About a year and a half ago, when Sarah Palin’s daughter called someone a “faggot” on Facebook, Joe Solmonese, the then-President of the Human Rights Campaign asked that former Alaska governor to “use this as a teachable moment and tell all of our young people that this kind of language is simply unacceptable“.
Well, now that a man a year older than Mrs. Palin has used the same unacceptable word to slur an entire class of people, will Chad Griffin, Mr. Solmonese’s successor call on Dan Savage not just to apologize — as Mrs. Palin’s daughter has done, but also, given Mr. Savage’s interest in young people, ask him to explain just how hurtful this term can be? And how wrong it is to slur a minority within a minority, gay conservatives.
And while we’re on the subject, given how some of our critics bandy about the expression, “self-hating,” should we wonder if it’s self-hating when one gay man uses the term to slur a group of his fellow gays — who happen to hold political views at odds with his own?
Savage, as Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro reminds us . . .
. . . is, of course, the host of a show on MTV about sex, a syndicated sex columnist, the man who bullied Christian students who walked out on his anti-Bible ranting, the perverter of Rick Santorum’s name, the licker of doorknobs in Gary Bauer’s office, and an all-around nice guy. Some in the media have labeled him the “spokesgay” – seriously.
Two gay slurs in one Tweet. The gay left must be proud of their self-appointed spokesman. So must the Obama Administration, which has labeled this massive bully a hero of the anti-bullying movement, invited him to the White House, and cut videos on behalf of his It Gets Better Project. There’s no worse form of anti-gay bullying than to use slurs like the one Savage did here. Will the White House continue to back their man?
Perhaps, Aaron Sorkin is asking the president to tell Mr. Savage to “drop dead.“