We don't want no stinkin' man love here!

4 May, 2007 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

I wouldn't describe myself as a writer of “m/m” romance – if anything, it's more “lots of snark with a healthy dose of moo-eyes and some angst”. And cravats. And pigtails.

Now, there's an author called Laura Baumbach – I freely admit I've never heard of her before, but she seems to be rather popular. I don't think I'll ever read her work, it doesn't appeal to me (this won't surprise you). Anyway, she writes m/m romance, and to sell and promote her work, she recently went to the “Romantic Times” convention at the Houston Hyatt.

To cut a long story short: “Romantic Times” felt all unromantic and removed her filthy m/m promo – which, so I've been told, was very tasteful and far less “in yer face” than most of the “decent” het romance stuff. Personally, I consider every Fabio-typed cover with a half-naked heroine at his feet a crime against humanity, but then what do I know, I write slash.

Needless to say, Mrs. Baumbach – who shed a lot of money to attend this convention, print promos etc. – was not amused. As a matter of fact, she was very unamused and tried to track down the person in charge to find out what had been going on.

Heh. Have a wild guess.

Enter Sharon Murphy, RT staff, stage right. First she cited some obscure “complaining businessmen” (guys – what have you been doing at a “Romantic Times” convention? Just asking…)

When this didn't convince Mrs. Baumbach, it was explained that the problem with the promos were that they had been in boxes.

Nice try, next one, please.

“Too risqué, mon dieu!” was next. Because quite clearly, nekkid women arses are less offensive than nekkid male arses.

Very nice, dear, and what's behind door number three?

Behind door number three lurks Lance Barnes, Hyatt customer service manager and the one who made the decision to remove those items. His explanation was that – well, that it was his decision. So there. Suck it up and swallow, lady. End of discussion.

Off he went – you bet! – and that was it. “I'm not going to discuss this with you.”

Only, it wasn't, because we now come to the truly funny part of the story. If you go to the blog entry of Laura HERE you can find the full story and, luckily, many supportive messages.

Then enters, again from stage right (of course!), Carol Stacey, “Publisher of Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine”, who informs the world that “(…) my decision to not review these books has nothing to do with being homophobic. Some of my best friends are gay and in fact several attend our convention and have been friends for years and I love them dearly.

My decision is based on my “print” readership and the fact that the majority of my “print readers” are not interested in m/m books at this time.” (…)

Yes! Some of my best friends are gay! Yay! Everybody has gay friends! It's one big, happy gay, world!

And ever since then, things went downhill. Read and roll your eyes, folks. Some of those responses are things of beauty.

Much could be said about this incident, but as I was diggin' through my record collection yesterday (yes, I'm one of those oddities who still have 78rps at home), I found just the right soundtrack for that excursion into the land of the twittish:

Mama don't 'low no men kissin' 'round here…
Mama don't 'low no men shaggin' 'round here…

But we don't care what mama don't allow
Our men will kiss'n'shag anyhow!

Sounds best when sung in a chorus.

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