I am feeling a strange and somewhat unwarranted affinity to Dan Savage right now. Apparently he’s going to be on some new television show (that’s the unwarranted part: there’s no comparing our relative popularity or cultural influence), and certain people are rising up in protest because he’s too rude.
Dan Savage’s vulgarity and violent rhetoric is well-documented. Savage is unapologetic in his promotion of filth masquerading as humor. His new show, ironically titled “The Real O’Neals,” is a platform he does not deserve. Even so, Disney ABC continues to remain silent as pro-family and pro-faith organizations call for it to reconsider its decision to promote this bigoted, hate-filled man.
"Disney ABC continues to circle the wagon and ignore the anti-religious bigot in their midst,” said MRC President Brent Bozell. “We will not relent in exposing Dan Savage for the vile hate he spews at conservatives, Catholics, and evangelicals. Disney ABC’s silence is shameful.”
He has riled up the usual suspects. Here’s a sampling of their statements:
“The most incredibly vicious anti-Catholic in America is Dan Savage. What he has said about Catholicism is so vile that Disney would never air it. To offer this malicious bigot a show is the height of irresponsibility.”
– Bill Donohue, President, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
“Unfortunately, Dan Savage’s public persona is completely opposite to wholesome role model for kids. His crass and even vitriolic disparaging of certain faiths and family values, and his aggressive agenda of promoting dangerous, deviant sexual experimentation couldn’t have escaped Disney’s or ABC’s attention. To see the network that brought us Cinderella endorse a man like this should outrage every American who cares about our children and our culture.”
– Lila Rose, President, Live Action
“Dan Savage recently made a lewd smear against Pope John Paul II on Twitter in which he accused him of being a child molester. This is sadly typical of Dan Savage, who has a history of making X-rated personal attacks. Why would Disney hire this man for one of their TV shows? And why would advertisers want to be associated with such vile attacks on Catholics?”
– Brian Burch, President, CatholicVote.org
I am also a little bit jealous. There are a lot more complaints in that article, and I noticed that his critics are far more writerly than mine — in the entire thing, they only use the word “smear” twice, and they are rather more concise.
You know, if I still had young children at home, and I had the choice of letting them watch a half hour of Dan Savage or a half hour of Bill Donohue, and I were interested in encouraging them to grow up to be tolerant of others, I know which one I’d choose. It wouldn’t be the sour old guy who never cusses.