Oh Noes! Militant Pro-BART, Pro-Gay, Anti-Anonymous Faction to Arrive at Next BART Shooting Protest, OpBART 3

[UPDATE IV, Jason Lives: I guess we have closure now, excepting for Monday morning’s FORUM from Michael Krasny on the KQED-FM. Leave us downgrade this Cat 5 contretemps all the way to unnamed tropical depression:

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

LGBT DISPUTE WITH ANONYMOUS TENTATIVELY SETTLED. COUNTER-DEMONSTRATION CANCELLED.

San Francisco, CA August 28, 2011
Monday’s counter-demonstration against Anonymous by members of the LGBT Community has been cancelled after Anonymous made assurances that they have no malice against LGBT people.

While many people speak for Anonymous we have been told the group was largely against the release of the Linton Johnson photos, and that they are not planning any similar tactics (sexual images) in the future.

Some community leaders, such as La Mesha Irizarry of the Idriss Stelley Foundation are skeptical but had grave safety concerns for demonstrators. “A counter protest pinning commuters against protesters is itself a dangerous, unstable mix” said Irizarry.

The LGBT group had planned to demonstrate alongside the “Commuters Take Back Bart” group, which is still planning to demonstrate.
Lead organizers will be at the Civic Center in the event community members who aren’t aware of the cancellation show up to demonstrate.

Contact:
Chris Andoe
[See Comments if you want the email address]

[UPDATE: I’m a little surprised that one irate person can get so much attention from the MSM before he’s actually done anything. Linton Johnson’s repeated, numerous, high-profile misstatements of law have ceased, for whatever reason [coughwhen you’re on camera all the time you’re not always going to say the best thing, cough], so I don’t think that he’s the focus of anything anymore. Here’s one recent manifesto from one person – note that it has nothing to do with LGBT whatever. Note that it has 3000 (or, in the parlance of the day, over 9000) views already. How many followers does organizer Chris Andoe have to organize? We’ll see.]

[UPDATE II, Electric Boogaloo: Oh, I see, it’s Linton’s friends and acquaintances behind this. Makes sense now. Fair enough.]

[UPDATE III, Tokyo Drift:

This is ridiculous, whoever told the GLBT community that Anonymous released photos of Linton is a flat out liar. Linton released them himself, perhaps they should be protesting outside of Linton’s house.”]

Let’s see here, it looks like Anonymous will have have a little competition at the next OpBART, which is OpBART III: Tokyo Drift coming up on August 29th, 2011.

So, get ready for two new factions competing with Anonymous for attention:

1. Commuters Take Back BART (Heh.)

2.“Organizer” Chris Andoe’s Leaked Linton Johnson Photos Gay-Baiting Counter-Protest (Heh.)

Throw in the newly-energized SFPD and the BART Police and this one could end up just like that historic Battle of the Five Armies.

Comes now website-free, non-BART rider Chris Andoe (who?) to say:

“Long before becoming Bay Area Rapid Transit’s chief spokesperson, Linton Johnson worked as a television reporter in St. Louis. In the late 90’s he was regularly seen dancing shirtless, with much fanfare, at the Complex.”

All right, how does this help us? It tells us that self-proclaimed Constitutional scholar Linton Johnson was not boning up the law back then, and maybe you’re reflexively defending your friend from Flyover Country, but that’s about all that we can learn from that.

Here’s more, complete with an edited quote.

Oh, and here’s the full quote, where a BART dude apologizes for recent statements:

“Linton is doing a great job,” Franklin said. “When you’re on camera all the time you’re not always going to say the best thing. Linton is doing a great job and it’s a tough job. So the organization is going to stand behind Linton.”

I’ll just say this: It wasn’t a group of hackers what posted those photos, it was one dude (who actually didn’t need to do any hacking) who posted those photos.

Here’s another viewpoint:

“I think the purpose was to humiliate him. the guy is the public face of bart. don’t pull the homophobe card just because he’s happens to be gay and embarrassing pics were leaked.”

All right, let’s see how many people actually show up on Monday at 5:00 PM. (There will be loads of media there regardless…)

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14 Responses to “Oh Noes! Militant Pro-BART, Pro-Gay, Anti-Anonymous Faction to Arrive at Next BART Shooting Protest, OpBART 3”

  1. Chris Andoe says:

    Anonymous and their supporters have become like the GOP in two ways:

    1. Adopting anti-gay, Puritanical, sexual terrorism tactics to destroy their opponents.

    2. No room for dissent. Few if any are willing to support the cause while disavowing the tactics of the past week.

    You have alienated many who supported you or were at least ambivalent. Instead you circle the wagons and double down.

    Even if it’s just me, one gay guy standing at Civic Center, I’m not anonymous and I’m not masked. My name’s out there. I’ve got bigger nuts than all of you.

    Your tactics of sexual humiliation are repulsive.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    I think you’ve been spending too much time on the HuffPo.

    One dude dug up some photos on the Internet – it wasn’t Anonymous per se. I don’t think Linton is “destroyed.” In fact, he continues to cost BART $170k+ per year AFAIK.

    I think most of the opinions expressed on the matter were anti-nude pics, IIRC.

    Most of the protesters aren’t masked, but you’ll see for yourself on Monday, I guess.

    I think you’ll blend in with the crowd unless you have a sign with a clear message, something like that.

    Why don’t you start a website, that’d be far more effective for your movement. You can go WordPress.Com for free or you can get a whole, heavy-duty site hosted for like $3 per month plus a $1 for the URL. I’ll tell you how to do it if you want. (Whatever you, don’t post big nuts photos on the net.)

    Is this stuff coming from Linton? You seem awfully animated, agitated. You know, maybe Linton already laughed it off…

  3. emma press says:

    For jumping Xenu’s sake, Anonymous marched in the 2008 San Diego LGBT Pride Parade. Thie first effort Project Chanology which focused on the human rights abuses by Scientology alerted the media and LGBT that Scientology believed that LBGT could only be cured by Scientology. If that failed they should be “removed form society without remorse.” Dins’t matter to Anonymous if Linton was gay or straight. He abridged the 1st Amendment rights of >9000 BART riders. Andoe needs to repsectfully get thicker skin. Srsly dude.

  4. pchas says:

    Linton’s pics (if that is Linton) have nothing to do with what Linton said. By posting them, Anonymous has gone off message and turned this into a personal vendetta against Linton Johnson. I don’t think Anonymous is anti-gay, but they have opened themselves up to that charge by bringing up Linton’s private life.

  5. Chris Andoe says:

    One of Anonymous’ many spokespeople told SF Weekly that the dick pics raise questions about “moral character”. There you have it. The Anonymous of 2011 is Puritanical, anti-gay, and sexophobic.

    Not because of deeply held beliefs but because they took a cheap shot and instead of backing away from it they’ve tied themselves in knots to defend it.

  6. sfcitizen says:

    BART’s primary spokesperson up til now, has been Linton Johnson. He’s been doing a horrible job. You don’t seem to be aware of that.

    What you’re doing is jumping to conclusions about what a group of people think based on the actions of a few.

    Anonymous doesn’t have any spokespeople, really, right? Of course anybody can say whatever they want.

    I think they’ve moved on already.

  7. eleh says:

    Im not sure how long Mr.Andoe has been in SF, but as posted elsewhere “the SFglbt community forgets that police use 2 beat and kill them years ago in the days of GRID”
    Perhaps some research?
    Is this personal Mr. Andoe? Does your personal relationship with Mr. *achem* Johnson prevent you from seeing clearly?

  8. Chris Andoe says:

    I’ve never met Mr. Johnson and despite the rumors I’ve never slept with him. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have back in the late 90′s when we were sometimes at the same club. I probably would have.

  9. Chris Andoe says:

    People have sex.

  10. sfcitizen says:

    If you wanted to say something about how Linton Johnson is doing a horrible job with BART but whomever dug up those nude photos went too far, well then we’d be pretty much on the same page…

  11. Chris Andoe says:

    cool.

  12. Robert says:

    Why don’t the blacks chime in? Linton is black, so Anonymous was targeting by race as well, right? To say that Anonymous was targeting gays by pointing people to his embarrassing (nude) photo blog is your inability to be comfortable with who you are and stand in society on your own platform with your own beliefs. We accept you for who and what you are… you should too. So what if he’s gay? He posted pictures of his penis and someone noticed. You don’t think when you come under massive scrutiny for freedom of speech violations that people wont be looking for your skeletons? Grow up.

  13. Chris Andoe says:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    LGBT DISPUTE WITH ANONYMOUS TENTATIVELY SETTLED. COUNTER-DEMONSTRATION CANCELLED.

    San Francisco, CA August 28, 2011
    Monday’s counter-demonstration against Anonymous by members of the LGBT Community has been cancelled after Anonymous made assurances that they have no malice against LGBT people.

    While many people speak for Anonymous we have been told the group was largely against the release of the Linton Johnson photos, and that they are not planning any similar tactics (sexual images) in the future.

    Some community leaders, such as La Mesha Irizarry of the Idriss Stelley Foundation are skeptical but had grave safety concerns for demonstrators. “A counter protest pinning commuters against protesters is itself a dangerous, unstable mix” said Irizarry.

    The LGBT group had planned to demonstrate alongside the “Commuters Take Back Bart” group, which is still planning to demonstrate.
    Lead organizers will be at the Civic Center in the event community members who aren’t aware of the cancellation show up to demonstrate.

    Contact:
    Chris Andoe
    chrisandoe@gmail.com

  14. commuters support anon says:

    Hey SF Citizen, just a heads up about that Take Back BART thing:

    The #opBart counter-protest “Take Back BART” may be a sham propaganda operation backed and paid for by BART itself. Public documentation suggests that it is being organized and/or supported by Jason Legate, an employee of Palantir Technologies, the propaganda mercenaries who were hired to spread anti-Wikileaks sentiment (and to character-assassinate Glenn Greenwald) by Bank of America earlier this year.

    This sounds like science fiction nonsense but I assure you that it’s actually all public record at this point haha

    Anyway, thanks for updating the article and all your great work. You can read more about the Take Back BART problems here: http://t.co/o7n1edp

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