To Manhunt or Not to Manhunt?

Posted August 18, 2008 9:06 AM by with 0 comments

Amidst the unfolding controversy surrounding Manhunt founder Johnathan Crutchley stepping down from the company’s (perhaps non-existant) board in light of revelations that he contributed to John McCain’s campaign, Express Gay News editor Dan Renzi is wondering what, if any, effect this will have on the sites 400,000 subscribers.

If you are (or were) a subscriber of Manhunt, take a second to make your voice heard in a poll he’s conducting for an article he’s writing on this subject.

While I find Crutchley’s actions to be deplorable, <sarcasm>I think its just awesome that we have a Republican presidential candidate who’s willing to reach across the aisle and accept a donation from a man who runs an amateur gay porn company. </sarcasm>

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  1. Steve B August 18th, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    I am fed up with organized gay activists trying to tell other gay people what our political views ought to be. I have voted for the winning candidate in every presidential election since I started voting in 1976 and that includes a number of Republicans. There are other issues besides gay related issues that determine my vote. Many of these gay activists are completely out of the mainstream of this country and dont even hold down normal jobs. Many of them are so obsessed with far left politics that its impossible to even have an intelligent discussion with them.

    I’m a mainstream voter and I vote for who I believe is the best candidate Republican or Democrat.

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  2. Tony E August 18th, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Are you serious? What would you think if the head of the NAACP contributed to the KKK and the KKK accepted the donation? Would you “find it awesome” that the KKK was willing to “reach across the aisle” to accept the money? Truthfully these are extremes but McCain deserves NONE of our money.

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  3. anon 314159 August 18th, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    All of this hoopla over a $2,300 campaign check is just ridiculous. Personally, I think McCain is an ignorant and arrogant boob who should never have made it this far in politics.

    But since when is our political hegemony so strong that we need our hookup web sites’ board members to vote how we fuck? I might understand the outrage if Crutchley were a leader or had some moral authority in the gay community, but neither is true. He’s just a guy who helped run a web site that facilitates casual sex.

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  4. Marcos August 18th, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Ok now it is time to get political lol. I dont see the big deal about this. I am a registered republican and love gay porn. I dont see the connection that he would have to step down in shame. I contributed $500 to the Ron Paul campaign this year and I am a member of Manhunt too. I do not think I will vote for McCain but could never vote for the socialist and lunatic left Obama. I guess I am voting third party this year. I know this may come as a shocker to some, but there are openly gay porn loving republicans too :)

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  5. Malcolm August 18th, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    For the record McCain and Obama have the same exact record on gay marriage. They BOTH oppose gay marriage so it is so funny this guy should resign over contributing to McCain.

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  6. Jack August 18th, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Tony, I was being sarcastic.

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  7. Tony E August 18th, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Unfortunately the sarcasm didn’t come across on paper, but kudos to you for expressing it Jack. As for the rest of the comments I had to chuckle at the rationalization people give to voting Republican. Gay issues aside what good will McCain and the GOP do for the country? Haven’t the last seven plus years taught you anything? McCain may protest all he wants but he represents more of the same. At this stage we have to think what is best for the country as whole. Forget the “am I better off than I was 8 years ago?” question. Ask “is the country better off?” and then decide.

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  8. Anonymous August 18th, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Raed the related story on XBIZ.com, McCain returned the donation this weekend.

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  9. ChicagoCub August 18th, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Steve B – If these last 8 years haven’t made you a democrat you are helpless.
    You are voting against the rights of your own people period.

    John McCain isn’t just against gay marriage – he is against gay adoption and he’s making promises to the same religious right people who fight against our rights.

    Obama at least went on the LOGO debates and was honest about what he will and won’t do for the gay community. I didn’t see McCain there.

    If meeting guys online for sex is more important than your equal rights then you are a sick individual.

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  10. drayton August 18th, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    It is very anti-intellectual for gay men to view all the world through their sexual orientation. As if it is the sine qua non of existence.

    That kind of attitude is the height of closed-mindedness that activist rail against.

    I think Obama’s politics is bad for American businesses and bad for American interests.

    Just because I’m gay I’m supposed to ignore that and vote for him anyway? I’m supposed to put my own selfish desires above the long-term good of my country? Puuullleeeaaaasssseeee.

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  11. XAVIER August 18th, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Guys FLASH old news McCain return
    the $2,300 TO MANHUNT BECAUSE he didn’t
    want BARRY to say he was on the side
    of same sex marries. AND gave to BARRY
    OBAMA (HEY THERE A JAM BRAND OBAMA)
    THAT which we will in.

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  12. Rick August 18th, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    My God. Don’t you all realize that the Republicans have done more for everyone’s rights than the Democrats. The Dems make all kinds of promises when they run for office, then when they get in they forget all about our or any other cause until it is election time again. Look at education. That’s a Dem issue. It has been for 40 years. They promise more and more money for school and everything gets worse so that next election they’ll have that issue again. There are more gay Reps than Dems I am sure. Most of the Dems are too busy screwing around on their wives to worry about who we are screwing. The Republicans are to busy trying to fix the things the Dems broke to worry about who we are fucking.

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  13. tom, SF August 18th, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Rick, you’re totally being facetious, right? Please say yes.

    If not you just made me really depressed. Like, I’m going to go kill myself it makes me depressed that there are people as dumb as you walking around.

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  14. ChicagoCub August 18th, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    “I’m supposed to put my own selfish desires above the long-term good of my country?”

    Have you been around the last 8 years??? The Republicans have been disasterous for our country – economically, socially (remember Bush tried to put anti-gay rhetoric into the constitution), they have ruined relations for the US thoughout the world etc.

    They took a Surplus and got us into a trillion dollar unnecessary unwinnable war.

    Let’s not forget when gay men were dying (sometimes in 2 weeks, often in their 20’s) of AIDS the Republicans did NOTHING. They blamed us.

    I wouldn’t consider you an intellectual based on your comments here.

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  15. Cranky August 18th, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    “Most of the Dems are too busy screwing around on their wives to worry about who we are screwing.”

    Are you high??? Most of the Republicans are divorced and remarried.

    John McCain left his wife for Cindy McCain. Some family values.

    Newt Gingrich left his wife and she was so poor she had to ask her church for money to feed her kids.

    The list can go ON AND ON.

    Yeah gay Republicans like Ted Haggard and Larry Craig have sure done a lot for us.

    Give me a break!

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  16. Calif. August 18th, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    McCain and Obama do NOT have “the exact same record” on gay marriage.

    McCain = in favor of Prop 8 in Calif.
    Obama = opposed to Prop 8 in Calif.

    A nontrivial difference.

    The more gay marriage is promoted, the less a hook-up website is likely to make money. This could well be part of Crutchley’s thinking.

    Manhunt has fully earned a boycott.

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  17. Garrett August 18th, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    I’m so disgusted (although not surprised) that this guy had to step down because he supports McCain. Of course, gay men would be the ones to be so dramatic and catty that they would try to destroy a gay leader just for supporting a Republican. It’s funny how these same people are probably whining about how the world needs tolerance, yet they have shown so much intolerance. This is one of the main reasons that I stay away from gay establishments and gay cliques. I’ve found much more support from my straight guy friends than from any gay friend I’ve had. In fact, one of the truest friends I’ve ever had is a straight Republican guy. I’m an Obama supporter, but I’m still unhappy with this situation.

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  18. Suzzi Q August 18th, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    The sad thing is that McCain and Obama are not that far apart on gay issues. Both are against marriage. For me that says it all. Obama is never going to be openly pro-gay about anything, besides maybe dropping a couple lines into his speeches about how we need to “respect our gay brothers and sisters,” because African-American culture is highly homophobic, so why risk alienating that major chunk of support when he knows GLBTs are never going over to McCain anyway.

    As usual the GLBT vote is taken for granted and there’s not much we can do about it except vote the lesser of two evils.

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  19. ChicagoCub August 19th, 2008 at 6:05 AM

    Again – did you see the LOGO debates? Obama said he was against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he was FOR Civil unions, He spoke about supporting our human rights.

    Unlike the Clintons he was honest about what he would and would not do for us. His Honesty was refreshign.

    McCain wasn’t there. NO Republican was there.

    Enough said.

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  20. Anonymous August 19th, 2008 at 7:50 AM

    Manhunt= Home to self-loathing republicans that love to pnp and bb.

    Justifying what this guy is doing is like a black person justifying giving money to the KKK.

    Does anyone here even know actual facts? Obama supports gay rights more than McCain ever will.

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  21. Basta Ya! August 19th, 2008 at 8:07 AM

    Enough already! Let’s just watch porn. How about a free video of Zeb blowing that guy. Or a link to it. Please. Pretty please?

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  22. Ron August 19th, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    I’m laughing my ASS off reading some of these responses..most of you on this blog i’m sure are probably WHITE..just “FUCKING MAN UP” and say u’re NOT voting for Barack because u’re NOT comfortable with a BLACK man in the WHITE house instead of spouting this crap..i’ve been on that MANHUNT site and have never experienced a more racist SEX site than that one..such a damn shame we as gay men are a minority and most WHITES on that site are racist against most men of color and other minorities…if any of you believe Republicans give a shit about gays as well as the poor or middle class..you need to get your FUCKING heads examined!!!

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  23. Henry August 19th, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    It’s kind of disgusting how the gay community is in an uproar just because a gay businessman decides to donate to a Republican political candidate.

    Get over yourselves. People have the right to choose who they vote for. Just because a person is gay doesn’t obligate him to vote Democrat all the time.

    You’d think gay people of ALL people would have more tolerance towards others.

    Guess we’re just like everyone else.

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  24. Anonymous August 19th, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Suzzi Q,

    You might want to be careful with your characterization that “African-American culture is highly homophobic” because some might stereotype and suggest “gay culture is highly predatory on young boys” and you’d be the first one to cry fowl over those comments.

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  25. Austrev August 20th, 2008 at 3:49 AM

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    I am Loving this site more & more -Horny Gay Guys seem to sprout more intelligent IDEAS than most politcally based sites-My opinion (from Australia) Do Not vote for anyone who espouses to an affiliation with the Christian right they hate gays & want us to burn..in Hell–(Read ther favoroite Book) Do not get sucked in by The LIES they tell –That is what they are professionals at,Real CHANGE takes TIME we are still wating_ I’m Aussie, but never give up hope–or swap your allegiance for a “Promise”to a LIAR…

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  26. Roy August 20th, 2008 at 6:32 AM

    Of course you can give your money to whoever and whatever you want. Even a Nazi party if you so choose. Of course then I have the right if you have a business or service not to use it and to tell others that you support a political party or group that restricts my rights, lifestyle and freedoms. Organized religion has become obessed over gays and gay sex and are rabid about it. They have almost unlimited money, ignorance, and an enormous following of people who think they are right period and whatever they do to gays is OK because that’s what their God wants. This is not my view it is a fact. You can bank that if they win they will remove all gay porn from the internet and anywhere else they can. Cain is bought and paid for by the same Pat Robertson bunch as Bush was. They also get a lot of their contributions by scaring their followers with the gays are coming and they are going to destroy your family. I don’t care if someone is black, white, purple, Republican, Democrat, Independent I just don’t want another 8 years of men dying over a senseless war, economic choas, organized religion being forced down my throat and the insanity of these people running the goverment. Guess I’m silly that way.

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  27. Landis August 20th, 2008 at 7:08 AM

    This list of comments is the most bizarre thing I have ever seen on a gay porn blog. It is also why I don’t vote. Too much arguing and not enough discussion. We learn nothing this way.

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  28. Rex August 20th, 2008 at 8:19 AM

    Jebus! guys, wtf? Crutchley donated a measly 2300, do u know how much it takes to run a campaign? he pretty much bought coffee.

    He’s also just one of the co-owners, the other owner, L. Basile has been contributing to Obama since March of 2007 and said the following in a press release, “All my life, I have never voted to the right, and have always been generous to 20th Century Democrats, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, HRC, and the NGLTF.

    I was arrested at the Supreme Court and FDA in Act-Up actions, and was the founder of the Grass Roots Gay Rights Fund, which over the years has raised more than $800K.

    I was the Treasurer of Out Week magazine, which was a powerful force in its time.

    I began giving Obama donations in March 2007, and I have sent several checks that have yet to be reported. The hat and t-shirt I wear say “Obama for President”, as does the sign in front of my house. I refuse to live in a country that is so marred by war and hate. To me, Barak is by far the best candidate, probably better than we deserve.”

    And don’t forget what Manhunt gives to health organizations and awareness.
    Manhunt does not support a political party, it’s there so that you can get laid, not to choose who you vote for. and it does the job, so i’m keeping my membership. Make sex not war.

    I’m a democrat but to see so much anger toward someone with different ideals is not what the gay community is about. What happened to all the diversity we so espouse during pride?
    Isn’t that why the flag is a rainbow? So let me get this RIGHT, you can’t be gay if you have a different opinion about homeland security and taxes? Oh my bad, i must have missed the memo.

    Haven’t we been spat on enough for being different? So don’t spit on a guy for his beliefs. Just remember, the company was shocked by his donation and has nothing to do w/ the republican party.
    But by all means GO ON, delete your account. YOU’LL ONLY BE DOING THE CONSERVATIVE RIGHT A FAVOR…

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  29. Xavier August 20th, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    >”FLASH”<........... Manhunt Founder/Chairman : JONATHAN CRUTCHLEY -OUT MAGAZINE Print that Mr .Crutchley has been forced out by his own - board . After his McCAIN campaign contrihution ,been after it was return .Wilddddddddddddd

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  30. Rick August 20th, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Wake up all of you Obama will say and do anything to get elected. When he does he’ll do nothing just as he has as an Illinious State Representative and a US Senator. At least we know where McCain Stands.

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  31. Cranky August 20th, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    The African American community is deeply homophobic. Why are there so many men on the “down low” in the community. It’s because being gay is bad for a man in that community – being called a “punk” is code for faggot. The worst thing you can be.

    Why do you think Tyler Perry – a BILLIOINAIRE now still has to be closeted to be a success. It’s because he can’t be out to his fans.

    There are black people and leaders who are NOT homophobic. Coretta Scott King was for gay rights and was a wonderful woman. More people in the community should be like her.

    Claiming homophobia in the black community is NOT like comparing gays to child molestors.

    If you don’t want to hear about the black community being homophobic then change the community.

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  32. ChicagoCub August 20th, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    At least we know where McCain stands????????? AAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAH

    He has flip flopped on so many things that mad him a Maverick in the first place. He was against the religious right and now he is courting them. He was against George W Bush now he is for him. ON AND ON.

    We may have known where he stood in the past but not anymmore. He has backtracked on all his opinions just to win an election. It’s so sad.

    Barack Obama has least told the GLBT community what he will and won’t do for us.

    McCain didn’t show up for the LOGO debates.

    If you are gay and vote Republican you are either a self hating gay or you care more about your taxes than your own poeple.

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  33. anon314159 August 26th, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    “If you are gay and vote Republican you are either a self hating gay or you care more about your taxes than your own poeple.”

    I don’t think everything needs to be about group identity politics all the time. Being gay or bisexual does not define the scope of a person; it’s just one of his or her many, many attributes.

    If you vote for Republicans and are gay, it doesn’t man you’re self-hating. It means you prioritize other policy issues over over ones that might affect your sexual orientation. (However, it might also mean that you’re misguided, because these days Republicans no longer serve their espoused principles either.)

    Where does this belief come from that if you’re gay, you have to vote with your dick? I’m all for policies that make being GLBT easier, but I don’t automatically prioritize them over everything else.

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  34. Joe Blow September 5th, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Leave the guy the hell alone. Most homosexual are deeply individual people…one of our people practices the individualism and we crucify him. F*ck that. Live and Let Live!

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