Dan Savage Glitter-Bombed A Second Time, Calls It "Ridiculous"
Written by Jonathan Higbee |
Monday, 14 November 2011
|Tags: dan savage, lgbt, gaylebrities, trans, language, tranny, shemale, second, glitter bomb, attack, university of california, irvine, uc, what's your instinct, controversy, responds, ridiculous|
When Dan Savage (father of the "It Gets Better" project) was glitter-bombed by trans activists earlier this month, the sparkled shrapnel sent a riptide of debate here on the Instinct blog. It's not looking like the first confetti attack moved forward the trans activists' intentions to rehab Dan; at a recent U.C. Irvine speech, Dan allegedly used the terms "shemale" and "freaky tranny porn," [Update: Dan says he did not say "freaky tranny porn"] provoking a second glitter-bomb attack (and the arrest of one of the trans activists). Details follow.
Bilerico has the details:
According to my source at the event, Savage was in the middle of answering a question from a student who was wondering if her boyfriend was a freak because he watched porn featuring trans women. Savage suggested that her boyfriend was a freak, while freely using the terms "shemale" and "freaky tranny porn." That is when two individuals ran up and threw glitter on him yelling "Transphobe!" Someone from the MTV tech crew muttered "Oh, not again!" Savage laughed it off and said that being gay he loves glitter.
Later, when another student was asking him about the incident, Savage answered, "I'm used to it."
Savage's use of the terms "tranny" and "shemale" are a minor part of the complaints being lodged against him, however, the use of those slurs is the most visible and most discussed part of them. Savage has claimed that he was transphobic 15 years ago but isn't anymore, however, if that is true than why would Dan choose to use those same derogatory slurs knowing how much anger it draws from the trans community and so soon on the heels of the first glitter stunt?
Bilerico goes on to ask if Dan just doesn't care or was being antagonistic following the first attack. What do you think Instincters?
Also, JoeMyGod's Joe Jervis reports that Dan texted him today to defend himself against the report. Dan says he used the questionable, glitter-bomb-summoning words in response to an audience member's question, and called the attack "ridiculous."
How do you feel about what Dan said to provoke a second glitter coating?