Gay-Owned PR Firm Cancels Massive Holiday Bash Because Trump, Donates Party Dough To Charities

The New York Post reports:

Donald Trump is the grinch who is ruining the holidays for some fashionistas. Manhattan fashion p.r. company LaForce — which reps Target, Banana Republic and Williams-Sonoma, to name a few — has canceled its holiday party because of Trump’s victory.

James LaForce and his husband, Stephen Henderson, had booked Irving Plaza for a thousand guests on Dec. 19 and designed an invite showing Hillary Clinton as an American flag-waving Santa with the words, “Make America Merry Again.”

LaForce had bought thousands of feet of red, white and blue bunting, and male models were lined up to pose in nothing but stars-and-stripes body paint.

Instead, LaForce sent out a letter stating, “We envisioned an extra-cheerful celebration of Hillary Clinton’s presidency . . . Alas, Election Day did not go as we’d hoped. So it’s with deep regret that we are canceling this year’s party.”

Money meant for the party was sent to Planned Parenthood, Housing Works, and the Stonewall Foundation.

  • samcollins

    Um, what about those male models and body paint? I’m asking for a friend.

    • Ernest Endevor

      My friends are asking, too.

      • Gustav2

        Especially another_steve

        • Ernest Endevor

          Let’s face it, he’s an animal.

    • Charlie

      they were sent to me…I’m needy in that way…

      • Kruhn

        Share! You greedy, man!

        • Charlie

          ok…’tis the season

    • Kruhn

      Yeah models need to eat, work out, and live.

      • Todd20036

        some of us are actuaries in the federal government.
        Just saying.

  • bkmn

    I don’t normally think highly of marketing firms but LaForce just earned my respect.

    • Kruhn

      Me too. Liked their stance.

  • Treant

    Honestly, I’d rather see most over the top holiday bashes get scaled down and the proceeds given to either charity or the employees of the company. I just think it’s gone a bit over the top.

    Sometimes–rarely–there’s a good reason to do so. Usually, no.

    Still, nothing’s stopping them from trotting out male models in nothing but body paint. Take photos.

  • karen in kalifornia

    okay.

  • Cousin Bleh

    I think this story is supposed to make me sympathize with the PR folks… but honestly, they sound tacky AF.

  • John T

    In the Trump era I think we’re going to need more parties, not fewer. But make sure they’re the kind of parties that bring people together and generate social connections that make our communities stronger. Make your parties an example of how it’s done. Trump is all about exclusion and hatred, so let’s have parties that are all about love and inclusion. And fun, and sex, and good food too of course.

    • james1200

      Right? And absolutely make sure everyone feels included at these parties.

      http://i.imgur.com/dEshHDL.gif

      • WNY

        what movie is this from?

        • Yixing’s Fluffer

          I did a TinEye search. It’s from a music video by Margaret called “Thank You Very Much”.

          https://vimeo.com/60280914

        • james1200

          I wish I knew. If anyone wants to find out and let us know, we’d appreciate it. I mean, it’s Christmas, help us out.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Hey your penis is out of control dude !

        • james1200

          Why you trying to keep him from being great?

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Make penises great again !!

            -Let us come together and make it so !

      • John T

        Well, not everybody. Don’t invite more than one Trump supporter at a time. Bring one, so that they can see how much more fun we’re having than they are despite their best efforts to make our lives shitty.

      • Jerry

        We would at least know to leave our drinks on the table when we go play among the nude dancers.

      • Uncle Mark

        Been there…not knowing anyone at the party to chat with, only to have my drink knocked out of my hand by some out-of-control dick….although not precisely the same way ;^)

      • JCF

        Girlfriend, if you’d like a 100% Sausage-Free Party, come see me. 😉

    • Gerry Fisher

      It helps him to have us be isolated and depressed.

    • douglas

      And get the guests to bring Kelloggs products to donate to local food banks. And send pics of the haul to Breitbart.

  • Elsewhere1010

    On a much smaller scale (obviously) that’s what my husband and I decided to do this season. Adding to the holidays, we both have birthdays within 30 days of Christmas, so we’re splitting our gift budget between Planned Parenthood, The Southern Poverty Law Center, and an org that provides support for gay and lesbian seniors. It just feels like the right thing to do for us.

    We’ll still have friends over, go visiting, decorate and all that, so that we can hold each other close and celebrate, but we hope not to lose sight of the task ahead.

    • Treant

      Hell, my husband and I just celebrated a Quaker wedding. Price? How much does gas cost to go 1.5 miles to the witness’ house?

      • PickyPecker
        • Lumpy Gaga

          Holiday Pecker!

          • PickyPecker

            HO, HO, HO!

        • Treant

          Thankew, thankew.

          Strangely, now that we’re married, the sex is boring and I’m hiring a pool boy…

          🙂

          • KCMC

            Quaker Pool Boy.
            refreshing vid title.

      • safari

        What’s up with a Quaker wedding? I know a seemingly atheist professor who has one.

        • Gustav2

          There is no officiant (except for the civil paperwork part) you essentially say you are married to each other and you are.

        • Ernest Endevor

          You don’t need an officiant. It’s basically, “Okay, dude, you’ll do” type thing. Like closing time on a Saturday night.

        • Treant

          No officiant. Nobody said magic words over us and pronounced us married, we joined ourselves.

          All it requires is two witnesses (in Pennsylvania) and costs the same as a regular marriage license. Since an officiant–which we didn’t want anyway–was up to $400 more, and the scheduling was a nightmare for a Justice of the Peace, we did this instead.

          • Bj Lincoln

            Good for you. A wedding need not be expensive. Declaring to friends, family and the universe your commitment to each other is the important part. The paperwork just makes it legal.

        • Boseefuss

          It’s like jumping the broom.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Whew. RTF “cancelled”.

        Congratulations.

        • Treant

          Thanks!

      • RJ Bone

        Congratulations 🙂

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      December bdays SUCK !!!

      • Bj Lincoln

        They sure do. My wife had her 50th yesterday. It’s hard to come up with gifts when the Solstice is only weeks away. I cook 3 big meals and throw 3 parties in Dec.. Her Bday, the Solstice for me and christmas for her father who lives with us. Too much food and many gifts screw the monthly budget.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Happy Bday to her ! Mine is Friday. I cant wait for it to be over

        • Beagle

          My mother was born on December 15, and one thing she taught me well was, no combined gifts — it’s something for the birthday and something for Christmas. Came in handy when I had a girlfriend (before I figured things out), and later a boyfriend (after I figured things out), born on December 26.

  • John McCoy

    The more inspiring thing would have been to hold the party anyway, but to make it bigger, better, and even more fabulous. Cancelling it is tantamount to letting “them” know that they won.

    • Tiger Quinn

      What a completely bizarre thing to write.

      • John McCoy

        Why?

  • The Sentinel

    Now THAT’s the spirit!

  • Michael R

    There’s a Starbucks in Trump Tower .

    • Halou

      Both are hideously overpriced for what they offer.

  • safari
    • can i just say something? you can never have enough hats, gloves and shoes.

      • safari

        Darling, even Amanda de Cadenet would remember the word “accessories”.

  • boatboy_srq

    We’re all getting a tRump of coal this Xmas.

  • melllt

    Good for them. And good for Planned Parenthood, Housing Works and the Stonewall Foundation. Here’s hoping they will do this every year, instead of wasting a ton of money on a party attended be a huge number of people they don’t know, just to get more business.

    • IamM

      What I want to see is all those companies that traditionally donate to both Democrats and Republicans refusing to support the GOP or Rethuglican candidates any more. Cut them off and give the money to charities and civil rights organizations.

  • Tom G

    That’s a ton of dough. And better use of it!!

  • Moebym, Resistance Pilot

    A few of the reasons we’re not celebrating what should have been Hillary’s victory.

    http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/fake-news-breaks-through-826526275708?cid=sm_fb_msnbc
    http://shorensteincenter.org/news-coverage-2016-general-election/?platform=hootsuite
    https://toinformistoinfluence.com/2016/12/05/handbook-of-russian-information-warfare/
    And “Bernie would’ve trounced Trump”, something that I was sure would’ve gone away by now, but which I’ve seen yet again today.

  • i guess they can’t just throw a party celebrating giving a wad to worthy charities. just isn’t Fabulous enough of a party theme, or something.

    • IamM

      Hopefully canceling the party freed up more money to give to the charities.

      Of course they could have turned it into a fundraiser which might have been even better.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    OT: totally new on JMG page today- yellow bar pop up that says : Rats! WebGL hit a snag. Ignore / Reload ?

    • PickyPecker

      Hmm. Nothing like that here. Have you cleared your browser cache recently?

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Good idea!

    • ChrisMorley

      Search for Rats! WebGL hit a snag. Ignore / Reload to find the solution for your browser.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Thank you Mr Chris !

  • Mike Knife

    Trump is a Scrooge and a Grinch.

  • Michael

    OMG if you believe this one I have a bridge up north at a good price too.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Believe….what?

  • Ninja0980

    Good for them!

  • ByronK

    A Toronto law firm sent out plain cards saying that they usually send out satirical, funny cards every year but they just aren’t in the mood for it this year. Instead, they’re donating to the Southern Poverty Law Centre. Well done I say.

  • Irish856

    Not a fan of canceling events like this. We need to remember that the venue staff and even the models were counting on the tips and pay to keep them afloat.

  • Gerry Fisher

    They could have done something much more creative, such as have tables at the party for the ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Center, and give the proceeds at the door to the Ali Forney Center.

    • Tiger Quinn

      I think I will just be happy about what they actually did, thanks.

  • AJ Drew

    Is this a good thing or not? Hrm. I think they shoulda gone ahead with the event.

  • Alan

    Hopefully all those p/t workers scheduled for the event were helped to find work. It may have been over the top, but some people won’t get other work with two weeks to go.

  • Ore Carmi

    I approve! And bless them for sending the money to deserving causes–much more useful than naked models.

  • JCF

    I have mixed feelings. On the one hand: Planned Parenthood, Housing Works, and the Stonewall Foundation can absolutely use the money.

    On the other, LGBT partying is something we do FOR OURSELVES, not for any specific event (as wonderful as “Madam President” would have been, Le Sigh). We need to party, to keep ourselves sane IN the insanity.

    It’s (probably) going to be *4 long years*. We’ll NEED to party, if we’re going to get through it—together!