It has been almost three weeks since Dan Savage slurred gay conservatives backing Mitt Romney with a term Human Rights Campaign’s Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz dubbed “hateful remarks,” and yet no national gay organization has called on him to apologize.
And although these gay groups may be indifferent to left-wingers making such hateful remarks, a number of gay bloggers have taken Mr. Savage to task for his mean-spirited name-calling. Over at Misfit Politics, Trigger provides further details of the sex columnist’s juvenile rhetoric, finding him to be “among the biggest hypocrites to walk the Earth.”
Taking on those who defended Mr. Savage for “reappropriating” the slur, Justin Sedor, blogging at the (far) left-of-center Huffington Post, contends that the context of the columnist’s tweet makes clear his intent to insult:
The awkward implications of his choice of syntax notwithstanding, the context in which he uses the word — right next to “grab their ankles” and “pathetic” — suggests not only that Savage meant to demean and degrade, just the same as all the bigots he claims to stand against, but that he meant to demean and degrade by comparing GOProud to a particular set of gay men (bottoms) and all those who enjoy receiving penetrative sex. So much for sex positivity.
At the Billerico Project, Vicktor Kerney says it was “a stupid thing” for Savage to say:
And I’m a little bothered about how quiet the blogosphere is about this. If GOProud’s co-founder Chris Barron had said the exact same thing, there would have been smoke in the city. In fact, the majority of the gay blogs would have made a mini-series out of the matter. [Read more…]