The local Florida news station recently aired an exposé report about a “website so vulgar we can’t even tell you its name.”
That website is Squirt.
The investigative journalists at the program, which airs on CBS and FOX affiliates, found a post on the gay hookup site – run by Xtra‘s parent company, Pink Triangle Press – that mentions a local bathroom in which the toilet paper dispenser can be removed, offering a view into the neighbouring stall – a “window to spy.”
Action News put hidden cameras in the bathrooms of “prominent public places” mentioned on Squirt’s hookup listings and warned viewers that “perverts” could be peeping on them — or their kids — in the bathrooms. Their cameras showed viewers a window to the neighbouring stall, just to prove how perverted people can be.
A press release from Pink Triangle Press calls the Action News report “sensationalist” and decried the report for giving the “impression that women have been spied on through holes and children have been exposed to ‘danger.'”
The release clarifies that Squirt is used to allow gay and bisexual men to meet up and that the Action News report fails to explain gay cruising — nor did reporters there contact Squirt for comment.
“Action News is misconstruing what a website like Squirt is all about,” says Jeffrey Freeman, media and traffic manager for Pink Triangle Press. “Squirt.org is a place where men who have sex with men exchange information and facilitate their meeting.”
The Action News team, in their report, went on a mission to many of the now-famous bathrooms throughout the city, informing business owners and security of the dangers lurking in their bathrooms. They also interviewed police at the Jacksonville sheriff’s office, asking if the police force would organize a sting operation to catch the naughty voyeurs. The police would say only that they are being “proactive.”
That list includes Club Jacksonville, a gay sauna, and a one-person bathroom at a gas station that has a “bolt action style lock so there is complete privacy.”
Action News didn’t respond to Xtra’s request for comment.