Garrisson Keillor Pulls a Coulter, Dan Savage Tells Him to Fuck Off

A little Prairie Home assholery from the usually much more sensible and sensitive Keillor:

The country has come to accept stereotypical gay men — sardonic fellows with fussy hair who live in over-decorated apartments with a striped sofa and a small weird dog and who worship campy performers and go in for flamboyance now and then themselves. If they want to be accepted as couples and daddies, however, the flamboyance may have to be brought under control.

Dan Savage does a Wobegon smackdown reminding us of Keillor’s adultery and multiple marriages:

Keillor has been married THREE TIMES. He has children from two of his marriages, children who presumably need a computer program to keep track of their step-siblings, half-siblings, and sprawling extended families, children that have to be “apportioned out on Thanksgiving and Christmas.” .. Keillor can recognize marriage, life-long commitment, and less complicated family structures as the ideal, even if he himself has failed—failed spectacularly—to live up to that ideal himself.

Ultimately gay parents aren’t interested in being “accepted as couples and daddies” by withered old adulterers.

People opposed to same-sex marriage are just fucking addicted to double standards. Marriage is about children—unless you’re straight, in which case you can get married without having children. Marriage is about monogamy—unless you’re straight, in which case you can get married and swing and cheat or have threeways. Marriage is about a life-long commitment—unless you’re straight, in which case you can marry multiple times, like Keillor.

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3 thoughts on “Garrisson Keillor Pulls a Coulter, Dan Savage Tells Him to Fuck Off

  1. Dan

    I’m not entirely sure Keillor was being serious in that column. I was surprised to hear that he would make such homophobic statements, as I’d always heard that he was pretty progressive and liberal. So I went and read the whole thing at Salon. It’s rather odd. Some of it seems to be intended ironically. Some of it doesn’t. Like a friend of mine said this morning, it’s like he tried to walk the edge of irony and fell off.

  2. Andy

    It was so odd coming from Keillor. His fiction is based on a certain home-town-y-ness and a yearning for simpler times – trouble is, in reality those 1950s times were an illusion of oppressed woman and minorities and pretty much everybody else. It’s safer when everybody knows their place – as long as they are satisfied to stay there.

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