Stolichnaya, GayCities, and Queerty Try To Buy Our Hearts and Minds With Bribes and Lies
In reporting on the ongoing Dump Stoli Boycott that’s happening around the world in the past we have mentioned that Stolichnaya sponsors the LGBT websites Queerty and GayCities, both of which have not cancelled their sponsorship deals in light of the current atrocities being put forth on the Russian LGBT community.
Today many LGBT journalist and bloggers received this email in their inbox.
From: Oscar Raymundo <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, Aug 13, 2013 11:55 am
Subject: Stoli to donate to various LGBT charities at the Stoli Guy events
In lieu of the national Stoli boycott by some in the LGBT community, GayCities has convinced SPI (Stoli’s parent company) to donate $5 for each person whom RSVP’s and attends The Most Original Stoli Guy Live in San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas and D.C.
The participating charities include local chapters of Equality CA, Equality Texas and the HRC, all whom will be present at the events to accept the donation.
GayCities is currently in discussions with SPI to select an international beneficiary that works directly in affecting change for LGBTs in Russia. The organization will be revealed live at The Most Original Stoli Guy finale, which GayCities will stream live from NYC this September.
Marketing & Communications
GayCities / Queerty
Now I’d hope that we can see through this ploy.
GayCities and Queerty want the StoliGuy events to be successful so that Stoli can make more money and in return they will also. And the charities, which aren’t even LGBT Russian or International charities are just a red herring to get people to attend, question the boycott, and hopefully not be protested again like the last StoliGuy event in NYC.
But the real problem with this email is that GayCities and Queerty is lying to save Stoli.
According to Micheal Cole-Schwartz of the Human Rights Campaign, the HRC is not participating in The Most Original Stoli Guy events and is not accepting any donations related to these events or otherwise from Stoli. Also Equality California has confirmed that they are not participating in any StoliGuy events.
Both GayCities and Queerty should be deeply ashamed of themselves for not only keeping their sponsorship and still promoting Stoli. But also for using blatant out and out lies to try to save it and defend it.
Perhaps maybe its time for some new hashtags.
#BoycottGayCities – #BoycottQueerty