Owner of Manhunt donates to the McCain fund

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    Aug 13, 2008 7:46 PM GMT
    This just blows my mind. McCain accepting a maximum donation from the owner of Manhunt! Irony?

    Personally, I'm a bit pissed at Crutchley for doing it, but it is his money and we have the freedom to choose, even if it's choosing poorly.

    I'm just glad I deleted my Manhunt account when they started to charge. I'd be doubly pissed to know that my money was being used by a gay man to help fund a party that despises gay people. Twisted. icon_sad.gif

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    You may have read about Manhunt.net founders Larry Basile and Jonathan Crutchley (above right) in Michael Joseph Gross' OUT article entitled "Has Manhunt Destroyed Gay Culture?"

    Crutchley's political leanings are pointed out near the beginning of the piece:

    "Crutchley, a liberal Republican with a tight white beard, admits that he felt anxious during Manhunt’s first years, before his and Basile’s initial investment of $800,000 bore fruit. Now, seated at his desk and surrounded by giant photographs of body builders’ glutes, Crutchley says the company brings in at least $2.4 million per month -- almost $30 million a year -- not counting ad revenues, and prospects for growth are strong. Manhunt’s success measures the extent to which online cruising has changed gay urban social life. Is it changing gay politics too?"


    Read full article here:
    http://www.towleroad.com/2008/08/mccain-takes-23.html
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    Aug 13, 2008 9:09 PM GMT
    Not fast with the judgment here. He may have a plan to embarrass McCain. Once the press figures this out, it will be a big story and McCain will have to return the money and make a public statement.

    Not saying I agree with this, but it may be more than meets the eye.
  • joeindallas

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    Aug 13, 2008 9:14 PM GMT
    Yoga sea you assume the owner of man hunt is Gay. He might just be a Predator who will take your money, but is not Gay.

    McCain, supports all the Christian Right hate values
  • swimbikerun

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    Aug 13, 2008 10:51 PM GMT
    Probably more about his love of money than of gays!
  • EricLA

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    Aug 13, 2008 11:45 PM GMT
    I posted on this earlier, but I guess it didn't take. More interesting, but probably not so surprising, is the sort of money Manhunt brings in yearly, let alone monthly. There are lgbt orgs out there that could do a lot with a fraction of the money -- or the membership that Manhunt brings in. Guess we have more immediate priorities.
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    Aug 13, 2008 11:51 PM GMT
    thank goodness for Realjock
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    Aug 13, 2008 11:56 PM GMT
    EricLA saidI posted on this earlier, but I guess it didn't take. More interesting, but probably not so surprising, is the sort of money Manhunt brings in yearly, let alone monthly. There are lgbt orgs out there that could do a lot with a fraction of the money -- or the membership that Manhunt brings in. Guess we have more immediate priorities.


    Yes, that was one of the main points in the Out article. I think they said ManHunt has more members than the top 5 GLBT advocacy groups combined.

    The article really is thoughtful--a surprise to find me reading a complete article in "Out". And, as a bonus, if you get the print issue, there are some great hunky photos of Neil Patrick Harris!
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    Aug 14, 2008 12:10 AM GMT
    now Once you pay for a product. The money becomes the others. So non of your money would of went to McCain!

    There is a lot of homosexual Republicans in the USA, as there are a lot of gay conservatives down in Oz too.

    Some of us put our vote to the better of the county, and not our own selfish want.

    Also a many a str8 and bi person, has become rich, by cashing in on the pink dollar.
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    Aug 14, 2008 2:11 AM GMT

    Bad publicity is just as good as...good publicity.
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    Aug 14, 2008 2:14 AM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
    Bad publicity is just as good as...good publicity.


    John McCain will take any publicity the media will honor him with at this point. It's a non-stop Obama-thon out there...
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    Aug 14, 2008 4:14 AM GMT
    I just posted the following on another thread about Manhunt that never gets mention on the homepage. (I noticed the same thing happened once with a thread about an advertisement on here.):

    "I just read that. It finally explains why, when I put the line that "I only fuck Republicans without lube" in my MH profile, it was censored. I received an email saying that they "were amused" but found my comment "inappropriate"...on a site featuring closeups of anal openings.

    "I protested since there were many California profiles taking digs at Republicans. They reversed the decision, but I have long wondered why it was such an issue."

    BigSETX: Crutchley defends his contribution in comments following the original interview cited by Towleroad. There is nothing calculated to embarass McCain.
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    Aug 14, 2008 4:22 AM GMT
    Connexion.org is less cruisy and better formatted than Mahunt will ever be...and they dont shoot themselves in the foot.

    Oh yeah and RealJock is cool too.icon_cool.gif
  • DiverScience

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    Aug 14, 2008 4:33 AM GMT
    He is, and has been, a registered Republican... While I may disagree with him, he's allowed to spend his money how he wants and to support whatever voices he wants.

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    Aug 14, 2008 4:48 AM GMT
    BigSETXjock saidNot fast with the judgment here. He may have a plan to embarrass McCain. Once the press figures this out, it will be a big story and McCain will have to return the money and make a public statement.

    Not saying I agree with this, but it may be more than meets the eye.


    This would be GOOD to watch unfold IF it's the case!!
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    Aug 14, 2008 4:49 AM GMT
    A move like that could end up ruining their future earnings. A wave of current members could revoke their memberships and take their money elsewhere. Someone like me (who was actually considering on joining) could just not for those very reasons.

    Call it a publicity stunt, but I think it's a bad move (gay-money-wise)

    I like to keep my gay money within the cycle as much as I can. Once that cycle gets raped by conservative right-wings, I pocket my money faster than a hooker on the run from her pimp.

    Good-bye Manhunt! I'm not wearing your [free] shirt anymore.icon_rolleyes.gif
  • jarhead5536

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    Aug 14, 2008 4:53 AM GMT
    If I have learned anything since joining Realjock, it is that there are far more gay Republicans than I ever would have guessed. I always used to think that they were sort of a niche product...
  • DiverScience

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    Aug 14, 2008 4:59 AM GMT
    Jadamo saidA move like that could end up ruining their future earnings. A wave of current members could revoke their memberships and take their money elsewhere. Someone like me (who was actually considering on joining) could just not for those very reasons.

    Call it a publicity stunt, but I think it's a bad move (gay-money-wise)

    I like to keep my gay money within the cycle as much as I can. Once that cycle gets raped by conservative right-wings, I pocket my money faster than a hooker on the run from her pimp.

    Good-bye Manhunt! I'm not wearing your [free] shirt anymore.icon_rolleyes.gif


    Highly unlikely. Their membership is around a million, with earnings at over 2 million a month. It's not likely that enough people are going to up and leave over this, considering he's been a republican and donating to the republicans for years.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 14, 2008 10:07 AM GMT
    If he's not gay.... Parasitic leech

    and if he IS gay.... self-loathing money whore
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    Aug 14, 2008 10:27 AM GMT
    jarhead5536 saidIf I have learned anything since joining Realjock, it is that there are far more gay Republicans than I ever would have guessed. I always used to think that they were sort of a niche product...


    Me too. The number of conservative evangelicals is growing, voting Republican, and includes homocons. Just look at www.gaypatriot.org. Go figure.

    The Republican party has been completely taken over by them and they're forcing the Democrats to the right as well.

    I just watched God's Warriors again last night and it is chilling to think about how conservative and religious the US is becoming. Additionally, I wonder how homocons think they'll fit into the Christian worldview of government and society.

    Who'd have thought that in 2008 rational thought is actually losing ground to mythology and superstition?
  • MuslDrew

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    Aug 14, 2008 12:38 PM GMT
    He is free to donate his money however he chooses. And we can choose not to give MH anymore of our money. And the american voters should be made aware of this. yet another example of Republican hypocrisy.
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    Aug 14, 2008 1:19 PM GMT
    Manhunt thrives off self-interest, narcissism, an unwillingness to engage in community, and a belief that so long as you're alright then you don't need to worry.

    So it's not very surprising. The site is revolting, and no, I am not a prude.
  • iGator

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    Aug 14, 2008 1:23 PM GMT
    Chuy2010 saidConnexion.org is less cruisy and better formatted than Mahunt will ever be...and they dont shoot themselves in the foot.

    Oh yeah and RealJock is cool too.icon_cool.gif


    Connexion is actually run by a gay philanthropist that regularly donates money to GLBT and GLBT-friendly candidates.

    Tim is an awesome guy and while his hopes that it would be a political action type place may not have panned out, it is still a really awesome place to check out.

    www.connexion.org
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    Aug 14, 2008 1:24 PM GMT
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    Jadamo saidA move like that could end up ruining their future earnings. A wave of current members could revoke their memberships and take their money elsewhere. Someone like me (who was actually considering on joining) could just not for those very reasons.

    Call it a publicity stunt, but I think it's a bad move (gay-money-wise)

    I like to keep my gay money within the cycle as much as I can. Once that cycle gets raped by conservative right-wings, I pocket my money faster than a hooker on the run from her pimp.

    Good-bye Manhunt! I'm not wearing your [free] shirt anymore.icon_rolleyes.gif


    Highly unlikely. Their membership is around a million, with earnings at over 2 million a month. It's not likely that enough people are going to up and leave over this, considering he's been a republican and donating to the republicans for years.


    Shoot! Multi-BILLION dollar corporations fall to the ground when good money was spend badly. Highly unlikely, my ass!! LOL icon_lol.gif

    I'll make sure to copy this thread and re-post it when MH closes it's site due to high costs of technical support and lack of members. Just to remind you... icon_smile.gif
  • DiverScience

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    Aug 14, 2008 1:35 PM GMT
    Jadamo said
    Shoot! Multi-BILLION dollar corporations fall to the ground when good money was spend badly. Highly unlikely, my ass!! LOL icon_lol.gif

    I'll make sure to copy this thread and re-post it when MH closes it's site due to high costs of technical support and lack of members. Just to remind you... icon_smile.gif


    Feel free. But it's not going to happen. This is the gay hook-up community we're talking about here. They're not going to leave manhunt until the government starts beating them in the streets on television. And until they leave in mass numbers, the head has no reason to change his politics. They didn't leave when he gave money to Bush, twice, when the company was still small, why would they leave now when it's become "the online gay bar?" Especially given there's no great movement even to push other people to leave it.
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    Aug 14, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    Well, one certainly cannot control if anyone else leaves, but the individual can make the decision to do so. I would leave if I had an account on ManHunt I'll tell you that.

    Look, down here in southeastern Florida we have Ron Klein up for election and I voted for him to oust Clay Shaw in 2006. Shaw was the pro-war Republican who was the Representative in Congress for many years. However, Klein's been a disappointment on defunding the Republican war in Iraq and I was going to vote for his opponent, Paul Renneisen in the Democratic primary. Well, then I learned that Renneisen, Renneisen's wife, and Renneisen's son signed the petition to get the ban on equal marriage on the Florida November ballot. So, I took my marked-up absentee ballot that I had not yet sent off down to the Supervisor of Elections at Government Center and turned it in for destruction and requested a new ballot so that I could cast my vote for Klein. That's why Klein got my vote and why Renneisen didn't get my vote. Renneisen and his family made a serious error and I let everyone that I know, know about what he did and got it posted in the Miami Herald as well.

    We do what we can and it only takes one to make something happen.