Pittsburgh Pirates Owner Published Homophobic Cartoon in Hawaii
On February 26, 2009, the Lahaina News - a weekly paper in Hawaii -- published the following editorial cartoon.
The following week, the editor reportedly published the following statement: "We realize that last week's cartoon offended some community sensibilities. We apologize for that." I cannot verify this as the apology does not appear to be published online. I've asked a Hawaiian blogger to poke around for that information.
You may not know that Hawaii is in the midst of of legislative battle to become the fifth state to legalize civil unions. The legislation has passed the House and is stalled in the Hawaiian Senate. According to news reports, more than 6,000 persons rallied against the measure. Many of those folks were bussed in by religious groups. Surprise!
So you probably wonder what this has to do with the Pittsburgh Pirates? After all, the Pirates have been somewhat proactive in reaching out to the local gay community. They have "Gay Day" at PNC Park (I think it is called something else). In 2004, Mr. Leather Pittsburgh threw the first pitch during Gay Day.
Hmmm. The owner of the Pirates AND Seven Springs publishes a paper than ran an editorial cartoon straight from the book of Rick Santorum.
So what exactly is Ogden Newspapers?
Included among them is the Lahaina News. Also among his publications are Utne Reader, Mother Earth News, and the Herb Companion.
Here's my problem. Mr. Nutting wants to make money fanning the flames of christo-bigotry to sell his newspapers in Lahaina and then turn around to collect our gay dollars here in Pittsburgh (AND the Utne Reader). Is that okay with you? Think carefully because his conglomerate has ten newspapers in Pennsylvania. That's a lot of rural opinions being shaped by this family as our allies battle on two legislative fronts for gay positive bills (Anti-Discrimination and Hate Crimes).
Father Bill Albinger, pastor of Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Lahaina has this to share:
Tis very odd, indeed. The editor supports the civil unions ordinance, then runs a patently offensive cartoon and then issues a pretty lame apology. Everyone is either happy or unsatisfied. Either way, they sell newspapers. Guess who wins?
Hey, at least someone associated with the Pirates is winning SOMETHING.
How do you publish the Utne Reader and a cartoon equating gay marriage with man on sheep sex? In what reality does that make any sense except the "have your cake and eat it, too" universe?