Garrison Keillor Insults Gays and His Own Family Structure

Dan Savage breaks down the hypocrisy in Keillor’s latest column on Salon.com:

Fuck Garrison Keillor

What an asshole. Asshole, asshole, asshole. What Keillor wrote today on Salon is every bit as offensive as Ann Coulter’s “faggot” joke about John Edwards and relies on the same set of cultural prejudices.

It’s interesting to note, as Savage does, that Keillor watched Savage’s performance in Minneapolis that was part of the This American Life taping where Savage mentioned how much it upsets him when gays are portrayed on TV in a few common stereotypes. And Keillor used some of those SAME stereotypes to insult gays in his column only a few weeks later. What’s up with that?

3 thoughts on “Garrison Keillor Insults Gays and His Own Family Structure”

  1. My my, how sad and hypocritical Keillor is here, I have to agree with one of the comments, who given how far off Garry is in this characterization, am left wondering if he was trying to be satirical and missed getting the point across.

  2. Holy Crap did this guy not get it. I have not seen an article dripping in more satire than Mr Keillor’s article. Hence the sentence… “So I told them a story about how, back in the day, we were cowboys and rode horses across those flat spaces, rounding up our cattle, even in blizzards. For proof, I sang a cowboy song with a big whoopi-ti-yi-yo at the end of each verse and I got them all to do clip-clops and whinnies.”

    How does a guy like this stay employed. Heck, I’m an engineer and I recognize this as satire.

  3. This is the line that bothers me most:

    If they want to be accepted as couples and daddies, however, the flamboyance may have to be brought under control. Parents are supposed to stand in back and not wear chartreuse pants and black polka-dot shirts. That’s for the kids. It’s their show.

    Who are these flamboyant gay couples Keillor’s referring to? All of the gay couples I know are just as boring as my non-gay couple friends. And, in fact, the big debate about gay marriage has nothing to do with flamboyant marriages, but simply people wanting to live their boring lives in a committed legal relationship.

    Gay couples WANT to be the parents who stand in the back while their kids are the center of attention. Apparently, Keillor doesn’t understand this yet?

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