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Is anti-gayness manly?

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 13-64Matt Chancey is a a member of the extremely radical, anti-gay Vision Forum group. In 2006, Matt Chancey lent his name to a group letter calling on then-governor Mitt Romney to overturn Massachusetts' marriage equality. Matt's wife Jennie runs a site called Ladies Against Feminism, where much anti-gay/ anti-women's rights sentiment is peddled.

Matt Chancey is a finalist in The Art of Manliness Man of the Year contest, which is sponsored by Old Spice:

Matthew Chancey: 2008 Art of Manliness Man of the Year Finalist [Old Spice]

You know, the same Old Spice who uses this gay dude as a spokesman:

Now, we're of course not saying he should be disqualified because of his very far-right beliefs. We're just saying that if he wins, it might be in Old Spice's interest to know that they are in bed with a man who thinks, among other regressive things, that their company spokesman is a second class citizen.

**And he's currently in the lead. Howie Farmer is in 2nd.

**Oh, and in case you're wondering: The Old Spice people are def. seeing this post. We can tell by our stats page.

**UPDATE, 12/15: Well, Matthew won. And as Queerty notes, Old Spice an Art of Manliness put up some ass-covering text about the finalists' beliefs at some point after our initial post went up:

Old Spice Man of the Year A Racist Homophobe [Queerty]

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Your thoughts

Might want to suggest folks go over and vote for the closest opponent: Howie Farmer, unless you can find some reason he's bad news. Link:

Posted by: tjc | Dec 10, 2008 1:12:06 PM

In his picture on the site, the guy is also sitting with Sudanese "Freedom Fighters" the same freedom fighters from a group that works to enlist children I wonder?

I went to the site and voted for another guy, his name is Aaron Blue, and I thought that voting for someone else might help get this guy off the top. I encourage everyone to go vote for someone else, look at the Aaron guy and see if you like him like I do. Here is one way to keep this guy from winning.

Posted by: Piper | Dec 10, 2008 1:33:53 PM

Oh, I should have looked at the second place guy first! I just picked a guy I liked. Doh! Sorry. That guy looks good to.

Posted by: Piper | Dec 10, 2008 1:36:26 PM

'Now, we're of course not saying he should be disqualified because of his very far-right beliefs'

Yes he should!!! His kind of bigotry and hatred inspire others to commit violence against us!

Posted by: Matt | Dec 10, 2008 4:58:08 PM

Howie Farmer is now ahead of Matt Chancey by 2%.

Posted by: Claire | Dec 10, 2008 5:05:19 PM

....and another thing, how come all the finalists are white?

That being said, I'm down with Howie...he's from nearby Duluth, Minnesooooota. And yes, you have to pronounce it with all the "oooo"s

Posted by: Dylan | Dec 10, 2008 5:13:10 PM

FUNNY THING -- He lost a bid for GOP seat to a candidate named TWINKLE and she lost the election to a Democrat -- the only GOP race that was lost to a Dem in that state.

SAD THING -- If you read his blog (like his travel by train) he seems like this really great guy -- he's reflective, honorable, and very courteous. But a few clicks away you see he is also this enormously misguided and devoutly conservative fundamentalist that is so scary -- in ways HE will never be able to understand.

When you read his wife's OLD SPICE nomination you want to vote for him - then you ask -- well... DEFINE "principled leaders", DEFINE "values", DEFINE "good"... THOSE are the freaking scary answers...

ALSO - note how they both think the best movies are pre-1959-- when men were men, and OZZY and HARRIET defined the fictional American Ideal that NEVER existed. Maybe Hollywood does influence us ALL... LOL

AND OF COURSE -- since she doesn't think she should be able to VOTE -- is it odd that she feels political enough to nominate?

Posted by: PERSPECTIVE | Dec 10, 2008 6:20:15 PM

To judge Chancey's politics by the company he keeps, he's further to the right and more hateful to gays than anything that has yet appeared in this thread. He is closely associated with Vision Forum, a Christian Reconstructionist group that believes Old Testament law should be the law of the land. That would include imposing the penalty of stoning upon disobedient children, non-Christians, blasphemers...and gays.

I'm sure there are people further to the right politically than Christian Reconstructionists, but you'd have to look in backwoods Idaho for people wearing swastikas to find them.

Posted by: | Dec 10, 2008 8:06:08 PM

Voted at 5:41 PM PST...Howie ahead of Chancey 1832 to 1551... Keep it up folks!
Howie is a Bear!

Posted by: LOrion | Dec 10, 2008 8:41:48 PM

Um I would like to update the race as Howie Farmer is now in the lead with 26% and Mr. Chancey at 21%. This is as of 8:25pm PST.

Posted by: Steven | Dec 10, 2008 11:26:13 PM

I am 38 years old and I have used Old Spice since I was 16. What can I say? It boosts my confidence. But if that fucker wins this contest I am filling it with piss and sending it back to the factory. Asshole.

Posted by: Jack | Dec 11, 2008 10:16:47 AM

Lets support Aaron Blue, the man most like us.
Aaron Blue has my support.

Posted by: Clyde | Dec 12, 2008 12:45:57 PM

Spread the word - Howie Farmer is the man. Shame he currently is 2% behind Chancey.

If Chancey DOES win with his sickening views, then OLD SPICE is going to have a ton of bad publicity and have to do some serious PR with women AND homosexuals, who have significant purchasing power compared to 19th Amendment repealing Christians. Just a thought.

Posted by: Andrea | Dec 13, 2008 8:30:59 PM

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