Queerty reported last week about Christian cartoonist Joe King and his crass calendar, I’m Not Gay, I’m Just a Sissy: 12 Months of Sexual Confusion—which took potshots at the LGBT community with jokes not worthy of a Mallard Filmore strip.The same day, and after dozens of one-star reviews, Barns & Noble pulled the item off its website. (The calendar was never offered in stores.)
Now Amazon.com has pulped the calendar as well, thanks to pressure from GLAAD, bloggers like us and consumers like you (Everyone give themselves a pat on the back.)
“This calendar has no business being sold and supported by reputable retailers,” said GLAAD communications director Herndon Graddick. “King has a right to his opinions, however anti-gay or anti-transgender they may be, but retailers also have the right to decide that they don’t want to support hateful and dehumanizing content like this.”
King (left) has been addressing the ongoing situation on his “blog”—and we use the term loosely—first with mocking remarks:
“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.”
Once the retailers dropped his calendar, though, King, like so many Fundamentalist bigots, began positioning himself as a victim.
“I feel like David vs. the gay Goliath. id vs. the gay Goliath. Where is every body? That’s OK, I still have a sling shot…”
Oh yeah, Joe. We run the world—us and the Jews, right?