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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.



  1. jim wrote:

    dan savage is a gay icon for straight people. you can dislike that, i don’t, but shut up about it already, christ. he’s not perfect but he’s done more good in establishing a pro-sex, pro-lgbt mindset in my generation than just about anyone. pull yourself out of your own asshole and give the man some credit where credit is due.

    12/7/2011 at 7:32 pm | permalink
  2. Jake wrote:


    “He’s done some good, therefore he should be immune to criticism!”

    12/7/2011 at 8:05 pm | permalink
  3. Ben Sironko wrote:

    Jim: His biphobic and transphobic statements take out 50% of the pro-lg(BT!!!!) mindset you claim he’s established. The progress he’s aided completely sells out the communities that don’t fit into the relatively simpler boxes of complete heterosexuality and complete homosexuality. Half-progress, coupled with dangerous prejudice might actually be detracting from the progress made by less dogmatic advocates for sexual and gender freedom.

    12/7/2011 at 9:00 pm | permalink
  4. Healy wrote:

    Honestly Dan Savage, from what little I’ve read of him, always struck me as an opinionated jerk, so finding out he’s a bigoted asshole doesn’t shock me too much.

    12/7/2011 at 10:17 pm | permalink
  5. Healy wrote:

    Also, regarding the game itself, I can never seem to last for more than about a minute and a half. I’m not very good at judging when the “bullets” are about to hit me, I guess. It’s still fun to play, though! Definitely one of the better persuagames I’ve played.

    12/7/2011 at 10:45 pm | permalink
  6. muteKi wrote:

    A gay icon for straight people? Geez, there are so many more gay people I respect more than him.

    Running an advice column without researching or trying to understand people who are a different sort of gender/sexual minority is just wrong. It’s like a women’s health columnist who doesn’t understand and is grossed out by the anatomy of female genetalia. <- I guess this article's subject is proof nobody vets advice columnists anymore.

    I'm just curious as to whether or not I rank Savage lower than Bindel. At least (I assume) Savage doesn't pretend to be a feminist.

    12/8/2011 at 12:10 am | permalink
  7. Vicki wrote:

    Stop it! Stop throwing glitter! You’re getting it on my shirt! STOP IT!

    I’m a big fan of Dan Savage. I don’t think most of the criticism thrown his way is valid. I’d say about 80% of it either misrepresents his statements or calls him out for taking a valid position. Usually people end up attacking him personally, calling him a bigot. This always derails the conversation. Everybody that hasn’t seen “How to tell people they sound racist” should go watch it.

    He is an icon. He’s done more good in establishing a pro-sex, pro-lgbt mindset than anyone else in the mainstream world right now. Who else would even be his competition? Oprah? Pat Robertson? Who else in the mainstream even talks about these issues?

    But you know what? He also shouldn’t have said that horrible, horrible stuff. I disagree with a lot of the criticism, but plenty of it is just as valid even when put into the proper context. There’s some really indefensible stuff he’s said. He will not admit that he was wrong. He should be criticized for this. Even if it involves glitter at him.

    Even if he just washed that shirt.

    12/8/2011 at 1:47 am | permalink
  8. Adam VM wrote:

    I thought savage was the one who said that bisexuals didn’t exist at all, and were merely straight or homosexual folks in denial/confused.

    Either way, fuck that guy.

    12/8/2011 at 11:53 am | permalink
  9. hank hill wrote:

    whyd you use a sprite of hank hill

    12/8/2011 at 6:09 pm | permalink
  10. baked tomato wrote:

    yo, what’s your beef with myth busters?

    12/9/2011 at 11:06 pm | permalink
  11. MKS wrote:

    This world we live in is awesome. Here we are, each with our different experiences, each with our different ways of explaining them and finding meaning in them and, if we are lucky, we might even find other people who share our particular meaning & explanations. The past is rife with people finding meaning & explanations and we all live in them, living out someone else’s narrative (whether it is called ‘atheist’ or ‘transexual’ or ‘crossdresser’ or ‘heterosexual’ or ‘Liberal’ or etc etc etc). It is a trick to learn to follow one’s own narrative and it isn’t for everyone.

    And this blessed internet brings more and more of us into contact with each other to see all the diversity of meaning & explanations there can be.

    12/10/2011 at 5:02 pm | permalink
  12. Jonah wrote:

    I think what Savage was communicating in his “either take a Xanax or break up with the bisexual for an actual lesbian” comment was advising that the lesbian woman should chill out and accept her partner’s bisexuality, or the relationship wouldn’t work. I read this as a very positive affirmation of the bisexual woman’s sexuality. If the lesbian woman couldn’t accept her partner’s bisexuality then both women would probably be better off ending the relationship and respecting one other’s different sexual needs rather than trying to change the bisexual woman’s sexuality.

    12/13/2011 at 8:13 pm | permalink
  13. auntie wrote:

    yeah, man, for an encore explain how “bad tranny” is actually a really affirming celebration of the reader’s spouse’s gender identity.

    12/15/2011 at 6:00 pm | permalink

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