S.F.'s Westfield Mall Denies Blackballing Gay Blog from Media Event

Categories: Media
get the fuck out.jpeg
Is it all bloggers or just gay bloggers?
Update 2:26 p.m.: A Westfield Mall spokesman called SF Weekly to clear up what he said was a miscommunication. According to the spokesman, "the event was open to all credentialed media, and it was our understanding that all media had gained access. It was unfortunate that a miscommunication occurred, that was not the intent."  

Original story 12:23 p.m.The Queerty, a national LGBT publication, was reportedly banned from a San Francisco event celebrating the imminent opening of the new Target store. And considering that Target has already been spotlighted in the press for its donations to antigay politicians, the move seemed a bit curious.

The publication sent a blogger to the Westfield Mall's morning photo-op at the Metreon, where the new Target will be. But when the Queerty got to the press event, it was "gently asked to leave," according to the blog.

After being booted from the event, which included San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the writer called the Westfield's PR guy, Peter Bartelme, to ask what the hell was up with that.

This is where the story gets even more peculiar.

According to the Queerty this is how the conversation went between the publication and  Bartelme:

When we said, "Queerty, a national LGBT blog," there was a pause. "Can I call you back?" he asked.
Bartelme then called the publication back a few minutes later, only to tell the reporter that the Westfield was not allowing bloggers to cover the event.

Now that just makes no sense. Is it all bloggers? Or just gay bloggers? What about bloggers who are straight but work for a gay publication, or vice versa?

So SF Weekly's Snitch blog called Bartelme to find out, considering this rule would have barred us from attending the event.

We left a message with him, and we'll update you when we hear back.

One thing is for sure: You can try to kick reporters out, but they will always come back with an even better story.

Follow us on Twitter at @SFWeekly and @TheSnitchSF

My Voice Nation Help
Sort: Newest | Oldest
Marc Freden
Marc Freden

You have Kobe Bryant shouting out the word Faggot...then again with the jets guy and David Tyree speaking out against Gay Marriage...and of course you have Tracey Morgan being downright hateful against gays and there are no ramifications. Even the sight of Weiner's Weiner has brought down a Congressman. Are people that afraid of Gays in this day and age? Well Marc Freden, too, has been given pause with the issue.

As a gay man, even he feels the need to apologize for the blatant use of the word "Faggot" in his new book "REALLY!?!" Now Freden using the "F" word should get a tacit pass...much like black people using the "N" word to describe themselves. His harmless use of the word...(And you must read the book to understand) has lead him to a video mea culpa on YouTube "Marc Freden Must Apologize to the Gay Community".

Furthermore, Freden has pledged that if Kobe Bryant can be fined $50,000 then he too should pay a price. A percentage of every book sold as a result of his apology will go to the Trevor Project - a gay hot line for distressed teens looking for a voice of calm and understanding. It is the least he can do. Who will join Freden in this cause?




is being proven by the more than 400 individuals who have taken a doseof 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. The result is that AMBUSH'KILLS' the virus by causing the protein envelope to rupture and theviral particles are discarded by the white blood cells. AMBUSH is ableto 'KILL' the virus that are 'hiding' in the lymph system by its'natural radioactive' properties. This process allows the body to'return to normal health' with a corresponding immunity to that orthose strains of the virus.

What is AMBUSH ?

AMBUSH is a radioactive isotope of uranium that is found in the 'palm'plant of which there are more than 3000 species. When ingested, AMBUSHcauses the body temperature in the trunk area to rise to about 102degrees when the individual is sleeping. The preparation takes fourhours per batch, which is then given to the individuals for consumption60 ml three times daily for 21 days. AMBUSH is a herbal preparation inthis form but it contains an active ingredient which is a 'NEW'crystalline substance, a drug from the 'palm plant' similarly toASPIRIN originating from the willow tree bark


After 21 days on AMBUSH, ALL the individuals experienced a decrease inviral load to undetectable, an increase in cd4, increase in RBC, animprovement in general health such as more color to the face, decreasein Buffalo hump, an increase in gluteal muscles, a decrease to havingno joint pains whereby individuals can bend to touch their toes, andwalk up steps are but a few examples. There is also a dramatic increasein their sexual appetite beginning after the first week of therapy


In any plant concoction such as percolated 'tea', there are 30-40,000compounds, whi ch would take the scientific community twenty years toisolate one particular ingredient if they knew what they were lookingfor. The LORD GOD has given me seven steps to isolate the activeingredient, which is soft and metallic in nature and has a carbon-uranium-sulfur-(classified)-phentolamine configuration or structure.This is similar to Federick Kekule and the discovery of the benzenering where he dreamt the structure.

As an antiviral and 'natural radioactivity' producing agent, AMBUSH isalso effective against leukemia, lupus and HPV. Here I am saying that Ihave 'GIVEN' AMBUSH in the same 'strength' and dosage to patients withleukemia, lupus and HPV. A 35 year old male with HIV found it difficultto impossible to urinate was put on 'green tea' and water while thedoctors contemplated prostrate surgery. One of the doctors gave him mynumber , I sent him a supply of AMBUSH an d he has not been given anymore ARV's, since taking AMBUSH 18 months ago, is in 'good' health andhas expressed a willingness to be examined by HIV investigators likemany others who have taken AMBUSH.

I have sent this 'IDEA' to most HIV research agencies, scientist of thefield, universities, hospitals, clinics, politicians and news agenciesto which it is REJECTED because the name of THE LORD GOD is mentioned.He has steered me scientifically through the processes such as whichplant and how to produce the active ingredient. What are the odds of aFlorida Pharmacist picking a plant would contain the CURE for HIV/AIDS ?I have never charged any of the people for their supply of AMBUSH but alife saving has been spent on the project with NO renumeration from anysources because AMBUSH falls outside the walls of modern medicine andresearch.


My proposal is that I PROVE that AMBUSH CURES HIV/AIDS by giving it toa number of END-STAGE or DRUG-RESISTANT people and the scientificcommunity watches their recovery. This proposal addresses the problemin that I have already outlaid the results to be obtained.

This IDEA is unconventional in that the scientific community hasrejected AMBUSH because I say it is GOD given. Secondly if I wrote itaccording to certain standards, then it might be peer reviewed.However, THE LORD GOD has also shown me that there are five enzymesystems associated with the virus, reverse transcriptase, protease,fusion and two more of which causes the virus to be AIRBOURNE. Thismeans that without DIVINE intervention mankind and ALL warm- bloodedmammals will be extinct in a number of years.

The PROOF of what I am saying is found in scientific papers wherein itis found that when the protease cuts the viral strands, it cuts it atDIFFERENT lengths EVERY time, to which it should always be a valine atthe end but is a different amino acid every time. This is why it isIMPOSSIBLE to produce a VACCINE.

Since this is NOT a hypothesis but there are about 400 individuals whohave taken AMBUSH, here lies a vast area in which to check, recheck andconfirm that AMBUSH CURES AIDS. Let it be mentioned that during the HIVreproductive cycle, reverse transcriptase converts viral RNA into DNAcompatible to human genetic materials. Thus the human DNA has been'hijacked' and since each person has a DIFFERENT DNA, then the newviral copy is unique to that person which shows that each individualhas a DIFFERENT STRAIN of the virus. Consider two HIV positive peopleswapping viral strains and increasing its complexity with multiplepartners.It can also be proposed that they be revisited as proof that the strainor strains that they had were 'killed' at the time of taking AMBUSHconsidering that a person can catch as many different strains as thereare people who are infected by HIV.I am also willing to work with the scientific community in identifyingthose individuals who took AMBUSH and wish to be identified with thisprocess notwithstanding that some are stigmatized while others arejubilant,

Once AMBUSH is verified as being able to accomplish that which isaforementioned then the next stage might be the natural and artificialsynthesis of the substance.

Finally, if this is accepted or not, believed or not, THE LORD GODalways wins and this is the heavenly truth to which AMBUSH was divinelygiven to mankind for the CURE of HIV/AIDS and it will be here forever. The WORLD is therefore COMPELLED to listen......sooner or later....your choice !!!!!Apostle Shada Mishe.


Here is a video taped presentation that I gave at t he Martin Luther King library in Washington




The Event Required Press Credentials. It's pretty simple - do the research and don't post damaging comments - (the way blogs often do - that live in cyber space forever) - there are several issues here: following protocol, creating accurate reporting. Focus on the real issues of Targets contributions. There are better ways of reaching Target. No one likes to bullied - gay or strait, personal or corporate. These are serious times. These are sacred moments. Let them open the store, bring business in and then enjoin them in being heros in celebrating gay rights. It will take awhile before they understand - as it will the nation. Dressing as a 'target' means YOU are the victim. Let's strive for higher standards on all fronts and stay civil, -generations have worked to hard to be represented by people in costume.


A credential can mean something like a business card or a laminated card with your name and affiliation to hang around your neck. I have neither but I've never been turned away from hundreds of events like this over the years. I've never heard of a no-bloggers rule....


The Public deserves real hard news. Bloggers often take an approach like the above comments (which is not news worthy or interesting)- it's clear from the PR Firm no bloggers -straight, gay, magenta. Bloggers should be required to be certified as journalists with quality writing skills and command of the language


But journalists in legacy-media aren't currently required to be "certified." In addition to blogging for Queerty, I also write for SF Weekly and the Bay Area Reporter and NBC Bay Area, and none of those require any kind of "certificate."

And look over the coverage from today's event: nobody asked about Target's anti-gay political donations. The Sentinel just copypasted a press release, for crying out loud. If not for the bloggers, this issue would have been buried:http://www.bizjournals.com/san...http://www.sanfranciscosentine...http://sf.curbed.com/archives/...http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news...http://www.socketsite.com/arch...


I'm sure that's exactly what the founding fathers would have wanted.


Who does the certifying? the Government? Self appointed "experts?" Who's to say who's better than whom? You?


This whole situation is so weird! And a little distracting from the main issue, which is: Are we going to be stuck with an anti-gay Trojan Horse in the middle of downtown San Francisco? Anyway, I got a nice call from Peter in which he apologized for me not being able to get in, so who knows what their policy on bloggers actually is.

Now Trending

San Francisco Concert Tickets

From the Vault


©2014 SF Weekly, LP, All rights reserved.