Dan Savage—the glorified sex columnist who has done his best to incite a race riot in the aftermath of Proposition 8—makes another vapid appearance as the go-to-gay on The Colbert Report. Last night's appearance on Comedy Central was only hours after Savage and his editors mysteriously vaporized the incendiary column from The Stranger that blasted black voters for Prop 8 and claimed "the huge numbers of homophobic African Americans" were a threat to "gay Americans." Savage's column and hundreds of comments have been digitally whitewashed but the Google Caches are still available. (Thanks RYAN C)
Not surprisingly Savage tried to walkback the ugly racial blame game he encouraged. Full video at Comedy Central and here is a rough transcript. Notice that Dan Savage preambles his "polling data" with a sexual joke about black men.
Andrew Sullivan would be proud.
COLBERT How made are you at black people? You must be furious. Because they got their African American president and they said, "Hey, let's have someone else persecuted for a while." The black man is holding you down, Dan.
SAVAGE Well, a few black man have held me down in the past. (Laughter) I don't feel like we can pin this all on the African American community. There is a disproportionate number of African Americans who voted for Prop 8 compared to other racial minorities. But if you look at all the polling data the people who voted for this overwhelmingly are old people ... but there is some overlap between old people and African Americans.
Savage also delivers some breaking news: "There are black gay people."
SAVAGE It was good to hear you acknowledge there are black gay people. The way this is being debated is that there are no African American homosexuals and there are ... they are being ignored. They are disproportionately in states like California, Florida and Arkansas and disproportionately affected by these anti-gay laws.
Well, yes and no. Black gay men and lesbians are more than likely to live in the larger black community and are affected more by housing, health care and employment issues. Black LGBTs obviously suffer the most from the anti-gay legacy and homophobia of black fundamentalist churches. But if black gay men and lesbians are "being ignored" in the discussion around the results of Proposition 8 ... well, why are you on television acting as our ambassador?
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N-Bomb Is Dropped on Black Passerby [PHB]
Stop Scapegoating Black Folk on Prop 8 [JJP]
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"Yes We Can" to "YES on 8": Blacks Overwhelmingly Approve Prop 8 [R20]
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Blige, Etheridge Raise $3.9M for No on Prop 8 [R20]
"Noah's Arc" Cast Urges "No" on Proposition 8 [R20]
"Noah's Arc" Actor Doug Spearman, Black Ministers Urge "NO" on Prop 8 [R20]
SCLC Leader Criticizes Anti-Gay, Black Pastors [R20]