‘Brooke and Jubal’ Features Phone Calls from Effeminate, Sexualized Caricature of a Gay Man
Seattle-based radio programÂ Brooke and JubalÂ recently entered the national syndication arena, bringing with it co-host Jubal Flaggâ€™s â€œphonetapsâ€ in which he prank calls targets in the guise of, amongst others, an overtly effeminate, highly sexualized caricature of a gay man.
Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia that syndicates conservative radio shows likeÂ The Sean Hannity ShowÂ andÂ The Rush Limbaugh Show,Â announcedÂ in March that it had obtained the rights to distribute the show. The network describesÂ Brooke and JubalÂ as â€œ[featuring] conversation on the latest happenings in pop culture and entertainment, hilarious skits and listener interaction,â€ airing weekdays between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. nationwide.
The so-called hilarious skits include co-host Jubalâ€™s aforementioned â€œphonetaps,â€ in which Flagg solicits listeners to submit ideas for prank calls. Listeners areÂ askedÂ to provide ideas, the expected reaction and â€œtwo things that really bugâ€ the receiving party: namely, whatâ€™s going to upset them enough to evoke a negative, and thus radio-worthy, reaction.
One tool Flagg employs to evoke these reactions is the characterÂ Movinâ€™ 92.5Â often refers to as â€œeveryoneâ€™s favorite sassy Christianâ€ â€” his overtly effeminate, self-absorbed, highly sexualized caricature of a gay man, now airing in various timeslots nationwide.
Versions of this character appear to have been part of Flaggâ€™s â€œcomedyâ€ since at least the 2008 election cycle, as seen inÂ videosÂ of a â€œconvergaytionâ€ in which he weeps over â€œthe best Americanâ€ Perez Hilton and the potential of â€œour greatest assetsâ€ (celebrities) leaving the country. But the character of Christian appears to haveÂ firstÂ made an appearance as a â€œphonetapâ€ regular in 2011â€™s â€œChristian is stuck in the closet.â€
While the audio of Christianâ€™s debut on the stationâ€™s website is no longer available, more likely due to its tenure than its offensive nature, the description asserts that â€œChristian gets what Christian wants!â€
Some examples of what the character has wanted since, which are currently circulating nationwide as new content via syndication, include:
â€¢ Arguing with a straight man that heâ€™s accidentally booked a gay cruise, asserting that heâ€™ll go on the cruise or Christian will spank him, insisting that â€œeverybodyâ€™s â€˜not gayâ€™ until theyâ€™ve tried it”:
â€¢ Insisting that a straight manâ€™s bride-to-be is a “bridezilla,” and insulting her appearance before complimenting his own:
â€¢ Convincing a straight woman that heâ€™s training her boyfriend, with the goal of getting him in shape so that he can find someone more attractive than her:
â€¢ Making a dinner reservation with a laundry list of demands: new menus to accommodate his recent manicure, a reservation time three hours before his arrival to ensure that heâ€™s fashionably late and a table where everyone can see him:
â€¢ Attempting to convince a straight manâ€™s personal assistant that heâ€™s the extramarital boyfriend of her boss. After the prank is revealed, the two casually laugh about the idea of her boss having a â€œgay lover that he was hiding”:
â€¢ Convincing a man that Christian is a personal trainer at the gym he attends, and that he needs to start working out elsewhere because heâ€™s more attractive than Christian. After a rather long description of his â€œtasty abs,â€ Christian insists that he needs to go because, â€œIâ€™mÂ the hot one at the gym”:
â€¢ While there are more examples, finally: Lodging a complaint to a retail manager because her â€œminionsâ€ were awestruck by how attractive he was. This was a detriment to his well-being as they brought him a larger pair of pants to try on, implying he was fat:
The character of Christian isnâ€™t Flaggâ€™s only portrayal of gay men, however. In another prank, he calls the brother of a prison inmate who askedÂ only that his brother be made â€œnervous.â€
After Jubal reveals that the conversationâ€™s been a prank, it ends with the two men laughing about how â€œhopefully [his] brotherâ€™s nobodyâ€™s butt steak.â€ Here’s the full audio:Â
Fox-syndicated showÂ Dish Nation, which â€œdishes on celebrity news with humorous commentary on pop culture,â€ has further displayed theÂ Brooke and JubalÂ team and their stance on LGBT representation.
One videoÂ featuredÂ a broadcast of the show highlighting a segment in which, rather than â€œpranking the audience, [they] prank[ed] each other,â€ and shows a same-sex kiss between Jubal and a horrified, overtly disgusted team member concerned that others might think heâ€™s gay.
In a follow-upÂ video, the entireÂ Brooke and JubalÂ team muse over an audience member believing that Flagg and the team member are in factÂ gay, leading him to jokingly indicate that heâ€™s strived his entire life to â€œbe an icon to the gay community.â€ (This shouldnâ€™t be shocking, co-host Brooke advises, as Flagg â€œ[takes] his shirt off every moment [he] can.â€) The horrified, overtly disgusted team member, of course, remains horrified and overtly-disgusted.
Often, the pranks made on the show are made on straight men, at the request of other straight men, and are always carried out by Flagg, a straight man, as another straight man laughs in the background. Undoubtedly, however, they arenâ€™t only heard by straight men.
In February, Nielsen released its annual State of the Media report, concluding that 265 million Americans ages 6 and up listen to the radio on a weekly basis. The study indicated that radio reaches 93 percent of the population weekly, more than any other platform, including television, TV-connected devices, PCs, smartphones and tablets.
Nielsen determined that 66.5 million millennials (ages 18-34) use the radio weekly, spending an average of 11 hours and 9 minutes listening, and studies have also concluded that of millennials alone, 10.8 million US households have children, many of which are potentially LGBT.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), just two weeks ago, released its national report on the health risks facing children and teenagers, specifically those that identify as lesbian, gay and bisexual:
â€¢ More than 40 percent of LGB students seriously considered suicide and 29 percent reported attempting suicide in the past year.
â€¢ Sixty percent of LGB students reported having been so sad or hopeless that they stopped doing some usual activities.
â€¢ LGB students were up to five times more likely than other students to report using several illegal drugs.
â€¢ More than one in 10 LGB students have missed school during the past 30 days because of safety concerns.
While the at-risk youth live in a society where 72 percent of AmericansÂ support LGBT non-discrimination laws, they also live in a society where 28 percent do not. Likewise, while they live in a country where 62 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, 38 percent do not.
They live in a society where just over two months ago, 49 members of the LGBT community were murdered in the countryâ€™s deadliest mass shooting â€” a hate crime that was the worst terror attack since 9/11.
They live in a society where a man claiming to be a â€œChristian warriorâ€ was only just arrested for a YouTube video, viewed over 73 million times, in which he threatened to massacre â€œgays, f*gg*ts, lesbians and satanists.â€
And they live in a society where a man running a presidential candidateâ€™s campaign is well-known for his anti-LGBT news site that’s published headlines such as, â€œDear Straight People: Iâ€™m officially giving you permission to say gay, f*gg*t, and queer.â€
The CDCâ€™s report doesnâ€™t indicate, however, if the 40 percent of LGB students who have considered suicide in the past year, or their potentially homophobic parents, fellow students or bullies who have led to over one in 10 students missing school for safety concerns, are among the 265 million Americans listening to the radio on a weekly basis.
The number of LGBT listeners of the show, voluntary or not, is unknown. Also unknown is the number of those in the LGBT community who arenâ€™t in a position to find humor in a straight man pranking another straight man, at the request of another straight man, as another straight man laughs in the background.
Despite this, â€œBrooke and Jubalâ€™s tremendous success in Seattle and Portland proves they can deliver quality programming that drives results in a highly-competitive landscape,â€ Premiere Networks President Julie Talbott said. â€œ[We] look forward to expanding Brooke and Jubalâ€™s unique brand of entertainment to additional markets across the country.â€
Recent expansions include Meadview, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada, Louisville, Kentucky, Biloxi, Mississippi, Columbia, South Carolina, and Tampa, Florida.
Rachel Nelson, Peremiere Networks contact for guests, media and listeners, did not respond to a request for comment.
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‘Big Whop’: Even Right-Wing Critics Are Slamming Elon Musk’s ‘Underwhelming’ Hunter Biden Twitter Escapade
Right-wing Twitter users are weighing in to express their disapproval of the so-called bombshell “Twitter files” Elon Musk promised to deliver on Friday, December 2.
According to The Daily Beast, Musk was set to address Twitter’s decision to implement a policy that would restrict headlines and reports about Hunter Biden’s laptop from circulating on the social media platform. However, the leak ended up being a failure for many right-wing experts.
Sebastian Gorka, a right-wing radio host who previously served under the Trump administration, offered a critical response to Musk’s release after journalist Matt Taibbi shared a full Twitter thread about the findings.
“So far, I’m deeply underwhelmed,” Gorka said, adding, “We know the Dems in DC collude with the Dems in Palo Alto [Califonia]. Big Whop.”
He went on to reiterate his arguments when grilled by his far-right followers who were convinced that Musk’s Twitter files were some kind of “smoking gun.”
Per the news outlet: “Responding to a user claiming the Twitter company emails were ‘a clear violation of the 1st Amendment,’ the radio host fired back: ‘Err no, it’s not the DNC asking a private company to censor has nothing to do with the First Amendment.’”
Speaking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, New York Post columnist Miranda Devine also disapproved of the release. “I feel that Elon Musk has held back some material,” she alleged. According to The Beast, Devine also claimed: “sinister forces were perhaps controlling Musk after the Twitter chief took a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier in the week.”
She added, “In particular, there’s a tweet in which Matt Taibbi says he hasn’t seen any evidence that law enforcement specifically warned off Twitter from our story. But that’s just not correct.”
Free Beacon reporter Joe Simonson also echoed similar sentiments on Twitter. “Twitter files [are] underwhelming so far,” Simonson tweeted. “Just revealing what we already knew: Twitter was staffed by democrats who did the bidding of Democrats.”
Musk’s Twitter Is ‘Welcoming With Open Arms’ a ‘Full-Fledged Nazi’ – and Recommending Users Follow Him: Reports
Elon Musk‘s Twitter on Friday allowed Andrew Anglin, the neo-Nazi behind the infamous Daily Stormer website to return to the social media platform after a nine-year ban. Several Twitter users reported the social media platform is now recommending they follow him.
“Anglin has publicly indicated that the goal of his operation and adherence to white nationalist ideology is to ‘ethnically cleanse White nations of non-Whites and establish an authoritarian government. Many people also believe that the Jews should be exterminated,'” reported Rolling Stone on Friday. “Anglin is a staunch supporter of Nazi ideology and regularly espouses Holocaust denail. In 2018, Anglin wrote that he ‘[hates] women. I think they deserve to be beaten, raped and locked in cages.'”
WUSA 9 investigative reporter Jordan Fischer tweeted a screenshot of the Twitter recommendation.
Twitter is currently recommending I follow neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin. Incredible stuff. pic.twitter.com/F2f9c75Tla
— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) December 2, 2022
As did other Twitter users.
— Camas Defense Alliance (@CamDefAlliance) December 2, 2022
Last month veteran journalist Nick Martin, who investigates hate and extremism, reported that “Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene shared a thread calling on Elon Musk to reinstate an array of racists, conspiracy theorists and serial harassers. The list includes fugitive neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin, white supremacist David Duke and British neo-Nazi Mark Collett.”
Earlier today, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene shared a thread calling on Elon Musk to reinstate an array of racists, conspiracy theorists and serial harassers. The list includes fugitive neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin, white supremacist David Duke and British neo-Nazi Mark Collett. pic.twitter.com/FadEr3ZcUm
— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) November 23, 2022
At the top of that list is Milo Yiannopoulos, a right wing extremist and provocateur who has advocated for older men having sex with underaged teen boys. Yiannopoulos is also Greene’s intern who was reportedly part of the Kanye West–Nick Fuentes dinner with Donald Trump.
“Andrew Anglin is the founder of the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website, which takes its name from the gutter Nazi propaganda sheet known as Der Stürmer,” the Southern Poverty Law Center has reported. “True to that vintage, Anglin is infamous for the crudity of his language and his thinking, a contrast to his sophistication as a prolific internet troll and serial harasser. Anglin’s organizing and harassment on the Daily Stormer led to lawsuits, and courts have awarded millions of dollars in damages to plaintiffs suing Anglin in recent years. But with his whereabouts unknown, Anglin has so far escaped full accountability for his actions.”
Indeed, just last month a federal judge issued an arrest warrant for Andrew Anglin, who is “accused of ignoring a $14 million judgment against him for orchestrating an antisemitic harassment campaign against a Montana woman’s family,” The Billings Gazette had reported.
SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah responded to Anglin’s return to Twitter by reminding him he still owes him “$4.1 million dollars for sending your Nazis to kill me. Do you have the $?! I want to donate it groups that counter the very hate you spew!”
“Musk is helping normalize a Nazi,” he adds.
Amy Spitalnick, the executive director of Integrity First for America (IFA) called Anglin “a full-fledged Nazi who runs the Daily Stormer and, among many other things, was found liable for the Charlottesville violence in our lawsuit. A perfect example of the vile, violent extremists Musk is welcoming with open arms.”
Image: Elon Musk, photo by NASA/Aubrey Gemignani via Flickr
Anti-LGBTQ Slurs on Twitter Up Over 800% as Musk Allows Thousands of Previously Banned Users Back: Reports
In the wake of the Colorado Springs hate crime mass shooting last month at an gay nightclub’s drag show event that left five people dead, the anti-LGBTQ slur “groomer” and other anti-LGBTQ hate speech posts on Twitter skyrocketed, “peaking at 885% over their highest level before the shooting,” NBC News reports.
“Barely 24 hours after the Colorado Springs hate crime attack,” Salon reported last week, “Elon Musk’s new Twitter responded to the massacre by reinstating the account of James Lindsay, the right-wing activist responsible for popularizing the anti-LGBTQ slur ‘OK groomer,’ which over the last 10 months has been used to imply that demands for LGBTQ rights or representation are tantamount to child molestation. In August, Lindsay was banned from Twitter for using a variation on the term, which under Twitter’s old regime was prohibited as a form of hateful conduct. But by Monday night, not only was Lindsay back, but ‘OK groomer’ was trending on the platform under its new ownership.”
Slurs against gay men on Twitter have increased by a daily average of 58% in the weeks following Elon Musk taking the critically influential social media platform private, firing its board, and welcoming back thousands of previously-banned accounts, according to information from NBC News and The New York Times.
“Travis Brown, an independent software developer in Berlin who tracks Twitter suspensions and screen name changes as part of a project studying extremism,” NBC News reports, shared data “that showed a wide variety of far-right accounts had been reinstated since Musk’s announcement” of a so-called “general amnesty.”
“In that time, Brown has logged an estimated 12,000 reversals of past bans, in a set that, while not a definitive list of reversals, provides a window into the types of users being welcomed back to the platform and leaving experts alarmed.”
In addition to “spammers, copyright rule-breakers, adult-content creators and high-profile accounts, Twitter has reopened the door to a growing and emboldened community of trolls, white nationalists, conspiracy theorists and extreme right-wing activists,” NBC adds.
Musk’s general amnesty “has restored hundreds of accounts of right-wing activists and QAnon adherents, according to data reviewed by NBC News. The reinstatement of far-right accounts has coincided with a series of bans of left-wing accounts, leaving users unsure of how the company is now applying its rules.”
The New York Times adds, “Before Elon Musk bought Twitter, slurs against Black Americans showed up on the social media service an average of 1,282 times a day. After the billionaire became Twitter’s owner, they jumped to 3,876 times a day.”
“Slurs against gay men appeared on Twitter 2,506 times a day on average before Mr. Musk took over. Afterward, their use rose to 3,964 times a day,” The Times reports. “And antisemitic posts referring to Jews or Judaism soared more than 61 percent in the two weeks after Mr. Musk acquired the site.”
“I see good things about Hitler,” West told Jones. “Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”
Musk apparently personally had West’s Twitter account suspended when the artist who goes by “Ye” posted an image of a Jewish six-pointed star embedded with a Nazi swastika. The account, at least for now, remains suspended.
The Times reporting, which includes information from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, the Anti-Defamation League and other groups, calls the increase in hate speech on Musk’s Twitter “unprecedented.”
“Accounts that Twitter used to regularly remove — such as those that identify as part of the Islamic State, which were banned after the U.S. government classified ISIS as a terror group — have come roaring back. Accounts associated with QAnon, a vast far-right conspiracy theory, have paid for and received verified status on Twitter, giving them a sheen of legitimacy,” The Times reveals.
Musk himself set the stage. At the end of October he retweeted a false, anti-LGBTQ conspiracy theory involving Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband, who had recently been bludgeoned in a “near death” attack in their San Francisco home, allegedly by a man who has promoted far right extremism. He later removed that retweet.
Just last week Bloomberg News reported Musk was “restoring a string of accounts previously suspended for harassing transgender people, rolling back protections for the LGBTQ community as the country confronts the aftermath” of the Colorado Springs mass shooting. “Advocates say the shooting… highlights the potential real-world violence that can stem from rhetoric against the trans community. They noted that anti-trans abuse has been mounting on the platform since the shooting.”
As Musk welcomes back thousands who were banned for various reasons, from hate speech to disinformation to spamming to attacks on minorities and more, NBC’s reporting makes clear that left wing activists are finding their accounts suspended for apparently no legitimate reason.
“Chad Loder is an independent journalist in Los Angeles with more than 137,000 followers whose reporting on the Jan. 6 riot has been cited in Justice Department charging documents. Loder, who uses they/them pronouns, recently had their account suspended, briefly reinstated and then suspended again without a clear reason.”
For his part, Musk took to Twitter to refute reports hate speech has increased dramatically.
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