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.
Dan should be held accountable for the using F-word. In fact, I would like to see GLAAD address the issue. They usually call out celebrities for using homophobic language in the media, so the least they can do is ask him for an apology. To ignore Dan’s statement basically says that certain people have the right to use hateful statements.
As of this writing, GLAAD has failed to address the issue. As has HRC. And NGLTF.
Although Sedor finds “power to be gained in reclaiming who we are”, he holds that this “whole reclaiming thing doesn’t work when it’s only taken halfway. How”, he concludes, “can we expect to erase the pain that we associate with the word ‘faggot’ when we perpetuate its hateful message?”
Do they really believe that such words only cause pain when spoken by conservatives? Or are they just indifferent to the feelings of gay people holding political views at odds with their own?