Posted on May 5, 2012 by Tom Gilson
Why was Dan Savage invited to speak to high school journalists?
We know he was offensive. We know he bombed.
What I’ve been looking for on the web, and haven’t found, is why he was invited in the first place.
A statement from the organizers tells us,
At one of the plenary keynote sessions of the two organizations’ semi-annual conventions, Mr. Dan Savage had been invited to share with students the power of social media in today’s world as well as speak about the problem of bullying of gay youth, an issue all too familiar in many American schools.
So whom did they tap for this?
- The man who, while he had a bad case of the flu infiltrated Gary Bauer’s office and went around licking doorknobs and staplers hoping to make people sick.
- The man who set up a website (no, I won’t link to it) associating a hopeful presidential candidate with stuff that would make you sick just to read about it. (There’s a theme developing here.)
- The man who pled guilty to voter fraud.
- The man whose newspaper column deals in “sexoerotic diversity.” (No I won’t link to that, either.)
- More here
The same organizers’ statement linked above tells us his incredibly offensive and ignorant speech was “not what we had expected.”
What did they expect?!
The organizers apologized for his speech—”just 24 hours after praising the speech’s ‘level of thoughtfulness and deliberation,’” according to Breitbart.
Why did they invite him?