Gays Without Borders and the Facebook group Boycott Russian Vodka gathered in protest last night outside the Original Stoli Guy pageant which was held at the BeatBox bar in San Francisco’s SOMA district. The group gathered to call out and bring attention to Stolichnaya’s use of Russian ingredients, (and thus supporting the Russian economy and government) and and also the gay websites Queerty and GayCities for its continued support of the brand and acceptance of advertising dollars
The protesters which included Paul Barwick, Mike Petrelis, Mike Hoban, Robbie Sweeny and Alan Shaw (pictured above) carried signs reading “Boycott Russian Vodka” and chanting “Boycott Stoli We’re here, we’re queer, we’re not drinking Russian vodka!” as Sweeny dumped bottles of Stoli into the gutter.
Both Queerty and GayCities have basically ignored the Stoli boycott and have not issued an explanation or apology to the LGBT community for its continued partnership with the vodka company. Quite the opposite. Both sites have carried lengthy articles supporting Stolichnaya, and coming to its defensive.
On Tuesday the Queerty/GayCities press department sent out a statement saying the websites had “convinced” Stoli’s parent company, SPI Group, to donate $5 to local chapters of Equality California, Equality Texas and the Human Rights Campaign for each person who RSVPs and attends the Most Original Stoli Guy Live events.
ALL the groups above denied any participation or partnership with Q/GC/Stoli and all stated that they would not accept money from the events or Stolichnaya itself.
On Wednesday Queerty/GayCities retracted the press release without explanation.
Source: Mike Petrelis -The Petrelis Files