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Wingnuts Furious Over Washington Post Gay-Kissy Photo

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Wonkette refuses to show the photoLast week, the Washington Post published a front-page photo of two (gay?) men kissing in the courthouse’s “gay marriage line.” Many readers were furious. Today, Washington Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander determines once and for all whether this gay kiss ever even happened.

No, something else. He is determining once and for all… something else. Was it inappropriate for the Post to display this news photo of hot man-on-man sexy kiss time so prominently in its print newspaper, which America’s seniors read in the privacy of their own homes?

A few of the readers have engaged in rants, often with anti-gay slurs. One called me to complain about “promoting a faggot lifestyle.” Another complained about the photo in an e-mail to the two Post reporters who wrote Thursday’s story about the licenses: “That kind of stuff makes normal people want to throw up. People have kids who are being exposed to this crap. I will be glad when your rag goes out of business. Real men marry women.”

But most simply said The Post had offended their sensibilities by publishing the photo, especially on the front page.


Wrote Lee Miller of Columbia: “I would appreciate it if your cover pictures would not be so disturbing where my kids can see it easily on the kitchen table… please don’t shove this “Gay” business in our face. This is something that should have shown up on an inside page or two (without the picture).”

In comments to the ombudsman’s call-in line (202.334.7582), one reader said, “the picture of two guys kissing makes me cringe.” Another called it “ridiculous,” adding: “Put it on page 10 or page four, put it in the paper, but I do not like it right there where I can’t avoid looking at it.”


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— No fucking gay faggots should be on the front page, stupid fucking faggots. Real faggots marry women.

— “Gay business” should not be shoved down my kids’ throats.

— Show the photo on an inside page and don’t show the photo.

— Don’t put the photo on the front page, because then people can’t help but stare at it constantly, amirite? (Thank you, caller got-no-pants.)

Ombudsman Andrew Alexander, however, insults all of these folks in his final paragraph:

There was a time, after court-ordered integration, when readers complained about front-page photos of blacks mixing with whites. Today, photo images of same-sex couples capture the same reality of societal change.

Ha ha, who says these same complainers ever accepted the black/white photographs? ASK ‘EM ABOUT THOSE, IN 2010.

Readers react to photo of two men kissing [WP/Omblog]

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Jim Newell is Wonkette's beloved Capitol Hill Typing Demon. He joined in 2007, left for some other dumb job in 2010, and proudly returned in 2012 as our "Senior Editor at Large." He lives in Washington and also writes for things such as The Guardian, the Manchester paper of liberals.

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  • Sharkey

    DISCLAIMER: Reading Wonkette’s posts about gays will not make you gay, unless you already are.

  • Marie Cohn

    Can’t stop staring at the photo? Um, I wonder what that could possibly mean….

  • the problem child

    Fucking prudes. That’s what should be on the front page, a nice big, full-colour photo of two prudes, one male, one female, doing it missionary-style in the dark (but flash takes care of that).

  • Crank Tango

    The funny thing is these people probably have no problem at all with pics of two chicks kissing. Naked even.

  • BeWoot

    Andrew Alexander should be ordered to produce a sex tape.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    Wonder if they’d be complaining if it was Snowbilly & Michelle Malkin kissing? Just saying…the gay is only gross to mouth breathers when it’s two hairy dudes.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Fatties dost protest too much. Afraid they’ll pull a Massa.

  • ManchuCandidate

    [re=527540]Crank Tango[/re]:
    That’s because two chicks kissing don’t make’em as uncomfortably hot as two dudes.

  • Extemporanus

    To be fair, the photo did depict an Asian man kissing a white man. I can say with some cofidence that had both men been white, the delicate sensibilities of the Washington Post’s more sensitive readers would not have been nearly so offended.

    Because really, the only thing worse then two faggots is two faggots who don’t get that they’re only supposed to stick their goddamn faggot business down the faggot throats of faggots of their own fucking race.

    (I’m lookin’ at you, Manchu!)

  • S.Luggo

    I’m offended by pictures of Mark Halperin, but do you hear me complaining like some little girl? Nooooooo.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Of course the kiss never even happened. Listen, anytime you see a picture of two guys kissing, it’s just a result of a some teenager with a goofy sense of humor and a copy of Photoshop.

    That whole guys-kissing baloney doesn’t exist in real life.

  • BlueStateLibtard

    Eh, they would probably prefer to see a photo of some wedding party in Afghanistan getting bombed to smithereens.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=527547]Extemporanus[/re]: Yes, “cofidence”.

    (Wiki it, bitches!)

  • Clancy_Pants

    What’s next? A picture of some man putting it in the rectum of another man, and wiggling it around in excrement?

    -Nancy Elliot

  • Whitey Did Katrina

    The most hilarious part of all is that none of these people have seen the photo or ever had a Washington Post inside their homes. They heard Rush talk about it. And to think the poor ombudsman will have to deal with this all over again in 3 or 4 months when the people who forgot to listen to Rush find out because the Ron Paul John Birch Quarterly has finally come back from the Kinkos and gets into the mail DIRECT TO THE PEOPLE.

  • nappyduggs

    “I would appreciate it if your cover pictures would not be so disturbing where my kids can see it easily on the kitchen table… please don’t shove this “Gay” business in our face.”

    Read: You may show us pictures of U.S. soldiers and Iraqis blowing each other to shit pieces, feel free to feature Sarah Palin’s lying, hypocritical colostomy bag of a mouth in a still photo of her lying and being hypocritical, and we don’t even mind you showing the occasional semi-nude lady in a beaver costume every so often. But seriously, two people that love each other kissing and being in love?

  • Starrigavan

    The only gayz I want to see on the front of the Washington Post are Republican congressmen! AND I DON’T WANT TO SEE THEM KISSING!!!

  • MOG

    [re=527540]Crank Tango[/re]: Anyone kissing, ANYONE, bothers them. They haven’t had any in so long, they don’t remember where to put it. Kissing? Feh, that’s for the g-d kids, now get off my lawn.

  • JadedDIssonance

    If I ever hear the word “wriggling” again, it will be too soon.

  • american mutt

    I would’ve preferred this picture on the front page much better:

    And I’m straight.

  • Hooray For Anything

    I wonder what Sally Quinn would think about all of this?

  • nappyduggs


    And yes, I drop commas b/c I likes my typin’ the way I likes my drinkin’ and humpin’: sloppy and with as little pausing as possible.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=527551]BlueStateLibtard[/re]: I was going to say that. Thank you. I am certain that dead bodies would not have been nearly as offensive to those morans.

  • EdFlinstone

    Dear Washington Post:

    Please do put pictures of men kissing on the front page as it causing a tingling feeling in my private parts and I get chub.

    Thank You,

    Eric M.
    Corning NY

  • NJB

    Whenever I see photos of Republicans I want to throw up – so good – they can walk a mile in my shoes now, fat, corn-dog scarfing yee-haws.

  • Tommmcatt

    [re=527574]american mutt[/re]:

    He is an awfully pretty boy, isn’t he?

  • Rev. Juan MessyCan

    [re=527547]Extemporanus[/re]: I don’t know about this – I think the offense might be more serious and along the already classic lines of “buttsexy marriages will lead to bestiality and sex with trees (and threes)” – thanks to fetishes some of us non-white fegelah (fegelim?) aren’t considered human (even by some white fags), and thought of more like pets… even when we’re the ones holding the leash.

  • edgydrifter

    Someday, people… someday I’m going to put a picture of a naked black tranny with a raging boner and a fist in the air right on the front page of USA Today. I don’t know how, exactly, but I’m going to do it, and then I’m going out onto my front porch to listen to Amerikkka fucking explode.

  • slavojzizek

    “I will be glad when your rag goes out of business. ” At least something we can all agree on.

  • miquonranger03

    Chsnge? In America? Well, that’s some really faggy, Socialist, Staliny talk you got goin’ on there. Mabel! Get my whippin’ belt!

  • taylormattd

    Shorter WaPo readers:

    Why Do All Of These Homosexuals Keep Sucking My Cock?

  • JooJoo Bee

    [re=527613]edgydrifter[/re]: I’m bringing the beer.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=527613]edgydrifter[/re]: Sorry, but it looks like someone kinda beat you to it.

    [re=527612]Rev. Juan MessyCan[/re]: You make a very valid point, my friend.

    Non-black non-whites are indeed considered by many anti-gay activists to be a deceptively dangerous gateway hug.

  • Rev. Juan MessyCan

    [re=527650]Extemporanus[/re]: I also make a mean quiche. I’ve had a few real men eat them, too. Off my ass. After hugging me just once.

  • problemwithcaring

    [re=527574]american mutt[/re]: That might get me fired but it was worth it. Thanks.

  • Advocatus_Diaboli

    I think the bigger story here is that these closeted fuckers can actually read. I smell a conspiracy.

  • DP

    It looks to me like they’re just sharing spaghetti, like in Lady and the Tramp.

    Only in this case it’s more like Rex and the Tramp.

  • Darkness

    Fuck you WaPo readers and your sissy ass anti-social hang ups.

    And not a one of them complained about Bush tongue kissing Saudi princes.

  • LeonardHatred

    Jesus Christ, THAT’S the photo they can’t handle? Those dudes are kissing like a goddamn OLD COUPLE. My GRANDPARENTS kiss like that. I figured there would at least be tongues involved.

    They kiss like that on their wedding? I give them two months.

  • JMP

    Damn, I hate these homophobes; making me side with those douchebags at the Washington Post. Of course, none of them probably complained by the latest Krauthamer/Cohen/Krystal/Will/Broder/Unsigned Editorial/Etc. opinion piece arguing we need to kill all the world’s brown people.

  • Hunger Tallest Palin

    I would appreciate it if your cover pictures would not be so disturbing where my kids can see it easily on the kitchen table

    Pro-tip 4 Bigots – Paraphrase the latest dispatch from Palin’s Facebook page. Copying it directly makes you look lazier and dumber than you actually are.

  • Sharkey

    [re=527561]Starrigavan[/re]: I want to see them competing in Olympic Games.

  • Sharkey

    [re=527563]JadedDIssonance[/re]: The Wriggling Bros. Circus will soon be coming to your town…

  • lawrenceofthedesert

    Yeah, next time use stick figures — if there’s anything that rankles the Prince Georges County crowd, it’s photos of happy gay men.

  • m0ck1n9b1rd

    I am very upset by this. One moment I am at my kitchen table enjoying the morning paper, eggs and bacon, and the vigorous buggering of a strapping young firefighter, all in a clean Christian manner, and the next, this appalling image “threw a gay” on me, as the young people say. I have been unable to un-gay myself since then. This is making it impossible to enjoy my newspaper/eggs/bacon/sodomy lifestyle. Damn you, socialist man-kissers!

  • m0ck1n9b1rd

    “Someday, people… someday I’m going to put a picture of a naked black tranny with a raging boner and a fist in the air right on the front page of USA Today.”

    Will it be in the form of a colorful pie-chart, I hope?

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    I grew up with Ernie and Bert on Sesame Street in the 70s, so unless the Post putting up a Mapplethorpe print on the front page, it’s “yawn” to me.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Wow, I’m so sorry for all these nellies who are horrified at seeing something in the paper they don’t like. I can only imagine that’s gotta be just as awful as being called faggot or nigger or chink or four-eyes or lesbian or Nazi (oh, you never disliked anyone at school with a German name and no other relationship to nazism? Liar.) every day for all of your life.

    But what’s really funny is that these same people who are objecting to a kiss are the same damn people who, when there’s outrage over English-only signs or people calling their fellow countrymen terrorist sympathisers or traitors or anything else — always defend the bigots with “Hey, this is America — free speech is protected, and you don’t have the right not to be offended. Get used to it.” Of course when these idiots get offended, it’s loud and long all of a sudden.

  • Jukesgrrl

    Do you think we could get that photo of the tranny in the ambulance on the front page of their Post? What would their children think of that?

  • mookworthjwilson

    [re=527548]S.Luggo[/re]: I’m offended by pictures of Mark Halperin tonguing Mark Penn…

  • Harvey Birdman

    I’m conflicted because it’s the irrational contempt that makes gay sex so much hotter.

  • grevillea

    I’m guessing these are the same people who think man-on-man marriage is the End of the World as We Know It… and they want it relegated to page 4?

  • artpepper

    I wouldn’t want my children reading WaPo either, but that’s nothing to do with the hot MM action.

  • cashaholic

    There’s no business/like “Gay” business…

  • disgustedcitizen

    Sound to me like a bunch of WaPo readers, (probably Repugs all), saw two guys kissing, immediately thought buttsex and got all hot and gushy in their pants and it scared them.

  • TGY

    [re=527551]BlueStateLibtard[/re]: Well, as long as it was a *straight* wedding party…

  • snideinplainsight

    I’m offended by pictures of Fred Hiatt’s grinning mug presiding over the slow, messy demise of “the paper of record of the federal government”. And their giving actual cash money to Kristol, statistically proven to be the wrongest person ever in the history of the world. Those things offend me.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    Dear WaPo:

    Please stop posting photos of fat, retarded, illiterate, teabagging morans in your paper any time, anywhere. They make normal, intelligent people like myself want to throw up.

    Thank you,

    The World

  • snideinplainsight

    Just for comparison, here is what I found on the front page of the WashPo online ed this morning;

    “TV Dinners: Post vending machines
    Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema reviews three meal items from The Washington Post’s vending machines.”

    (pictured :cup-o-noodles)

  • Mr Blifil

    There was a time, after court-ordered integration, when readers complained about front-page photos of blacks mixing with whites. Today, photo images of same-sex couples capture the same reality of societal change.

    Cue anonymous conservative AA person of color to strike a note of umbrage over the denigration of the struggle of his people, but affirmative action is still evil. Conservative AA people of color really really hate when people draw this parallel between racial integration and integration of gheys. I don’t know why I’m even concerned with what conservative AA people of color are paid to say.

  • Zadig

    [re=527723]grevillea[/re]: that way, their kids don’t have to see it on the front page. But after the tykes are bundled off to pre-pre-kindergarten or whatever, daddy can open WaPo to page 4, get out the lotion, and enjoy the rest of his morning.

  • thefrontpage


    Aside from some of the Macy’s ads, that picture was the best thing in the Post in months!

  • thefrontpage

    Dear Washington Post People:

    Please put more pictures of men kissing each other in your newspaper.

    Thank you!

    –Roy Ashburn
    California Legislature
    Rainbow Coalition

  • libwakman

    Eeeeeew..this homo photo make me homophobe angry. Not quite as angry as my nutz being strangled to death by my tight black rayon/polyester transparent midnight black panties..but c’mon.

  • cybervoyeur

    “‘I will be glad when your rag goes out of business. ‘ At least something we can all agree on.”

    Speak for yourself, dickhead.

  • bamaboy

    Heteros, put it in perspecive:

    Gays kissing = more women for us.

    Lesbians kissing = who can blame them?

  • NopantsMcGee

    Well, I also won’t care when that rag goes out of business, but I do appreciate their defense of the gay kiss. Needed more tongue, tho.