ABC Tries to Salvage Savage

What does an X-rated gay sex columnist have in common with Walt Disney?

Nothing. And that’s exactly the problem. Most Americans have probably never heard of Dan Savage, but unfortunately, that’s all about to change this fall.

Despite massive outcry — thousands of phone calls, emails, and petition signers — Disney’s ABC is taking its LGBT activism to new lows with plans to bring the controversial Christian-basher to life in a sitcom called “The Real O’Neals.”

Savage, whose “anti-bullying” videos are a favorite of the President’s and Hollywood, has turned out to be the biggest bully of all — using his platform as an opportunity to ridicule students and curse faith.

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Lately, though, the militant atheist has taken a break from hurling sexual threats at Republicans (warning: graphic content) to focus on this new fall sitcom, which producers say, “will follow the younger years of Savage’s life and the experiences of his family following his decision to come out of the closet.”

The trailer is already worse than anyone could imagine. When the show isn’t mocking Christians, it’s celebrating homosexuality.

“…[I]t’s a savage, if you will, caricature of a Catholic family and the Faith, where the parents are divorcing, one son has anorexia, the daughter runs a fake charity, and the son pictured in the middle is gay. Oh, and there’s a Virgin Mary statue over the toilet.”

While the Left is counting the days until the comedy airs, Savage’s real-life legacy of bioterrorism and death threats is no joking matter. Our friends at Media Research Center (MRC) have come out swinging at ABC for glorifying a man whose dark attacks on Christians and conservatives are so profane that the network couldn’t even air them on TV.

Already, a coalition of organizations have sent a letter to ABC, asking the network to reconsider giving Savage another platform to be an apostle of division and hate.

On, MRC’s grassroots petition to get “The Real O’Neals” off the air has 10,000 signatures — and counting. #CancelSavage is the cry on Twitter, where Americans are telling ABC to stop its one-sided attack on men and women of faith.

The campaign is gaining enough ground that even Sean Hannity profiled the controversy on his show last night with MRC President Brent Bozell. After showing some of Savage’s foul comments, Hannity was amazed ABC could even loosely base a sitcom on Dan’s life since, according to Bozell, “you have to bleep out everything he says.”

When Hannity stated that ABC must not understand why Duck Dynasty and Fox News are successful, Brent replied:

“I think they know why Fox succeeds. I think they know why Phil Robertson succeeds. They [ABC] can’t stand you.

They can’t stand the message coming from Fox. They can’t stand the message coming from Phil Robertson, and it’s a market economics.

If they wanted to do better, they would simply emulate it. Notice how they’re going in the opposite direction, and you’re right—they’re flaming out. The numbers are cratering, and this is why.”

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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