[Thanks for Maybe it's Just Me... for posting this earlier today.]
It sat there for four months, undisturbed, on both the Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com pages, quietly accruing time and space (and overwhelming negative reviews) in cyberspace. I don't know how much money it made from sales, but judging from that that it's closer to the bottom of the pile than on top, I'd say not that much. Even so, it's there, sitting pretty, colorful, and pretty tasteless in every aspect.
I'm talking about cartoonist Joe King's 2012 calendar, "I'm Not Gay, I'm Just a Sissy".
I like to consider I can take a joke that might be risque, even borderline offensive. On the heels of me discussing the need to eliminate such derogatory terms like "fag", "faggot", "homo", "tranny" from our campy lexicon late last week over Christmas here comes this calendar, drawn by him, at first seeming to poke good fun at his own image -- King appears clad in some retro outfit that was the stereotypical way most gay men were seen in the 60s -- but soon becoming blatantly homophobic as he draws every month using some derogatory imagery. It's as if he were trying to slap an invisible audience and thus making his own out-of-touch point. A point I have not seen since the days it was okay to call a gay man a sissy -- cue Laugh-In, and many of Mel Brooks' movies [although to be fair, Brooks made fun of everyone.]. A more recent slur -- girly-man, used by the Governator, makes its appearance here.
His choice for February is particularly disturbing. "World AIDS Day", followed by "We all have AIDS." This is funny? Maybe for the likes of him, who see everything in black and white. I thought it was as tasteless as anything could be. Yes, we can argue it's free speech, but companies who cater to the LGBT community should think twice before accepting a product that promotes ignorance. If the book on pedophilia could be pulled, then so should this one. Both are harmful, free speech or not.
Now, you would think that he may have recanted and gone the "I'm not a hater" route. Nope. The guy has stuck to his retro guns on his Facebook page. Read below:
It gets better.
The "truth" is that AIDS is an "elective" disease.So there you have it. No apologies from him. What a classy guy.
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?