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02/02/2007

'BRAKING': Head of PA steak company now focusing on Me-bones

by Jeremy Hooper

So, the episode of "In The Life" on which this site and this writer are featured is re-airing throughout the month on PBS stations nationwide. With that comes LOTS of email feedback, with a breakdown along the lines of:

97%: Glowing and positive response from both straight and gay folks

2.8%: Nice messages from Christians who express love for gays just not our "lifestyles"

.2%: This....

I just saw your clip on T.V. I know your (sic) not going to change who you are. I know what I have to say, your (sic) not really going to give a shit about, however you have this site so I'm posting on it.

You CAN'T just expect everyone to be okay with you, and your life.
Your (sic) a fag, and that (sic) fine, but keep it to yourself. Trust me, if I ever walk by you on the street with my kids and I see you kissing or holding hands with some dude, I'll brake (sic) every bone in your gay little body. Keep your shit behind closed doors, so children can't see you.

I know your
(sic) going to say "oh here is another person who is out to hurt me because I'm gay, oh the life I have to live". Your (sic) wrong dude, I'm just giving you the "kick in the pants" you like to give the rest of the world, as you said on the T.V show. Now Ms.Honest, how's that for truth?

Yes, those words have been made in our comments section by someone identifying themselves only as "Straight Person" And of course this writer's first response in reading this was:

My bones are accelerating an exorbitantly high rate of speed? I mean, sure, holding hands with my partner really revs my engines, but I didn't realize that put my bones in a place where they need "braking."

But as I was mulling over how, exactly, one goes about putting the brakes on my femur and clavicle, I remembered something: This respondent had left his email address along with his comments. Then I remembered: Hey, I know how to Google! So wanting to learn more about this brake expert in case my car ever needs a tune up, I inserted his email, [email protected], into the search engine to see what I could find.

And what do you know? He runs a Philadelphia beef distribution company called Enterprise Steaks! So then I got to thinking -- Hey, maybe some people don't LIKE the idea of "braking" people's bones for living who they are. And maybe some people would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS buy a steak from a company run by a man who supports such a concept. So as my civic duty, I feel the need to let everyone know about Enterprise Steaks (registered in the Better Business Bureau to one Mr. Nick Peronace) and their company's desire to slow down the bones of gay men and women nationwide (for the sake of the children, of course)!

So there ya have it, folks. If you find putting the "brake" on gay folks a despicable thing to desire, than perhaps you might want to reconsider your Enterprise Steaks purchase. If you're hungry for some meat, you might be better off going otherwise anyway. After all, judging by the grammatical errors in his missive to us, what might be delivered to your door by his "steak" company would be less along the lines of "charred cow" and more like "the thing you use to kill Dracula."

**UPDATE: A comment made on this blog further links this email addy to Nick @ Enterprise Steaks.

**UPDATE2: Matthew of BoyCulture just tipped us off to the fact that "Beefman"/ Nick seems to have a habit of stirring up stuff in Internet forums. In fact, there is a now defunct web forum called "Mess With Beefman" (still viewable via Google cache).

**UPDATE3: Well, at least he's an equal opportunity offender. As Kevin Kaatz has discovered, "Beefman500" said in another forum:

"I once had HD. Then I got the bill. It's nice and all but I really don't watch Tv that much so why have HD? Pluse Comcast BLOWS. I always get a n***er on the phone who can't help me."

Asterisks are my own -- "Beefman" actually spelled out the word.

***UPDATE4: NICK/BEEFMAN RESPONDS!!!!!!!!!!!!

***Bloggers respond: Joe.My.God, Pam Spaulding, Queerty, Kevin Kaatz, TowleRoad, Tiny Queer Footballs, Boy Culture, Debriefing the Boys, Dashus:Land, Matterdays, The Gay Expat, Raging Rainbows, Worth Repeating, Dispataches From The Culture Wars

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Your thoughts

Do we have a phone number to contact? Can we find out which major chains he distributes too?

Posted by: Tim | Feb 2, 2007 9:54:06 AM

Well, I think it's more of a door-to-door distribution biz, kind of like Omaha Steaks. Phone number can be found at the company's Better Business Bureau page:

http://www.dc.bbb.org/codbrep.html?ID=164953398&cons=y

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 2, 2007 9:58:59 AM

Beefman500? seriously? Despite the fact he does, in fact, sell meat for a living, is that NOT the gayest email address ever?

Posted by: Brad | Feb 2, 2007 10:29:00 AM

Any lawyers out there who can answer this question? Does beefman's comment represent a legitimate threat to our wonderful bloggist's life/health?

Posted by: CPT_Doom | Feb 2, 2007 10:53:31 AM

Here's what I don't get: What was Mr. Peronace doing watching IN THE LIFE to begin with? Considering the subject matter, I don't think there are many homophobes who watch it. I don't usually like to cast aspersions, but is it possible we have a self-loathing closet case here?

Oh, and Brad: Beefman is pretty suggestive, but I don't thing it's the gayest. He could have also chosen Meatman. ;-)

Posted by: JR | Feb 2, 2007 10:59:14 AM

I'd love to turn the tables on this guy and have him go for a walk in Ptown. At least he could bring along someone to drive his car back.

Posted by: drhaber | Feb 2, 2007 11:07:11 AM

Yea, JR, that's sort of weird, right? The 12 minute segment is actually like 15 minutes into the show, so he must've watched for quite some time.

The show:
http://inthelifetv.org/inthelife/watch/

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 2, 2007 11:09:52 AM

I saw your video portion of "In The Life". Very nice. Please let your mother-in-law call.

Posted by: Mary | Feb 2, 2007 11:15:57 AM

Isn't it strange that even in this day, so many people are more comfortable seeing men holding guns than they are seeing men holding hands. Love is "light", from whatever direction it shines, and hatred is always darkness and obscurity. IMHO

Posted by: Jack | Feb 2, 2007 11:20:33 AM

He's also got quite the track record here:

http://www.forumsvibe.com/jayembee/search.php?search_author=beefman500&mforum=jayembee

Posted by: Daimeon | Feb 2, 2007 11:28:47 AM

Great job on the investigation! All of us should be doing things like this to catch these idiots.
I do think you should contact the police. He threatened you and maybe a visit by the Philadelphia police will help set things right. And who knows, maybe it will help in any investigations of unsolved beatings of gay men...
And now we need to find out who he sells to and let them know what kind of a person he is.

Posted by: Kevin | Feb 2, 2007 11:43:47 AM

And you also have to wonder what his black clients would have to say to his comment (taken from the forum listed above):
"I always get a nigger on the phone who can't help me..."

Posted by: Kevin | Feb 2, 2007 11:47:31 AM

I'm guessing he has no kids because he probably can't find a real live lady that will put up with his stupid ass.

Posted by: amber m | Feb 2, 2007 11:53:41 AM

I am so jealous. You get all the best hate mail! ;-)

Posted by: Jim Burroway | Feb 2, 2007 12:26:37 PM

I think it's probably just residual resent from all those jokes about him sitting at the 'head' of a 'large meat supplying unit' or so. I think either JR is right and he's a closet case or he fears one of his kids is a FIT. Either way, down with his ass.

Posted by: Tomi | Feb 2, 2007 12:38:17 PM

I have a site and have posted something about this as well! You don't deserve this type of treatment. Check it out!

http://www.dashusland.com

Posted by: Dashus | Feb 2, 2007 12:44:18 PM

Wow... I mean... wow... This is what American society is raising. If ignorance is bliss, beefman (as if that name isn't amusing in itself) must be the ruler of Eden.

Posted by: Cory | Feb 2, 2007 12:47:04 PM

If ignorance is bliss, this knucklehead must be the happiest guy on Earth. Really? If you're running a business, and taking care of a family, how does writing threats to a gay blog fit into your busy schedule? Way to be a role model to your kids, angry dad...

Posted by: RMA | Feb 2, 2007 12:52:00 PM

Thanks for sharing this, Jeremy, and for the forward-thinking way of reacting. I've forwarded this to people I know in the Philadelphia area as well as posting this on my blog.

http://matterdays.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Matt Ratzer | Feb 2, 2007 1:13:32 PM

anyone up to some website update?
Beefman's IP: 209.35.187.202
Maybe a little article with some quoting of his cowardly remarks will enlighten his clients, and not only from what he wrote here on this site.

Oh, one more thing..in case Beefman's reading the Talkbacks
Yo, Beef, you wanna try and kick my ass when you see me holding my partner's hand? I welcome you to confront me...I'm itching for a good Mano-a-Mano "dialogue." Being Gay has nothing to do with how well one can fight. Who knows, by the looks of Jeremy, I put my money on him...!

Posted by: Jesse | Feb 2, 2007 1:30:49 PM

I am quite scrappy...

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 2, 2007 1:32:16 PM

Posted a blurb on my blog about this. I plan on getting the word out in Philly.

Posted by: Musicguy | Feb 2, 2007 1:38:54 PM

I just wrote him about purchasing a huge amount of 'meat' for my boyfriend's gay 'coming out' party. I also added him to my mailing list to get a copy of my next novel.

Posted by: M.Christian | Feb 2, 2007 1:49:45 PM

I saw the in the life video. Very cool. I don't really have heroes, but if I did Ani would be one, so it was cool that she was the host. Anyways, from all the archived stuff of Beefman, he seems to be an all around instigator. Spewing hate and infecting it on everyone who comes into contact with him. Making others aware of who he is and of his racist word and homophobic beliefs in the business community is the best use of energy, as he apparently likes to get the hate given back to him.

Posted by: Matthew | Feb 2, 2007 1:56:55 PM

Home address?

http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&rls=en&q=3609%20Morrol%20Avenue&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

Posted by: Paul Edwards | Feb 2, 2007 1:59:04 PM

Well, let's please all take the high road in our responses to him. No house visits or harassing phone calls, please. Humor, intelligence, inarguably strong convictions, human decency -- they're the weapons that will win our wars!!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 2, 2007 2:03:49 PM

Yeah, sure, G-A-Y, the "high road" has served American gay people really well over the past decade. *removes tongue from cheek* Perhaps it's time to grow some balls and show people that they can't pull this shit any more. That means harassing them where they live. The "high road" here is not threatening their life, but certainly calling them out on their shit in a very direct way.

Posted by: Paul | Feb 2, 2007 2:15:26 PM

Excuse me, Paul, but I believe I have put my life on pause to dedicate 50+ hours a week fighting this fight, making appearances, and working on other gay rights projects. If you want to criticize people for not having balls and not fighting the good fight sufficiently enough, please direct your antipathy elsewhere.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 2, 2007 2:19:04 PM

First, an apology. My words were misconstrued. I'm sorry.

Second, an explanation: Let's be very clear here, I am in no way attacking what you have done personally. My message is that we can no longer put up with crap like this. There is no "high road" when someone threatens you with violence for simply being who you are. The "high road" will only perpetuate this kind of behaviour. You have asked us to take up this fight by posting the information here. And it has now spread across the web. I am suggesting that we don't put up with this shit any more. No one has to go to his house, but this is personal. People like this and attitudes like this threaten us in OUR homes. Be smart about a retort? Yes. Be restrained? Well, for how much longer?

Allow me to offer: The voice of Gay Rights in the US is the HRC, an organization that honours Lance and Reichen as their poster-boys. How f*cked up is that? Why aren't they homouring people like you?

Posted by: Paul | Feb 2, 2007 2:38:39 PM

Teehee, NG. But actually, with every passing year, keeping meat OFF my bones becomes a more prevalent concept in my life.

And as for Paul: No offense taken. Everyone has their own way of "fighting the good fight." Oh, and from your mouth to Solmonese's ears on the HRC thing. But there are many, many names that could also be added to the "deserve a bit more thanks" list.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 2, 2007 2:46:40 PM

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