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.