Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton wrote this evening to condemn the actions of Dan Savage:
Savage later called the walk-out “pansy-a**ed” which, from someone who helms an anti-bullying campaign, is obviously a very negative thing to say ….
Can’t we just be good and kind to each other? Isn’t faith in love and honesty and kindness all any of us really need?
Hilton has long been an advocate of anti-bullying, and it is heroic of him to stand apart from the rest of the media, which has buried Savage’s bully tactics or brushed them off as unimportant. Savage, as Hilton points out, has lost his credibility as an anti-bullying advocate with such actions. And yes, Hilton has cut a video on behalf of the It Gets Better Project.
It wasn’t any of the big time celebrities who have endorsed and supported Savage’s It Gets Better Project who stood up against him. It wasn’t folks like Jane Lynch or Neil Patrick Harris or Josh Duhamel or James Marsden or Janet Jackson or Jennifer Love Hewitt or any of the dozens of other stars who could have done so.
It wasn’t the folks in the mainstream media, who have completely ignored the story, or justified Savage’s behavior.
It wasn’t the elected leaders who have used government resources to direct traffic to Savage’s program who stood up to Savage’s bullying here. It wasn’t President Obama or Vice President Biden or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack or the Department of Justice or the White House Staff or Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
It was a gossip columnist.
If bullying truly is to end, as Hilton says, it will begin with “faith in love and honesty and kindness,” not with making excuses for those bullies with whom the left agrees.