Barnes & Noble has stopped selling
cartoonist Joe King's I'm Not Gay, I'm Just A Sissy 2012
calendar after gay groups expressed outrage.
A spokesman for the bookseller
confirmed that the calender is no longer for sale at its web site,
adding that it was never sold in retail stores.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation (GLAAD) has asked Amazon.com to follow suit.
The calendar, which includes the
tagline, “12 Months of Sexual Confusion (Not that there's anything
wrong with that!),” drew outrage after gay blog Towleroad.com
brought attention to it on Wednesday.
In a Facebook post, King hit back,
accusing critics of bullying him.
“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. ...”
He also addressed one of the cartoons
included in the calendar which includes the caption, “WE ALL HAVE 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?”
GLAAD called the product “dehumanizing”
in calling on booksellers to dump the calendar.
“This calendar has no business being
sold and supported by reputable retailers,” Herndon Graddick,
senior director of programs and communications at GLAAD, said
in a statement. “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.”