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  1. says

    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.

  2. whatsmyparty says

    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.

  3. mlove says

    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).

  4. John in Houston says

    @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.

  5. Tom in long beach says

    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”….

  6. Pete says

    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

  7. topher says

    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.

  8. whatsmyparty says

    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.

  9. gaylib says

    “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.

  10. Paul says

    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.

  11. MikeH says

    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.

  12. UWSGUY says

    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.

  13. says

    @ 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” ?

  14. Arne Persson says

    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.

  15. says

    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…

  16. classychazy says

    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!

  17. Blake says

    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)

  18. Akula says

    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.

  19. Mark says

    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????

  20. Caliban says

    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.

  21. Lee says

    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.

  22. Lee says

    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.

  23. ATLJason says

    So I never usually fill out these things, but I did my bit on the Amazon site:

    “I’d like to request that Amazon pull the highly offensive “I’m Not Gay, I’m Just A Sissy” wall calendar by Joe King from your inventory. In addition to being highly offensive content, Joe King has responded to the organized effort to have this item removed by publically making statements such as “AIDS is an elective disease…it stops the day guys quit sticking it to each other” and “hell hath no fury like a he/she scorned. The telephone tree of tantrums is lit up like a Las Vegas marquee for BoyLesque”. Although this is a country based on freedom of speech, there is no requirement that a reputable company like Amazon assist in spreading this hate-filled “free” speech. I respectfully request you reconsider your decision to sell this item.”

  24. SFshawn says

    It will never cease to amaze me how OBSESSED supposedly “straight”,supposedly “religious”,supposedly “intelligent” humans are when it comes to MEN WHO LOVE MEN and WOMEN WHO LOVE WOMEN? Why are they so afraid,so intimidated,so angry by who anyone else chooses to LOVE?
    In 2012 may these haters and hypocritical frauds be exposed as the homophobes,bigots and evil humans they really are inside and out and may more and more humans with same sex attraction and feelings speak their truth and live their truth in this sometimes hateful and unjust world.
    Peace to those who promote love in this world instead of hate.
    Thank you for this blog Andy and have a great 2012.

  25. says

    The idiot has the free speech right to create his little calendar, and everyone else has the free speech right to respond to it, positively or negatively. Part of that response can be urging retailers to stop carrying hateful products. Retailers choose which products they sell, and we all have the right to urge them to carry or drop a product. So to frame this as a free speech issue misses the point of free speech.

    Frankly, I don’t think his silly calendar is worth fussing over. He probably has a basement full of them since who in their right mind would want it on their wall.

  26. The Milkman says

    Contacted both companies.

    Bigots need to realize that they’re free to think and say whatever they like, but they are NOT free from criticism. Homophobia, like so many other forms of bigoted irrational hatred, will soon be (if it isn’t already) a Biblically-justifiable but no longer socially-acceptable bias.

  27. says

    This calendar, from the limited access I had to view it, wasn’t very funny. It was like a poor imitation of Mad Magazine.

    That being said, speaking of FREE, I’m sure King loves the free publicity Towleroad is giving to him.

  28. Tonic says

    The guy who made this calendar is obviously uneducated and likely a mental case.

    You gotta love how they claim that outrage over bigoted comics shows that THEY are bullied. CRAAAAAAZY!

  29. Trever in Springpatch says

    The calendar is dispicable, offensive, unfunny, and poorly drawn. I think is says more about the christian right’s mind set than it does about ours. In the long run I think most people will see it for what it is and it will help garner more public support for the LGBT cause.

  30. says

    I just love that thanks to the fact that all of us have gone to write bad reviews, the ‘people who have viewed this calendar also viewed’ is full of monster cock calendars.

  31. QJ201 says

    Free speech means you have to the right to say what you want. It does not require that a company sell your product that others find offensive.

    If this xtian morons actually read the constitution or even a history book they might understand that.

  32. ATLJason says

    OMG, DB that is HILARIOUS. I thought you were kidding. I just checked out the site and it really does say “Customers who viewed this item also viewed…”

    —Hairy Men 2012 Wall Celndar
    —Lucas Entertainment Monster Cocks 2012
    —BangBangBoys.com Naked & Exposed 2012

    I cannot stop laughing. That is awesome.

  33. says

    Yes, our right to free speech is aimed at protecting us from the government, but it is an ideal that I think we all supposed to uphold, in particular those who produce or distribute media. If Amazon caves on this, then what will be next? Which group will complain loud enough to get something removed? And will that something be a book which you have no problem with, or even enjoy? Do you not see the slippery slope you’re encouraging us to approach?

    Oh, and as far as saying that if a similarly racist book were on sale there, the whole world would explode with outrage, I present this: http://www.amazon.com/The-White-Mans-Bible-ebook/dp/B002IYE2OQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1289499941&sr=1-1

  34. whatsmyparty says

    Sean, it’s about exposure. If more African Americans were made aware of the racist garbage you referenced, Amazon would see an immediate hit in their bottom line and pull the book. As you can see, it’s highly rated (similarly to Pink Swastika) because the vast majority of people who have been exposed to such nonsense actively sought it and held those beliefs prior to their reading.

    I see your hand and raise you this:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/amazon-removes-pedophilia-book-store/story?id=12119035#.TvtayVbEEcs

    Piss off enough people and yes, there will be outrage, there will be financial carnage. Unfortunately, gays don’t have that kind of power.

  35. PeteP says

    Heart disease is an elective disease that will end the day people stop sticking Big Macs in their mouths and maybe do a little exercise. Lung cancer is an elective disease that will end the day people stop sticking cigarettes in their mouths. Diabetes is an elective disease that will end the day people stop sticking sweets and sodas into their mouths instead of real food.

  36. Markus says

    Let me start off by saying I am gay. I’m not defending Joe King but I am also not going to judge something where I can’t read the whole cartoon. You’re going off the caption. “We all have aids” was a campaign from Kenneth Cole. The cartoon could be funny but you don’t know because you can’t read the whole thing. If Andy had any journalistic integrity he would have bought the calendar and read the cartoons before jumping to conclusions. And to the people making fun of all the “Customers who viewed this item also viewed…” gay links, you do realize all these gay things are from all the gays who gave the calendar a bad review.

  37. Diego says

    Don’t complain to the book sellers, their job is to provide access to books for purchase. Instead direct your criticism to the author himself. He wrote the book, not Amazon and not Barnes and Noble. If you absolutely have to leave a mark with the distributor, then write a scathing review to warn potential buyers. Honestly…

  38. Markus says

    I do want to add that Joe’s homophobic comments on his Facebook page are repulsive. If he truly feels that way and is not just mindlessly pushing back on all the hate being directed at him then he is a pig.

  39. Mke says

    Uh if he thinks making fun of gay people for money and the sake of art(?) is bullying he should come back to the mid 90’s and go to middle school with me. I was bullied, it didn’t involve a pay check, or elective art.

  40. jason says

    Joe King is partly correct about AIDS being elective. However, he’s mistaken when he refers to it as a disease. AIDS is a syndrome, not a disease. There is a massive difference between a syndrome and a disease, and it’s important that you all understand this.

    Also, AIDS is not caused by anal sex, as Joe King suggests. AIDS is caused by a destruction of the body’s immune system through activity which causes this destruction, particularly promiscuity and a poor all-round lifestyle.

  41. ljc says

    OMG, how can people be offended by something they can’t even see!? The cover isn’t offensive. It’s just a dumb gag. I can’t find a scan of the back where you can actually read the other cartoons anyway. I would suspect that all those on Amazon calling it distasteful can’t either.

  42. Michael says

    Congrats Andy, this guy seems like a nutjob and a real jerk on top of that. I have no qualms in wanting to restrict his monetary gain resulting from lame, unfunny jokes, stereotypes and hate speech. When one has elected to be a bigot, you should pay a price.

  43. says

    As the author of this offensive drivel, Mr. King’s repeated claim that he’s a 2004 Pulitzer Prize nominee might seem odd. It’s not. From the Pulitzer website:

    “Since 1980, when we began to announce nominated finalists, we have used the term ‘nominee’ for entrants who became finalists. We discourage someone saying he or she was ‘nominated’ for a Pulitzer simply because an entry was sent to us.”

    Mr. King wasn’t a finalist, so got it now? HE MAILED HIS CARTOONS TO THE PULITZER COMMITTEE. Apparently, they didn’t like them — just like everybody with a brain.

  44. says

    The sad truth: With a trendy “queer” cachet substituted for the Christian Conservative rantings, this calendar would probably go over big in edgier Gay art circles. Closet case anti-Gay ideologues and RadiQueer poseurs are, in my opinion, two sides of the same coin.

  45. says

    The sad truth: With a trendy “queer” cachet substituted for the Christian Conservative rantings, this calendar would probably go over big in edgier Gay art circles. Closet case anti-Gay ideologues and RadiQueer poseurs are, in my opinion, two sides of the same coin.

  46. says

    The sad truth: With a trendy “queer” cachet substituted for the Christian Conservative rantings, this calendar would probably go over big in edgier Gay art circles. Closet case anti-Gay ideologues and RadiQueer poseurs are, in my opinion, two sides of the same coin.

  47. PaulyT says

    Joe King??? Like “joking”?? That’s the low level if his humor? Enough said. Anyhow, saw his blog and photo, I think I saw him trolling truck stops in Phoenix.

  48. RileySrient says

    It was my freedom of speech that enabled me to write to Barnes & Nobles and PROTEST bigotry, hate, and prejudice in the form of this lame cartoon. It was that same very effective exercising of my freedom of speech as a proud LGBT that made this calaendar get shut down and become a thing of the past on Barnes and Noble. Freedom of speech is a beautiful thing.

    And when it comes to bigotry against LGBT, I’ll exercise my freedoms of speech 10 times louder to shut bigotry right up. In this case it worked. Back to trolling the blogs go the right wingers (and we see you on here too)

  49. Jamie says

    A syndrome is a set of symptoms that all appear together. A disease is an illness where you have a line on the cause of it: genetic, toxicological, bacterial, viral, etc.

    A syndrome can indicate a disease, but not necessarily. It may be that you have several diseases, or several different diseases can all cause the same syndrome.

    The two terms are not applied rigorously. AIDS is still called a “syndrome” even though we now have a good line on the cause, the HIV virus. It acquired the name “syndrome” before the cause was known, and it has stuck. Others would say that the HIV infection is the disease, and that AIDS is the syndrome (set of symptoms) caused by it, because you can have the HIV infection without having AIDS. The two terms overlap substantially and sometimes you can only tell what a particular person (even a medical person) means from context

  50. jlynch says

    I’m looking for an I’m Not Christian, I’m Just an Abortion Clinic Bomber calendar. Has anyone seen one of these?
    How about I’m Not A Priest, I’m Just a Buggerer-of-Boys calendar or maybe I’m Not A Cartoonist, I’m Just a Purveyor of Hate and Fear calendar?

  51. Paul says

    The calendar is still available at Amazon. As of 11:33 am est 12/29/11 668 people have given it a 1 star review, that being the lowest rating you can give before you are able to write a review. The entire year is viewable, albeit not vey clear, on the Amazon website, but you don’t have to be a genius to imagine that the inside will be just as demeaning and negatively stereotyping as the cover. Customers who viewed this item also viewed “2012 Toilets of the World” wall calendar. But I can just see it now…”2013 Toilets of the World with Joe King’s 2012 Calendar Floating in the Bowl” wall calendar…sold out!

  52. Dan says

    Hey Guys! Maybe we have this all wrong. This is what I put on another article about this. The calendar does say he isnt gay. Here is my quote:

    My name is Dan and my partner is ” Perry Mason “and that really is his name. I was reading him this article at our dining room table when he broke in and said” This is not a calender about gay men ! This is a calender about straight men ! It’s not like we havent been driving around and saying that all straight men are turning into these big sissies “. Hell. I was reading an aricle in ” The Journal of Sexual Medicine” that if you see a man on the street that is hyper-masculine you have a 95% chance that he is gay. See guys. We made a mistake. This calender is about straight guys!!! LOL

    As far as Aids goes . Elective? Where did he wake up at. I never asked for it. Never wanted it. Got from my first boyfriend . We went for test together. He lied each time. He is dead now. But he came from a nut job family and was in the closet with being gay so why would he not give AIDS any other different approach.

  53. says

    p.s. why does my Canadian ass know more about the US’s so called “freedom of speech” than so many americans do?

    seriously. every idiot with a stupid, incorrect and baseless opinion scream about “freedom of speech”

    congrats, fucktards, nobody’s talking about your right to say anything, only for you to have the intellectual discernment capabilities to understand if it is in fact “the right thing to say”

    a country full of people so adamant about their right to speak that they all too often forget to consider if they even have anything worth saying.

    puke.

  54. says

    that people are still defending this calendar, after his appalling rebuttal, speaks volumes about their own lack of self-respect.

    there we have it folks, AIDS is an hilarious joke and it’s only spread by gays. apparently.

    like i said, those defending this calendar are whipped little wimps.

  55. says

    so is he saying AIDS is funny or serious? all i can figure out for sure is that he’s saying AIDS is spread solely by gay people.

    and yet…..gay men on this site still defend this calendar. fail. at life.

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