Report: #1064669

Complaint Review: Andrews McMeel Universal

  • Submitted: Fri, July 05, 2013
  • Updated: Fri, July 05, 2013
  • Reported By: Mikey — Lakewood Ohio
  • Andrews McMeel Universal
    1130 Walnut
    Kansas City, Missouri

Andrews McMeel Universal, Andrews McMeel Publishing,Universal uClick,, AMUSE Homophobic Comments, Transphobic Comments, Hate Speech, Hate Mongering, Bigotry, Condoned, Poor Community Standards, Indifferent, Offensive Kansas City Missouri

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This complaint isn't about comics ot theiur content. It's about the consistent pattern of bigotry that pervades the comment section beneath each comic, and how Andrews McMeel  Un iversal condones homophobic hate speech.

GoComics is a product of Andrews McMeel Universal. GoComics has a comment section for registered users under each comic it publishes. Among the comics I read each day, when a comic contains gay or other "controversial" (still?) subject matter, commenters often leave veiled or overt homophobic remarks.

Some examples include but are not limited to a "Scary Gary" comic published on September 17, 2012. It featured a pair of Frankenstein-reminiscent monsters who are a gay couple and recurring characters. This is the comment left by a regular poster, who, according to his frequent sermonizing on the site, is a Bible-thumper:

"Nabuquduriuzhur said, A software upgrade? From V.6.65 to V.6.66?"

This is clearly his not-so-subtle attempt to associate 666 with homosexuality, and not the first time he has worked his views on homosexuality into his remarks.

More recent examples happened under the "Speed Bump" comic of July 4 and July 5, 2013, both by the same poster:

(July 4) "Vegas Viper said, He dosen’t need a plumber, he has just put on his lipstick and’s teaseing [sic] his hair..It’s a Shim."

(July 5) "Vegas Viper said, Two days in a row with a ’ Shim ’…"

I have brought this to's attention on numerous occasions, most recently on Twitter. They have responded to my Tweets but continue to passively condone this conduct by refusing to remove offensive commentary. I have gone so far as to complain to the Attorney General of Missouri, only to receive a letter inexplicably stating his office saw no cause for action.

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