Here’s a little bit of fun Internet fury for a slow news day. A feud is brewing between gay news blogger Andy Towle and Christian cartoonist Joe King over a 2012 wall calendar of King’s gay-themed cartoons entitled “I’m Not Gay, I’m Just A Sissy.” The calendar’s cover features a big cover, a drawing of King done up like a “sissy,” and promises “12 Months of Sexual Confusion: (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!).” 19-year-old Seinfeld references aside, after Towle brought attention to the product on his popular blog Towleroad, readers noticed that one of the months featured the caption “WE ALL HAVE AIDS!” and began petitioning sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to stop selling it. King got furious and began angrily writing on his Facebook wall and…well, you can guess where a story like this is going.
You see, King actually could have had a good defense. He explained on Facebook that the calendar was a collection of old cartoons that had been published elsewhere, some even in gay publications. And the AIDS cartoon was apparently referencing the marketing motto of the paper it was printed in (I’m not sure how that makes sense but I’ll give the benefit of the doubt). King could have just said these things and left it at that and, despite the rather offensive calendar title, things might have been fine.
However, King decided to keep on talking.
“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?”
The whole thing feels like the Ocean Marketing controversy that tore up the Internet yesterday. And, just like the angry gentlemen from that story, as things got worse, King claimed that Towle was actually giving him “the best promotion all year!”
Yeah, probably not. The calendar already appears to be gone from Barnes & Noble.
Sigh. Anyone who’s been reading Mediaite for a while knows that I will almost always side with satirists over those they offend. However, once you start calling gays “he/she’s,” you start losing your argument pretty damn quickly.
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