Charisma Magazine generated an internet thunderstorm today by updating and reprinting a 2004 article by Alan Chambers titled, Do We Want a Gay America? Charisma put it on the front page of their webpage with no notice that it was a reprint.
RightWingWatch (who has the article in full) picked up on it and then various gay blogs followed. I started seeing emails and tweets about two hours ago. Then ExGayWatch and BoxTurtleBulletin reported that the article was a reprint. BTB editor Jim Burroway just tweeted that a woman at Charisma told him they were looking into it.Meanwhile, Alan Chambers tweeted that he was at the beach and didn’t know anything about it, saying
Breaking: No idea why
@charismamag pulled out an 8 year old piece I wrote that doesn’t reflect my current views.
Charisma has blocked access to the article.
All of that in a matter of hours. I would say Charisma has got some explaining to do.
UPDATE: Alan just sent this note along:
I am on the beach, literally, with my family enjoying the dog days of summer. I have no idea why Charisma decided to reach so deep, edit and republish an 8 year old article that I am embarrassed that I ever wrote. Our PR team has asked them to remove the article and not to repost it. When I am back in town I will contact them, as well.