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Barnes & Noble, Amazon Carrying Offensive “I’m Just A Sissy” Calendar

We had to double check the date on this calendar from CreateSpace, titled “I’m Not Gay: I’m Just A Sissy.” For a minute we thought it was from 1985—you know, when teen boys were reciting their favorite racist one-liners from Blanche Knott’s Truly Tasteless Jokes.

But nope, the calendar, subtitled “Twelve months of sexual confusion” is for 2012. Created by the droll mind of Joe King (get it, even his name is a joke!), it features a dozen gay-baiting political cartoons that aren’t just offensive—they’re not funny (which is much, much worse).

Its hard to believe that King was actually nominated for a Pulitzer Prize back in 2004 for his work as an editorial cartoonist with the Santa Monica Daily Press. Or so he claims.

Speaking of King’s claims, he defended his calendar on Facebook:

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…

Doesn’t King know Oprah went off the air? Or maybe they don’t get reception in the spider cave he’s living in. The self-proclaimed Christian cartoonist goes on to give his oh-so-informed opinion about AIDS:

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?

We’re not surprised such offensive, poorly-illustrated crap is on the market—NASCAR fans have to buy Christmas presents for their mothers, after all—but we were stunned to see its being sold online by Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Given the recent shuttering of a major bookseller chain, we’d think at least B&N would be a smarter about alienating the gays. We are literary tastemakers after all.

If you want to give either outlet a piece of your mind, email Barnes & Noble at service@barnesandnoble.com and Amazon at resolution@amazon.com.

Source: Back2Stonewall

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Dec 28, 2011
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  • 24 Comments
    • ChrisM
      ChrisM

      What a piece of garbage. And I’m talking about Joe King.

      Sadly, if the mainstream media picks up on this before Amazon and Barnes and Noble remove it from their shelves it may never leave. You know all the anti-gay bigots will be rushing to buy their copy as soon as they find out about it.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jacob Florez
      Jacob Florez

      This is absolutely horrendous. He even takes it further and calls us the real bullies. It’s not bullying when the other guy takes the first swing! This man is crazy and needs to be institutionalized! He’s also giving a very bad name to the straight Christian people who are actually accepting of everyone. It’s one thing to say something in private or bash us with your words, but this tops everything. This single minded dumbass decided to draw it and publicly sell it so that everyone in the world can see his prejudism.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChrisM
      ChrisM

      Good news is, I just emailed B&N and Amazon. B&N gave an automatic response right away, saying that they were receiving an unusually high volume of emails. There was a link to chat with an agent in real time, with the current time listed in one of the best windows to contact them. That service was down, as well. Seems like the point is being made by many people!

      Everyone should continue to email them (with thoughtful, respectful, but blunt emails) and maybe they’ll start to get it.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChrisC
      ChrisC

      I just emailed Amazon, hope they take this piece of trash down. Hopefully soon cause I was about to order some stuff on there. Homophobia is such a drag.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      I’m so tired of the phony narrative that all the bigots come out with.. “Ironic who the real bullies are isn’t it?”
      ____________________

      Lets see, we complain that somebody is being anti-gay but WE’re the Bullies. What a cop out.

      So if he did a similar calander steeped in stereotypes such as, I’m not “Insert racial minority” I’m just lazy, or I’m just a thief, etc… I guess that the NAACP or La Raza would be bullies for complaining?

      Dec 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DBG
      DBG

      Lol.

      You poke fun, make cheap jokes, and generally are a bunch of cunts to everyone and everything you dislike, and then are the first ones to be outraged — OUTRAGED, I TELL YOU!!! — when it’s your turn to be on the (ahem) receiving end.

      Turnabout is fair play, bitches.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      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.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matthew Rettenmund
      Matthew Rettenmund

      Even more offensive—a gay AIDS denialist has to chime in. Ugh. Because all the people with AIDS got it from not exercising and eating right while having too much sex instead of from being exposed to HIV.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      @DBG:

      So them by that logic, women shouldn’t have complained about being treated badly back in the 1950’s because they all got together occasionally and complained about men? Or that blacks shouldn’t have fought for equality because they may have complained about whites?

      Did you actually read that before you clicked “Submit”?

      Dec 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rex
      Rex

      B&N pulled it!

      Dec 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kevin
      Kevin

      I’ll bet this is the same talentless asshole “artist” who draws those bigoted cards depicting the Irish as drunks around St Patrick’s Day. Let’s see this prick try to make offensive jokes about Jews or the holocaust and then sell them at Barnes & Noble. He’d be fired faster than you could say “Happy Chanaukah”.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hyhybt
      Hyhybt

      So… what’s the point of linking to an image file containing the cartoons in question if it’s unreadable?

      Dec 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChrisM
      ChrisM

      The email address given for Amazon is not correct. Please search for Amazon.com customer service and follow their (stupid) procedure for submitting a complaint via their website.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LJC
      LJC

      Please… won’t someone think of the children?!

      You can still get it on his website, kids. Cheap too – 8 bucks.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChrisM
      ChrisM

      @LJC: (aka DBG)

      You’re missing the point. We know Joe King is a douchebag, who cares if the loser sells his junk on his own website. We don’t want reputable companies like B&N and Amazon peddling his garbage.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ljc
      ljc

      @ChrisM:

      Have you actually seen the cartoons inside the calendar that are apparently so offensive?

      Dec 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChrisM
      ChrisM

      @ljc: Yes, if you go to amazon’s ebook version, Amazon Prime members can read through it for free. They’re not funny, they’re all just “jokes” to disparage gay people.

      By the way, what is your point? You’ve gone from saying that the bullies become the bullied, to now denying that the cartoons are even offensive. Will you pick a consistent viewpoint other than “contrary to the gays”?

      Dec 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LJC
      LJC

      @ChrisM:

      Just curious to know if the people registering complaints have actually viewed them. I’m not a Prime member so I couldn’t see them to even say I think they’re offensive. Or whether they’re funny or not.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in Asheville
      Mike in Asheville

      @jason: EXTRA EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT: MORON LECTURES IDIOT!

      syn·drome (s n dr m) n. 1. A group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease, psychological disorder, or other abnormal condition.

      You are so full of shit, jason, just like Joe King — two fucking morons perpetuating stupid. FYI, shithead, there has not been a single case of an AIDS death where the patient did not have the HIV. Joe King is a homophobic bigot; what’s your excuse jason?

      Dec 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Will
      Will

      UPDATE – Barnes & Nobel’s Pulls “I’m Not Gay Just A Sissy” Calendar From Website – http://www.back2stonewall.com/2011/12/victory-barnes-nobels-pulls-im-gay-sissy-calendar-website.html

      Dec 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lohen
      lohen

      what an ass hat…

      Dec 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ChrisM
      ChrisM

      Amazon.com Corporate Offices: (206) 622-2335? (CEO Jeff Bezos)
      Amazon.com Public Relations: (206) 266-7180
      Amazon.com Customer Service: (206) 266-2335

      Dec 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi
      Ogre Magi

      Typical christian crap

      Dec 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva
      Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

      If by “we” you mean the staff at Queerty, then no, you are not literary tastemakers. You, gentlemen, are barely literate.

      Dec 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rabidtreewease
      Rabidtreewease

      Hey Jason, don’t look now but you already said that, word for ill-conceived word, on Towleroad.

      Dec 30, 2011 at 11:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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