Peter LaBabera runs an anti-gay hate group—officially designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center—and he follows me on Twitter. When Peter isn't fantasizing aloud about my sex life, he's accusing me of engaging in anti-Christian hate speech. (The Gospel According to Peter: Any gay person who refuses to stand perfectly still while religious bigots punch 'em in the face has committed an anti-Christian hate crime.) This morning I woke up to a tweet from Pete that accused me of "scrubbing" a video from YouTube. The video was apparently being discussed by some other Christian haters shortly before it disappeared from YouTube:
I discovered that a Savage video I had referenced in an earlier article has been removed also. That one was titled “How to Come Out to Your Evangelical Family.” Since multiple videos in which Savage discusses perverse sexual practices in obscene language remain on YouTube, it appears that the videos that have been removed are those in which Savage expresses virulent anti-Christian bigotry using language so hateful, he makes Reverend Fred Phelps look like a choir boy.
I searched for “How to Come Out to Your Evangelical Family" on YouTube and got a page that said "removed by user."
Here's the thing: I don't run my own YouTube account. Hypomania Content, a production company based in Los Angeles, records, edits, and posts videos of my college appearances on YouTube. They also manage my YouTube account. I couldn't remove a video from YouTube if I wanted to because I don't have the password to "my" account on YouTube. So I emailed the kids at Hypomania this morning and asked if they had yanked "How to Come Out to Your Evangelical Family" from YouTube. And it turns out that they had.
"A number of videos were removed in the last 48 hours for quality control issues, not for content," Brian Pines of Hypomania Content writes in an email. "Five of the six videos mentioned in the article are still up and the sixth has now been restored."
So thanks to Peter my "hate" video “How to Come Out to Your Evangelical Family" is now back up on YouTube. Please note the video's poor quality, which is the reason it was removed (the podium is in the light, I am not), and then see if you can detect hate speech, "virulent anti-Christian bigotry," or "language so hateful" that I make "Reverend Fred Phelps look like a choir boy" in my advice to gay kids with evangelical Christian parents:
Sorry, Peter, but telling a gay kid with evangelical parents not to put up with his parents' crap ≠ hate speech.
The titles of some of the other videos that Hypomania pulled down in the last couple of days: "Dan Savage on Getting Your Partner in the Mood," "Dan Savage on Whether to Stop Cheating if Your Spouse Doesn’t Know," "Dan Savage at Manitoba: Is It Normal for a Girl Not to Bleed the First Time," "Dan Savage at Rhodes: When Will CNN and MSNBC Stop Giving Air Time to Anti-gay Bigots," "Dan Savage on the Elasticity of Vaginas." Search for any of these videos and you'll get the same "removed by user" message the haters were getting when they went looking for “How to Come Out to Your Evangelical Family." Clearly Hypomania wasn't removing videos that took on anti-gay "Christian" haters and leaving up the perverted stuff. They were weeding out videos that of poor quality (bad lighting, bad sound), not "scrubbing" the Interwebs.
For the conspiracy theorists: a full list of the videos Hypomania removed from YouTube after the jump.
UPDATE: And here's the other missing video the haters in Illinois mentioned, the one in which "Savage savages Christians in general and Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins in particular, using hateful, vulgar language." Judge for yourself whether I'm being a bigot or whether the fine, upstanding, God-fearing Christians at the Illinois Family Institute will have to answer to God for breaking one of the Ten Commandments:
Dan Savage on the Elasticity of Vaginas
Dan Savage on Gay Acts by Straight Men
Dan Savage on the Origin of “Santorum”
Dan Savage on Getting Your Partner in the Mood
Dan Savage on Whether to Stop Cheating if Your Spouse Doesn’t Know
Dan Savage at Manitoba: Is It Normal for a Girl Not to Bleed the First Time
Dan Savage at Manitoba: What I Learned living in Germany About Cross-Cultural Dating
Dan Savage: Is Bisexuality in Men Real or Just a Stepping Stone to Being Gay
Dan Savage at U of Montana: Changing Gender Pronouns
Dan Savage at U of Montana: Is Lust for the Young and Love for the Old?
Dan Savage at Rhodes College: Dan Discusses Ex-gay Camps
Dan Savage at Rhodes College: Is It Bad to Say “That’s Gay” and “Faggot”
Dan Savage at Rhodes College: Catholic Church and Celibacy
Dan Savage at Rhodes: When Will CNN and MSNBC Stop Giving Air Time to Anti-gay Bigots
Dan Savage on Good Christian Churches
IGB Dan Savage at Windsor: Is Sexuality More Fluid in Women Than in Men
When I Bring Girls Home for Sex, am I Crushing Their Self Esteem?
Dan Savage at Manitoba: Does Lying About My Virginity Make Me a Bad Feminist?
Dan Savage at U of Montana: How Does Dan Talk to His Son About Sex?
Is Missoula Scarier for Gay People than Billings?
Dan Savage at Penn State: Using Equal Rights to Stall Marriage