Dan Savage made Rick Santorum's name mud...or close enough

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Dan Savage.
You can bet that the 26,000-plus Coloradans who voted for Rick Santorum at yesterday's Republican caucuses, pushing the conservatives' conservative to a surprise victory, are not faithful readers of Savage Love. Because Dan Savage, the author of that sex-advice column, not only took issue with Santorum's stance on gay sex, he took action.

He made Santorum's name mud.

Well, not mud, exactly.

In 2003, Santorum, then a senator from Pennsylvania, was talking about anti-sodomy laws with a reporter when he said this: "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, you have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does." A healthy society, he continued, would not condone sodomy or "man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be."

In 2003, Savage was already a sex-advice columnist with a large following. In response to the Santorum statement, a Savage Love reader suggested, "If Rick Santorum wants to invite himself into the bedrooms of gays and lesbians (and their dogs), I say we 'include' him in our sex lives -- by naming a gay sex act after him." So Savage started a contest...that resulted in an entirely new meaning for "Santorum."

In the end, "santorum" became the name not for a sex act, but the end product of a sex act: the brown froth that results from anal sex. And Savage used the definition often in his column, sending the alternative meaning of "santorum" out into cyberspace, where it lives on, and on.

That wasn't the columnist's last crusade. Savage likes his stunts, but he's also a sensitive guy with a spouse and a son, and in the summer of 2010, he created the amazing "It Gets Better" campaign, to help young gays who were being harassed -- sometimes to death.

But it's his Santorum Google bomb that's in the news. Because there was an unexpected byproduct of that sex-byproduct label: People googling "Santorum" are often very, very surprised by what they find.

And many people are googling "Santorum" these days, as the New Yorker reported in this recent story on Savage and Santorum. For a look at what people find, check out Buzzfeed's "25 people who just googled 'Santorum' for the first time."

There's a new Savage Love in Westword every week; read them all here.

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let them eat cake
let them eat cake

Dan is such a "sensitive guy"? And with a "spouse and son"?? I suggest that he and his male sodomite partner be sanctioned for exposing that little orphan boy to the smut of frothy mixture of fecal matter and lube. I suggest that Child Protective Services, which never should have allowed this perverted example of humankind to have access to a defenseless child, immediately begin the process of removal of THAT kid from that nightmare.


Let's just point out that Fred Phelps seeks out people in person (often people who are in a very vulnerable emotional state) and confronts them with offensive messages (which, curiously, are not even related to their conduct or the conduct of their deceased loved ones).

Savage writes a column that one is free to ignore. 

I would humbly suggest that this is a significant difference between Phelps and Savage.

Russ Ogden
Russ Ogden

I get sick of listening to straight people complain about, "Well, hey, we don't have a heterosexual-pride day, why do you need a gay-pride day?" I remember when I was a kid I'd always ask my mom: "Why don't we have a Kid's Day? We have a Mother's Day and a Father's Day, but why don't we have a Kid's Day?" My mom would always say, "Every day is Kid's Day." To all those heterosexuals that bitch about gay pride, I say the same thing: Every day is heterosexual-pride day!

Mylo Y. Bisstrop.
Mylo Y. Bisstrop.

This is America.

Not everyone including myself, approves of or condones homosexuality or a homosexual

lifestyle. It just annoys me that there is such a double standard on this issue. If you are against

it, you are automatically a bigot, small minded etc.

I think I am going to organize a Straight Pride parade...

Mylo Y. Bisstrop.
Mylo Y. Bisstrop.

I agree, Dan Savage is basically on the same level as Fred Phelps.

He takes an extremist action publicly to express his personal beliefs.

Fred Phelps expresses his hatred of homosexuals by holding rallies and protests with signs that

say God Hates Fags, Mr Savage uses the media to express his hatred of those who disapprove

homosexual lifestyle by linking a politician to a extremely disgusting and vulgar term.

Jack Mackadoo
Jack Mackadoo

I would really, really, really like to know how you can compare Dan Savage to Fred Phelps. *Gauntlet+thrown=back up that shit, butthole*

Russ Ogden
Russ Ogden

 seriously explain that statement,  Richard A Lopez, otherwise we may name a sex act after you!

let them eat cake
let them eat cake

The reason we should not have a gay-pride day is the same reason we should not have an adulterers'-pride day, or a fornicator-pride day, or a gossip-pride day, or an assassin-pride day, or a liar-pride day or a blasphemer-pride day, or a glutton-pride day or a thief-pride day...

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