as the host of the very successful advice column savage love, dan savage has found a position as our most unfortunate queer ambassador to the rest of society. he’s particularly embarrassing when he’s telling a straight dude that going down on a “shemale” just makes him more straight (because only straight dudes are attracted to “shemales”), telling a reader to break up with her bisexual girlfriend because bisexuals aren’t interested in long-term relationships, or insisting that gay white men (like him) aren’t nearly as racist as black people are homophobic. but it’s not just embarrassing, it’s pretty outright dangerous to be slinging around ideas like “transgendered women only exist as fetish objects for straight guys” when trans women are one of the most targeted groups for violence in the country (targeted, usually, by straight guys).
that’s probably why people throw glitter at the guy while calling him “transphobe.” on november ninth, the latest in a series of glitterings happened, this one at uc irvine. “savage laughed it off and said that being gay he loves glitter.” alright, dude, then why did the student who threw it on you get arrested? i think once you’ve transitioned from making the world more dangerous for queers to outright getting them locked up, your time as a gay icon is over.
savagery is a kind of bullet hell game, except the bullets are pounds of glitter being chucked at dan savage. you need to keep his beloved catchphrase t-shirt clean for as long as possible. thanks to channing kennedy for creative guidance and dan savage for being himself.