Dan Savage, the creator of the “It Gets Better” campaign known as the champion of the anti-bullying movement, is now being called a bully.
Last month, a group of students walked out of a speech Savage gave at a high school journalism conference held in Seattle because he referred to “bulls**t in the Bible and what it says about gay people.” He called the defectors “pansy-a**ed,” specifically, “It’s funny, as someone who’s on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the bible, how pansy-a**ed some people react when you push back.”
The National Scholastic Press Association that hosted the conference has since called Savage’s comments “inappropriate,” and Savage also apologized.
But that’s not the only fire he’s putting out — the Parents Television Council, a group dedicated to condemning programming it deems damaging to children and families, is calling the sex columnist’s MTV show “Savage U” a “campaign to promote promiscuity on college campuses.” The question and answer show, which follows Savage as he visits college campuses around the country, deals with all aspects of relationships, not just sex.
MTV defended the show in a statement to ABCNews.com this afternoon, saying “The intent of ‘Savage U’ is to promote an honest discussion around love, relationships and sex, encouraging college students to make informed choices and to do what’s right for them.”