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Amazon Pulls Joe King's Calendar

JoeCalCoverNow Amazon, too, has pulled cartoonist Joe King's 2012 calendar, I'm Not Gay, I'm Just a Sissy from its online store. Amazon is the second online retailer to do so, after Barnes & Noble pulled the item early this week in response to criticism from LGBT advocacy groups and blogs, including this one.

Mr. King has taken to Facebook to express his anger ...

Hoo-we! Hell hath no fury like a he/she scorned... The telephone tree of tantrums is lit up like a Las Vegas marquee for "Boy-Lesque" today with hate mail, threats of boycott and even the risk of Jesus spitting on me for my "Sissy" calendar. I SAID I WAS A SISSY UP FRONT. Ironic who the real bullies are isn't it? Let's see if I get a call from Oprah's people or even Anderson Cooper...

... The "truth" is that AIDS is an "elective" disease. It STOPS the day guys quit sticking it to each other. And for the tragedy of women and children infected... THAT stops the day their gay husbands and fathers stop cheating on them. Anyone need MORE education, science or funding to understand THAT?"

...  but struck a milder tone when quoted in the Christian Post:

“This was just another block of work according to its subject matter,” said King, who noted that many of the comics were from previous years and had not received outrage until now, in part because their context was better understood when they were first printed.

“The gays are using some online blog to muster [enough] negative comments to have my calendar pulled,” wrote King on his blog “Funny Paperz.”

“All the hysteria is coming from those nice folks who haven't bothered to actually purchase and read my collection.”

Earlier this week the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called for supporters to demand that Amazon and Barnes & Noble drop the calendar.

Mr. King, or someone claiming to be him, left numerous angry comments on the CP story after several of that publication's readers expressed distaste for his work.



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  1. Tacky.

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 31, 2011 4:44:20 PM


  2. I think the problem with this calendar isn't the obvious bigotry, but the fact that the cartoons just aren't that clever or funny.

    Posted by: Billy | Dec 31, 2011 4:53:05 PM


  3. I was thinking there might be a smidgen of humor in making fun of gay stereotypes, but those are just really stupid.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Dec 31, 2011 5:07:20 PM


  4. What's upsetting is these things will sell now. He's zeroing in on his demographic. So I hope he counts all of his money before he complains about gay people in the future. Hard enough for artists to make money in this world but most of them aren't trying to throw people under the bus for a buck.

    Posted by: Mke | Dec 31, 2011 5:09:07 PM


  5. And homosexual cowboys were featured in the 2006 Oscars. That's it. That and Annette Benning is all we get.

    Posted by: Mke | Dec 31, 2011 5:11:16 PM


  6. How dare we be offended by demeaning stereotypes! We are absolutely humorless when it comes to being belittled by some talentless hack. Shame on us!

    Posted by: candideinnc | Dec 31, 2011 5:19:34 PM


  7. it is possible to be funny and offensive but not, so far as evidence has proved, be right wing and funny

    Posted by: Glenn I | Dec 31, 2011 5:23:12 PM


  8. I can't fathom who would want this calendar. Certainly no gays would, and even the most vile hater would not want to see that sort of thing every day for a whole year. So who would buy it?

    Perhaps it has usefulness in aversion therapy? But once Miss Marcus Bachmann gets a copy who else is left?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Dec 31, 2011 5:27:53 PM


  9. 1. First, thanks Amazon and B&N for removing this from your offerings.

    2. Isn't it amazing how these people can be as offensive as they possibly can, but never seem to imagine anyone would dare speak out against them in response?

    Posted by: Craig | Dec 31, 2011 5:43:20 PM


  10. Gerard P. Donelan's stuff is much funnier. I still have some of those strips and his books. Sadly, he never did a calendar.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donelan

    Posted by: Michael Vilain | Dec 31, 2011 5:43:31 PM


  11. Wow, he can protest all he wants but check out his Facebook page to see what he really thinks of gay people: https://www.facebook.com/ValenToons?sk=wall

    Posted by: John B. | Dec 31, 2011 5:46:56 PM


  12. I don't think he ever intended or expected to sell many copies. He wanted controversy and to be able to paint himself as a victim of the 'Pink Mafia' and it looks like he is succeeding.

    Posted by: Den | Dec 31, 2011 5:55:34 PM


  13. I eagerly await Joe's calendar offering for next year:

    "I'm not Joe King. I really DO believe gay men are one dimensional, aids infected, limp wristed, lisping sexual deviants."

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Dec 31, 2011 6:07:15 PM


  14. Good riddance to this disease called Joe King

    Posted by: Reality | Dec 31, 2011 6:23:19 PM


  15. He has a point about the transmission of HIV

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Dec 31, 2011 6:34:01 PM


  16. Welcome to the free market. As corporations operating free of government interference, Amazon and B&N are free to choose which products they offer to their customers and which they don't. Claims of censorship or denial of first-amendment protections don't apply to individuals, corporations, or non-governmental organizations deciding what to publish or sell and what not to. Reap what you sow, Republicans.

    Posted by: Tribute | Dec 31, 2011 6:46:08 PM


  17. So he's a self-loathing homosexual who thinks all gay men are like him? Pathetic.

    Posted by: 99% | Dec 31, 2011 7:28:06 PM


  18. @SARGON BIGHORN,

    If you really believe that he has a valid point regarding the AIDS epidemic you are truly ignorant of the facts!

    AIDS entered into the human disease "catalog" due to the fact that certain African tribes eat uncooked primate meat, or the polio vaccination trials and experiments in the Congo became contaminated (Primates were used in large numbers to test the polio vaccine). The virus common in primates, crossed the human blood barrier and adapted itself to a new host-humans-but it entered via the heterosexual population first, then crossed into the bisexual then homosexual population.

    It is prevalent in the American homosexual population, besides the factor of ignorance regarding safe sex practices of a few, but predominantly because it entered America via the homosexual population (a flight student who traveled frequently to Kinshasa).

    In Africa, its source, it remains a heterosexual disease, predominantly!

    Posted by: Brains | Dec 31, 2011 7:38:29 PM


  19. Christians are so afraid of losing more of their special rights, like the ability to put down but not be put down. That's why when talking to his own kind (hey, he uses it, why can't I?), he plays the martyr and victim. Nauseating, no?

    @Sargon Bighorn
    The only point he has is that certain heterosexuals have a very ignorant but very dangerous belief about AIDS that will one day end up costing them dearly.

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 31, 2011 7:39:33 PM


  20. Exactly these individuals always cry for free market and capitalism but haven't realized that it backfires on them. The days of corporations being anti-gay are over. The right wig can't stand this so they call it censorship when it's merely there stupid invisible hand hitting them in the faces for their bigotry.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Dec 31, 2011 7:52:49 PM


  21. BRAINS read the quote man. He is NOT addressing the epidemic of the 1980s. MIC CHECK: "... The "truth" is that AIDS is an "elective" disease. It STOPS the day guys quit sticking it to each other" (when they don't use condoms the risks of transmission are high). TRUTH CHECK: sex has risks, we elect to have sex as the alternative is so not fun. Gay America needs to face facts. HIV transmission is not a MYSTERY any more, unless one wants to be ignorant. Stop electing to spread disease, start electing to contain it. Safe sex works, condoms work (Unless you think like the Pope, do YOU think like the Pope?). His point is still valid. HIV transmission is no longer a mystery. Denial = Death.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Dec 31, 2011 8:05:21 PM


  22. You know, one thing I find interesting is that no seems to mention some of the back story here. Yes, Amazon was selling it, but that does not mean a buyer employed by them picked it. In fact, as I understand it was probably offered for sale automatically.

    As a graphic artist myself I wondered what company would publish such a limited interest title. I noted on Amazon's listing that the publisher was "CreateSpace". CreateSpace is basically a vanity press that does small runs for people who can't find a publisher. Turns out CreateSpace is owned by Amazon and part of CreateSpace's appeal to their clientele is they add anything created to Amazon's listings.

    So this is not a conspiracy, no one sat in a room in Seattle (I assure you) and yucked it up while perusing this childish work and decided to list it.

    Just wheels turning people. And unfortunately we gave this sorry little man more publicity than he could have hoped to have had otherwise. Chances are he would have sold next to none of these on Amazon or B&N.

    Posted by: Just a point | Dec 31, 2011 8:29:07 PM


  23. Here's the quote in it's entirety:

    "The "truth" is that AIDS is an "elective" disease. It STOPS the day guys quit sticking it to each other. And for the tragedy of women and children infected... THAT stops the day their gay husbands and fathers stop cheating on them. Anyone need MORE education, science or funding to understand THAT?"

    It's clear King is NOT an advocate for safe sex. He's advocating against gay men having sex period. He's implied that the blame for the epidemic lies solely with gay men. King's views on HIV are as one-dimensional as his "jokes."

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Dec 31, 2011 8:35:47 PM


  24. This cartoon was silly camp intended for gay consumers not bigots. His editor at the time was a lesbian. One of the cartoons was reprinted last year in Q Saltlake - a gay newspaper. The "We all have AIDS" was a loving campaign started by Calvin Klein. No one knows if the cartoon is actually offensive or not because you can't read the "jokes" from the internet pictures, the words are too small. Our communities overreaction is a prime example of mob mentality. Congratulation's you have taken a very vocal Christian who was somewhat in our corner and turned him against the gay community. And no, none of the ugly comments on his site were there before we attacked him. There was no reason for this boycott. Everyone jumped to the conclusion that because he was a Christian the calendar had to be bigoted. Well that in itself is bigotry. With your actions you have given ammunition to thousands of his followers to justify their disdain for the gay community. You have divided our groups even further. Well done people, well done.

    Posted by: Markus | Dec 31, 2011 8:37:22 PM


  25. Well done indeed.

    Buh-bye TROLL!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 31, 2011 8:45:53 PM


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