NSFW blog DudeTubeOnline posted photos from the event, where no one actually stripped completely naked (most the dancers ended up in underwear or used strategically placed props to cover their dicks), but when the theater queens at Broadway Cares saw their pics alongside XTube clips and hardcore gay porn updates, girrrrrl:
Yesterday I was contacted by a representative of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS who asked me to remove a post I made about the event Broadway Bares. I was told they “work very hard to police the content from BROADWAY BARES which appears online to protect the associations [sic] made this event.” I emailed a reply to the representative and asked if the issue was with the pictures I posted (the majority of which were from BroadwayWorld) or my site specifically. I was told, “It is the site.”
Later in our exchange, the representative flopped and said the posted photos were the real issue, saying he was concerned about the impact on the career of the dancers. Is having identical pictures posted on a Broadway website and Dudetube a career killer? Are you readers not savvy enough to understand the context under which the photos were taken? By the way, I did not identify any of the performers in the photos (unlike the majority of “mainstream” websites). I’m upset that an organization would actively promote an event based on sexuality, and then become outraged when a sexual website reports on it. The representative told me that Broadway Bares “is sexy but clever.”
So, Broadway Bares isn’t sexy or clever. They’re hypocrites, and that’s fine, I guess.
The problem is that Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is supposed to be helping people with AIDS, and if they don’t want blogs like Dudetube (which receives more traffic than many so-called mainstream gay sites) covering their events, they’re limiting the amount of people who might be willing to support their cause.
Earlier this morning, I called Broadway Cares and spoke to a rep named Bobby. I told him that by asking to have photos from their recent events removed from sites, they’re turning down free publicity. His response: “Publicity isn’t worth anything after the fact.”
Here’s some video from Broadway Bares, and if Broadway Cares wants it removed from The Sword they’ll need to talk to YouTube.