SIZE version.

    Remember, DON’T GIVE MONEY TO MANHUNT! Use this trick instead. Happy Hunting, and don’t forget to vote!

  94. CowboyDenver says

    Don’t worry Crutchley (what an appropriate name!) I won’t call you liberal. I’ll call you an asshole though. All self respecting gays should cancel any membership in his websites immediately!

  95. pickles says

    I just cancelled my (never used) account.
    To do it, you log in, go to ‘accounts’, then click on ‘customer service’ then write in the pane ‘please cancel my account… etc’.

    What a bunch of crooks. It reminds me of the dude who owns Curves who is a rabid supporter of pro-life organizations. Back-ass-words.

    (the next thing I did was post an informative ad on Craigslist letting more people know.) You could too!! Thank you towleroad.

  96. Paul in SFO says

    After reading MANY of the comments above…it is hard to decide WHAT to say.

    ALL of this is nothing NEW. For years I have been telling folks about the Human Rights Campaign and how most of the money does not go to where they say it does. Many at the top have multiple houses, boats, cars and live a very fine life style. On funds that are said to go to helping a CAUSE?

    Those that make this type of money are also HOOKED. They don’t want it to stop coming in (Just like the OIL Guys) so they will sell their soul, hearts and mother’s to keep what they have received. Many will even put down there own true beliefs to stay above someone else. Is this really living or survival of the _____?

    From a psychological standpoint, I do see a pattern not only in the comments above (Fear and hatred) but also that many of the so-called right wingers have beliefs that to be Republican equals money. Not true. And I can see many have had childhood issues with parents and are trying in every possible way to prove to someone they are alright, good and rich!

    Why do we have to prove these things, looking backwards. Can’t we really look forward for once and TRY to use ALL this ENERGY to correct issues. Teach not use destruction and defamatory remarks as a way to correct matters!

    All in all WE the People, whomever we might be should get our heads out of each others A** and TOGETHER work to make this world a better place. Sound like a song? How about stopping monies going to WAR and keep it here in the USA where it is needed FIRST?

  97. EyeDubya says

    PROVOKING RUSSIA ON ITS VERY BORDER (OSSETIA) DOES NOT MAKE AMERICANS SAFER. GET A CLUE, CRUTCHFIELD — McCAIN WOULD RISK AMERICA’S VERY SURVIVAL IN ORDER TO AVENGE HIS DEFEAT IN VIET NAM!

  98. Shaun says

    I sent a request to manhunt’s customer service, to delete my profile as I did not want to support a site that funded John McCain. This was their reply.

    Hey there,

    MANHUNT is a place for men to meet men, not to be used as a political forum.

    Please make sure that all the text in your ad pertains to what you’re looking
    for in a partner, not a statement of your political beliefs.

    If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to contact
    Customer Service.

    Thank You,
    Zach
    MANHUNT Customer Support 24/7
    866.424.9999 (USA & Canada)
    001.617.424.9999 (All Other Countries)
    support@manhunt.net

  99. Bill says

    Actually, being a gay Republican in Massachusetts is not like being a Democrat in Alabama at all.

    Being a gay Republican in Massachusetts is like being the only kid on the playground that is not wearing Garanimals. Everyone’s judging us simply on what they see, and cannot be bothered to know what we really think. The label says it all.

  100. KC IN SEATTLE says

    I wondered what was up with the head of that slime orginization, has anyone tried to business with them? they are shallow misguided and now seemingly out of touch with their followers…
    Larry Basile and Jonathan Crutchley are a couple of GOLD DIGGERS (ugly as fuck too) and they are praying on the GAY COMMUNITY, I urge all of us to close your MANHUNT accounts and DEMAND YOUR MONEY BACK in BREACH OF CONTRACT. maybe trowing the bitches to the poor house is what they need
    Fatt Cunts
    if you look at there protical

  101. Rob says

    I have a MANHUNT account paid through November 6th. I just CANCELLED it.

    I don’t like and won’t support either candidate in this election, but to say that Obama is no worse than McCain because he doesn’t support gay marriage is quite naive. The difference is that McCain’s supporters will do everything in their power to prevent gay marriage, hell, gay rights. Obama is pandering when it comes to gay marriage, but will not actively seek to undermine the efforts of the gay community to seek equality.

    This is the United States of America and Mr. Crutchfield has every right to support anyone he wishes. I even served to protect that right. Well, Mr. Crutchfield, I can’t support your ideology. This is the United States of America and in “my” country, we believe in equality for all of our citizens and we believe in the rights set forth in the Constitution of the United States. You and those you support seem convinced that we’ll all be safer if we’d just give up our right against government intrusion.

    God help us! Some of us are wise enough to recognize that the real enemy didn’t attack us on 9/11. The real enemy is fear and the actions taken to ensure safety. Safety is not ensured when the government is granted the power to define who is and is not a threat. That’s just scary! Don’t they do that in Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and other places?

  102. Steven W. says

    Well said Rob!

    But KC — that was waaay over the top. Ugly as fuck? Bitches? “Fatt” Cunts? You have every right to be turned off by Manhunt’s (Crutchley’s) apparent greed and bizarre political outlook. But damn! It’s one thing to be a touch snarky but those remarks were evil. *cue thunder* You can’t accuse “them” of being insincere, cruel, etc to the gay community — and then go throw so many daggers. Those just seemed like typical cheap shots directed at older gay men. The whole fat, ugly, gray = irrelevant thing.

    Maybe I’m wrong. Perhaps they ran over one of your relatives in a gold plated car (while sipping on expensive champagnes and getting lap dances from imported twinks). Eh.

  103. nic says

    @STEVEN W.,

    “Ugly as fuck? Bitches? “Fatt” Cunts? You have every right to be turned off by Manhunt’s (Crutchley’s) apparent greed and bizarre political outlook. ”

    of course KC can blame those bitches. i am sick of the gay community turning a blind eye to the self-satisfied sissies who claim to be liberal while voting through their b and d purses (or whatever the rage is nowadays). fuck ’em! fuck ’em all!!!

  104. kewl says

    What you fa(g)scists can’t stand is someone having a different opinion than you. If someone isn’t marching lock-step with you lefties you start canceling accounts, like all you radical fairies had much of a presence on Manhunt anyway. Go back six months from now when McCain is President and see if Manhunt isn’t still there and raking it in.

  105. nic says

    oh, wait, that fat whore said she was not liberal!

    let’s think of ways to shut down “manhunt” and bring her down. i think her repug friends can help us out in this.

  106. Nathanial says

    Someone mentioned other companies, such as Apple up-thread, and it got me wondering… How many of you out there are using a Dell Computer? Well STOP IT — 100% of Dell’s corporate donations (and individual donations from top executives) go to the Republican Party — a fact I learned from the old “Buy Blue” website.
    Keep an eye on the all-new “Buy Blue” site — http://www.buyblue.org/ — to keep track of which companies to do business with and which ones to kick to the curb.

  107. Scott says

    Ok… So I heard this today from a friend. As a paying member of ManHunt for years, I decided to confront them in an email and see if I could get them to confirm it. I got a very terse response from the ManHunt team telling me that it was a personal matter and that it didn’t reflect on ManHunt itself. I responded by telling them that their answer was a bit terrifying and disconcerting and the next thing I knew, my account had been deleted. Sounds a LOT like Nazi Germany to me! But then again, it’s saving me the time of deleting my account anyway. DELETE your ManHunt accounts NOW!!! Let them know that our community will NOT tollerate them using our money to support biggotry, abuse of civil rights and hatred!

  108. nic says

    @SCOTT,

    i am not a subscriber to “manhunt”, but good on you for taking a stand. hit those fat fucks where it hurts.

  109. ggreen says

    Taking sides on the issue of wearing white after Labor Day is having different opinions. Advertising for gay male business and then using that money to fund anti-gay causes is a call for economic war on Manhunt. The certainly could have stayed neutral on all politics and continued to fleece the gays. But they gave the maximum amount allowed by law to the anti-gay Republican political party and their candidate. Those Manhunt skanks need to pay the price. Cancel your Manhunt paid account and request your credit card company to charge them back for a few months of service (dispute the charges businesses HATE that).

  110. AJ says

    While I am not in favor of Mr. Crutchley’s choice, as an insider, I feel it my duty to correct some of the blatantly false statements made in these comments:

    First, Larry Basile, Manhunt’s other owner, had nothing to do with the donation, supports Obama vigorously (including donations), and does not support Crutchley’s actions regarding this matter.

    Second, Manhunt, and Crutchley and Basile, donate hundreds of thousands of dollars of their profits every year to gay charities, such as: AIDS Action, CRI, AIDS Emergency Fund, and scores of others; in addition to being major sponsors of films like a Jihad for Love.

    Third, Crutchley is not the CEO. The CEO is a guy named Adam Segal and from my dealings with him he is as liberal as they come. From what I gather he runs the company and Crutchley and Basile have little to do with it.

  111. Strongarmbrad says

    So what makes a gay man gay? I thought being attracted to other men and having sexual relationships with men is what makes me gay…naive!

    I guess in order to be a “real” gay person, I must vote the way the rest of the herd votes, dress how the herd dresses, drink what the herd drinks and hate republicans!

    If freedom of thought, expression and conscience mean I have to think, express and feel just as all you haters do – then I’ll take repression thank you!

    As for self-hate? Your hateful words demonstrate that you need to look in the mirror.

    Brad

  112. georgep says

    So Crutchley isn’t the CEO. He’s the owner. That’s even worse because the profits are going directly to him, which he is in turn giving to the Republican Party in order to persecute gay men. And all the other so-called liberals working there are simply adding to the profits that Crutchley is taking out of the gay community.

    And this isn’t the same as executives of Apple giving money to Republicans. Profits from Manhunt are causing direct harm the precise target demographic that forms their customer base. This couldn’t be a clearer case of hypocrisy. I don’t see many Republicans calling for was against iPhone users, but there are plenty of Republicans engaged in a “culture war” against the “gay agenda”.

  113. rob says

    I was in the verge of borrowing a friends credit card to upgrade my manhunt account.I’m glad I waited. I won’t now.
    And yes, Crispy, I noticed those awful curtains even before spotting the naked guys on the wall.

  114. Who cares says

    I never realized men on manhunt would be interested in adoption while trolling for sex. Why does anybody give any politician money, they’re all a bunch of scumbags.

  115. 1 says

    @KEWL
    Obviously you are the one who can’t stand someone having a different opinion. Your name calling for anyone that doesn’t march in lock step with you proves my point.

  116. ADC says

    OK, while I’m with you guys on my disgust with the evident hypocrisy practiced by one of Manhunt’s owners, it seems to me that folks have put their blinders on and are ignoring the larger picture. OK, sure, cancel your paid accounts if you don’t want Mr. Crutchley using Manhunt profits to contribute to Republican causes. But from what I’ve read here, you’ll also be impacting the other owner’s ability to donate to the Democrats, as well as the ability of the CEO, engineers and – it would seem – other 99% of Manhunt employees to financially support whatever liberal causes they appear to champion. In your pursuit of a worthwhile goal to keep money out of Republican hands, you’ll ultimately be hurting the Democrats more. I agree with an earlier post that said it should be made public that McCain accepted Manhunt money. Let word of that get around and I’m sure Mr. Crutchley will get his $2300 back post-haste.

  117. UnionStay says

    Sorry but all this back and forth about MANHUNT supporting worthy causes and having gay employees, etc, etc, seems to be avoiding a new issue that all this has brought up: the censorship of ‘political’ views on the site itself.

    So if I want to combine getting laid with getting political, Manhunt will not allow this? Sorry but being gay IS POLITICAL!

    “MANHUNT is a place for men to meet men, not to be used as a political forum.

    Please make sure that all the text in your ad pertains to what you’re looking
    for in a partner, not a statement of your political beliefs.”

    This in itself is a reason to cancel your accounts and never visit this site again.

    MiddKid97, looking forward to how you spin this new issue.

  118. MiddKid97 says

    Ouch! I don’t think I’ve ever been accused of spinning before! What I think you’re missing, UnionStay, is that I fundamentally agree with you on the issue of Jonathan’s political contributions. All I’m trying to point out is that people are ignoring the fact that Manhunt’s OTHER owner is a big contributor to the Democrats. Now, that may not be good enough for you and I’m not saying that it should be. But it is a fact, not spin.

    As for the issue of political beliefs in member profiles, hey it’s company policy. What can I say? Manhunt is a hook-up site. They don’t let you try to sell cars in your profile either. The site prevents political advocations of any persuasion. My guess is it’s an attempt to limit site usage to its primary purpose. It’s simply not a political site. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect sites like match.com or adam4adam don’t allow you to use profiles for political purposes either. I imagine if they did, profiles would begin to look a lot like this forum and people would start canceling their accounts every time the site allowed political views they disagreed with to be posted. Imagine coming across pro-Republican profiles on MH!

  119. says

    According to a search done by blogger Michael Petrelis, co-founder Larry Basile has in fact made contributions to Democratic candidates and causes. The total in the past 18 YEARS is $4875, or basically $22.50 per month. From a site that is taking in $2.4 MILLION a month in gay dollars.

    Perhaps when Mr. Crutchley gets his wish and McCain gets elected, the newly staffed ultra-conservative Supreme Court can make sure that MANHUNT is the “official” hook up site for those of us who have had our rights trashed and trampled.

    Good job guys.

    Account canceled BTW, $12.95 less per month to McCain. And I gave what I have spent on MANHUNT in the past year I have been a member ($155) to Obama ’08

  120. Gary says

    I feel that sites like Manhunt are the cause of many bar closings and also the result of many methamphetamine users within our community. Whatever happened to actually going out to a gay bar and actually meeting people personally? I believe it has put many back in the closet.

  121. Rob Crowley says

    I bet they are catholic too.. some of us are just gluttons for punishment and repression..

  122. GeorgeP says

    MIDDKID97, is Crutchley paying you to put these comments up here? It’s the middle of the work day and you’re on his payroll. If Manhunt is supposedly a non-political site, then why are it’s employees posting political comments on blogs (and do so as employees)?

    Just to enlighten the rest of us on here, how does it feel to be such a gutless, self-hating sleezeball?

  123. MiddKid97 says

    *Sigh* Yes you’ve uncovered my ruse. The owner of the company is paying me to say I disagree with him. And while it’s neither here nor there, you don’t know what hours I work. I’m not posting *as* a Manhunt employee – I only mentioned it in the first place in order to communicate that I had some insight that others, perhaps, did not. I’m simply interested in what I thought was a mature meeting of the minds.

    All I’ve done is point out certain facts while making every attempt to avoid ad hominem attacks and insults. When I’ve offered any opinion at all, it’s been to say that I fundamentally agree with a lot of what people are saying here. If that makes me gutless and self-hating, well, it will certainly be news to the Democratic and AIDS organizations I am and have been involved with and contributed to. As for being a “sleezeball” – the word’s not in my glossary.

  124. UnionStay says

    MIDDKID97, I just read that McCain was speaking to the Russian invasion of Georgia and said that “in the 21st century Nations don’t invade other Nations,” and I was beginning to think it’d be the most clueless thing I’d heard today and then you came along…

    “Imagine coming across pro-Republican profiles on MH!”

    Um. I guess you still have a hard time understanding that when Crutchley (an owner of MH) goes ON RECORD to disparge ‘liberals’ and express his support for McCain EVERY profile on MH becomes tacitly pro-Republican.

    I’d also suggest that your time might be better spent letting your boss know that he could’ve just kept his mouth shut and his OWN politics TO HIMSELF and thus avoided all this. I have yet to hear you blame him for creating this PR mess in the first place. Perhaps you could send him the form you’ve been sending to your activist users?

    “MANHUNT is a place for men to meet men, not to be used as a political forum.”

    Too late.

  125. Chris says

    What about the Urban Outfitters owner? people are too shallow to really care when the rich conservatives deliver a product we can’t resist.

  126. georgep says

    MIDDKID97, nice to see that you’ve perfected your air of insouciant sophistication. Too bad that hasn’t allowed you the time for a little introspection into how you’re affecting people in the real world.

  127. Disgusted Gay American says

    while I understand the points of view uttered in these comments…I have to ask: Would you,IF you were a Black person..support a site that you used frequently and paid for..knowing that 1 of the owners was contributing to a Presidential candidate that has said on MANY occassions that He did NOT support the FULL Equality of Black people,and has pretty much made it HIS mission to “suck up too” the religious Right” that also, do NOT support Equality of Black people? Just askin..

    Also – on a smiliar topic…why is it you suppose that people LOWER themselves to POSE with Bush/Cheney..or any other Lowe life..I understand Military HAS TOO…but it seems lame that people have NO self respect..and just want to get thier face on tv/in the papers….I myself would never!

  128. DC guy says

    Those websites are so turn of the century – Get an iPhone and download the “WhosThere” App.

  129. says

    Unionstay –
    Maybe one could post a profile such as:

    “I’m looking for a partner and/or fuck buddy who isn’t a giant douche and uses the gay community to rake in millions of dollars while at the same time turning around and taking a huge dump on those who helped amass his fortune. Oh yeah, well hung only please.”

    Maybe not those exact words, but you get the gist 😉

  130. Craiggers says

    Wow! a hypocrite in Republican clothes… who ever heard of such a thing? Let me ask Larry Craig, or that one from Florida that was outed for male page fucking or the guy who restored honor and dignity to the presidency or any other republican for that matter! Rich bastards are always going to be rich bastards. especially rich GAY bastards. Its clearly time to spend your online sex dollars elsewhere. Gay Republican – obvious evidence of retardation and other brain damage. Where are those pesky WMDs????? Iran? Georgia? Are we gonna let them steal another one? Get out and help Obama and undermine the Mancunt & McSame now!

  131. Mark says

    I’m not too familiar with how the Manhunt website works or what level of censorship members are experiencing when posting profiles or communicating with each other regarding the issue of Crutchley’s donation to the McCain campaign. But I will say this: When members use the Manhunt email system to send private communications to other members, then they have a legal right to expect that their communications will be treated as private and not subject to review or censorship by web site employees.

  132. BD says

    HOGB – you rock. I love to read the comments on this blog for their vapid insight and pure bile. If these queens really think Obama and the Dems have their backs, they have another thing coming.

    Milkman – You’re a sick fuck. I’d like to see you last 5 minutes as a POW. That cell McCain was tortured in is a lot different than the one you and the leatherboys like to play in at Folsom. Just because you disagree with the man, don’t make light of his service or sacrifice. If someone came on this board and said “I bet Matthew Sheppard liked getting ruffed up” there’d be a shitload of angry responses. It’s sad when people get so trapped in their own little worlds that they fail to understand that their are bigger and more important issues than the latest banter on Castro Street.

    Also, I love all the talk of “evil rich bastards” on here. Aren’t evil rich bastards the people keeping most of the hairdressers, flight attendants, and florists employed? Poor people don’t shop at the Saks perfume counter or tip you extra for a good table. Besides, doesn’t everyone really WANT to be one of those evil rich bastards? Or are you SO indoctrinated that you really think that buttsex and dance music make the world go round? Clearly gay men feeling empowered and successful enough to support the political party of their choosing means nothing.

    Keep doin’ us proud boys.

  133. says

    BD –

    Whether or not I’d last 5 minutes as a POW is a moot point, as I’m not eligible to serve in our military because I’m honest about who I am. I rather think I’d last far fewer than 5 minutes in that situation, though. That’s not the point. The point is that people are saying that McCain would be a better military leader, despite the fact that McCain’s military service was significant only for his imprisonment. I don’t make light of his sacrifice or service, I just fail to see how experience as a prisoner of war makes one more qualified to be commander in chief.

    And I’ve really only been to Castro Street once. I was unimpressed.

  134. fabian says

    Calling Crutchley fag hating fag is completely out of line here. When did it become wrong for a gay man to have his own political opinion. I’m a democrat, but this tirade against one man out of many is ridiculous simply for giving money to something he believed in. And it’s funny how of the two manhunt owners we only rant about the republican, and not his co-owner who supports Obama.
    So what if i don’t agree with Crutchley’s politics, it’s his choice, your money goes to manhunt employees that keep the site running and to the dozens of AIDS awareness and research organizations nationwide.

    so go on and delete your manhunt account if you think it means anything. But if you want to shout faggot hating faggot, look in the mirror people.
    This is disgusting and beneath the gay community.

  135. rob says

    I applaud those who will be cancelling their Manhunt profiles. It dismays me to see gay people pouring money into the pockets of the right wing. Gay bars carrying Coors beer is just another sad example. The Coors family has funded the extreme right for decades – including several anti-gay groups. Learn where your money ends up!!

    McCain has shown his inability on the world stage as his close advisor takes lobbying money from a foreign country.

  136. says

    I don’t know, Fabian… I think a little righteous indignation isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’m not a fan of ad hominem attacks, and the “faggot hating faggot” moniker does stick in my craw a bit (even if it might be just a little bit true). But this man’s donation to an unequivocally homohating organization followed by his public and snarky announcement of his gift was a decision that, from a business management standpoint, speaks to a fundamentally flawed decision-making capacity about which his business partner(s) should be concerned.

    I cancelled my account, and encourage others to do the same.

  137. Jim says

    It’s obvious from the comments here that changing out your profile content to something that will trigger their flags and have them reject the change is a path to failure.

    So I’m going to do it in stages, over the course of a few days:
    * Delete some of my pics
    * Reduce the text content
    * Delete more pics
    * Make the text blander
    * Switch of the payment stream
    * Repeat until there’s nothing of value left, so that actually deleting it no longer really matters

    Although since they say you profile text need to reflect what you want in a partner, maybe a nice bland version “I want a sexy guy whose values parallel my own and who doesn’t use my money to support anti-gay causes. Is that too much to ask for?”

    Something like that to encourage people to ask what you’re referring to, so you can tell them.

  138. Joe says

    Although I totally disagree with Jonathan Crutchleys argument that McCain is the best candidate, he does have the right to donate money to anyone that he sees fit. That’s what makes this America. For me, McCain represents status quo and a continuation of the Bush legacy. I think Bush will go down in history as our “worst” president. Obama represents a time for change. This country is in need of some serious “CHANGE!”

  139. Shaun says

    I never paid for a Manhunt membership; I was a non-paying member. Still I deleted my profile and told them the reason why. There are many sites out there like Manhunt you can use. A lot offer all the features of Manhunt and you don’t have to pay. Please, just delete your profiles now. Do it to send a message that we won’t use a site, that does not support our fight for equality.

  140. Disgusted Gay American says

    see it’s kinda like the “Mary Cheney Syndrom” — Rich,Gay..republican,and Reeping ALL those lovely TAX breaks,etc..meanwhile they sell thier souls,and Integrity for GREED. I don’t care how much money anyone ever offered me ..I’d never vote GOP,nor have my picture taken with one,or support one. I aint saying the dems are any better…but they aren’t Constantly putting forth Ammendments and laws to restrict LGBT families/and thier Rights – period!

  141. jd says

    that’s it, I’m canceling my Manhunt account as is my partner. This is an outrage! When no one listens to our words, let them listen with our money, or lack thereof!

  142. glmanpdx says

    ADAM 4 ADAM is a better site anyway. i’m never using MH again. Personal decision my ASS. you are using fuckin GAY $ to elect a right wing homophobe?? What the fuck is wrong with you?? gay republican = head up your ass.

  143. Martin says

    It’s such a tragedy that there is no third big party, preferably a libertarian one. I mean, I’d have voted for Hillary, but Obama is such an empty shirt, that McCain looks better every day.

    I mean, what should a proud, capitalist, pro-gun gay male vote for these days?

  144. Jack says

    Kudos Mr. Crutchley! For once someone who thinks with something other than his penis. Way to show all of those hypocritical gays who fight to protect anyone’s right to free speech and thought as long as it fits with theirs and Chers!

  145. says

    God, that’s so boring… being contrary just for the sake of being contrary. Yes, Crutchley is thinking with something other than his penis… he’s thinking with his pocketbook. But thank God other men out there are penis-centric, otherwise girlene would have as much of a pocketbook to throw around, would he?

  146. manu says

    come on guys, i quit manhunt way before this story, actually 2 months after opening my account.

    try bigmuscle.com or so

  147. says

    I am totally outraged and disgusted by all this Manhunt & Republican scandal. I am moving my profile to a new site I found called WetLizard.com It’s free and very well laid out. I like it much better than Manhunt and the staff are really nice and friendly and reply to you MUCH quicker than Manhunt. I recommend everyone on Manhunt goes here.

  148. Calo says

    FUCK Manhunt!!!on top of being a hook -up website,wich is ok with me ,they promote those digusting fist fuck porno sites!!!!
    and they have the nerve to be Republicans!!!I just canceled my account this morning!!

  149. Doug in Colo says

    The arrogance of the liberals never cease to amaze me. They are all about inclusion and tolerance… oh I guess that is the case if you hold their views and misguided values. I am happy the he gave the money to the McCain campaign… I too am a gay business owner and support McCain… my only problem with McCain is that I don’t think he is conservative enough… but I will certainly take him over any dem… as I always say “the Democrat Party: party of the under-educated, lazy and uninspired for generations” I believe that but I don’t hate them for their views… huh makes you think about which side is all about tolerance, understanding and personal responsibility

  150. agentprovokatur says

    In addition to being ignorant about whom he should be supporting in the upcoming election this Manhunt moron is ignorant about what “Privacy” is.

    The donations you make to the candidates are public records. The internet didn’t violate his privacy or make his private life public. It just made it accessible to everyone at a much lower cost (in this case the cost of time spent waiting for HuffPo web pages to load). At most the internet democratized the access to the information that previously was available only to those situated (located in Washington, D.C.) or wealthy enough to obtain it (by paying records trolls to go dig it up).

    That attitude is even more ironic (and hence my unflattering moniker of MORON) given his vast wealth (that some other commenter posits the protection of which is his true reason for voting for McCain) is generated FROM a completely internet based business, which as a hook-up site is based on the divulgence (granted voluntary – but not “free” like HuffPo’s services) of the most intimate of private information.

    Were it not for the money involved contemplation of the rationales of such people would make your head spin like Linda Blair in Exorcist.

  151. agentprovokatur says

    Doug in Colo:

    Your perception of the “arrogance of liberals” and their lack of tolerance is perfectly which was followed by your stereotypical views of anyone who could support the DEMOCRAT[sic] Party (a misnomer which betrays your FAUX Newsian viewpoint of the world) shows you are just another self loathing gay who believes that they are “self-made”. Did you make your business successful all by your lonesome? Truly? Then if so you either inherited it or don’t understand that you live in a society of millions of people who all support each other in one way or another. You have never benefited from any public works, services or facilities and I suppose you personally fought in all the wars that have kept this nation feee.

    You also don’t seem to understand that lack tolerance of intolerance is a Right Wing canard. Not gonna explain that here – your ilk never understands concepts beyond Right Wing shouting memes.

    So, you’ve made it (you believe) all by your self and now want to either pull up the ladder behind you or retreat into your wealth provide cocoon of the philosophy that “Life is a Shit Sandwich” – the more bread you have the less shit you eat – and in your, and Mary Cheney’s case – the less “Rights” you need.

    I could end with extreme “leftist” slogans such as “Eat the Rich” or “Just wait for the Revolution Biatch” but I prefer the wise words of Princess Leah to Hans Solo toward the of Star Wars I/IV when he wondered about is reward.

    “If money is all you want. . . then that’s what you’ll get!”

  152. Suseybettywont says

    Martin asked “what should a proud, capitalist, pro-gun gay male vote for these days?”

    Well Martin, I am not sure what YOU should vote for, but I would VOTE for you taking your head out of your corporatist gun-toting ass and joining humanity and gay men in trying to make the world a better place.

  153. Jason says

    Newsflash, Dougie…

    you’re a fag. F-A-G. That means you don’t get to be a member of the good ol’ boys club. No matter how much you wish upon a star. Sorry.

  154. Scotty says

    I hate the fact that I have helped make this man rich!
    Most republicans believe that homo’s are sick, sexual deviants, that we can be “cured”, that we all woke up one one and decided that it would be so cool to sleep with another guy instead of a woman (well, now we realize that one to be true – heh), and no clue of all the personal struggles most of us have endured to accept ourselves as equal, vital, loving, (I could go on, but you get the drift)humans on the planet! (Those republicans are so ignorant, aren’t they). Who I choose to sleep with should have nothing to do with the rights I am entitled to…… I guess y’all are already aware of these things, so, that’s all.
    I choose not to contribute any more money to manhunt!

  155. J_JAMES says

    You guys whine more than a 12 year old girl who just started her period. If you take your head out of your asses you will see that you are a bunch of HATERS HATING. Get real, not one of the 4 major candidates was for gay rights or marriage anyway. Saying taht McCain will further bankrupt this country through war is stupid. This country has been going downhill since NAFTA, which by the way was Democrats. Yeah I got the email on Manhunt and thought that it was funny. If a guy wants to donate to to the candidate of his political affiliation that is his right in this country. Some of you like to be pissed and shit on which is your right. WHO CARES? Most of you were probably Clinton supporters to begin with and thought that “Queer As Folk” was a good representation of the gay lifestyle. Isn’t the new gay flag the equal symbol. As I said before HATERS HATING.

  156. FunMe says

    Oh, and all the republiCON gays, and the neoCON gays, and the CONservative gays will say something like this:

    “oh, but I thought ‘we’ gays were about accepting each other and our differences, and oh something else, gay marriage, and gays in the military, and oh I don’t know, gay marriage, that’s not ALL that matters.

    Meanwhile the fucking dumb and stupid and self-loathing ‘gay” republiCONs will continue to defend Granpa McCrazyCain and say he is a ‘maverick” and all the nonsense …

    and then you realize, OK, here in towelroad there are a lot of those self-loathing, selfish (mostly rich) gays who are stupid or only care about their own riches and keep voting for the guy (mcCrazyCain) who votes against gays.

    and you say … WTF

    Yeah, the issue is the CONservative STUPID gays her who support McCrazyCain and the republiCON .. well like I said because they are STUPID or simply rich and SELFISH for their own riches.

    f*** them!

    There should be NO DEBATE … they should be IGNORED!!!

  157. FunMe says

    Oh, and all the republiCON gays, and the neoCON gays, and the CONservative gays will say something like this:

    “oh, but I thought ‘we’ gays were about accepting each other and our differences, and oh something else, gay marriage, and gays in the military, and oh I don’t know, gay marriage, that’s not ALL that matters.

    Meanwhile the fucking dumb and stupid and self-loathing ‘gay” republiCONs will continue to defend Granpa McCrazyCain and say he is a ‘maverick” and all the nonsense …

    and then you realize, OK, here in towelroad there are a lot of those self-loathing, selfish (mostly rich) gays who are stupid or only care about their own riches and keep voting for the guy (mcCrazyCain) who votes against gays.

    and you say … WTF

    Yeah, the issue is the CONservative STUPID gays her who support McCrazyCain and the republiCON .. well like I said because they are STUPID or simply rich and SELFISH for their own riches.

    f*** them!

    There should be NO DEBATE … they should be IGNORED!!!

  158. Albert Basso says

    Apparently MANHUNT has asked Crutchley to step down. This is the reply That I got from them this evening:

    STATEMENT FROM LARRY BASILE, FOUNDER AND MAJOR SHAREHOLDER OF MANHUNT

    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, Barack 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 Basil

  159. Nathanial says

    @ Doug in Colo…

    You may think you’re all shit-hot and well off and part of the “in club” with the Republicans. Well so did Ernst Röhm.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Röhm

    Don’t kid yourself — When they start coming for us, they’ll come for you too, mofo. And you might be surprised to know, there’d be a bunch of us despised “liberals” out there that would try to protect your sorry, pathetic ass, as much as you don’t deserve it.

    That goes for Jonathan Crutchley, too. Glad to hear that Larry Basil has got him to step down.

  160. Martin says

    “Well Martin, I am not sure what YOU should vote for, but I would VOTE for you taking your head out of your corporatist gun-toting ass and joining humanity and gay men in trying to make the world a better place.”

    I am every day. Free markets redistribute wealth worldwide, something that socialism has promised to do and failed. Guns are a safeguard against fascism. Besides that I ride my bike to work, use CFLs and “green” electricity. I show my face on CSD. Because I CHOOSE so, not because I’m member of the cult of the empty shirt. Get it?

  161. azdaddie says

    Hey, this is America and he can do anything legal that he wants to with his money. That said, he’s certainly not getting any more of my money — I’m cancelling.

  162. zipper says

    Stepped down??? – what a laugh – stepped down from being the majority owner? From what I have hear he was nothing more than a blundering figure head anyway –

  163. BD says

    Keep it coming boys.
    I hear that one of the jr. managers at adam4adam was baptized a catholic, and we all know the church is the source of all the world’s evil. Boycott adam4adam!

    The knee-jerk politics, and hate mongering from supposed “open-minded liberals” is comic. Why don’t you start lynching every openly gay man that doesn’t agree with your rigid socio-political doctrine. That would be the truly progressive, free-thinking thing to do.

  164. says

    The Bush administration, or anything spawned from it (ie McCain), is out to deny GLBT rights besides women’s rights (hello Roe vs Wade).
    I think of all the people I’ve known who struggle with their sexuality. I think of how their identity struggles escalated into drug addictions and other vices. I think of how their corruption or lack of self-esteem was derived from nonacceptance… nonacceptance from their communities, schools, families, friends…
    Many argue that the Internet has sort of help drive the gay community back underground… instead of flourishing in the public realm, we lurk in the shadows and the anonymity of cyber-space. Sex becomes more casual, conversation less appealing for the social middle man is cut out.
    Our wicked sword, which was once our words, could become dulled and deafened by our inferiority to come out unscathed and protected.
    I guess I am not surprised Crutchley would support a Republican administration… it’s this philosophy of driving us underground which makes his anonymous world of sex flourish (especially in the worlds of Jeff Gannon and Sentor Larry Craig to name a few).

    Shame on him for supporting our degradation. Shame on him.

    BUT! Kudos to Huffington’s people for paying attention TO US!!!

    Thank you Andy for throwing in the ‘Towle’.

  165. zipper says

    Looks like Adam4Adam made a $2300 contribution to Obama and posted a banner backing him. The banner leads to pride.barackobama.com. That’s cool – being a free site I imagine they are not pulling in 30 million a year!

  166. OtterJoq says

    I dumped my Manhunt membership. No way in hell am I giving another cent to some self-loathing trust funde baby like Crutchley. Fuck him and all the Log Cabiners like him.

  167. NYGuy says

    Asked them to cancel my account. Instead of cancelling immediately, they sent me the following message. I told them to cancel my account anyway. They disgust me. Basile made money working in partnership with the devil. I don’t care what else he has done, he will not get my business.

    STATEMENT FROM LARRY BASILE, FOUNDER AND MAJOR SHAREHOLDER OF MANHUNT

    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, Barack 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.

    At the request of the Board, Jonathan has stepped down as Chairman.

    Sincerely,
    Larry Basile

  168. Joe says

    Remember guys, let’s not be hippocrites. Your hero, Bill Clinton, signed the DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT (DOMA). Why is he treated any differently? Oh, that’s right, he’s a Democrat.

    Let’s not keep embarrassing ourselves here.

  169. Scotty says

    These people that keep trying to bash us others who are upset, they just don’t get it!! I don’t give a shit if the guy is a Republican or not (it probably stems from his own self loathing and greed), he can do whatever he wants. I just don’t want 1/1,000,000,000 of one penny that I contributed to that site to go to helping elect a person that thinks I am a “disposable nothing” because I just happened to be born gay. (BTW, Clinton tried to get gays in the military, because he was thinking it was a no brainer, then he was hit with the fact that all those 300 year old senators (and their flocks) were up in arms against it).

  170. Kewl says

    Otterjoq, I hope you know enough about business to know that in a small privately held corporation like Manhunt.net being chairman means nothing, it’s a formality. You could put a monkey in the chairman’s chair and it wouldn’t change a thing. Mr. Crutchley is co-owner and founding partner; that’s the source of power within the company. That isn’t going to change one bit, not unless you want to buy him out, assuming he agrees to sell. These guys have been business partners since 1992 when they operated phone phone lines in the Boston area so they know each other well. Mr. Basile’s letter is just spin. Meanwhile they are both laughing all the way to the bank and thanking all those who are giving even more publicity to manhunt.net. Two dozen rabid leftie queens cancel their accounts while 2,000 new fags hear of the site because of the controversy, then join to check out the merchandise. Oh, and remember they also make money from page hits and ads.

  171. fiz says

    IT WOULD BE PERFECT TO SEE A SHOWDOWN AT FOLSOM STREET FAIR WHERE THEY PUT UP A HUGE BOOTH TO PROMOTE THEIR SITE> A BOICOT CAMPAIGN RIGH IN FRONT OF THEIR BOOTH WOULD BE FANTASTIC>

  172. says

    DAY TWO OF THE DEBACLE – Truth will out. Yes, I cancelled my profile right away, it’s a monthly billing, so don’t ‘wait till your subscription runs out.’ MAKE THE STATEMENT NOW! The more the merrier…. RIGHT HERE FOLKS IS TRUE GAY POWER, OUR MONEY IS TALKING OR IT’S WALKING.

  173. GCSEA says

    Frankly, both presumptive nominees are vile and likely to do the country vast harm in their tenure.

    McCain’s primary saving grace, and the reason I’ll vote for him in November, is that he’ll be faced with a DEM Congress. Were Congress held by a GOP Majority, I’d probably gag and hold my nose and vote for Obama. Whichever one is elected desperately needs a Congress that hates their very essence, to act as a ball and chain about their ankles.

    Let’s not kid ourselves – neither of them are good news, and will simply be disasters on different fronts/issues. For 2008, we’re screwed.

    To the extent we (the LGBT community) allow ourselves to be seen as an “owned constituency” of the Democratic Party (much as gun-owners are considered owned by the GOP) we piss away what influence we have by allowing the DNC to think we have no place else to go and the GOP to believe that no matter what they do, we will always hate and oppose them.

    Neither view really inspires either party to really *work* for our votes – to the one we’re a “gimme” and to the other we’re beyond hope. Not good.

    To the extent we ostracize Crutchley, the Log Cabin Republicans and similar groups, and groups like Pink Pistols – we shoot ourselves in the foot to the precise same extent by perpetrating the “DNC owns the LGBT community” paradigm to our detriment.

    Intellectual honesty demands we admit that the libertarian, GOP, or conservative gay folks disagree more on means and scope with their more liberal brethren than on LGBT rights. I’ve never met a LGBT GOP sort who didn’t support equality before the law, a Pink Pistols member who wasn’t downright grim about LGBT safety issues, or a LGBT libertarian sort who didn’t believe that LGBT folk had just as much right to be “left the hell alone” as anyone else.

    Pro-LGBT doesn’t require supporting abortion, US-funded worldwide poverty reduction programs, a particular defense or foreign policy, etc. There is even room for legitimate disagreement on whether hate crime laws have any practical effect and whether hate speech statutes violate the First Amendment.

    Heavens, I’ve even seen LGBT folks who argue against LGBT marriage as a heterosexist institution that actively damages the uniqueness of our community (as it happens, I support same sex marriage as being good for our community).

    In short, the scope of issues that defines “pro-LGBT” is really pretty narrow.

    1) Bashing bad.
    2) Equality before law good.
    3) HIV/AIDS bad.
    4) Orientation/gender discrimination usually bad.

    Most other issues may be important to an awful lot of members of our community, but are not LGBT issues per se.

    In turn, many LGBT folks do not consider LGBT issues to be the only important issues of the day and in their balancing of the issues important to them, may come to the conclusion that on some occasions, LGBT issues don’t win in the balance.

    Crutchley didn’t commit treason. He, as a private individual, disagreed with many in the community with which presumptive nominee of two vile choices would best serve the nation as President in the face of a recession, two wars, and a resuscitation of the Cold War.

    A boycott injures far more than Crutchley (i.e., Manhunt employees) and paints us as a bunch of intolerant and hateful goons no better than the Theocratic Right in their many boycotts.

    The same is true of efforts to ostracize Crutchley. The man disagreed with many in the LGBT community – he didn’t take up axe murder as a hobby.

    I despise both presidential candidates for various reasons. I’m voting McCain because he’ll not be able to accomplish nearly as much of his agenda.

    GC

  174. Ben43 says

    It is ironic that Gay sex is funding John McCain’s campaign.

    Rotello’s larger point is this: sex obsessed Gay men are self-medicating their insecurities, alienating themselves, objectifying each other into abstraction and decimating Gay “communities” WHILE empowering the very hegemonic machine that seeks to destroy them.

    The fact that Larry Crutchley, one of the founders of Manhunt, is a committed Republican who has donated generously to the McCain campaign proves Rotello’s larger point: attempting to assuage insecurity and self-loathing with obsessive behavior and careless choices will destroy you…and us.

    Using anything good (like sex, drugs or alcohol) to an ugly extreme is destructive (HIV, liver disease, addiction, death, etc). So, why use Manhunt if it supports Republican power and our own oppression? We can all have a lot of great sex without putting McCain in office, can’t we? In evolutionary terms unless we adapt better to our environment we will quickly become irrelevant…and extinct.

    Even without the whole Republican component to this story Gay men need to start thinking about how to have (a lot of great) sex as an expression of self-respect not low self-esteem.

    Maybe Jonathan Crutchley is just a shrewd businessman making investments to protect his company and bottom line. Republicans perpetuate anachronistic homophobia for political gain. Manhunt exploits the resultant fear, shame and self-loathing that disfigures normal sexual energy into anonymous sexual networks. Keeping Republicans in office guarantees no expansion of rights for anyone, especially The Gays. Therefore the shame spiral continues perpetuating the need for online sexual outlets, more headless naked pics and ass/dick shots. And Jonathan Crutchley keeps making more money.

    Reminds me of how McDonald’s aggressively markets to people of color…

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/375154/how_mcdonalds_targets_the_

  175. Robert says

    I wonder when the news of connections with METH distribution that goes on through MANCUNT? I’ve ‘lost’ so many friends who have gone down the drain with all the METH online there. I think it won’t take too much searching by the FEDS and DEA to clean house in their own way unless MCAIN is getting his METH through them too! If so, it will probably continue on it’s hypocritical journey.

  176. Larry says

    I am appalled at this. I emailed customer service concerning the matter. I doubt seriously they will do anything but a similar reply “thank you but tough crap”…
    I will not renew membership but we need an alternative since this website is the most popular one in the US today. I encourage all reading this to switch to adam4adam.com which is totally free and offers the same kind of services. Thank you.

  177. tül says

    I just changed my MH headline to “go obama” and requested that they delete my account. Fastest response from customer service ever.

    I hope more guys will learn from this. Do not use online gay sites that charge! You don’t know where your money is going. These guys are raking in the money off of services that are damaging to the community. Give your money to community groups instead.

    I have never paid for a full membership at one of these sites, and my love/social life is doing just fine.

    (quick plug for guys4men: minimal advertising, great functionality with free membership, forums for discussing more than sex, additional features available by donating an amount you determine.)

  178. Pacster says

    LOL…the odd thing is that this is exactly what I thought about that dude when seeing the picture. He looks like one of those self-hating guys that make life hard for all around them cause they don’t want anyone to have a better life than they do. A mix of arrogance and “I’d sell my mother if you just pay enough cause I deperately need a big bank account for my ego”.

    You could try gayroyal.com or gayromeo.com as well. Those sites are huge in germany and are quickly spreading all over europe. The number of american profiles is increasing everyday as well.

  179. Matt says

    That is so horrible McCain hates GAY RIGHTS! hE SAID IT IN AN INTERVIEW on CNN. OBAMA says he supports gays rights!I will cancel my membership with Manhunt.net

  180. fire them all! says

    Obama came out (again) against gay marriage before an evangelical group last night. ALl those who have contributed to the Obama campaign should immediately resign their posts if they work for any industry that makes its money primarily from gay people.

  181. GK says

    Well Im not thrilled, But I agree with his reasoning. If Hillary was still in the race I would be pissed, but anything that helps keep Obama out of the White House is ok by me.

  182. Charles says

    Absent is the anger Towleroad readers should have that the nominee for the Democratic Party is NOT FOR GAY’s any more than MCCain. Instead of bashing republicans (who’s mind your not going to change anyway) Towleroad readers should focus on the lousy people the Democrats are nominating. Are gay voters going to support Obama even though he’s not advocating any gay rights? I don’t understand why anyone who is gay would support a republican or a democrat – they both ignore gay issues. Too bad Ron Paul no longer has a formal campaign because he was the only logical choice – but I’m still going to write him in.

  183. says

    I agree with Eric. In reponse to all this M4M-World.com is donating 20% of their profits to Human Rights Campaign and the Free Speech Coalition. Go M4M! I still wish they would change their name back to m4m4sex.com. damn that had a ring to it!

  184. says

    OBAMA: I believe that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Now for me, for me as a Christian, it’s also a sacred union. God’s in the mix. But…

    WARREN: [interrupting] Would you support a constitutional amendment with that definition?

    OBAMA: No, I would not… The reason that people think there needs to be a constitutional amendment, some people believe, is because of the concern of same-sex marriage. I am not somebody who promotes same sex marriage, but I do believe in civil unions.

    vs McCain

    WARREN: Was this Supreme Court of California wrong?

    McCAIN: I believe they were wrong and I strongly support preserving the unique status of marriage between a man and a woman… I am saying that we should preserve the unique status of marriage between one man and one woman and if a federal court, if a federal court decided that my state of Arizona had to observe what the state of Massachusetts decided, then I would favor a constitutional amendment.

  185. B. Bunny says

    I set my Manhunt profile headline to “Welcome to the #1 Gay Sex Site for McCain 2008″ and without explanation they censored it to “Welcome to the #1 Gay Sex Site.”

  186. Michael says

    for gays it’s always tomorrow … seems like it’s always the ugly rich old white men talking all about how we can get our issues taken care once our security is addressed … well surprise of surprises, if our issues aren’t addressed security isn’t worth a single life it’s going to cost … there is no assurance that either candidate is going to be better at the security issue than the other because nobody knows for sure how they will deal with it once they are actually in power neither have Presidential experience (and the jackass that does has performed too well after 7+ years of on the job training) … neither candidate favors gay marriage but at least one of them does acknoweldge that civil unions should be acceptable and isn’t flat out against gay parenting or adoption … personally I’d much rather take a small step forward than a giant step backward …

  187. hunter says

    Close Manhunt then get back out to the clubs and actually meet men face to face. Have a party, go to a party Date someone for a change.

  188. hunter says

    Go to the clubs and meet a man face to face, have a party, throw a party, date someone for a change. This could be a good thing. Manhunt is too simple.

  189. says

    Manhunt is pretty gross to begin with. I’m not surprised that they donated money to McCain since many of these guys don’t consider themselves a part of gay culture. A lot of men who cruise online think of themselves as Bi or Men Who Sleep with men but are not “Gay.”

    All I can say is that a lot of the young generation of men don’t care what is going on as far as “Gay” rights are concerned. Not like my generation who took to the streets and confronted the people in power. Of course, we had our friends die in our arms. Some young people thing having HIV is no big deal these days.

  190. Brad says

    Condemn this man for his beliefs, political leanings, his warped cash-fueled self interest if you like. But isnt the real issue: Why is this site more popular than AOL, Facebook, Itunes, etc. Why does a HUGE percentage of the gay (male) population feel the neccesity to further the ‘agenda’ of the haters? These kinds of sites are the epitome of everything straight America/the world hates about gays. Anonymous, promiscuous, decadent, obsessive, shallow, with no redeeming social value whatsoever. Not looking for a life partner, even a boyfriend for crying out loud, just that same old search for the next, better, best cock. and we wonder why they hate us, why they think we are beneath contempt. This guy doesnt give a shit about any of you no matter what the employees of Manhunt say and neither do they. They need their jobs, they will do/say anything to keep that machine going…like a war criminal or a Britney Spears manager. so caught up in the mentality/lifestyle of constant and immediate gratification that anything is acceptable, or if we ignore it it will go away, or if we just camp it up or bitch and shriek for a while, that’s enough. Once mainstream media gets this McCain will most certainly return the money and will not miss the opportunity to show what a scummy, trashy lifestyle we gays lead. Why, just look at the massive membership and all the money spent on this site. We could use it for so many other things. If we’re so indignant about this one guy, we should put our money where our mouths are. What’s the diff between this guy and Exxon? Nothing. They will tell you they are giving mosquito nets to Africans while they are selling your freaking souls and future to the highest bidder, just like Manhunt. And if was for something other than just fucking or the hope of fucking maybe even that wouldnt be such a travesty. Trust me when I say, make a big enough stink of this and we will all smell. The gay community is the only thing that stands to suffer, not this asshole, not McCain. I suggest we as a class of people, check our fucking selves.

  191. Brad says

    P.S. I hope people do cancel their memberships but please dont act like it’s such a freaking sacrifice or like we’re taking the moral high ground. It sounds like Bush when he had to stop playing golf because of this darn war.

  192. tonysnow123 says

    Going Beyond canceling a Manhunt account:

    While stopping your membership with Manhunt is a personal choice.

    I don’t have a Manhunt account, so how do I
    send a message to Manhunt of my dislike?

    I will be taking a page from other boycotts.

    I will be boycotting any gay events or media that take sponsor money or ad money from Manhunt.

    If you see a Manhunt logo at gay events as a sponsor: on palm cards, at dance events, nightclubs, your local gay paper or a banner ad for Manhunt on a gay website. Send a letter telling the event or sponsor you don’t wish to support them for supporting Manhunt.

    Do not give your dollars to companies that help continue to promote Manhunt at gay events.

    This sends a stronger message to companies that do business with Manhunt that they are accountable too for Manhunt’s misdeeds.

    TS123

  193. john says

    My letter to MH customer service

    “I would like to cancel my account. Do I have to wait for the end of the next billing cycle with no refund, or can I cancel immediately and get a pro-rated refund on the balance?

    I’m sure after the posting of the article on the following link, I’m not the only one.

    I generally don’t mix sex with politics, but to have someone who doesn’t have the judgement to realize that by insulting liberals, and donating to the campaign of a man unfit to run his own campaign, much less this country, I have to wonder if the person would have the good judgment and discretion to protect my privacy if it also served to turn a profit?”

  194. DEE says

    I had never been a customer of MANHUNT, but reading about this disgusting donation, I am once more proud and happy to have my main account at GAYROMEO.COM – still ads free and always supporting useful projects within the gay community.

  195. Bernie says

    Hurrah for Jonathan. It’s about time someone tells the TRUTH!!
    Screw anyone who wants to tax the fuck out of all Americans, under the
    pretense of Taxing the Rich!!!! I’m not Rich and My Taxes, along with yours, if you
    work, WILL GO UP, Under Obama’s Tax and Spend Plans.
    Obama could care less about Gay Marriage!!! Actually, He’s on record as
    Opposing it!!! So let’s just get that one right! Another thing about Sen Obama,
    Although he claims to be a Christian, I firmly Believe that he is a very Devout
    Muslim. I also believe he’s a very Good Man. I think he thinks his views of
    America and what it needs are very admirable. As, what I consider his religous
    beliefs to be, a Muslim, I can not in good Conscience vote for a man who
    basically believes that anyone who is caught in a Homosexual Relationship or
    act, should be beheaded!!! How can the Gay Community Believe he has anything
    about gays, on his mind? Just baffles my mind. I know, I know, He’s a christian.
    Ask him, he’ll tell you! However, I personally believe he’s Muslim, A good Muslim
    and very devout and a very good man, with Deep Muslim beliefs. My opinion, but as
    an American, I am allowed my opinion and just as allowed to share it as anyone who
    opposes that opinion.
    Thanks you very much,
    Bernie

  196. says

    The only reason why I even have a profile on Manhunt is because it was free to post one there. I enjoyed the site during my free trial period, but once that expired, that was the last time I bothered with it. I don’t believe in paying premiums to use websites. Especially not sex sites. It’s essentially paying for sex, and worse yet, more often than not you aren’t even getting the sex that you paid for! Plus most of the sites that charge for premium access are still also getting paid by advertisers, and your payment for premium access doesn’t stop your exposure to all of those ads. So to me, it’s even more appaling that anyone would be so foolish as to pay any website for premium access! It’s nothing but a way to make someone else richer and to make yourself poorer. And yes, I realize that going out to a bar to cruise for sex is essentially paying for sex too, but at least you’re getting the drink of your choice in return for your investment, so even if you don’t get laid, you still got to have a few drinks while you cruised!

    Now with that said, I also don’t believe in supporting hypocrisy, if it can be avoided. So I don’t understand for the life of me why anyone, gay or straight, would ever vote Republican! It only makes sense if you’re obsessed with money and power, and you believe that those two things trump logic and reason, as well as liberty and justice. To me, the Republican party is the greatest hypocrisy the world has ever known. They claim they stand for more freedom and less government, and yet they constantly push for less freedom and more government, which is the very definition of hypocrisy. And if you can’t see that, then you’re obviously blind with greed for money and power, or you’re just plain ignorant and have no clue what logic and reason is!

    As for the Democrats, they are merely the lesser of the two great evils that we call our bipartisan system. Some of them might as well call themselves Republicans, because of their hypocrisy. The Clintons are a prime example of this. I don’t understand for the life of me why any gay or gay sympathetic person would ever vote for them again, after what they did for gay rights. So many people love to credit them for giving us “don’t ask, don’t tell”, which probably was the best they could do to make good on their promise to end discrimination against gays in the military at the time that policy became law, but that doesn’t negate the fact that the Clintons also made the “defense of marriage act” law. Gee, thanks for all the poisoned Halloween candy, Bill & Hillary! I can’t wait to vote for you two hypocrites again!

    Obama may not be the best candidate in this year’s elections, but it should be obvious that he’s the lesser of the two evils, if you’re gay or a gay sympathetic person. He’s the Democratic equivalent of Arnold Schwarzenegger. He may not be for us, but he’s not against us either. So most likely he’ll help us more than he hurts us, rather than being like the Clintons, who have hurt us far more than they ever helped us. So who do you think you should vote for? If you have any sense at all, you’ll be more concerned with who Obama chooses to be his running mate, because that person will most likely become our next President, if Obama wins the election. This is because it’s painfully obvious that he’ll eventually suffer the same fates as John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, no matter what he does. One need only observe the ruthless determination of the Clintons to become his running mates, if they can’t defeat him, to strongly suspect that he’ll be assassinated!

  197. Harold says

    I am a champion for free speech and have spent all of my adult life on the front lines fighting for justice in this country. But in this instance (manhunt.com supporting John McCain) my stomach cannot take it. It is like the pig voting for the butcher. I withdraw my support from manhunt and will seek my pleasures elsewhere.

  198. Bobby says

    already cancelled my manhunt account and you should also and advise all your buddies to do so also —- keep this going and close DOWN the fucking assholes at MANHUNT nice job Boston

  199. Randy says

    I think every fag, hooker, crackhead, twink, bear, leatherdaddy should SHUN the fuck out of him in the GAY WORLD! NOBODY better put out to his his FAT CAT ASS! DO NOT let this TRAITOR in our sight! If you’re a waiter at a restaraunt, this fucker looks like he likes to eat, you should SPIT or better yet JIZZ in his food! If I see him in person ever I’m gonna punch him square in his face!

  200. Bill says

    All one needs to do is look at the two gross pig trolls behind mancunt and realize how predatory many faggots really are. The site largely is pure and simple exploitation. Maybe it’s time homos start thinking about what it means to live a healthy life style and stop supporting exploitive capitalist parasitic gross trolls who hate their gay brethren so much they will exploit them to their peril. Any faggots who think these capitalist pig trolls are contributing to gay peoples healthy progress must have their hand on their dick too much and their brains full disengaged.

  201. sk8rboy says

    hello from cuba , i read about this in a mail from a friend
    uff
    i just hate politics :(

    anyway i believe that about the site should not support this kine of stuffs

  202. Bill says

    As for this website mancunt. There are some very good posting on here regarding the actual unhealthy social sickness of such sites. While “positive” stories do happen in otherwise negative conditions, such websites that profit/ capitalize from that which is the impersonal, exploitative, and shallow side of humanity cannot be redeemed sufficiently. How fitting that it is the right wing fascist party that honors oligarchies over healthy communities that such a site would be operated by republicans. The party of “family” values, the anti-abortion party, the party of evangelicals is like the mafia running a crime ring out the back door of a pizza joint.

    AND THE FOLLOWING IS THE SORT OF PERVERSE MORONS THAT ARE RIPPING THIS NATION INTO SHREDS The following is the litany of the bigoted, distorted and deranged. Amazing that such useless trash walks the face of this earth.

    …………………..I know, I know, He’s a christian.
    Ask him, he’ll tell you! However, I personally believe he’s Muslim, A good Muslim
    and very devout and a very good man, with Deep Muslim beliefs. My opinion, but as
    an American, I am allowed my opinion and just as allowed to share it as anyone who
    opposes that opinion.
    Thanks you very much,
    Bernie

    POSTED BY: BERNIE | AUG 21, 2008 12:38:59 PM

  203. Bill says

    Manhunt is a concept perfect for republican capitalists. The right wing republican party is like organized crime. The mafia runs a pizza joint out front and performs their mob duties out the back door. The right wing republican party talks about “family values”, claims to protect life by opposing abortion and houses the wacko short sighted evangelicals led dog collared by their faux preacher men of God. Out the back door Manhunt is what is the typical hypocrisy of the right wing. Profiting off the destruction of others. Phil Gramm, McCains chief financial advisor and tax evader who called americans whiners….he is invested in porn. The so called gay community is a corrupted filthy one that rebelled in the wrong direction by way of self destructive social/sexual conduct. The right wing profiteers have the perfect set up. Keep gays where they are at giving their hard earned money to exploitative enterprises. The right wing has lots of personal information on gays via credit cards etc. thanks to filthy untrustworthy trolls like the scum running Manhunt.

    This guy Brad says it well.

    Posted by Brad—–Condemn this man for his beliefs, political leanings, his warped cash-fueled self interest if you like. But isnt the real issue: Why is this site more popular than AOL, Facebook, Itunes, etc. Why does a HUGE percentage of the gay (male) population feel the neccesity to further the ‘agenda’ of the haters? These kinds of sites are the epitome of everything straight America/the world hates about gays. Anonymous, promiscuous, decadent, obsessive, shallow, with no redeeming social value whatsoever. Not looking for a life partner, even a boyfriend for crying out loud, just that same old search for the next, better, best cock. and we wonder why they hate us, why they think we are beneath contempt. This guy doesnt give a shit about any of you no matter what the employees of Manhunt say and neither do they. They need their jobs, they will do/say anything to keep that machine going…like a war criminal or a Britney Spears manager. so caught up in the mentality/lifestyle of constant and immediate gratification that anything is acceptable, or if we ignore it it will go away, or if we just camp it up or bitch and shriek for a while, that’s enough. Once mainstream media gets this McCain will most certainly return the money and will not miss the opportunity to show what a scummy, trashy lifestyle we gays lead. Why, just look at the massive membership and all the money spent on this site. We could use it for so many other things. If we’re so indignant about this one guy, we should put our money where our mouths are. What’s the diff between this guy and Exxon? Nothing. They will tell you they are giving mosquito nets to Africans while they are selling your freaking souls and future to the highest bidder, just like Manhunt. And if was for something other than just fucking or the hope of fucking maybe even that wouldnt be such a travesty. Trust me when I say, make a big enough stink of this and we will all smell. The gay community is the only thing that stands to suffer, not this asshole, not McCain. I suggest we as a class of people, check our fucking selves.

    POSTED BY: BRAD | AUG 18, 2008 9:26:55 PM

  204. Scott says

    Misguided and worse….cheap!!!…they make millions from the site….one thing about the internet business…a new site can come along and knock the other into oblivion in no time. Maybe it’s time?

  205. Geo says

    I canceled my Manhunt membership today and feel great about it!!!
    It was and is the right thing to do!!!

  206. BeAre says

    Why not just cancel the paid portion of your Manhunt membership?
    Anyone can still cruise there with fewer features … but for free. That way you still can meet guys online there BUT without contributing to Crutchley’s excessive wealth and his subsequent conservative beneficiaries (certainly far beyond $2300 he HAD to report). So, turn things arond: by being a free member there, they are subsidizing YOU and your libertarian right to cruise and be cruised.
    Sure they can sell ads, but so what …

    Be inquisitive and creative and you can extend your access features there (e.g. have people contact you via your regualar eddress, messenger service, other gay cruise sites, etc.)
    I have not paid for membership there for over 5 years. I don’t have the patience for much of the BS there anyway … so why pay for more than “5 emails per day”.

    BR
    Florida
    BR

  207. John says

    Wow there are certainly some interesting comments on this.

    My thoughts

    If one wants to cruise on a site like Manhunt, why not? Is it any different than AOL used to be, or Bear411, or any of those sites.

    The man is in business to make money, I own my own business as well and wish I was making what he does, but thats another story. Someone in business is allowed to make money, in fact why do it if not. He hit upon a needed niche at the right time. I am also a paying member on Manhunt for years and intend to stay there. I could really care less who he wants to donate his $$ to, its his to do as he sees fit, as long as he pays his taxes.

    Here is where this gets difficult for me. I see no one out there to vote for, in fact after JUST hearing who McCain picked it MIGHT be him. (Or on election day maybe I will go to my favorite watering hole and get online to Manhunt and just get drunk)

    Live and let live, forget the drama. Watch Sordid Lives if you want Drama.

    John – Gay Bar Owner

  208. Petersen says

    Why is it not good to be republican and gay? What the hell is the big difference. And so what if he donated money to McCain, its his money, he earned it. If he were a democrat then they might try to tell him how to spend it, but he is not.

  209. GP says

    Hey Manhunt…..you lost another customer. Shame on you….
    Do you think it is healthy to promote the guilt and shame felt by so many homosexuals? You certainly do……actions speak louder than words……..next time you won’t have my money to donate to the right wing. I AM GOING TO TELL EVERYONE THAT YOU HATE ON US…….YEA….WE ARE GAY!!! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU???? GREEDY!

  210. Steve says

    I certainly agree with supporting organisations that enrich the lives of gay people; be it locally, nationally or internationally.

    However I personally feel that the issue of who becomes the next US President should be more considered than simply assessing their ‘gay friendly’ credentials.

    I always considered myself a Democrat, but I can understand Manhunt supporting McCain. I cannot understand the near universal fascination with Obama; I do not trust the man and the thought of Obama as President horrifies and terrifies me in equal measure.

    I’d rather have the ‘known quantity’ that is McCain than a slick conman like Obama which is why I’m now a Republican. I have no reservations whatsoever in voting for McCain as President and I could never say that about Obama.

    Of course this is a personal opinion, but I’m happy to wait a few years to test my beliefs.

  211. Richard II says

    I feel it is totally inappropriate to make fun of a person’s disability, including their weight. Let us disagree, even passionatly, about someones politics without turning into a bully.

    This particular gay Republican in question is probably more concerened with tax cuts for the wealthy, then terrorism. It is basic, and rather selfish, pocket book voting amd I suspect represents the views of a good many upscale white gay men.

    The fact that we are chosen to discriminate against independent and minor party citizens, adds to this problem because voters are having to chose their pocket book or their personal freedom and equity.

    Such a choice would be less forced upon us, if we had freer and fairer election laws. But I digress.

    Yeah, we can boycott Manhunt, although he was removed from the board. I have to wonder how long McCain plans on holding onto the donation. He probably wants to avoid pulling a Dole ’96.

    Yet, shouldnt political peference be included in civil rights laws?

  212. says

    “I see no one out there to vote for, in fact after JUST hearing who McCain picked it MIGHT be him.”

    You’ve got to be kidding. What is it: the fact that Palin is on record working against gay equality since 1998? Or that she doesn’t believe in global warming and wants creationism taught in the schools? Don’t count your chickens, either: with all her scandals popping up, she may not last long on the ticket.

    I see nothing scary about Obama, but then I’ve gotten past racism and, having spent several years in the old Soviet Union, know the difference between a US liberal and a Marxist.

  213. BR says

    Well, actually $2300 does not begin to compare to the $8.5 million that Jean/Steve Case (wife and founder of AOL) donated to televangelist Rev. D. James Kennedy’s brainwashing academy in Fort Lauderdale (in addition to dontations to McCain, Bush, etc.):

    “Worst Case scenario” | Advocate, The | Find Articles at BNET
    … $8.35 million donation to Westminster Academy, a Fort Lauderdale, FL., religious preschool-through-12th-grade institution founded by D. James Kennedy, …

    That was back in October 2000, so anybody still subscribing to dorky, overpricedd AOL ought to reconsider continuing their inadvertent, monthly donation to such wolves in sheep’s clothing, too.
    Just because THEY are not “on the board” does not mean that much as long as they rake in monthly millions from it like this token removal of this creepy, aging self-loather of ManHunt.

    Please, fellow posters here, stop waving the “personal choice/right” banner. No one here is saying someone has not the right to donate whatever money they want to whatever cause. Of course they have that right.
    But, they need to understand that when it comes to light what sort of smarmy games they play in the dark and with which pathetic characters/causes they contribute to, the rest of us have the right to spread the word to stop subsidizing our own oppression by them and theirs.

    BR

  214. says

    Hahahaha! I personally viewed Manhunt to be a breeding site for barebacking/spread of HIV.

    It is interesting to note that a Republican is profiting from a site that basically covers its eyes & ears in allowing others to infect each other.

    Glad that someone nailed this fat boy.

    R-

  215. says

    It’s just amazing to me what people won’t do and will do just to get ahead. Our community (and when I mean Our, I mean gay, bi, transgender, and their family members… my wife and I both come from strong glbt family members) has been through enough… For me, it’s not about gay rights so much as Human Rights. Will McCain stand up for these guys cruising on Mansex or whatever it is? Will he support gay men with adoptions, civil unions, AIDS research, Women’s Reproductive Rights?

    What a mess… I hope Obama keeps to his committement in helping the lgbt communities and their families who support them.

  216. Ryan says

    Let me brake it down… Fuck McCain, just another Bush, and honestly, anyone who pays for sex is an idiot, it’s your fault that you payed for a personals site, when there is hundreds of sites that are free! That being said, i’ve never even signed up for the manhunt site, reason because is, i shouldn’t have to pay to talk to someone, let alone pay to jack off to a screen, or pay to meet someone. But seriously… to donate money to someone that doesn’t even support the gay community is retarted! You should be burned at stake for it! Not to mention the owner of manhunt is gay, what the fuck is wrong with this picture?!

  217. says

    I agree with Jack most of these sites do not benefit the community and certainly do not benefit the members other than finding someone to get off with. Where is the quality??? Where is the substance??? I came across a new site recently getsteady.com and I think it’s worth checking out.

  218. Steven says

    Hey everyone! I read t his and was shocked as well! The question was asked what other site is there similar to mh…well starting in mid June a new site FindFred.com is launching and will be everything you need and more! Right now you can go and reserve a screen name before the site launches. It will be amix of manhunt, facebook, myspace, and the only MATCH finding site geared toward the GLBT community! I hope this helps! :)