“Everybody who has ever written for Jon Stewart will tell you that he hates his writers, and he’s abusive, and is anti-union. But nobody has the courage to take on Satan in Christ’s clothes. I’m joking about his being Satan but he is anti-union. And the head of the Writer’s Guild out here told me that during the strike, when Jon was working as a writer, doing shows, and being his own scab, the head of the Writer’s Guild told me in his whole history he had never been talked to as abusively as he was by Jon Stewart. But nobody’s going to go after Jon Stewart. Nobody’s going to tell the truth about what a bad guy Jon Stewart because for some reason he’s got angel’s wings. You know—he is funny, the show’s great, but he is not a supporter of unions.”—
David Feldman says that John Stewart tried to prevent his writers from Unionizing, then punished them after they did. I’m very interested to hear from other Daily Show writers; if this is true then it’s a massive disappointment. (via jonathan-cunningham)
I’m honestly not surprised. I kind of hate Jon Stewart ever since the incredibly bullshit “Rally to Restore Sanity”.
Yeah, and all the transmisogynist “jokes” he’s told over the years… It always struck me as bizarre that folks were willing to give him a pass for that even as they (rightly) raked Dan Savage over the coals for it.
So, yeah — he comes across as a jerk in his public dealings, and I’m not at all surprised to learn that he actually is a jerk and isn’t just playing a character.
Still, it always makes me angry to hear of writers being treated this way.
if this is true it’s hella disappointing. at one point in my life he was one of my biggest role modles. :\
I’m hesitant to pass judgment on the man based on one anecdote. But even if true, I think it’s idealistic, and unrealistic, to expect our heroes to be perfect in every area off their lives. But, today, heroes are expected to be flawless extensions of their work„ as will as representatives of our personally held ideals. Am I upset that Jon Stewart may be anti-union? You bet, but I still respect and admire the man beyond measure because he does what few others are able to do: speak truth to power
I’m sorry, but there is no reason to “hate” Dan Savage. I find it odd that the person who wrote this has left out the links to these quotes, making it slightly more difficult to find the context of these quotes. I understand why people are angry that he has not come out as more accepting of transexuals or bisexuals or asexuals or fatties, but since when does a differing opinion warrant hatred?
Aren’t people capable of adapting and evolving on their positions? We live in a society now where something I say today will be considered part of my permanent record forever, regardless of whether I gradually adapt my understanding of whatever the offensive comment is.
And if you want someone like Dan Savage to adapt their understanding, you don’t send him hate mail and write posts recommending that others hate him as well. All hate does is confirm in the mind of the hated person that their comments were justified.
But I guess that’s just modern politics now: people who say something that offends me deserve my hatred and contempt, rather than a dialogue on why their words are offensive. People have become so rigid in their opinions that they demonize anyone who does not share those opinions NOW NOW NOW. Disagreement is not simply a disconnection between understandings, it’s an assault on me, personally, and should not be tolerated at all.
This is why we have such a polarized political system today. Everyone has dug in their heels and decided that litmus tests are awesome and words are permanent indications of morality.
Dan Savage does a lot of good for both the gay community and for sexual liberation, and perhaps he does lack the decorum to approach certain sensitive issues of sexuality, but the reason he has achieved his level of popularity is precisely because he’s not politically sensitive and his approach is pretty shoot-from-the-hip.
Disagree with him? Absolutely. Make your case that his words harm people? Absolutely. Hate him for it? Never.
1. Dan Savage hates trans people and uses transphobic slurs.
“Children have a right to some stability and constancy from the adults in their lives. Perhaps I’m a transphobic bigot, but I honestly think waiting a measly 36 months to cut your dick is a sacrifice any father…
“Ask yourselves: what kind of prophet would look at today’s world, with its poverty and violence and gross inequality, its environmental brinksmanship, its intolerance, its sheer wastefulness and lack of charity—and decide that what merits divine wrath is gay marriage? What sort of man of God could look at all the grievous occurrences on earth, and declare, with absolutely no indication of self-doubt, that God is grieving over gay people deciding to commit themselves to each other in love?”—Ed Kilgore, regarding Franklin Graham’s response to Obama’s support for gay marriage (via blissandzen)
Yeah, married gays are totally at the top of God’s shit list.