Pathetic Dan Savage
June is Gay Pride Month, which immediately begs two questions: 1. Says who? 2. How is it that we have become a nation of such compliant sheep that we accept this rubbish?
The Viacom corporation, on the other hand, thinks it’s the perfect opportunity for its MTV and gay Logo channels to announce they’re creating a second “It Gets Better,” anti-bullying special starring their favorite gay bully, Dan Savage. On the cusp of this news, Savage denounced the gay group GOProud for endorsing Mitt Romney for president: “The GOP’s house faggots grab their ankles on this one.”
This F-bomb has destroyed careers in Hollywood — see Isaiah Washington, the former star of “Grey’s Anatomy.” But Savage just signed with Creative Artists Agency to line up his business offers. One wonders if the reporters who cover television will ever dare to ask the Viacom brass how they square Savage’s routine bullying bursts — whether into a microphone or into a keyboard — with the transparently false anti-bullying persona they’re promoting to make themselves look community-minded.
Hypocrisy doesn’t get more blatant than this. It’s coming not just from Viacom, but also from all those diversity-loving, tolerance-dreaming press critics who ultimately really don’t mean a word of it.
Savage is “more mainstream than ever before,” oozed a recent profile in the Chicago Tribune. In their article, we discover it is now “more mainstream” for Savage to proclaim that the nation’s most devout religious leaders are cheerleaders for teen suicides. “Every dead gay kid is a moral, rhetorical victory for them. They stand on a pile of dead gay kids.”
The Tribune didn’t find this inaccurate or offensive. Referring to Savage’s fear that “It Gets Better” makes him look like a “milquetoast,” the Tribune declared, “If Dan Savage is milquetoast, then he is a particularly piquant version.”
At a student journalism conference in early May, Savage caused a student walkout as he trashed the Bible as a “radical pro-slavery document.” If it was wrong on slavery, “on the easiest moral question that humanity has ever faced…What are the odds that the Bible got something as complicated as human sexuality wrong? 100 percent,” Savage said. He mocked the students who walked out in protest “It’s funny, as someone who is the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the Bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back,” Savage said.
In a new interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Savage repeated that “religious people need to learn to ignore what the Bible says about gay people, or seems to say, the same way they ignore what the Bible says about shellfish and slavery. We’re not asking religious people to do anything they haven’t already done, which is to let go of the parts of the Bible that discriminate. They’ve done it before with slavery and they can do it again with homosexuality.”
Savage isn’t hiding his agenda: Hey, hey, ho, ho, the Holy Bible has got to go. Hollywood has made this view “more mainstream than ever,” and he knows it. This secular sex columnist doesn’t have any need to express civility toward his opponents. There is only the flamethrower and the grenades for this commando.
This line was also in his “more mainstream than ever” basket, equating marriage to rape: ” We should start calling male-on-female rape ‘traditional’ rape. Because if all ‘traditional’ means is that it’s between a man and woman, that’s setting the bar pretty low.”
This man not only hates Christians, he despises Christianity itself.
MTV just wrapped up its season of “Savage U,” the show where Savage travels to college campuses doling out profane sex “education.” For twelve episodes on twelve college campuses, MTV posed Savage as the compassionate wise man as he says the most outrageous things. In the season finale at Texas Tech, Savage preached that contraceptives must be used to prevent “the world’s oldest and most disruptive sexually transmitted infection: pregnancy.” He confessed his MTV sidekick Lauren Hutchinson doesn’t like that lingo because “she’s so sentimental that way about babies.”
Savage is so unsentimental that he’s insulted his own adopted son D. J. as thuggish. In an adoring NPR interview last year with Terry Gross, he cracked, “If he didn’t have us for parents — he’s a little thuggy snowboarder-skateboarder dude — and I like to think that he’s blessed to have us as parents because you can see in him the capacity to be a bully.” Thanks, “Dad.”
Earth to Viacom: You are ridiculous when you announce anti-bullying specials hosted by pathetic bullies like Dan Savage. It makes about as much sense as a special promoting vegetarianism hosted by Ronald McDonald.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center.