Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.
- Charles De Gaulle, French General and Statesman (1890-1970)
A friend of mine turned me on to Don Savage’s “It Gets Better” video and it’s a video with a great message. For a kid getting picked on more than the norm, a kid getting brutally picked on, the best thing I could think of to tell them is to just hold on, it gets better, all you have to do is make it through and you’ll be amazed what an entirely different world awaits you once you’re done with high school. So it’s a great message and no doubt its had a positive impact.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me tell you why Dan Savage is an asshole.
As a guy who got bullied, as a guy who made a movie about bullying, you are the last person in the world who should be getting up in front of a large room of teenage kids and doing the bullying yourself! Are you kidding me?
Dan Savage, speaking to a large room of high school students attending a journalism conference sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Assocation:
We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people — the same way we have learned to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstration, about virginity, about masturbation . . .
source: Fox News
Wow. Way to cherry pick the most obscure parts of the Old Testament and completely mock the holy book and faith of probably half the kids in the room as well as the 60% to 76% of Americans who identify themselves as Christian.
Is there like a negative image / reverse reality version of the Westboro Baptist Church somewhere where they teach this kind of garbage? You think Christians are ignoring teachings of the Old Testament? If you had spent half the time researching the New Testament as you have spent cherry picking through the Old Testament, you would know that Jesus’ arrival meant that many of those Old Testament rules had been superseded. You don’t throw out the entire Old Testament just because a few rules have been superseded!
Hey Dan, while we’re on the topic of Christianity, how many Christian countries can you name that are executing people for being homosexual? None? Yeah, that’s what I thought. So where’s your profanity-laden tirade against people of the Muslim faith? Where’s your outrage against the faith of half-a-dozen Islamic countries which make it common practice to KILL PEOPLE for no other reason than their being homosexuals? You’re picking on the wrong religion, asshole!
But wait, it gets better . . .
At one point Savage called Christian teenagers who walked out of the speech “pansy-assed.”
And how’s that for the ultimate irony? Dan Savage, the celebrated advocate for victims of bullying, speaking to a large room of teenage kids, spewing profanities, mocking people’s religion and calling the kids he insulted “pansy-assed” as they walked out the door. There he is folks, up there on the video screens, larger than any bully you ever met in the hallway.
And I just lost every ounce of sympathy I could have ever had for you for being bullied as a kid.