[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.
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[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 [cough, when 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…)