From Tobi Hill-Meyer at Shillerico:
On November 9th, Dan Savage was the recipient of a “glitter bomb” stunt for the second time this month so far. He was continuing his MTV tour at University of California Irvine. One of the students involved in the stunt was grabbed by the police and arrested.
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,
Would anyone believe him if he said he was circumcised 15 years ago but isn’t anymore?
Or, as posed by a commenter to the piece:
If the terms “shemale” or “freaky tranny porn” came out of the mouths of someone like Michelle Bachman, the entire gay internet would be up in arms, writing petitions and arming the villagers with torches. Why should Savage get a pass?
Because what gays want, gays get – and gays like Dan Savage want to be able to wear the veneer of ‘ally’ in order to make money off of trans people while either not giving a shit about whether we live or die or actually working against us via whatever is dripping from the other side(s) of their mouths.
Sometimes they construct entire organizations to mask what they’re actually doing (I won’t mention HRC or NGLTF by name.)
Sometimes they just spew and do a perpetual happy dance on top of all of the money that they make; to some degree that can apply to HRC as well, but here its a bit more applicable to the Dan Savages and the Israel Lunas of the gay snoooki-sphere.
Yes, as the elitist institutional ramdodding of gay marriage wants by, through and past the economic needs of working class GLBs and all trans people has shown, what gays want, gays get – and gays like Dan Savage want to be able to wear the veneer of ‘ally’ in order to make money off of trans people while either not giving a shit about whether we live or die or actually working against us via whatever is dripping from the other side(s) of their mouths.
I leave it to the reader be the judge as to which of those applies to an overly-privileged, out-of-touch-with-the-reality-of-people-who-don’t-live-in-places-like-Seattle gay man who has made hay with a seemingly-perpetual publicity-boner about ‘it gets better’ but doesn’t know or doesn’t care thtat legitimizing terms like “shemale” only makes things worse for trans people.