Would You Purchase Telecom Services From This Man?

Kelvin Williams insults Christians
Kelvin Williams insults Christians
Last week, Kelvin Williams, founder and owner of 373K, announced his company would depart from Georgia after the State Senate passed FADA. The announcement was picked up by numerous media outlets and sparked a debate within Georgia over the possible economic impact of Religious Freedom legislation.

It should be noted 373K is a telecommunications vendor for the Democratic Party and Kelvin Williams is an openly gay man. It makes sense for him to be displeased about the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act. Given the circumstances, his departure is anything but surprising.

After conducting a bit of research on Kelvin Williams, it turns out the man is a piece of work. His Google+ and Twitter accounts are laden with posts promoting violence, misogyny, Christian-bashing, and rape. It’s pretty sick, actually. Democrats and Republicans jumping to make Mr. Williams the poster-child for the side effects of religious liberty legislation should think twice before using him. He might represent the potential economic impact of religious liberty, but he also represents violence, bigotry, and the rest of the aforementioned ugliness.

We grabbed these screenshots this afternoon from Williams’s public Twitter and Google Plus feeds, and have linked the screenshots to the original posts. You can click any image to make it larger. If the links don’t work by the time you get to them, you can imagine why.

I'm passed this stage.
I’m passed this stage.
Amen!
Amen!
Someone was killed on a morning show,
Someone was killed on a morning show.
Not happy with the late Chief Justice.
Not happy with the late Chief Justice.
Defaming the Pope.
Defaming the Pope.
Echoing his inner pastor.
Echoing his inner pastor.
Shaming Ann Coulter.
Shaming Ann Coulter.
Defaming a legislator.
Defaming a legislator.
Only fake Christians will be offended.
Only fake Christians will be offended.

The company is a Democratic Vendor
The company is a Democratic Vendor.
Many are quick to criticize Republicans who make offensive statements in public or on social media. A few years ago a Republican party leader was forced to leave his position after defaming minorities on television. Here in Georgia, an Education Department employee was terminated after making offensive posts on Facebook.

Republicans own up to their bad apples. It would be nice if the Democrats would do the same.

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kelvinewilliams
kelvinewilliams

HAHAHA! Oh man. This is awesome, you’ve captured my essence in one post. Now for some facts. 1) The question you ask of your readers, “Would you buy telecom services from this man?” Problem is, they can’t. We don’t perform retail sales. Had you taken the time to contact our company or just barely read our website you would have known this. 2) Had you actually bothered to read my “About” on Google+ you would have found this “Disclaimer” which would have helped you understand most of my posts, “English is my second language. My first is Sarcasm.” 3) The… Read more »

Yuppie Pundit
Yuppie Pundit

@Kelvine I feel your pain. My drug dealer makes me lay on a couch for an hour too before writing those prescriptions… Hey while we’re talking, great job on the PR side. That was a fast real estate cycle to announce the move to Jacksonville, especially considering the bill only passed one chamber of the legislature, hasn’t passed the other, and would still need the governor to sign… News story came out so quick that I didn’t get to read the part about how many employees were coming with you. Kudos for offering them relocation money to help. Didn’t see… Read more »

ChardeeMcDennis
ChardeeMcDennis

Welcome to the Political Realm Bruh

Unfortunately, when you go in front of every channel 2, 5, and 11 in the State making yourself the face of a cause, you have to answer to even your “Sarcastic” Google posts.

kelvinewilliams
kelvinewilliams

I was expecting it. I’m not worried a bit. My life is a bit of an open book, I’m just kinda pissed he didn’t get some of the better of my posts.

Tom Krause
Tom Krause

“…some of the better of my posts…..”

Like your anti-Semitic posts or like when you used the “N word” twice in a single post to describe an African American man? I can see why you are taking such a stand against discrimination (eye roll).

kelvinewilliams
kelvinewilliams

You should probably read all of my posts and not just the ones you find sensational, as you’ll find, like all of my followers, that most of them are pure sarcasm. I’m not anti-Semitic. You forget what I said in my interviews, I have people from EVERY faith or no faith at all working for me. I don’t tolerate discrimination, I don’t practice it either, however, I do cuss, I do poke fun, hell I have an entire collection called “Das Raciss” that is purely humor. I’m sorry you don’t have a sense of humor otherwise you’d enjoy them a… Read more »

gsupantherfan1
gsupantherfan1

So saying/repeating racist or homophobic things are okay as long as I am being sarcastic.

Baker
Baker

Can’t really see the details on the Coulter one…pretty sure I agree with him there.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’m not understanding your point, Will. To me this post comes across as unnecessary and more than a little childish. For one, your attempt to highlight some hypocrisy between how conservatives and liberals are treated on social media uses two bad examples. The first guy made his statements on a nationally broadcast and highly viewed television program. Mr. Williams made his posts on a personal social media page. In addition, the guy was a local GOP chair a position with enough public notoriety that people could conflate his statements for those of that locality’s Republcian Party. As such, I’m sure… Read more »

Davo65
Davo65

I’m disappointed with the whole tone of this post. Why the hit on a private citizen expressing his views? What does this have to do with Georgia politics? Digging around someone’s social media accounts in an attempt to discredit them is pretty sleazy; National Inquirer level ‘journalism’ at best. I don’t see what your trying to prove. It’s like Pavlov’s dog for conservatives; hang out the red meat and they will respond accordingly.

And you wonder why Trump is your candidate.

DAinGA
DAinGA

I agree. Seems like a hit piece and honestly I am surprised to see it here. I have come to expect better from those who write for this site and edit it. Mr. Williams tweeted his reaction to the vote in the Senate and it was picked up by the press. He didn’t seek out the spotlight but it came to him. While some of his posts are not things I would agree with, I don’t view them in the same harsh light you do. Calling out Ann Coulter isn’t misogyny, and making a comment about the Vatican isn’t defaming… Read more »

Yuppie Pundit
Yuppie Pundit

Didn’t seek the spotlight? He’s not exactly turning down press coverage for his company. Last I check he was the ONLY EMPLOYEE leaving Georgia.

Still waiting to hear how much $$$ he offered his employees in relocation costs if they wanted to leave Georgia too.

I suspect he was in the real estate market to leave Georgia before this bill even had it’s first committee hearing.

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

This is Stretch Armstrong levels of stretching here…

blakeage80
blakeage80

When Kelvin stepped out into the spotlight, he invited this kind of scrutiny. There is nothing in the world wrong with pointing out these kinds of things about him. His communications are crass and hateful. Sarcasm is no cover for the kind of hate he has shown on his social media page. (personal or not) Will was absolutely right to point this out and warn people that may be too quick to identify with Kelvin before they know the sort of person he is.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Spotlight or no, the fact remains that he’s a private individual and not a public figure like Jeremy Spencer or Don Yelton. So the comparisons Will used to try and stoke “durr, its not fair” outrage were, as I pointed out, inapplicable. Were his social media posts dumb? Yeah. Were his social media posts insensitive? Yeah. But last I checked insensitive and dumb social media posts shouldn’t be political blog hit piece fodder. If that’s the direction Will wants to take the site, I have plenty of high school friends who share stupid memes on Facebook… can we do them… Read more »

blakeage80
blakeage80

This didn’t start with his social media posts but his announcement that his company would leave GA. I took Will’s post to be a warning to those that would use him as a poster child for companies leaving Ga. He did hit a nerve though, kelvinewilliams was the first to respond to this post. Technically a public figure? Probably not, but he isn’t running from the spotlight here.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I think you’re missing my point. This is a political/policy blog that has, in its young existence, focused on discussing important local/state/national issues. This post was a deviation from that because it was nothing more than a Gawker-style hit piece on a private citizen. I just don’t think your defense, of “well he’s been in the news,” as well-intentioned as it may be, is adequate to justify a post that deviates so wildly from what this site purports to stand for. Did he make this announcement in an effort to gain some attention for his company? Probably (and if he… Read more »

blakeage80
blakeage80

OK. I appreciate your wanting to make sure the subject matter here is well curated. I don’t know if I 100% agree in this case, but I understand your point.

kelvinewilliams
kelvinewilliams

We didn’t seek any attention, and what we’ve gotten will benefit us not. We have a fixed customer demographic and the consumer isn’t it. If giving interviews exposes the silliness of this law, we will keep giving them. Believe it or not, we had a joint press release with Internap yesterday that would have been far more beneficial but it was covered up by this. But we feel it’s worth it. We are NOT moving to Jacksonville. The number of employees who want to leave I’d unknown, but we will definitely cover all costs. People should not be fixated on… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

I get your sense of humor…and agree with it for the most part. This was a hit piece (obviously), but mostly was to try to throw out a red herring to take people off the scent of this horrible bill that is most certainly unconstitutional. Luckily, like a 2 day old dead fish…you wont be able to hide from the stench this bill exudes. Whether you want to blame the messenger or acknowledge the underlying cause.