The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a gay advocacy group most recently in the news for pressuring the Los Angeles Lakers to fine Kobe Bryant $100,000 for saying “faggot” during a basketball game, may not be living up to its own mission statement of “ holding the media accountable for the words and images they present.”
This month GLAAD announced its annual media awards. The website JoeMyGod (www.joemygod.com), run by gay activist Joe Jervis, won the category for best blog.
But Jarvis often refers to gay conservatives in language unfitting of GLAAD’s catch phrase, “Words and Images Matter” — frequently using misogynistic language and comparing conservatives to Nazi collaborators.
During World War II “Kapos” were concentration camp prisoners who worked inside the camps on behalf of the Nazis. Jarvis often tags articles about gay Conservatives with the word “kapo” and/or “quisling” (a term referring to a traitor who collaborates with fascists, which has its origins in Nazi Germany)
In another example, when Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain’s chief of staff, Mark Buse, was outed as a a gay man, Jarvis had some rough words for the Republican staffer.
“Oh, this is going to be FUN,” he wrote. “But also, UGH. We’ve got another scumbag traitorous Quisling self-hating homo KAPO working to beat down his fellow queers.”
Jarvis’s site is littered with hateful and misogynistic comments on his message boards, which his critics note, he allows to stand on his site.
GOProud was not happy to hear that the blogging bully received the award.
“This is the height of liberal hypocrisy,” Christopher R. Barron, chairman of the GOProud Board, told TheDC. “GLAAD claims that ‘words and images matter,’ yet they choose to give an award to a blogger who consistently engages in anti-gay and misogynistic attacks against gay conservatives.”
“GLAAD wants the NBA to police the words of their players but apparently that standard doesn’t apply to their award-winning blog that allows comments that go as far as encouraging violence against gay conservatives,” Barron added.
GLAAD did not immediately respond to TheDC’s requests for comment.