An American calendar by a Christian cartoonist which employs images of stereotyped gay men is still on sale today through Amazon in the US and the UK, after it was pulled by Barnes and Noble.
Joe King’s calendar, I’m Not Gay, I’m Just a Sissy: 12 Months of Sexual Confusion, includes jokes about AIDS and effeminacy in gay men.
Amazon has so far been unable to respond to requests for information by PinkNews.co.uk about whether the calendar would be withdrawn from sale.
One of King’s cartoons depicts Paul Revere riding on horseback and shouting “The sodomites are coming! The sodomites are coming!”.
It is dedicated to the memory of the US revolutionary hero and to gay rights opponent Anita Bryant.
While some have debated whether the cartoons were genuine satire not designed to cause offence, King took to his own Facebook page to rant about the gays who complained adding that it was not the first time he had been banned.
He said: “Hoo-we! Hell hath no fury like a he/she scorned…”
He added that AIDS was an “elective disease” which would stop “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?”
Today, King’s calendar has received 727 negative reviews on the US site and 35 in the UK.
One UK reviewer wrote: “How on earth did this bigoted piece of hate ever get printed, let alone accepted for sale on Amazon! I’m shocked and disgusted that this has been allowed, and would respectfully request that it is removed from sale at once.”
Another added: “This caldendar is a patetic attempt at satire by the lowest means possible. Making fun of a vounarable group of people, homophobia is bad enough without such propaganda as this fueling it. [sic]”
Update: Since this article was published, Amazon UK removed the calendar from its store
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