CHELSEA — A man who plastered posters all over Chelsea in search of a magazine with gay pop star Adam Lambert on the cover says he's been bombarded with homophobic phone calls.
"All these silly knuckleheads are making rude, homophobic remarks," said Rich, the man behind the posters, who declined to give his last name. "I'm a heterosexual male, but I don't take kindly to that," he said.
He declined to explain specifically what the callers said, but described their comments as offensive and homophobic.
"They're silly males in the age 20 range. They call, speak, and hang up," he added, saying the calls started Monday night, coming in from all different area codes.
They've continued non stop, with his phone ringing roughly every half hour, he said.
The mysterious posters popped up all over Chelsea light poles and other spots in the area over the weekend, offering to pay $20 for $4 copies of The Advocate's November issue, which has an in-depth cover story on Lambert.
Lambert, a gay superstar who amassed a huge fan club of self-declared "Glamberts" after making it to runner-up in the eighth season of American Idol, has sold millions of albums worldwide and was nominated for a Grammy last year for his single, "Whataya Want From Me."
Rich said he was collecting the magazine as a favor for a friend's family member who is part of a Lambert fan club in Japan. The posters caught media attention, and several websites published pictures of them, which included Rich's phone number.
Rich said Tuesday that he believed the increased media attention is what attracted the offensive calls.
"That particular flier was meant for business, it was not meant for games," he said.
"I’m just going out there to do a deed for a friend of the family, I don’t want all this garbage coming my way."