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'I'm Not Gay I'm Just a Sissy' Cartoonist Defends Calendar, Says He's Bullied, Calls AIDS an 'Elective Disease'

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Following my post yesterday about the homophobic Joe King calendar on sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, blogger Chris Love brought it to the attention of DailyKos, and Americablog, and King has responded on his Facebook page:

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...

Like most bullies bluffs, the facts outweigh the fists: with almost 100 hissy- fits being thrown today only a couple of my calendars are in actual circulation. All the hysteria is coming from those nice folks who haven't bothered to actually purchase and read my collection. Stranger still - these are REPRINTS of nationally distributed work several years old. No outcry then. Even funnier, reprint rights were obtained by "Q" one year- Utah's largest gay paper. GUESS WHAT THE "Q" STANDS FOR?

King adds:

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?

The gays are using some online blog to muster enuff negative comments to have my calendar pulled.
http://www.towleroad.com/2011/12/homophobic-calendar-by-christian-cartoonist-on-sale-at-amazon-barnes-noble.html One of the weirder points of contention is an editorial cartoon from 2005 when the marketing motto that year was "WE ALL HAVE AIDS". I AM BEING ACCUSED OF MAKING THIS STUFF UP. Apparently being gay involves some type of selective memory as well.

Bottom line: Andy has a hard on for me.

Cause nothing gets me hard like a self-loathing 'Christianist' a-hole with victim syndrome.

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  1. While I personally find what he is saying to be disgusting, I have an equally hard time supporting your actions to censor him. This is a free country where people are allowed to believe whatever they want and are free to express those beliefs, no matter how crazy. And asking Amazon or Barnes & Noble to remove the calenders could set a dangerous precedent. If they were to pull this particular item, then what would stop them from having to pull everything else that anyone found objectionable for any reason, including gay literature? I'm surprised a gay "publication" would be so pro-censorship of anything.

    Posted by: Sean F. | Dec 28, 2011 10:16:32 AM


  2. The same people who blame bullied gay kids' suicides on their inability to "fight back" consider "fighting back" a form of bullying.

    Sorry King, our "bullying" is a symptom. You're the problem.

    Posted by: whatsmyparty | Dec 28, 2011 10:17:37 AM


  3. i agree with @Sean F. Although i find Mr. King's work abhorrent, i do not belief that my free speech is more valuable, or should be more protected, than his. i don't want religious conservatives gathering support from amongst their seriously substantial ranks to boycott Amazon or B&N until they remove all the books that offend them (there goes my whole wish list! LOL).

    Posted by: mlove | Dec 28, 2011 10:28:50 AM


  4. @Sean F.: We're letting our displeasure be known to B&N and Amazon. If that's an "action to censor", then, likewise, your voicing your displeasure with our action is an attempt to censor us.

    Posted by: John in Houston | Dec 28, 2011 10:33:18 AM


  5. Who would want to buy this ?
    Definately not an out and proud gay man. Might appeal to the self loathing crowd. Any "humor" about HIV aids is as funny as cancer.

    As far as the need for safe sex that is a different issue and the straits can lecture us when they stop having "unwanted pregnancies"....

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Dec 28, 2011 10:33:58 AM


  6. Sean,

    When you remind us that "This is a free country where people are allowed to believe whatever they want and are free to express those beliefs," may I remind you that the freedom you refer to is freedom from GOVERNMENT interference with free speech.

    That is, the government is RESTRICTED from interfering with a citizen's speech. However, private citizens, like Andy, are not so restricted.

    If your neighbor stands in front of your mother's house and screams to all passersby that she is a filthy whore with an STD, are you expected to sit by and watch? Of course not.

    If a well-known publisher was helping your neighbor spread those lies would you be expected to sit by and watch? While they all earned money at her expense?

    Of course not. You would do what you could to stop the lies and the hate and the pain it caused her.


    Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/12/king22.html#ixzz1hqN1TFAj

    Posted by: Pete | Dec 28, 2011 10:35:01 AM


  7. Dude, to the people defending this guy's right to publish his bullcrap -- it would be completely unacceptable for someone to publish a book/calendar calling black people the n-word, or calling any other group (jews, latinos, etc) derogatory terms just for the laughs, as this guy thinks he's doing.

    On top of that, he's got no clue on the reality of AIDS, and is clearly misinformed/ignorant/stupid to care. These christian folks just don't care about facts, which is kind of the principle of their daddy in the sky belief system.

    I hope their breed will soon die out, although I'm not so optimist given the rise of fanatic evangelical christianity in america.

    Posted by: topher | Dec 28, 2011 10:36:40 AM


  8. Yes, I agree it's dangerous to start selecting what kind of publications are "offensive" and should be pulled from the shelves, however, had this piece of garbage been directed at African Americans or women, the backlash at Amazon/B&N would be so great they would be forced to pull it.

    Unfortunately, gays don't quite have that kind of power (despite Clement and Co's incessant BS and lies) and we are forced to watch as calendars like this, as books like Pink Swastika or Frank Turek's works gain exposure and spread false-information that causes direct harm to the LGBT community.

    Posted by: whatsmyparty | Dec 28, 2011 10:42:18 AM


  9. "I SAID I WAS A SISSY UP FRONT."

    So is that his misguided way of saying he's gay? I'm confused. Not that being gay would excuse his tasteless, unfunny scribllings. Just wondering.

    Posted by: gaylib | Dec 28, 2011 10:43:30 AM


  10. King has serious mental issues. I'm contacting Amazon and B&N right now.

    Posted by: Reality | Dec 28, 2011 10:49:55 AM


  11. Jesus Christ. Can you people go to law school already? "Free country," "freedom of speech"...

    First thing you learn in a First Amendment class or while learning about it Constitutional Law is that, as Pete pointed out, the First Amendment is a restriction on federal *government* speech (applied to the states via the 14th Amendment).

    Private retailers can and should be restrained in their tastes when providing such filth, lest they offend their buyers.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 28, 2011 10:53:15 AM


  12. well we could come up with a "Im Not Just a Christian, But a REAL Religious RightwingNut" 2012 calender?

    Posted by: Gay American | Dec 28, 2011 10:53:21 AM


  13. The calendar is extremely poor taste. I agree with other comments which point out if this was a "Uncle Tom" calendar showing black people eating chicken, watermelon, picking cotton, raping white women, basically every ridiculous stereotype - I doubt that Amazon or B&N would carry it. This yet again points out it is still borderline socially acceptable to bash gay people. I won't even comment on the AIDS remarks; they kinda speak for themselves.

    Posted by: MikeH | Dec 28, 2011 10:56:36 AM


  14. In western nations, he's right that "the truth is that AIDS is an elective disease." I would add that it STOPS the day guys quit sticking it to anyone without using condoms.
    He's right about education, science and funding on this. It's too bad that a rational argument gets lost in a crazy homophobic rant.

    Posted by: UWSGUY | Dec 28, 2011 11:12:55 AM


  15. @ SEAN F:
    You make your country , the USA, sound like Paradise Lost......

    May I remind you that if I have a Civil Union in Ireland my US boyfriend/husband can stay here; whereas if I marry him in Mass or New York I can't stay over there with him.....

    Now is your great "freedom" confined to freedom of speech only ? That's wonderful....so incitement to hatred is fine.......incitement to bullying is fine, incitement to stir up bigotry is fine....
    Well party on, Fred Phelps !

    And after everything this community has been through we have to tolerate sick bigotry because of absurd notions of "freedom of hatespeech" ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 28, 2011 11:14:28 AM


  16. This cartoonist's rantings sound like he has real mental issues to top off his ignorance, his supposed lesbian editor who thought this was funny notwithstanding. Paranoid, delusional, hope he gets the help he needs.

    Posted by: Arne Persson | Dec 28, 2011 11:15:11 AM


  17. Funny, no one ever suggested straight people stop "sticking it to each other" during the thousands of years before HIV/Aids that various other deadly STD's (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hep B & C, Syphilis) were killing off people around the world. You'd think gays invented the generic 'Fatal STD'. (Conspiracy theorists think someone else did - at least in the case of HIV/Aids.)

    We certainly are a powerful lot, to get the xians so scared...

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Dec 28, 2011 11:17:03 AM


  18. This calander is disgusting, but we have freedom of speech for a reason. I lost my father to HIV in 1990. He did not get AIDS because he was gay! He was not a Sissy either! He was an average American man that got a virous! For Mr. Kings information sex is not the only way AIDS is transmitted! People with this mans mindset is why some people have misconceptions about AIDS/HIV. It makes me ill!

    Posted by: classychazy | Dec 28, 2011 11:20:33 AM


  19. This is not a freedoms of speech issue. King has the right to create this, Amazon has the right to sell it (or not), and consumers have the right to buy it (or not). The government has no say in the matter.

    But I buy a *lot* of stuff from Amazon and I have the right to encourage them to use better judgment in what they choose to sell. If you don't think the far-right applies similar pressure, then you're not paying attention (Lowes and ads for the Muslim TV show, Tesco's sponsorship of London Pride, and many others)

    Posted by: Blake | Dec 28, 2011 11:28:18 AM


  20. This cartoonist's douchebaggery notwithstanding, anyone else intrigued by the thought of Andy getting hard?

    Posted by: Sean in Dallas | Dec 28, 2011 11:31:35 AM


  21. so I guess all the people in africa that have AIDs are gay? It probably has nothing to do with the wonderful christian missionaries that tell them condoms are evil and its better they get HIV and die rather then waste their sperm in a condom, I'm sure Jesus would have said the exact same thing.

    Posted by: Akula | Dec 28, 2011 11:33:13 AM


  22. AIDS is an elective disease? So the children infected with AIDS chose this? If AIDS is an elective disease, then so is lung cancer, COPD and any other disease that is contracted. Malaria, because you chose to live in an area that has mosquitos that transmit the disease,etc. How can people make these kinds of statements without considering where their train of thought ultimately leads????

    Posted by: Mark | Dec 28, 2011 11:40:31 AM


  23. Oh god, here we go again.

    MR KING ABSOLUTELY HAS "FREE SPEECH" TO MAKE AND SELL WHATEVER REPELLANT CRAP HE LIKES.

    OTHER PEOPLE *also* HAVE FREE SPEECH AND CAN TELL THE CRETIN TO SHOVE HIS CALENDER UP HIS RUMP, WHICH IS NO DOUBT PINING FOR STIMULATION SINCE ACTUAL "STR8" MEN AREN'T THAT OBSESSED WITH GAYS! That Free Speech includes boycotting the retailers that sell this junk or petitioning to have it removed.

    Here's the biggee. PEOPLE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, BUT THEY DO (!)NOT(!) HAVE FREEDOM FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF THAT SPEECH!

    Here's what I reqret about this though. Who would BUY this thing?! The illustrations are not clever or well done and you'd have to be really obsessed with gays to want this POS on your wall or even buy it. So how many of these was he likely to sell, 20 tops? But now it has become "controversial" and he's going to ride the victim train to much larger sales of something that would sunk like a stone without the attention.

    Thems the breaks, I guess.

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 28, 2011 11:48:26 AM


  24. Half of new HIV infections in this country occur before the age of 25. If America's youth had proper access to sex education and health education, we would see a substantial decline in new infections.

    But the radical right and their closeted enablers do everything they can to stifle public funding for such education, and they continue to impose their medieval equating of sex and sin at the school board, legislative, and congressional level.

    The majority of people with HIV/AIDS worldwide are heterosexual; it has been that way from the beginning, and it always will be that way.

    Posted by: Lee | Dec 28, 2011 11:52:23 AM


  25. Half of new HIV infections in this country occur before the age of 25. If America's youth had proper access to sex education and health education, we would see a substantial decline in new infections.

    But the radical right and their closeted enablers do everything they can to stifle public funding for such education, and they continue to impose their medieval equating of sex and sin at the school board, legislative, and congressional level.

    The majority of people with HIV/AIDS worldwide are heterosexual; it has been that way from the beginning, and it always will be that way.

    Posted by: Lee | Dec 28, 2011 11:52:34 AM


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