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Log Cabin chapter head blasts gay blogger over remarks about reality star

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WASHINGTON — Robert Turner, head of the Washington D.C. chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans on Tuesday criticized freelance journalist and prominent gay blogger Joe Jervis for publicly questioning claims by reality star Taylor Garrett that he has twice been the victim of anti-gay attacks due to his association with conservative political commentator Ann Coulter.

Robert Turner (left) and Joe Jervis

Garrett, Republican party activist, is a cast member on the Logo network’s gay reality show, “A-List Dallas.”

In a Nov. 11 interview with The Daily Caller, Garrett said that he was attacked outside a birthday party in Dallas after finding a vandal scratching “Fuck Coulter” on the side of his car.

This marks the second time in six weeks Garrett has reported being targeted for his association with conservative commentator Ann Coulter and for being a gay Republican.

Last month, Garrett alleged that a rock with a threatening note attached was thrown at the window of his Dallas Design District apartment. Some gay bloggers have alleged that Garrett falsified the report about the rock as a publicity stunt in advance of the premiere of The A-List Dallas.

Preeminent among the bloggers criticizing Garrett was New York-based Jervis, who publishes the daily news and political blog Joe.My.God. Jervis has cast doubts on some of Garrett’s claims, prompting this response from Turner:

“Violence against any innocent person is abhorrent. It’s doubly sickening when bloggers such as Joe Jervis of Joe.My.God suggest, before any investigation is completed, suggest that Garrett is faking the hate crime simply because he is a Republican.

“Should Mr. Garrett be guilty of filing a false statement or any other crime, he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But we have as yet no evidence suggesting that he vandalized his own car and attacked himself for pure media attention.

“The question of who is guilty, an as-yet uncaught assailant or Mr. Garrett, is still open. But Mr. Jervis is unquestionably guilty of bad faith. This type of double standard needs to end!”

Turner told LGBTQ Nation on Tuesday that he was not specifically looking to wage a public exchange with the blogger, but he noted that Jervis’ popularity and influence were factors in his decision to issue a press release.

Jervis has implied that the alleged attacks and public statements have been an attempt to build interest and ratings for the fledgling reality show.

Said Jervis on Tuesday:

A couple of things will be obvious to JMG regulars: 1) I don’t suspect Garrett because he’s a Republican. I suspect him because he’s a self-aggrandizing reality show douchebag with a history of highly questionable claims. 2) I’m supposed to have good faith in homocons? SRSLY? Oh, my sides. Stop. No, really. STOP.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. Is there actual evidence or serious reason to believe that the reports were false? I mean, other than we don’t like reality stars?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 9:11am
  2. While I believe it’s possible this “reality star” was attacked, there has been no evidence I’ve seen that substantiates it as an “anti-Log Cabin” attack. Always suspect someone who claims the status of martyr without merit.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 9:15am
  3. Fuck mr garrett….he wants a world where people have no rights, so he should get used to the abuse the rest of us have to deal with

    Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 9:18am
  4. no one should have to get used to abuse

    Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 10:30am
  5. no one should have to get used to abuse.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 10:34am
  6. Taylor Garrett is an attention whore. ’nuff said.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 11:13am
  7. What sane gay person would support Ann Coulter?

    Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 11:34am
  8. very happy to see this page write something positive about a conservative….even though it is still up in the air, it’s healthy!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 11:48am
  9. Yes. The police report says he didn’t let the cops photograph the car or check for fingerprints. Sounds like he wants attention, but he doesn’t actually want to catch the person who did it.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 2:44pm
  10. I’m still trying to wrap my head around gay and/or black republicans. “Oxymoron” keeps popping up in my head.

    Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 7:12am
  11. “Fuck Coulter” is the best they could do? Please, “Fuck Coulter with Elisabeth Hasselbeck” would be a little more creative.

    Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 3:12pm
  12. I was wondering the same thing myself… and for all that, what sane person (gay, straight or otherwise) would support Coulter at all, period?

    And also I agree with Joe Jervis… At the end of the day, the “A List” sucks…, I mean, it REALLY REALLY sucks. As a man who has been out and proud for much longer than it has been safe to be, I find that show just embarassing.

    It’s like they’re saying, “Look, gay people can be just as vapid, paper-thin and completely lacking in substance as the Kardashians, or the creeps from Jersey Shore.” In many ways, I think Logo has done a tremendous disservice to the community (IFC and Ovation seem to have a better line-up of programs regarding lgbt matters anyway.)

    Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 11:50pm