Posts Tagged ‘Bradley Thomas Balof
[ Click above to embiggen: what will be important for the year 2013? ]
Here’s another multi-part question about the “gay community” that readers have submitted for our month-long look at bad things gay people do to others that the State Media in this country will never, ever report on…seeing as how the narrative they push is that gay people are perpetual victims, much like black people. So, anything bad that a gay person does must always be ignored by the Ministry of Truth…just like how the State Media contorts itself like Plastic Man to avoid ever shining a light on the terrible things black people do.
A new study being pushed on Drudge Report today shows that only 23% of people in this country believe that what the newspapers and the tee-vee are telling them every day is even remotely true. Who are those 23 people out of 100 who think the State Media is trustworthy at all? Idiots. I swear to you, if it is the very last thing I ever do with my life, I am going to think of a way to get that number down to just 13% of the public believing a damn thing they hear on the tee-vee; newspapers I don’t have to worry about since those will be gone within my lifetime for sure (and probably the next five to ten years). The tee-vee is going to be around for much longer…even if it transitions to becoming an all-digital medium.
Over the next two weekends, various cities are going to be having their “Pride Parades” and the tee-vee is going to tell you how evil you are for judging the obnoxious behavior you will see on your screens; the tee-vee is lying to you, like always, because any nastiness or brattiness happening at any of these events is originating with gay people aiming that evil at others…but most especially Christians. The Pride Parades are not, in fact, occasions for gay people to celebrate “pride” in anything…but they are really just a very strategic weapon the Left uses to declare open war on Christians and conservatives for the entire month of June. They get away with it by showing a lot of rainbows on the tee-vee, or zooming in on hot guys dancing in their speedos a top floats to distract people. As lovely as rainbows and male strippers are (and I admit I’m a big fan), you need to always remember what the propagandists of the Left are really up to with “Pride Parage” coverage: it is ALL ABOUT furthering the Left’s agenda in the Culture Wars and continuing to convince Americans that being a Christian or a conservative is evil and that the various subgroups under the Democrats’ umbrella are all perpetual victims who need your sympathy. In reality, the roles are actually reversed…which you’ll see if you pay closer attention.
One thing in particular I want you to watch for, because it will happen in your state whenever the Pride Parade is held in YOUR biggest city: the tee-vee will show you a handful of random people holding up signs that read “God Hates Fags”…and then they will have a clip of either gay people or heterosexual members of PFLAG denouncing the “God Hates Fags” sign-holders. What the tee-vee never tells you is that the ones who are holding the “God Hates Fags” signs aren’t religious people at all…but in fact are actually either people hired off Craigslist by Leftist groups to be out there or they are members of unions like the SEIU. Those are Democrat operatives out there aping for the cameras so that the tee-vee can have a visual of Christians supposedly attacking gays. The thing is, these people only appear when the State Media wants to push the narrative of gays-as-victims. In Chicago alone, there are hundreds of events a year that these astroturfed “religious zealots” could be disrupting or protesting…but they ONLY show up for the Pride Parade coverage. Why is that? You’d think if they really believed in this “God Hates Fags” stuff that they’d be out every Saturday night in Boystown with their signs, trying to discourage people from patronizing all the bars and other gay businesses in town. But, they don’t do that.
It’s almost as if these “religious zealots” don’t actually exist and are just a cast of characters hired by elements of the institutional Left as some sort of stagecraft to push the desired narrative in June that gays are such victims. Now that I’ve told you to look for this, I hope you can watch for yourself and let me know if you can start seeing through some of the State Media’s deliberate and purposeful lying. The truth is out there if you would just only see it.
QUESTION: You’ve talked a lot lately about a group you call “The Gaystapo” but I don’t really understand who they are. Do they call themselves that or is it something you came up with? What do they do exactly and how are they organized?
ANSWER: I coined the term “The Gaystapo” here on HillBuzz.org in 2010 or so, because that’s around the time that I personally started receiving organized harassment from the “gay community” here in Chicago. Prior to this, I was vaguely aware of bad things that gays as a group would do to others…but I never thought much about how organized an effort this really is.
If you know my personal story of running this site, I used to write anonymously about politics because I live and work in a Leftist-controlled city and at the time I had a business that depended on consulting and freelancing for nonprofits. I still can’t get over the irony of this, but elements of the Left had been trying to “out” my real identity for two years to punish me for first of all supporting Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama in 2008…but then also for backing Sarah Palin and John McCain in the general election; the Left could never figure out my name…until a Cocktail Party Republican named Fran Eaton at the little-read website Illinois Review purposefully outed me for personal reasons (I think it was a favor she did on behalf of my ex-boyfriend, who is a particularly vengeful bisexual still trying to climb the ranks in the Republican Party in Illinois). So, the Left couldn’t do much to me until a Cocktail Party Republican like Fran Eaton helped them…which I think is one of the most telling anecdotes you will ever hear about why so much of the GOP is a very bad thing for this country.
Not long after Fran Eaton outed me as the principle author of HillBuzz, the “gay community” here in Chicago started harassing me…because they didn’t like what I was writing about the bad things “the community” does. Things really heated up in the summer of 2010 because Art Johnston — a man I’ve since identified as the primary Ayatoldja of the Gaystapo here in Chicago — plastered all of the windows of his business, Sidetrack the Video Bar, on Halsted with hateful, nasty signs that maligned Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady as “a bigot”. It was incredibly vile…and something that Johnston did just to rev up hatred in the “gay community” for both Brady and Christians…since Johnston also used any event held at Sidetrack to make or authorize speeches that told all the unthinking, useful idiot gays in attendance that “Bill Brady is evil!”…”Bill Brady is a crazy Christian!”…”Bill Brady wants to put you in concentration camps!”…and other such nonsense. I’ve told you before that the best way to describe what goes on at Sidetrack during one of these big events (attended by capacity crowds of about 1,200 gay men at a time (and like 5 women with low-self-esteem who hang around gay men like flies on mangos)) is to just refer you to the two-minutes-hates directed at Emmanuel Goldstein in the book/movie 1984:
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The reason I call Art Johnston by the name “The Ayatoldja Johnston” is because he behaves much like the Ayatollah Khomeini did in Iran; Johnston regularly takes the stage at Sidetrack to condemn the “enemies of the gay community” with fatwas he issues, declaring this or that person (such as Bill Brady) a bigot or commanding the useful idiots and drunks assembled in Sidetrack to engage in jihad against other “traitors” and “quislings” (which would be me…and other gay Christians and conservatives out there who speak out against the evil things that the Ayatoldja Johnston does here in Chicago). The State Media enjoys claiming that that Art Johnston is an inductee of the “Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame” and that he founded the organization Equality Illinois…but the Left’s propaganda wing doesn’t tell people that Equality Illinois regularly harasses religious people and is essentially just a sock puppet that spreads Johnston’s anti-Christian and anti-conservative messaging for Johnston.
It works like this:
* Art Johnston owns the largest gay bar in Chicago, which makes it probably the largest gay bar between New York and Los Angeles. Though it’s never won Best Gay Bar in the country in any survey I’m aware of, the place is actually quite gorgeous inside and remains extremely popular. Sidetrack is known for flaunting Illinois’ liquor laws by giving away every second or third drink for free…and Johnston never has to account for this because of the clout he has with politicians in this state.
* Attracted by the free drinks and the very beautiful interior of the bar, unsuspecting gays arrive at Sidetrack and receive anti-Christian and anti-conservative indoctrination during an evening at the bar. This is especially true during “Comedy Night” Thursdays when long blocs of virulently anti-Christian “comedy clips” are played that mock Catholics in particular (but never, ever saying a bad word about Muslims). Every event held at Sidetrack is MC-ed by Bradley Thomas Balof, a Chicago public school teacher who moonlights as a male erotic entertainer and also Sidetrack’s master-of-ceremonies; Balof revs up hatred for Christians every time he takes the microphone…and he serves as the Ayatoldja Johnston’s opening act, getting the crowd hungry for the red meat he’ll toss at them under the banner of Equality Illinois.
* The majority of events held at Sidetrack are in some way fundraisers for Equality Illinois…which is basically Art Johnston’s personal Public Action Committee. This is a very common tactic on the Left, to incorporate some sort of supposed non-profit that then does whatever a particular Leftist wants that thing to do…which allows that individual Leftist wiggle room to claim “it’s the organization doing it, not me!”. Another way to look at this is like what Hollywood actors do when they create their little vanity “production companies”; these are ways to move money around with less scrutiny than if they were just operating everything under their actual names.
* Johnston funnels revenue from Sidetrack into Equality Illinois and then uses Equality Illinois to attack Christians and conservatives throughout this state. In the process, he gains a lot of clout with politicians in Illinois such as Rahm Emanuel, Mike Madigan and his daughter Lisa Madigan, Anita Alvarez, Pat Quinn, Dick Durbin, and of course, Barack Obama. This covers the Ayatoldja Johntons’ butt when it comes to things like the liquor laws and also when it comes to mistreating and violating the civil rights of his employees (which he’s being currently sued for in federal court).
* No other bar in Chicago is operated this way and is so directly tied to a Political Action Committee like this. At the other taverns, clubs, and restaurants catering to gay clientele in Boystown there is no hatred being stirred up by the owners against anyone. Those other places are just about having a great time, drinking, dancing, listening to music, and (of course, for a gay bar) hooking up. But, at Sidetrack it’s like the drinking and the having fun is considered secondary to recruiting as many young, unsuspecting gays as possible into the cult of the Left…by the Ayatoldja Johnston CONSTANTLY pushing this “we must unite against our enemies!” Orwellian garbage all the time.
Art Johnston gets away with this for the same reason Sidetrack wins “Best Float!” every year in the annual Pride Parade (no matter how lackluster and amateur the effort): because money talks and the amount of cash that Johnston funnels into the Left via Sidetrack gives him clout enough to have anything he wants in this town. That means he also thinks rules and laws do not apply to him and that he cannot ever be criticized.
The State Media’s at fault for that, because all across the country there are people like Art Johnston who run the “gay community” in all big cities. There are people like this in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, San Francisco, DC, you name it. The men orchestrating the very organized efforts to malign, menace, and harass Christians and conservatives in the “gay community” across the board are what I call “The Gaystapo”. The specific people such as Johnston who are the leaders and funders of these efforts are the gay Ayatoldjas…since they are forever telling other gays the evil things they need to do “to (our) enemies!”.
Can you imagine if Christian or conservative business owners engaged in activities such as Art Johnston’s? The State Media would have those establishments shut down and RICO statutes would probably be applied against any people on the political right who were suspected of colluding against the Left and using their places of business to recruit goons and foot soldiers for their efforts.
But, since Art Johnston is gay and owns a gay bar and his recruitment and fundraising efforts are for a gay organization that hates Christians and conservatives the State Media will never speak a word about any of this.
The Gaystapo is a lot like the krysha that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Henry Gates and other “Justice Brothers” run in the “black community”; it’s a way for the Left to use specific minority groups as weapons against conservatives. For this sort of racket to succeed, the Gaystapo and the Justice Brothers must enforce strict adherence to the teachings of the Left in their respective “communities”. Any member of these minority groups who strays from the plantation must be destroyed.
With the Justice Brothers, this means regularly pummeling Condoleezza Rice, Allen West, Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, and other conservative blacks so a message is sent that if you are a black person who dares to vote Republican or voice conservative views then you will be annihilated. Remember that the State Media will never criticize a black Democrat for anything…and will in fact aggressively protect people like Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangle, John Lewis, James Clyburne, Eric Holder, and (of course) Barack Obama no matter what terrible things they do…because the members of the State Media were taught in journalism school by Leftist professors that blacks are useful tools for the Democrat Party who must always remain useful to Democrats.
Any blacks who don’t toe the party line are smashed to pieces as much as possible whenever the State Media can gin up an excuse to do so. Ann Coulter wrote a wonderful book that addresses some of this (which you can checkout here: www.amazon.com).
The EXACT SAME THING happens with gays…only instead of the Justice Brothers we have the Gaystapo enforcing obedience and allegiance to the Left and the Democrat Party. I think Democrats primarily use blacks as weapons to tear down Republicans and intimidate large corporations, since both of these groups are terrified of ever being called “Ray Ciss”. When the Justice Brothers rev blacks up to shout “Ray Ciss! Ray Ciss! Ray Ciss!” at somebody the end result is that conservatives stupidly abandon that person, for fear of being called “Ray Ciss” themselves. Idiots. For whatever reason, conservatives have still not figured out that the Left will continue to use blacks as weapons until such time as conservative people refuse to be afraid of the “Ray Ciss” theatrics and stop caving into these thugs and bullies all the time.
The Left uses gays as weapons against Christians, because destroying Christianity is a top priority for these lunatics. I don’t even think they know what they’d want to replace it with because at this point the driving forces on the Left are pure irrational hatred and a love of destruction for the sake of destruction…and Leftists themselves behave mostly like mentally ill children who just want to do as much damage as possible to “their enemies”. There’s actually a horror movie coming out later this year called “Cooties” that’s about grade schoolers who are infected with a rage virus and rip the adults in their school to shreds; it could have easily been filmed at the Democrats’ Convention in Charlotte last summer.
On a daily basis, the most frustrating thing about all of this is how unwilling Christian and conservative people are to band together to put an end to any of this nonsense. I wish some of you would either send me an email or comment below on this, but what the Hell are you so afraid of? The only reason bullies ever have any power is because YOU give them that power. Currently, the United States is an apartheid state that is being misgoverned by the Left…but Leftists are a clear minority of the American people. The only reason the Left holds power is because good people are too afraid to speak the truth and point fingers at Leftists and call their conduct unacceptable.
Sure, when you stand up to these bullies they lash out at you — don’t I know it — but after a while you realize that short of murdering you there is not much they can really do to stop you. Ultimately, you reach a point where you see that you can effectively use the Left’s own Alinsky Methods against them and they have absolutely no comeback.
I’ll let you in on a mind-blowing secret, but only if you promise to share it with everyone you know in the Republican Party: the only thing the Left actually has is the Alinsky Rule Book. Since it’s always worked for them, they have no Plan B. There are 13 Alinsky Rules for Radicals that Democrats use in some form every day against Republicans. This is like being in high school and a teacher giving you an open book test that has all the answers on the handout she passed out yesterday, but you for some strange reason flunk the test because you refused to look at what was clearly spelled out for you.
The only way to defeat the Left is to turn the Alinsky Rule Book back on them. They do not know what to do when someone pushes back and uses their own tactics against them. They rage, scratch, and claw…but they do so futily. I don’t think it’s especially fun to be on the receiving end of the harassment the “gay community” is currently aiming at me for writing about the bad things the Gaystapo does in Boystown…but I sure as Hell think it’s important to keep doing so. I figure the Left loses a little bit of power and control for every conservative or Christian out there who reads about the Gaystapo and starts realizing that they don’t have to be afraid of these thugs and bullies.
Please do your part and tell your friends, family, and neighbors that, no matter what the tee-vee
lies about says all “Pride” month of June, the real victimizers and bullies operating out there are gays themselves. And you tell them a gay man in Chicago told you that and will keep telling it until the Gaystapo is stopped once and for all.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What other questions do you have about the “gay community” and the bad things that it does to other people…which the State Media purposefully never reports?
What else is on your minds this Wednesday June 19th, 2013?
– Open Thread –
[ Click above to embiggen: Brad Balof’s official performance biography from his comedy appearances in Chicago; note the detailed resume ]
Today, I’ve been asked to give testimony to a team of Investigators assigned by the Chicago Public School (CPS) system who’ve been tasked with looking into the nocturnal activities of sixth grade teacher Bradley Thomas Balof; they want all photos I’ve found of Balof stripping and dancing on stage, all links to his pornographic or erotic videos, and all mentions I can find of “comedy” shows he’s appeared in where he mocked the intelligence, names, and home lives of his black Chicago public school students at Joseph Stockton Elementary on the North side. Truth be told, the person I spoke to on the phone to set up my testimony didn’t seem all that interested in the stripping or sex shows that Balof puts on…but CPS did appear very concerned that a white public school teacher was ridiculing black students at comedy venues such as Zanies in Old Town or Sidetrack the Video Bar (a Boystown gay bar that hosted “Laugh Track” comedy shows and other big events where Balof served as the MC and performed comedy bits at the microphone).
This is an interesting situation because typically in Chicago gay people can do whatever they like without fear of anyone in the media raising any question of propriety…while, simultaneously, no criticism is ever made of black people in the slightest in this city and no questions are ever raised as to why, exactly, black children do so poorly in the public school system here. The instance at hand of a gay public school teacher taking to the stage and mocking his black students for gay audiences thus pits two protected demographic groups against one another and forces the media to decide how they’ll ultimately cover this story (if at all).
Karen Lewis, the President of the Chicago Teachers’ Union, hasn’t weighed in on all this yet, but if she’s reading this now I’d love to ask her:
* Is it okay for a public school teacher (of any sexuality) to make fun of his students (of any color) after-work as a standup comedian? I’d also love to hear from any parents out there with children in public school to find out how you would feel if your children’s teachers were doing comedy sets based on your children’s intelligence and behavior after the last bell rang for the day.
* Is it appropriate for a public school teacher to moonlight in any facet of the adult entertainment industry, including performing nude or nearly-nude in public? It should be noted that in being featured in this adult entertainment the teacher in question does absolutely nothing to conceal his adult performances from his students and has admitted in interviews that his “children” in the public school system do in fact find photos, videos, and write-ups about him online. And he thinks that’s amusing!
* Is a gay white male teacher allowed to get away with doing whatever he wants when a female teacher has been prohibited in other states from being an adult entertainer while currently employed as a teacher? The ultimate question is: does being gay render someone immune to any and all criticism when employed by the government in any form?
I was in grade school in the 1980s and was mostly taught by either nuns or young moms from the suburbs…so it’s impossible for me to imagine a life where one of my elementary teachers was also a standup comedian and male stripper/erotic entertainer on the side. I went to Catholic School and know that if someone employed in the school was caught doing things like this that the person would probably be fired. At the very least, he or she would have been forced to make a decision between either remaining a teacher or leaving the classroom to pursue erotica full time elsewhere.
Bradley Thomas Balof’s full performance bio (posted above) that appeared in the programs for his comedy shows lists him as a true Renaissance man:
* Comedian = performances at Sidetrack the Video Bar’s “Laugh Track” events, at Zanies Old Town for “Queer Comedy” nights, and doing short sets of comedy at various gay festivals or while MC-ing events at Sidetrack.
* Activist = the MC of events at Sidetrack the Video Bar that raise money for Equality Illinois, which is the political lobbying group funded by Sidetrack’s owners Art Johnston and Jose Pepin “Pepe” “Pep” Pena using the bar as a revenue stream; as an activist, Balof himself uses his time at the microphone to rev the gay crowds in Sidetrack up in hatred against Christians, conservatives, or other perceived enemies of the gay community. He spreads a great deal of hate in his particular brand of “activism”.
* Teacher = sixth grade teacher at Joseph Stockton Elementary School…earning $60k/year plus benefits from the City of Chicago (and guaranteed his full-salary at time of retirement for the rest of his life when he retires).
* Drag Queen = performing dressed up as Liza Minnelli for “Chicago Takes Off” (an annual burlesque festival), for the “Night of 100 Drag Queens” annual event held at Sidetrack, and at other performances throughout the year in Boystown; Balof is not a transvestite, however, and only appears to dress up like Liza for performance (not personal pleasure).
* Leatherman = This advertises that Balof is into the leather/BDSM scene of sexual fetish; “Leather” is most on display in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend, when the city hosts the annual International Mr. Leather fetish beauty pageant…which Balof MC-ed for many years dressed up in skimpy sexual fetish outfits. Balof is an active participant in the Chicago “leather community” and all its activities, by his own resume admission. Bars such as Touche, Jackhammer, and Cell Block in Chicago cater to the “leather community”.
* Bartender = Balof works at Sidetrack the Video Bar as a bartender/MC for special events. This is actually no different than police or firemen in the city working in bars when they are off duty. A lot of guys do this for extra money and it’s a long standing tradition for people who work for the City (and already make big salaries) to make even more money (often under the table) working in bars on the side. I actually have no problem with Balof being a teacher by day and a bartender or bouncer at night…but he crosses a line with the other stuff he engages in.
* Actor = Balof appeared in the pornographic films Into It and Bowser Makes a Movie; the former was about male prostitutes adventuring with drugs and the latter was about a group of people making their first porno. “Bowser” was so successful it apparently became a whole series of porn.
* Model = nude modeling for local Chicago photographers and through ModelMayhem, a website that connects nude models to photographers; a good number of Sidetrack the Video Bar’s employees regularly pose nude for local photographers or rent out their bodies through ModelMayhem. This is a popular thing to do for guys under 35 working in the bar scene.
* Bottom = this is Balof advertising his preferred position for anal sex on his resume; it’s in fact the only time I’ve ever seen anyone list this on a resume. It is not standard operating procedure for comedians/actors/models/whatever in Chicago that I’m aware of. The only other people who would list “bottom” in a program besides Bradley Thomas Balof would be guys on a RentBoy site or who advertise their bodies on Craigslist.
Are there some jobs in life where moonlighting should be strictly controlled by an employer?
I know that a lot of cops and firemen moonlight in the Chicago bar scene, with a good number of them picking up shifts as bouncers and doormen when they aren’t on-call for their already lucrative day jobs working for the city. Even back in Cleveland, cops and firemen did this all the time…but I remember hearing about a few instances through the years where a cop or fireman was caught making an erotic video and was fired over it, as it brought embarrassment to the department. There was even an instance in the last few years of a group of young morticians who made a “Men of Mortuary” Playgirl-style calendar (without full nudity) and then funeral homes that employed some of those guys fired them for participating in the project. So, this makes it seem that there are indeed limits to what some people in certain careers can do when it comes to moonlighting outside of their day job.
Am I wrong to expect a public school system to have an absolute zero-tolerance policy when it comes to things like this?
There isn’t an Illinois State Board of Education meeting in Chicago until the end of June, so I’ll have to wait until then to ask that question on the record and bring all this to the attention of all parents in attendance…but I’m wondering if the fact that Balof is gay and is stripping, dancing, and performing in the nude for other men makes a difference in how the Chicago Public School system responds to his
full-moonlighting; would a straight female teacher caught working in Hooters’ or bouncing around a stripper’s pole be disciplined for her after-school special activities while a gay male teacher/stripper is given free rein to nude it up all he wants when his teaching day is done? Does this mean there is one set of rules for gay teachers and another for straight ones…or is the fact that Balof has a penis (and shows it to people!) what makes all the difference in whether or not Chicago Public Schools has an issue with him?
If so, then there’s sexism in play here, too, since that would mean that Balof (a male) is given permission to do things that a female teacher seems forbidden to do. I hope that self-styled feminists take umbrage with that and demand that a stripping male teacher be treated just as a female teacher would when those nocturnal activities finally come to light.
Off the record, one children’s advocacy group I spoke with yesterday told me that they’d be afraid to confront the School Board about Balof because he’s a gay male…and anyone speaking out about his activities will be decried as “homophobic”…especially in June, of all months, “because this is pride month and we’re afraid of being called homophobes during pride month”. The bullies in the “gay community” would come out in full-force, I’ve been told, because whenever a gay man is criticized for any sort of behavior by a parents’ or moms’ group then gays see it as a chance to berate Christians and conservatives in general as “homophobes”.
Well, I’m openly gay and I have a problem with any public school teacher having a resume longer than “teacher”…especially when public school teachers are always crying about being overworked. Clearly, that’s not true, since Balof finds so much time to do all sorts of other things in addition to collecting that $60k/year as a Chicago public school teacher. If this guy really was so overworked and burdened by his teaching duties then he wouldn’t have the energy to bare his butt in public and wiggle it up on stage for people…or stand up there telling “jokes” about how dumb he thinks the black kids in his class are.
I think it’s time that people stopped being afraid of gay people calling them “homophobes” for saying something that a gay person (who is in charge of children) is doing while moonlighting is inappropriate, considering his day job. Being gay should never render someone an untouchable secular-saint who can’t be criticized for fear of the critic being bullied. Since June is “Pride Month” where the “gay community” loudly claims it’s demanding full-equality, shouldn’t part of that “equality” include an expectation that gays follow the rules like everyone else and be held accountable to the same standards of professional behavior that straight people must follow?
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you think a straight female teacher would keep her job if she posted a resume like Bradley Thomas Balof’s?
Can you find any instances of female teachers being dismissed for actively taking part in the adult entertainment industry?
How would YOU handle this situation if you were Karen Lewis (President of the Teacher’s Union in Chicago) or Barbara Byrd Bennett (CEO of the Chicago Public Schools)?
[ Click above to embiggen: Some of the promotional material for website www.BradleyThomasComic.com, which was wiped clean of all content on the morning of Friday 5/31/13 after our initial reporting on “The Case of the Stripping School Teacher” was published ]
A sixth grade teacher in a Chicago Public School classroom has been identified as a moonlighting stand-up comic who mocks his black students’ names, intelligence, and home life in degrading “comedy routines” staged in the city’s LGBTQAI community…where gay Chicago men have a longstanding habit of making racist, “ghetto” jokes at the expense of black people…but are never called-out on it because gays are a protected and favored class in our national media; a gay public school teacher ridiculing and degrading his black students for the amusement of gay audiences thus pits two of the institutional Left’s primary demographic groups against one another in as politically-incorrect terms as possible. Chicago’s now faced with the rare spectacle of wondering whom the media will side with on this one: the black children being mocked or the gay comic who degrades them on stage?
Bradley Thomas Balof, a gay, white, male teacher at Joseph Stockton Elementary School on the North Side of Chicago continues to perform his standup routine at venues like Zanies in Old Town, with troupes such as OutLoud Chicago, and in appearances at Sidetrack the Video Bar in Boystown (where Balof also serves as the bar’s master-of-ceremonies (MC) for special events and regularly dances nearly-nude as an in-house erotic entertainer).
Balof’s “comedy stylings” at Sidetrack and other gay venues include:
* Mocking the names of his black students, particularly the females, as “Shaquisha”, “Loquisha”, “”Shaniqua” , “Bon’Qui Qui”, and other variations of same that are disturbingly popular “jokes” amongst many gay men in Chicago
* Informing his audiences that he’s a public school teacher in Chicago who is exasperated by the lack of learning ability of his black students…and then detailing their academic struggles on stage in a “my students are so funny, they think 2 plus 2 is 5″ kind of way; other “jokes” in this vein involved the children not knowing what various sexual or other adult terms meant and then having “funny” responses to Balof about them
* Affecting a “ghetto accent” and taking on “ghetto black mannerisms” while telling “jokes” about the black people he claims to encounter during his teaching day
* Ridiculing black parents, especially the mothers, for the poor school performance of their kids
* Maligning black women as welfare queens and linking their reproductive frequency to the lackluster academic performance of their children
* Presenting himself on stage as a sainted martyr for having to “put up with black kids all day at work”
Balof regularly performs these “jokes” as the master-of-ceremonies (MC) for high-profile events held at Sidetrack the Video Bar, which is owned by prominent Chicago gay activists Art Johnston and Jose Pepin “Pepe” “Pep” Pena (who are also the principle fundraisers and founders for/of the lobbying organization Equality Illinois). Johnston and Pena are regularly present for Balof’s comedy routines and laugh along with the rest of the gay audience as Balof mocks black people unrelentingly. This is especially disturbing, since Johnston and Pena take the stage at these same events to promote Equality Illinois’ purported mission of achieving “equality for everyone in Illinois”…but then they laugh uproariously when one of their employees lambasts the culture and intelligence of black Chicago children and their parents.
I have personally and repeatedly complained to both Johnston and Pena about the offensive nature of the “comedy” performed at Sidetrack, with Pena in particular telling me in his thick accent that he didn’t care about complaints and that he “thinks this is funny”…and so Sidetrack will keep doing what it’s been doing, with Pena’s personal approval, regardless of how awful some of these “jokes” truly are.
Sidetrack the Video Bar films all of its special events MC-ed by Balof and stores these recordings digitally in its VJ/sound booth above its Main Bar room at 3349 N. Halsted in Boystown; as of Friday 5/31/13, it appears an investigation now has been launched by the Chicago Public Schools administration to obtain copies of all these videos for review, as Sidetrack has never made these performances by Balof available on its website or YouTube. There is an entire video production facility in-house and on-site at Sidetrack, with three or four dedicated staff members in charge of filming, editing, and archiving every event that happens in the bar.
[ Click PLAY above: as of this writing, this commercial for “Laugh Track” found on YouTube is the only film from the events available; while it does not show the racist jokes about public school students that are so offensive and only offers a taste of what “Laugh Track” was all about, it does prove that these shows were filmed by Sidetrack using the bar’s video production facilities. You can see screens to the sides of the comics where they’re being projected while they work the microphone; a Sidetrack camera operator was filming them so it could be broadcast on the screens and those performances were then captured digitally and archived in the Sidetrack VJ/sound booth ]
From the summer of 2010 through the spring of 2011, Balof and fellow comic Adam Guerino additionally staged the “Laugh Track” live comedy shows held at Sidetrack on Thursday nights; these featured standup comedy performances by Balof where he used his life as a public school teacher in majority-minority Joseph Stockton Elementary as the basis for his performance sets. Another Sidetrack co-owner, Chuck Hyde, was quoted in November of 2010 saying these “Laugh Track” shows had “been growing rapidly…We know that there’s a whole lot of talent in our community that doesn’t always get to showcase, so this just seemed like a natural fit” for Sidetrack the Video Bar. Another interview with Guerino revealed that he, Hyde, and Balof had conceived the idea for “Laugh Track” together and were the principle driving forces of the weekly events.
These “Laugh Track” shows were heavily promoted by owners Johnston, Pena, and Hyde with lavish posters and ads in all of the city’s gay entertainment publications. By all accounts, they were extremely well-attended and brought a lot of business into the bar on what was otherwise a slow night of the week. But, the consistently degrading nature of the material aimed at black people and children quickly soured audiences and “Laugh Track” was canceled unceremoniously in 2011…with most references to it disappeared down the “memory hole”. After hoping the ill will and hurt feelings that initial year of performances caused had been forgotten, Sidetrack attempted to resurrect “Laugh Track” again in the spring of 2012…but it was not restored as regularly featured entertainment in the bar. Balof, however, continued his racist comedy stylings at Sidetrack whenever he took the mic as an MC of special events and still performs at Zanies and other venues whenever they will have him…making fun of the black students in his sixth grade class wherever he can plug in a microphone.
Balof’s official performance biography describes him under his stage name “Bradley Thomas” as:
Bradley Thomas (www.bradleythomascomic.com) is a comedian, Activist, Teacher, Drag Queen, Leatherman, Bartender, Actor, Model, Bottom. Bradley Thomas does it all. Whether for his weekly show Laugh Track at Sidetrack, Night of 100 Drag Queens, International Mister Leather, or other performances Bradley has been performing as a comedian and emcee for over a decade. His quick wit, and sardonic view help him create stand-up performances that are both relevant and irreverent. Bradley does not shy away from incorporating equality, sexuality, and social justice into his art. Of course, he is quickest to laugh at himself, if you dont beat him to the punch. If laughter is medicine, Bradley hopes his audiences OD every night.
A “bottom”, as listed in the bio above, is a reference to Balof’s preferred position during anal sex (in which he elects to be the receptive partner); this is the first time I’ve ever seen a comedian list personal information such as this in a program bio…and one that his sixth grade students could easily find online in an internet search, no less.
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Public School Shocker: Gay Porn Actor and Male Stripper Employed As Teacher at Joseph Stockton Elementary School in Chicago!
[ Click above to embiggen: 6th grade teacher Bradley Thomas Balof (sometimes “Bradley T. Balof” or “Bradley Balof”) at Joseph Stockton Elementary School in Chicago is really “Brad Thomas” (porn actor) and “Bradley Thomas” (male stripper, erotic entertainer, racist comic, and sometimes-bartender at gay bar Sidetrack in Boystown) ]
The Chicago Public School system is now embroiled in another breaking scandal as it was uncovered this weekend that a gay porn actor and male stripper/erotic entertainer is currently employed as a sixth grade teacher at majority-minority Joseph Stockton Elementary School on Chicago’s north side.
This follows scandals in Florida and Massachusetts where FOX News and other investigative reporting teams discovered former gay porn stars teaching elementary school students in the Miami and Boston environs. Here in Illinois, I’ve uncovered irrefutable proof that the Chicago Public School system currently employs a man who continues to moonlight in the adult entertainment industry; by day, he’s charged with taking care of classrooms full of mostly minority children…but at night he bares his body in sweaty bars and upon public stages for the hungry eyes of other gay men.
Are parents of elementary school students in Chicago informed that at least one of the men teaching their children is currently involved in the adult entertainment industry and does the Chicago Public School System have any idea of the sort of nude moonlighting in which at least one of its teachers engages? These are questions we ask your help in answering this week as we get to the bottom of this new Chicago Public Schools scandal that warrants a full investigation by the state and federal Education Departments.
[ Click above to embiggen: employment information for Bradley T. Balof, who earns nearly $60,000/year as a public school teacher…but still performs as an adult entertainer at night ]
Bradley Thomas Balof has been on my radar for some time, since he performs as a stand-up comic and serves as the master-of-ceremonies (MC) for sexually-charged events at Sidetrack the Video Bar here in Chicago’s heavily-gay Boystown neighborhood.
While on the stage, Balof openly talks about being a Chicago Public School teacher…and, in fact, often mocks the mostly black students in his charge by incorporating variations of racist “Shaniqua” or “Loquisha” ghetto-humor into his comedy stylings; these are “jokes” commonly told by gay white men like Balof that depict his black students as ignorant “Shaniquas”, “Loquishas” and other ebonics-inspired characters who are in his opinion unable to learn, difficult to teach, and almost entirely coming from broken homes with missing fathers and stereotypical black “welfare queen” mothers, whom Balof portrays on stage as having children for the expressed purpose of collecting more government benefits (and then shunting the kids off to him and his fellow Chicago Public School teachers to deal with for the day). White gay men laugh uproariously at these “jokes”, which has made Balof a regular on the gay comedy circuit, according to his website: BradleyThomasComic.com. His experience teaching black students in a Chicago Public School classroom provides roughly 80% of what he talks about in his standup routines…and his jokes primarily boil down to the fact that the “Shaniquas”, “Loquishas”, and other black students in his classes exist entirely to be laughed at by gay men who find this style of “comedy” hilarious.
For the uninitiated, it’s incredibly common to find gays mocking blacks in niche comedy venues…while simultaneously black comedians often find it hilarious to make fun of gay people; this is part of the dynamic of the Left where one specific demographic group often mocks and targets another (but the national media never calls any of them out on it, since it’s one minority mercilessly maligning another for intra-party Democrat amusement).
When Balof’s not denigrating his students and their families at Sidetrack or other gay venues around town, he also appears nude or nearly-nude as a male stripper for various celebrations and serves as an erotic entertainer at leather and fetish-themed events, where he’s costumed in everything from steel-studded jockstraps to dog collars and brightly colored thongs or g-strings. Balof has seemingly made no effort whatsoever to hide his adult activities from simple Google image searches and, in fact, both Sidetrack the Video Bar (one of his employers) and ChicagoPride.com (an entertainment site focused on life in Boystown) prominently feature many images of Balof stripping, strutting, and posing nearly-nude around town. Sidetrack, during its recently discontinued “Laugh Track” standup comedy nights, additionally hosted a great number of Balof’s “comedic” attacks on black people and the mocking of his specific students at Joseph Stockton Elementary in Chicago. Sidetrack maintains a video archive of all the “Laugh Track” comedy performances from the years 2010 to 2012, as Balof’s racist “comedy” making fun of his black students was recorded by Sidetrack’s video production team.
Note: If the Chicago Public Schools or Illinois State Board of Education subpoenaed those tapes, they’d have footage of Balof’s “comedy stylings” where poor black children at Joseph Stockton Elementary are the butts of his “jokes”. Shockingly, he’s smart enough not to maintain a YouTube channel with any videos of his standup routine…but I personally saw Sidetrack’s videographer taping Balof delivering these “Shaniqua” and “Loquisha” riffs during those Laugh Track events and know that as of this writing they are sitting in the video production booth at Sidetrack and have not ever been destroyed.
[ Click above to embiggen: Bradley Thomas Balof appears as “Brad Thomas” in the gay adult films Into It and Bowser Makes A Movie ]
Going by the name “Brad Thomas”, Balof has appeared in at least two low-budget pornographic movies and is featured in sexually-charged music videos that can easily be found posted to the web. In one of his films, titled Into It and manufactured by the adult entertainment company Hustlers in 2006, Balof stars as “Brett” and is featured on the back cover art of the video reclining nude in a position of sexual satisfaction. The erotic film involves male hustlers, heavy drug use, a “night of unbridled sex”, nudity, a sado-masochistic relationship, and other similar attractions geared towards a gay male audience. A “hustler”, for those who don’t know, is a low-rent male prostitute who picks up “Johns” on the street or in gay bars in a city such as Chicago.
In 2005’s Bowser Makes a Movie from erotic entertainer Hornbill Films, Balof inhabits the character of “Vincent Van Coq” in a story about a young gay man who decides “to pursue his life dream…making an adult film”. “Coq” is, obviously, a Gallic manipulation of “cock”‘…which is itself American for regular old “penis”. Balof, billed here as “Brad Thomas” once again, appears shirtless on the cover art for the film grabbing at his penis through his pants and can be spotted on the reverse in a scene where the title character Bowser indeed films the porno he’d dreamed of making. Dirty Bird Pictures seems to have continued the “Bowser” character into several sequels, which include Bowser Makes A Porn and Bowser Makes Another Porn, but it’s unclear if Balof’s character Vincent Van Coq was featured in these further sexual adventures (and none of these erotic features should be confused with the angry, testudine dragon that repeatedly kidnapped Princess Peach in the Super Mario Bros. video game series).
The music video “Joan Crawford Goes to Hell” by Chicago-based Joan Crawford-inspired punk band “The Joans” featured Balof (credited as Bradley Thomas yet again) gyrating provocatively (starting at the 2:40 second mark in the video above), dolled up as one of Satan’s barely-dressed imps in leather and soot as the Hell-bound, deceased actress is engulfed in CGI flames. Near the end of the video, Balof kneels before Joan Crawford and paws at her sexually…before gyrating his body some more in disco a-go-go special effects while a skeleton dances in rainbow lights behind him. The video closes with Joan Crawford pushing an eager Balof’s head down to a sexual position conducive for cunnilingus. According to the end credits, the video was filmed at gay leather fetish bar Jackhammer in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.
[ Click above to embiggen: Balof as “Bradley Thomas”, MC of the IML Leathermen fetish events ]
Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago is when the annual International Mr. Leather (aka, “IML”) fetish pageant is held in a hotel downtown. Through the years, Balof has served as master-of-ceremonies (MC) for this event, where he’s appeared on stage in various forms of fetish gear, underpants, jockstraps, leather briefs, or nude. Balof in fact proudly posts this adult entertainment experience on his own website, as featured on his “Resume” page, and can clearly be seen performing his MC duties at the “world’s largest annual Leathermen convention”. The term “Leathermen” refers to gay men who enjoy a fetish of leather outfits, gear, and the corresponding sexual stereotypes associated with the “leather community”. The IML convention hosts sexual orgy parties, a “beauty pageant” of sorts where a nearly-nude “Mr. Leather” is crowned each year, and an expo of sexual toys and fetish gear for the “leather community”. In addition to serving as the MC for the major events, Balof danced in his underwear, in jockstraps, and nude for the enjoyment of IML attendees.
[ Click above to embiggen: Balof as “Bradley Thomas”, Sidetrack bartender, stripper, drag queen, and MC for special events ]
As an employee of Sidetrack the Video Bar, Balof regularly appears in his underwear, jockstraps, dolled up as Liza Minnelli, and nearly-nude at various events that owner Art Johnston hosts in his bar (in addition to Balof’s normal shifts as a Sidetrack underpants-clad bartender). Serving as master-of-ceremonies (MC) for these sexually charged events, Balof also seizes the opportunity to engage in polarizing and oftentimes hateful speech directed at Christians, such as the tirade he engaged in against Dan Cathy and the Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain at the Equality Illinois Pie Toss held at Sidetrack last year, where Balof berated a man dressed in a chicken costume as an effigy of Cathy and his company. Balof hosts the Sidetrack Mardi Gras, Halloween, and drag events…where he similarly revs up considerable hatred amongst Sidetrack employees and customers for Christians, conservatives in general, and others Balof labels “enemies of the gay community”. He encourages Sidetrack’s clientele and staff to hate Christians and Republicans and to take to the streets after events to punish and persecute those he and Sidetrack portray as “the enemy”. The net effect of all of this is quite similar to the exhortations against Emanuel Goldstein in George Orwell’s 1984, with Balof’s purposefully-chosen sexual-charged attire designed to get the maximum attention of the crowds for his rabid, anti-Christian and anti-conservative calls to arm.
When Balof lists himself as “an activist” on his resume, this is the sort of activity that he means.
You may also recall that Balof was one of the five hosts of the now-defunct Boystown tee-vee show “Only At Brunch”, which lasted just one episode back in the fall of 2011 and is today remembered primarily for the cruel bullying of special needs toddler Trig Palin by one of Balof’s co-hosts (while Balof himself laughed at these “jokes” and did nothing to stop them on camera) and misogynistic attacks on Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Only At Brunch was promoted heavily at Sidetrack, where the show held its premiere episode-watching party with complimentary drinks provided by Art Johnston. Johnston, it should be noted, is constantly informed about this sort of activity continuing in his place of business but he elects never to put any stop to it. Similarly, it should also be noted that Johnston self-styles himself as “Chicago’s Harvey Milk” and the principal leader of the “gay community” in the state of Illinois.
Johnston has been inducted into the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame and has seemingly no understanding of the word “hypocrisy”, since his establishment Sidetrack is ground zero for the hatred revved up against Christians and conservatives in Chicago…but, yet, Johnston never turns down an opportunity to lambast Christians and conservatives as “bigots” or persecutors of the gay community. Johnston, following Alinsky Rules for Radicals to the letter, accuses his “enemies” of doing the very things he and his staff engage in at Sidetrack.
To promote his standup comedy appearances during “Queer Comedy at Zanies in Chicago”, Balof appeared on a YouTube talk show called TheQudotco, in which he spoke openly about his employment as a Chicago Public School teacher. Tony Soto, the host of “The Qu”, specifically asked Balof if any of his students were aware of his activities outside of school hours…and implicitly asked whether the minors he taught during the day understood what their teacher got up to at night. As you can see in the video, Soto is clearly amused by the idea that a public school teacher could lead Bradley Thomas Balof’s double life.
Balof gave a quick run-down of his career outside the classroom, by noting that he started off as a circus ringmaster, then got into MC-ing events, hosting drag performances, and ultimately serving as the Master-of-Ceremonies for the International Mr. Leather (IML) convention (which Balof described as “expanding his horizons every Memorial Day weekend”, giving the camera a wink at the double-entendre obvious to anyone with a concept of what sort of “expanding” happens to a man’s body during “IML” weekend in Chicago; it seems “horizons” is slang to Soto for “sphincter”).
At about the 1:35 mark in the video above, Balof talks about still trying to find “his performance voice” while Soto asks if any of his students have discovered his extracurricular activities online. Balof acknowledges that children have, in fact, found his “other life” online…and even acknowledges they could be watching this very video by admonishing them to “do their homework!”.
Balof states directly into the camera at about the 1:50 mark: “I approach it as this is something that I do and that everyone should follow their (sic) passion in life. And to be a role model and to be in front of students…to not also want to express this artistic side of myself and to entertain people which is just something that is innate to the core of my being would be to not practice what I am preaching”.
At the 2:09 minute mark, Soto asks Balof how much material for his comedy routines he gets from his job and Balof states that he gets: “as much material as any comic gets from their (sic) family or their (sic) job or whatever. Funny things happen on a daily basis, oh yah, sure. We all remember what it was like to be 13 and, yah, exactly”. Since Balof’s students are mostly black in a majority-minority school like Joseph Stockton Elementary, those “funny stories from work” are thus primarily about young black children whom Balof regularly lampoons with heavy racial stereotypes in his comedy routines.
Near the 4:00 minute mark, Soto asks Balof how he juggles being a public school teacher with working in a bar and doing comedy and Balof explains that he does most of his adult entertaining during the school breaks, including the three months in the summer that he has off every year as a Chicago Public Schools employee earning about $60,000 annually (plus benefits…and including a full pension for the rest of his life at his last level of salary when he retires).
Clearly, working in a public school as a teacher is a highly attractive day job for entertainers in the adult industry…since once they age out of porn, stripping, bartending, and fetish conventions they can retire in luxury on permanent pensions provided to them by the taxpayers of Illinois.
[ Click above to embiggen: Shawn Loftis, Kevin Hogan, Bradley Thomas Balof ]
Like Balof, other adult entertainers have also been enticed by the ridiculously-generous salaries and benefits packages in the public school system, including the union guarantee that they all maintain their level of pay at retirement for the rest of their natural lives.
The website Queerty (which describes itself as “Free of An Agenda. Except That Gay One”) recently ran the article “Adult Film Stars Who’ve Retired: Did They Have Happy Endings?” that profiled a handful of male pornographic actors and adult entertainers who are now “mainstreaming”.
Just like Bradley Thomas Balof, the porn stars Collin O’Neal (real name Shawn Loftis) and Hytch Cawke (real name Kevin Hogan) became public school teachers to qualify for the high salaries, lavish benefits, and guaranteed retirement funds that accompany teaching positions in most states. O’Neal/Loftis taught at Nautilus Middle School in Miami, Florida and Cawke/Hogan found a job at Mystic Valley Charter School in Massachusetts. This is around the time, coincidentally, that Bradley Thomas Balof also started working for the Chicago Public School system.
In 2010, the School Board fired Shawn Loftis for his porn past but the Teachers’ Commission forced his reinstatement in 2011, claiming that his career in the adult industry was over and that he was trying to start a fresh life and educate his students about the mistakes he made by becoming a porn star. It appears he continues to be left in charge of children in Miami-Dade County to this day.
FOX News reporter Mike Beaudet ambushed Kevin Hogan back in 2011 on camera and confronted him about his gay-for-pay porn past; this is a term for a straight (and often married) male who performs in gay sex videos strictly for the money (most often with the wife’s approval). His wife, it turned out, was also a former porn star (so clearly she didn’t mind what her husband was up to). In 2011 Hogan was suspended with pay while the situation was investigated and finally in 2012 the School Board in Massachusetts decided to dismiss Hogan and not allow him to teach in the 2012-2013 academic year, citing the fact that he had previously performed in adult oriented videos and he’d highly embarrassed his school when word on this got out.
So, that makes one School Board in Democrat-controlled Miami, Florida that decided a gay man’s porn past has no relevancy to the appropriateness of his being a public school teacher…and one School Board in a slightly less Leftist area of Massachusetts that decided a public school was not the best place for a retired porn star to work during the day.
What’s interesting about the Matter of Bradley Thomas Balof is that he currently still works in the adult entertainment industry as a male stripper, erotic entertainer and MC at fetish events, dancer in music videos, and additionally delivers highly racist comedy routines in which he mocks his public school students. While it appears the last pornographic movie he appeared in was in 2005 or 2006, the rest of his adult-acitivities-moonlighting still continues (mostly during breaks in the school year). He was just nearly-naked again in public this weekend, as a matter of fact.
So, unlike porn stars Loftis and Hogan, Balof is still very much in the adult entertainment business…while simultaneously being employed as a Chicago Public School teacher.
This being Chicago, with Rahm Emanuel as our Mayor, Barbara Byrd-Bennett as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools system, and Karen Lewis as the President of the Chicago Teacher’s Union…what do you think the odds are of Bradley Thomas Balof continuing to teach the sixth grade by day in a shirt and tie while gyrating in bars and on public stages at night wearing not much more than some coconut oil and a smile?
Hope! Change! Adult entertainers for teachers everywhere!
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you think it’s appropriate for a Chicago Public School teacher to appear in porn, work as a male stripper, MC leather fetish events, and perform comedy routines in which he mocks his sixth grade students for their race and (in his opinion) lack of intelligence?
What would you do if you found out an adult entertainer was teaching in YOUR school district where you lived…and this teacher was not a “former adult entertainer”, but was someone who currently engages in this activity after he’s done teaching your children for the day?
Do you think that people employed with taxpayer funds in public schools should be forbidden to be part of the adult entertainment industry?
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[ Click above to embiggen ]
I’m betting few people reading this ever watched the show “The New Normal” on NBC, which lasted just one season and was canceled due to abysmal ratings (even by NBC’s lowered standards); this was a half-hour sitcom featuring a gay couple (one of them a handsome obstetrician played by Justin Bartha and the other a funny-looking, flamboyant flake who was based on Ryan Murphy, the creator of “Glee” and “American Horror Story”) who lived in LA and came in constant conflict with a conservative Christian real estate broker from Ohio played by Ellen Barkin (whose character was a GREAT-GRANDMOTHER on this show…which is hilarious for anyone who knows how vain and nasty Ellen Barkin has behaved on sound stages for decades; just about the only good thing about the show for a lot of people was that Ellen Barkin now looks old enough to play someone’s GREAT-GRANDMOTHER). “The New Normal” was NBC’s attempt at recapturing the spirit of “All in the Family”, but inverting everything: so instead of arch-conservative and crotchety Archie Bunker the show centered around an unyieldingly-closed-minded gay couple who embodied everything the Left represents in 2013 (with the guys going to bed every night with a picture of Barack Obama next to their alarm clock and waking up the next day to twist every conversation into an opportunity to bash, malign, and ridicule those with differing political beliefs).
I actually thought the show was funny and enjoyed it because — surprisingly — “The New Normal” was pretty much equal-opportunity in its political humor. While the lead gay characters mocked Ellen Barkin’s conservative GREAT-GRANDMOTHER (I just can’t get enough of the fact that they cast her for this part!) from Ohio, she more often than not made them look foolish, naive, and delusional for all of the Lefty talking points they regularly spouted. In fact, I think at the end of an episode the Left looked more ridiculous than ever, because nine times out of ten the gay guys could not articulate a sound reason behind the things they were saying, just that because they heard them on MSNBC so it must be true. This is probably why the show tanked on NBC (a network that the Left trusts to provide a steady stream of Democrat propaganda, like it does on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, and everything NBC News broadcasts), since the Left always wants to be perceived as the smartest people in any room…and they don’t like anyone seeing that they mostly have no idea what they are talking about and rely heavily on canned sound bytes they parrot from the tee-vee.
Probably the most memorable thing the show did was to address the issue of gays in the Boy Scouts (in Episode 20: About A Boy Scout)…but I disagree with the take “The New Normal” had on this, since it insisted that a gay former scout should naturally progress into being a gay scout master after he ages out of Boy Scouts…which I think is an inappropriate role for an adult gay man. But, I also don’t think that lesbians should be coaches of girls’ basketball and volleyball programs in high school…though I don’t think I’ve ever met a heterosexual woman who coached either of those sports (and I’ve only known a few who’ve even played them).
I have no reservations with gay guys being troop leaders for the Girl Scouts…and for lesbians being scout masters for Boy Scouts. I actually think this arrangement would be pretty fabulous, because if you made gay guys in charge of flailing Girl Scout troops they’d stage cookie-selling production numbers that would put Troop Beverly Hills to shame. Similarly, the crafty, frugal, outdoorsy, and always-practical lesbians of the world would be able to teach little boys survival skills and how to rebuild a carburetor or two (no joke: lesbians are amazing, like these magical Valkyries that can swoop in and fix anything…and do it all under budget!).
I would think it was inappropriate to have a straight man lead a Girl Scout troop, though…regardless of his best intentions. I wouldn’t be as automatically opposed to a straight woman leading a bunch of Boy Scouts, if she was a mom and not a predatory “cougar” who enjoys the company of younger men. There’s just a bad energy about straight guys being in charge of little girls…and I think that same energy is there if gay guys would be Scout Masters to little boys. Let’s remove that sort of energy entirely by not creating situations that naturally feel inappropriate like this. If you are an adult who is sexually attracted to other males, then impressionable young boys shouldn’t be under your direction ever; if you are an adult female who is sexually attracted to other females, then young girls should not be under your direction either. For heterosexuals, it should be the opposite situation, with adults never exclusively in charge of opposite-sex youngsters.
Personally, as a gay man I am suspicious of any other gay guy who makes a stink and demands to be put in charge of a bunch of little boys…as some are doing in pressuring the Boy Scouts to allow gay scoutmasters. I think the organization should fold and close up shop before they’d allow this to happen. If you spend any time in the gay community you will know that there indeed exist predatory older gays who hunt younger guys (called “chicken” in gay slang); these older men are “chicken-hawks” who are typically in their 50s and 60s and seem to be attempting to reclaim their own youth by fixating on the barely-legal “trade” that flows through the bars. I also feel like they are attempting to be youth-vampires and at the end of their lives they want to be around as much bare, young flesh as possible in hopes of rejuvenating themselves.
A really easy place to scope out this behavior is in a bar like The Lucky Horseshoe, where guys who look like they could be grandfathers (or great-grandfathers) blow their whole social security checks by stuffing singles into the jocks of the young, buff dancers at “The Shoe”. A lot of married, straight men also seem to be attracted to young guys who could be the ages of their own sons; there in fact is a very vocal and active subset of the gay community that fetishizes over “Daddy/Son” relationships…and one very common fantasy is that of a scoutmaster seducing a boy scout in a pup tent. This is so prevalent that at Halloween most of the young gay “twinks” (under 25 and slim of build) will dress up as boy scouts if they can’t think of anything more creative for Halloween costumes…since they know the outfit will appeal to enough older guys to guarantee they won’t buy a single drink in any bar that night.
[ Bradley Thomas Balof when he’s at his day job, teaching at Chicago’s public Joseph Stockton Elementary School on Beacon Street ]
The pictures at the top of this article are from Sidetrack the Video Bar’s website, showing Bradley Thomas Balof ( a Chicago Public school teacher at Stockton Elementary no less) moonlighting as the MC of Sidetrack’s Halloween costume contest last year, dolled up as…a Boy Scout. His “comedy stylings” during this event included lots of sexual jokes about being a randy Boy Scout and provocative dancing/flirting with the contestants as a stereotypical “gay Boy Scout”. Balof is pushing 40 but has worn this Boy Scout costume repeatedly through the years…so it appears to be a favorite in his fetish closet (note the “hickeys” he painted all over his neck for his costume, which he purposefully did to emphasize that he was supposed to be a highly sexualized Boy Scout). Balof is very much not alone in the gay community in his attraction to the Boy Scout motif; a good number of gay men find Boy Scouts sexy in the way that straight women lust after strippers dressed up as Navy officers, firemen, and the rest of the cast of Magic Mike.
Boy Scouts are right up there with Cowboys, Policemen, and Superheroes as sexual fetish objects for gay guys.
Based on my observations of the gay community since I came out at 18, I think allowing gays to be scoutmasters is like putting Otis the town drunk in charge of your bar’s liquor inventory. It’s just a situation that could end so horribly (even if Otis swears he never meant any harm)…so why on Earth would you do this when other people are available to run your bar? The fact that Otis is so eager to have that job just automatically makes me wonder what he intends to do when no one is looking. He’s an alcoholic…but he wants to work in a bar even though there are other jobs he could be doing where he wouldn’t be tempted to do bad things; that’s like Oprah suddenly deciding she wants to work in a bakery, even though she clearly doesn’t need to be doing that for the money (so you need to realize she just loves being around the delicious, delicious cakes). If every alarm bell is not going off in your head over an oddity like that, then something’s wrong with you. Get real!
It’s a whole different story when it comes to young gay boys who want to be part of the scouting experience, though. These boys might realize they are gay but aren’t sexualized yet..and aren’t joining scouts for sexual experiences. At that tender young age, they more likely than not just find other boys to be fascinating and intriguing…in ways they can’t yet process mentally as sexual feelings. I don’t think a boy under the age of 18 should be denied membership in a scouting group because he’s openly gay (or suspected of being gay, if adults can pick up on this about him even if he has not realized it yet himself)…but I think that scoutmasters should keep an eye on him…just as they should be keeping an eye on all the boys to make sure that no hazing, inappropriate conduct, or anything sexual is ever happening on those scouting trips.
Once a guy is 18, if he’s gay then he needs to understand that his role in scouting is over…unless he wants to become a fundraiser and support a troop in an administrative capacity. But, it’s just not appropriate for him to be a scoutmaster and be left alone with a group of boys. I think it is just common sense for a gay man to automatically avoid any situation where he could ever even be remotely accused of doing anything bad to a little boy…unless that guy really is a chicken-hawk who maneuvered himself into that position to take advantage of his role. I have a hard time believing that a gay guy who is insisting on becoming a scoutmaster ISN’T up to something ulterior in doing that, when nothing is stopping him from graduating from scouting and helping the organization in other administrative ways. Or just moving on with his life and finding adult interests to pursue…like 90% of the rest of guys do when they age out of scouting.
I know the Left screams that these gay men should be allowed to become scoutmasters if they want…but I think we need to get real and see that there’s something wrong with a person who can’t leave childhood behind and wants to continue being a part of a Boy Scout troop into his twenties and thirties (and beyond). Grow up! Join an adult-league sports team or get a job with the US Forest Service if you really love this stuff so much and want to make a career of it (or if you have Peter Pan syndrome and can’t graduate from childhood). But, leave the scoutmaster role to straight men who hopefully have sons of their own and allow those guys to have that experience…and you can create a role of your own as a fundraiser, administrative support person, or something else appropriate that allows you to continue helping the organization you loved as a boy…but in a new role unique to you now that you are a grown-ass man.
Even better: channel Shelley Long and seek out that struggling Girl Scout troop and coach them into winning their cookie drive or help them with their arts and crafts…and leave being a Boy Scout troop leader to the straight men…or to lesbians (who, frankly, would do a better job at this than anyone anyway).
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: Do you think there’s something inherently wrong with a gay man who won’t move on with his life and still wants to be part of Boy Scouts when he’s over 18? I am a 36 year old gay man telling you that I think there is something wrong with the gay guys who insist on being scoutmasters…so it is completely appropriate if you feel this way too.
An Open Letter to Kim Cattrall regarding the hypocrisy of Ben Cohen attending an anti-bullying event at Sidetrack the Video Bar (a venue that promotes bullying)
VIA Open Letter, Email, and Post:
August 26, 2011
Dear Ms. Cattrall,
I write to you because you have been a strong, public supporter of the Ben Cohen Standup Foundation and its published mission of being “dedicated solely to the cause of anti-bullying, wherever and to whomever it occurs”. Your photo (above, with Naya Rivera and Ben Cohen) is featured on the Foundation’s website and lends your image and good name, and with them great credence, to the public’s belief that Ben Cohen takes his Foundation’s mission seriously and means what he says when he promises to end bullying “wherever and to whomever it occurs”.
Considering the above, you need to know that Ben Cohen is currently scheduled to appear at Sidetrack the Video Bar on August 30th, 2011 for an event promoting the Standup Foundation in which he will appear on stage alongside Bradley Thomas Balof, a Sidetrack employee who is billed as the event’s MC and auctioneer.
On August 16th, 2011 at 730pm, Sidetrack screened the premiere episode of “Only@Brunch” which features Bradley Thomas Balof as co-host of this gay Chicago talk show, with format similar to “The View”. Sidetrack aired this video on its largest screen, provided free mimosas to attract viewers, and allowed its official logo to be featured on promotional materials with Sidetrack’s clear endorsement of the “Only@Brunch” content.
At the 1:37 mark of this video, another “Only@Brunch” co-host, Jesse Budlong, attacked Trig Palin, the son of Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd, with tasteless and unjustified bullying (for being a toddler with Down Syndrome). This attack arose while the “Only@Brunch” cast bullied Congresswoman Michele Bachmann because of her gender and physical appearance — and resulted in five minutes of these gay men mocking her looks in a video that Sidetrack aired in the Main Bar area of this Chicago gay establishment (the most prominent placement Sidetrack could give this bullying, in the most prominent gay venue in the country).
As a gay man living and working here in Chicago, I am ashamed of the way leaders of the gay community, such as Sidetrack’s owners Art Johnston and Jose Pepin “Pepe” Pena, consistently engage in hypocrisy like this.
Because of articles I wrote here on HillBuzz.org about this outrage, “Only@Brunch” was forced to issue a statement acknowledging the tasteless and unjustifiable nature of its bullying attack. Subsequently, “Only@Brunch” edited out its mocking of Trig Palin from the video it currently features on YouTube, but retained the five minutes of bullying directed at Congresswoman Bachmann. Sidetrack and its owners have made no apology whatsoever for providing this bullying a venue in which to air publicly before a large crowd.
Trig Palin is a common target for bullying attacks in the gay community, with venues such as Sidetrack airing videos that mock him and others with special needs for the way they were born. Similarly, Sidetrack has a long and documented history of brutally bullying women, Christians, and people with conservative political beliefs. Sidetrack features a weekly Thursday “Laugh Track Comedy Night”, which Bradley Thomas Balof often hosts, that invariably includes sexist and misogynistic attacks on Christian women such as Congresswoman Bachmann, Governor Sarah Palin, Governor Jan Brewer, columnist Ann Coulter, and others. Sidetrack is the only gay bar in Chicago that engages in this sort of orchestrated, endemic bullying on its video screens, I think because it’s the biggest bar in town and regularly attracts celebrities like Ben Cohen for events.
Since they believe they can get away with this, and possess so much political and economic clout, Sidetrack’s owners Johnston and Pena apparently see no problem with hosting an anti-bullying event on August 30th, 2011 (in which conservatives and Christians will be scolded for allegedly bullying gay people) after airing the “Only@Brunch” video on August 16th, 2011 (which showcased gay people bullying a special needs child and women who are conservative and Christian).
The hypocrisy is obvious and glaring — and does a great disservice to the Ben Cohen Standup Foundation because it’s certainly an affront to the published mission of dedication “solely to the cause of anti-bullying, wherever and to whomever it occurs”. Except when gay people are doing the bullying, and the victims are a toddler with Down Syndrome and Christian women the gay community doesn’t like, it would seem.
On a very personal level, Ms. Cattrall, I need to tell you that I have friends in New York City who have volunteered with God’s Love We Deliver and have gotten to know you, somewhat, through its own mission. My friends tell me you are hardworking, gracious, and truly committed to the causes you endorse. You are, they assure me, the real deal and no fan of hypocrisy. In New York, I’m told you are often an angel that rescues many a fundraising event, often agreeing to appear at the very last minute if another speaker falls through or something important is not getting enough attention. Seeing Kim Cattrall attached to anything means the organization involved deserves the public’s support and confidence. There aren’t words to properly thank you for all you do, for so very many.
For the last five days, I have been asking for an explanation from the Ben Cohen Standup Foundation for why Mr. Cohen remains scheduled to appear at Sidetrack the Video Bar here in Chicago on August 30th, 2011 after Sidetrack so egregiously aired a clear bullying attack on Trig Palin, Congresswoman Bachmann, and others on August 16th, 2011. I have corresponded with, and spoken to over the phone, Patrick Davis, the President of the Ben Cohen Standup Foundation on multiple occasions. While incredibly polite and unfailingly professional, Mr. Davis has STILL not explained to me why the Foundation is rewarding Sidetrack’s bad behavior with a personal appearance by Mr. Cohen. Sidetrack stands to make a great deal of money August 30th, because Mr. Cohen is a sought-after sex symbol in the gay community that draws large, thirsty, crowds to any bar he visits.
Can you please contact Mr. Patrick Davis at the Ben Cohen Standup Foundation (404-347-7778 or Patrick@BenCohenUSA.com) and ask him to explain why Mr. Cohen is choosing to abandon his pledge to standup to bullying “wherever and to whomever it occurs” by appearing in a venue that fosters bullying here in Chicago’s gay community?
I have spent the last week drawing attention to the fact that bullying towards special needs children, conservatives, Christians, and women is ongoing at Sidetrack the Video Bar here in Chicago and is a very serious problem in our community exacerbated by Sidetrack’s owners Johnston and Pena.
If Mr. Cohen chooses to honor his scheduled appearance at Sidetrack next Tuesday August 30th, 2011, he’s clearly voiding the Foundation’s mission and encouraging this sort of bullying committed by the gay community in Chicago to amplify nationwide.
It’s a bigger issue than just something happening here in Chicago, because this act of hypocrisy will permanently undermine the Foundation’s mission and will cast doubt on its “anti-bullying wherever and to whomever it occurs” core tenet.
Thank you Ms. Cattrall for involving yourself in this matter and inquiring of Mr. Cohen and Mr. Davis exactly what’s going on here, and how the August 30th appearance at Sidetrack complements the stated mission of the Ben Cohen Standup Foundation.
Founder and Editor, HillBuzz.org
Fan of yours since Mannequin, permanent admirer because of God’s Love We Deliver
An Open Letter to Art Johnston Owner of Sidetrack the Video Bar Asking Why Hatred Towards Special Needs Children is Allowed to Play on His Screens
Art Johnston, Owner
Sidetrack the Video Bar
3349 North Halsted
Chicago, IL 60657
Dear Mr. Johnston,
On Tuesday August 16th at 730pm, Sidetrack screened the pilot episode of a talk show named “Only@Brunch”, which is produced by Jared Hall’s DowntownCupid Productions and features Jared Hall, Jesse Budlong, Bradley Thomas Balof, Terrence Chappell, Craig Rathwell, and Brian Felder as hosts. At the 1:37 mark of the original broadcast of this program, Budlong made a tasteless, unjustifiable, and cruel attack on Trig Palin, the son of Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd. As you well know, Trig Palin is a 3 year-old toddler with Down Syndrome who was mocked on “Only@Brunch” for his physical appearance and because of the condition of his birth.
As you also know, Bradley Thomas Balof is a longtime employee of yours, working as a Sidetrack bartender and the M.C. for both your Thursday “Laugh Track” comedy nights and your various special events. The “Only@Brunch” premiere was a Sidetrack-sponsored event, with Sidetrack’s logo emblazoned on the advertisements for the talk show (see image below) and Sidetrack providing FREE mimosas to entice members of the Chicago LGBTQ community to come to Sidetrack to view “Only@Brunch”. The pilot episode for this show was prominently endorsed by Sidetrack by being projected on the giant screen in your Main Bar, the largest screen on which Sidetrack could have possibly shown “Only@Brunch” (see below photos from the event). It is rare for any group to be afforded these privileges at Sidetrack, as this treatment is reserved strictly for causes and projects you personally endorse.
Because this attack on a special needs child was made at your establishment Sidetrack, the most prominent gay venue in Chicago, and was apparently so enthusiastically endorsed by you and your staff, the gay community may think mocking children with Down Syndrome is acceptable behavior. You clearly gave your personal seal of approval to “Only@Brunch” and its content, which includes the bullying of special needs Americans and vicious attacks on conservative and Christian women. What are young gay men supposed to think when you promote yourself as their community leader and a show like this airs in your bar?
Sidetrack chose to promote and air the “Only@Brunch” pilot, complete with the attack on Trig Palin, despite it containing cruel bullying on the part of the show’s hosts, including Sidetrack employee Balof, who sat there on screen saying nothing to Budlong after he attacked a toddler with Down Syndrome. None of the co-hosts, in fact, said on camera that this sort of bullying is wrong.
Jared Hall and Downtown Cupid productions could have easily edited out the attack on Trig Palin before the show aired; in fact, they’ve subsequently edited this part out of the current YouTube video they have posted (live since 8/21/11) as “Only@Brunch” has received great national criticism for encouraging gay men to bully children (just because they don’t agree with their mothers’ politics).
Jared Hall and Downtown Cupid productions should have cut tape and reshot that original opening segment before finalizing the episode for broadcast. Since this attack on Trig Palin happened just 1:37 into the show, that would not have been difficult for them to do. Instead, they chose to let Budlong’s bullying stand.
Sidetrack then chose to screen this bullying before a live audience drawn to the event by Sidetrack’s encouragement of free alcohol.
Mr. Johnston, Sidetrack has a longstanding habit of airing videos that bully and degrade conservatives and Christians, especially females on the Republican side of the political spectrum. I have personally written to you on previous occasions and have spoken directly to your partner, Jose Pepin “Pepe” Pena, about the shamefully sexist and misogynistic attacks Sidetrack screens on conservative and Christian women such as columnist Ann Coulter, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Governor Jan Brewer, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and most especially, Governor Sarah Palin. I have been told on several occasions, in person, that you and your partner think these videos are funny and that you will continue to play “whatever you want, whenever you want” because it is your bar.
Your partner Pena was manning the VJ booth on Thursday January 12th, 2011 (just four days after the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona) and played an almost 12-minute long assault on Governor Palin that included videos depicting Kate Gosselin and her family picking up automatic rifles and executing the Governor, her husband Todd, and her children in the wilderness like they were the Romanovs. The video was gory, and was followed by a series of clips from famous horror movies depicting people being chopped up and bloodily abused, with a graphic Sidetrack inserted at the end to the effect of “Wouldn’t you want to see this happen to Sarah Palin?”. Up in the video booth, I saw Pena laughing, so proud of himself for getting this violent and hateful message against Governor Palin out there.
Until the “Only@Brunch” attack on Trig Palin aired August 16th, that January 12th montage Pena played in your bar was the most disgusting and reprehensible video I’ve ever seen endorsed by those who claim to be part of “The Tolerant Left” and actively engage in accusing conservatives and Christians of bullying gays.
No, Mr. Johnston, you have this dead wrong. YOU and your establishment, Sidetrack, are the ones that are spreading hatred in the community and encouraging bullying and violence towards those who do not agree with you politically. While you may claim to be “Chicago’s Harvey Milk”, as I have personally heard you refer to yourself in public at events Sidetrack has held, you default any status as a “leader for equal rights” by allowing your business to be such a broadcaster of hatred against others.
You, Art Johnston, and your partner Pepe Pena, are the kings of all gay bullies — and you have proven it yet again with this “Only@Brunch” endorsement.
There are no other bars in Boystown that devote time on their video screens to savaging Governor Palin, Congresswoman Bachmann, and other conservative and Christian women the way Sidetrack does.
There are no other bars in Boystown that allow videos mocking and bullying children with special needs to air on their screens.
This is only happening at Sidetrack, and it needs to stop because you are encouraging a whole generation of young gay men, who don’t know any better, to revel in this hatred and accept sexism, misogyny, and the brutalization of the innocent as appropriate political discourse.
They see you do it. They see you encourage it. So it’s no surprise when they start doing it too.
I am anxiously awaiting an explanation from you as to why Sidetrack endorsed the “Only@Brunch” pilot and allowed its content to air so prominently on Sidetrack’s massive Main Bar screen, complete with Sidetrack-provided FREE mimosas to encourage a large crowd of viewers.
How can you on one hand keep insisting gay people are victims, when you and Sidetrack encourage young gay people to bully and victimize conservatives and Christians (and their families)?
Please explain yourself and the conduct of your business.
Sunday Action Item: Can you please leave a comment on the YouTube video of the Chicago gay talk show that’s mocking Trig Palin? UPDATE: Video removed by Only@Brunch, but all comments screengrabbed and preserved in this thread.
UPDATE 8/21/11: Jared Hall at Downtown Cupid Productions edited out the horrible attack on Trig on Sunday afternoon 8/21/11 and is now trying to pretend none of this ever happened. Just like the Left to try to flush things down the Memory Hole when they get caught. The new, edited video retains the “Only@Brunch” attacks on Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, however. You can comment on the new, edited video here: Only@Brunch pilot episode.
Another thing Jared Hall at Downtown Cupid Productions is doing is trying to curry sympathy by claiming someone called him “Hitler” in comments left on his YouTube site, which is the excuse he gave in the video you’ll find below regarding why he deleted all comments.
Well, Jared, we screengrabbed all the comments left for you on YouTube before you deleted them. There is no reference to Hitler anywhere but your own imagination, sister mister. Read all the comments left for you, and you will see that for yourself. I managed to grab all of them before you deleted them at 2:27pm 8/21/11 when you attempted to erase everything related to Jesse Budlong’s hatefully cruel attack on Trig Palin on your pilot episode of “Only@Brunch”.
How about your next episode focus on Jesse Budlong explaining why he thinks it’s funny to mock people with special needs, and why you as a producer allowed this mocking of a toddler with Down Syndrome to be broadcast in the first place? If there’s time on your show, further explain why you’re now in DELETE, DELETE, DELETE mode — even though everything you and your co-hosts have done is saved on multiple hard drives coast to coast.
Here in Boystown, the gay talk show “Only@Brunch” recently mocked special needs, Down Syndrome toddler Trig Palin in the pilot episode of the latest “Downtown Cupid” production from Jared Hall.
Because of the attention HillBuzz.org shined on this attack on a special needs child by catty gay men, Hall has released a statement agreeing the mocking of Trig Palin on “Only@Brunch” was indeed tasteless and unjustified.
I, however, don’t feel Hall has explained himself well enough, because it remains a mystery why he chose to air this episode with the inclusion of the attack on Trig Palin. When taping anything like the “Only@Brunch” show, there is always the ability to stop, in the middle of the segment, and start again if something as atrocious as the jab at a Down Syndrome toddler happens. This was not a live broadcast, but a production that was filmed, edited, and approved for broadcast by Jared Hall and Downtown Cupid Productions.
At the very least, Hall should have, on camera, scolded co-host Jesse Budlong for mocking Trig Palin.
But, Hall, and fellow cast members Bradley Thomas Balof, Terrence Chappell, Craig Rathwell, and Brian Felder laughed along with Budlong and didn’t seize the opportunity to tell him that his comment was inappropriate and had really crossed a line.
What’s caught on tape in this “Only@Brunch” clip is something the media never shows you, but something that’s very real and present every day here in Boystown: the ease in which urban, gay men conjure true evil and aim it at conservatives and Christians (and their special needs children).
Budlong was so quick to take a hit at little Trig because he and his friends most likely do this sort of thing all the time. It comes so naturally for these guys to be this cruel, because cruelty towards others is a part of their daily lives. There is a whole generation of gay men typified by the “Only@Brunch” bullies who came of age taking their cues from Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, and the monsters who write on The Daily Kos and Democratic Underground.”Comedians” like Kathy Griffin, Sandra Bernhardt, Margaret Cho, Bill Maher, and others further stoke this hate and encourage gay people to viciously attack conservatives and Christians whenever possible.
Here’s something you can do today to help put an end to this behavior.
Please ask your friends, especially those with special needs people in their lives, to do the same.
Be professional and mature in your remarks, but please let Jared Hall, Jesse Budlong, Bradley Thomas Balof, Terrence Chappell, Craig Rathwell, and Brian Felder know their behavior is unacceptable and their decision to go ahead and air a pilot containing the mocking of Trig Palin was reprehensible.
Not only did none of these people stop Budlong’s remark while cameras were rolling, but none of them called for a reshooting of that segment minus the hatred directed at a toddler.
As a gay man living here in Boystown, I demand better of this from the gay community.
And I ask your help in getting this message across to the “Only@Brunch” bullies.
Please voice your comment here, and post on this thread what you said when you’ve done it.
Thank you, on a very personal level, as someone who just can’t stand to see people with special needs abused by gay bullies.
Why it’s important to call out bullies who attack those with special needs – and why it’s especially important to defend Trig Palin from any and all attackers
Yesterday, I wrote an expose on the Chicago gay talk show “Only@Brunch”, hosted by Jared Hall with co-hosts Bradley Thomas Balof, Jesse Budlong, Terrence Chappell, Craig Alexander Rathwell, and Brian Felder because their broadcast not only included the stereotypically catty and low-information attacks on conservative and Christian women (like Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Governor Sarah Palin) that much of America expects from the gay community (as shameful as this reality may be), but really crossed a line of poor taste by mocking Trig Palin, a special needs toddler (pictured above), who is happily living his life and bringing great joy to all around him (mercifully oblivious to the childish hatred aimed at him by some vocal members of Chicago’s Boystown gay community).
The expose dealt with how shamefully the “Only@Brunch” boys behaved, and how terrible and ugly the gay community is for mocking someone with special needs.
Today, however, I want to focus on Trig and the millions of people in the world like him and just how wonderful and beautiful they really are.
HORRIFYING: Cast of Chicago gay talk show caught on tape making fun of Trig Palin during bullying attacks on conservatives and Christians
Note: If you are not familiar with the long history of gay men like those on “Only@Brunch” mocking people with special needs and directing catty cruelty at conservatives and Christians (especially at female Republicans), please read here to get a fuller picture of what’s going on that the media never shows you…and why someone like Jesse Budlong in the clip above is so quick to attack Trig Palin at the 1:37 mark…while his co-hosts neither stop him nor cut tape and choose to try the segment again, but this time without mocking a special needs child. It speaks volumes on the character of all involved in this production that this opening segment was not refilmed minus Budlong’s cruelty directed at a toddler with Down Syndrome. These guys saw nothing wrong with Budlong’s remark, they thought it was funny, and are so used to hearing other gay guys mock people with special needs that they still probably can’t see how evil their behavior really and truly is. These guys are honestly the reason that so many people in the world have negative feelings towards gay people, because they see gays like the “Only@Brunch” bullies and assume everyone who’s gay is like this. I am here to tell you we most certainly are not…and this group has really brought shame to the gay community with this show.
Here in Boystown, the biggest bar on the Halsted nightclub strip is Sidetrack — owned by Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame inductees Art Johnston and Jose Pepin “Pepe” Pena, who together fund much of the activities of Equality Illinois (an organization that professes to pursue equal rights for all residents of the state and is supposedly against hatred and discrimination in any form).
One of Sidetrack’s bartenders is Bradley Thomas Balof, seen in the above video (third from the Left, in the blue shirt), who also serves as Sidetrack’s M.C. for special events and business promotions.
Bradley, together with (from Left), Jared Hall, Jesse Budlong, Terrence Chappell, Craig Alexander Rathwell, and Brian Felder premiered their new talk show (clearly modeled on “The View”, but with five shallow gay dudes instead of untrained circus animals) at Sidetrack on Tuesday August 16th, with free mimosas sponsored by Sidetrack owners Johnston and Pena (who have clearly endorsed this project fully, since Sidetrack’s website and Facebook account were used to publicize this “premiere”, with this pilot episode of Only@Brunch shown prominently on Sidetrack’s large video screens).