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Interesting the interviewer was more interested in the mechanics of the "hook up" than the information you had to convey. Methinks he is curious.

Posted by Jimmy | August 29, 2007 11:28 AM

Nicely done - I'm glad you got in the last bit about how subtle these things usually are. People need to know that there are steps leading up to the WC BJ that the cops recognize, and that these closeted hypocrites had to escalate purposefully. The denials and excuses they come up with are absurd.

Also, you're looking good there Dan!

Posted by StotheL | August 29, 2007 11:34 AM

I was thinking about how one asks about the mechanics of sex in public restrooms without implying that the answerer has first-hand knowledge. Were you offended by the suggestion?

Posted by THobbes | August 29, 2007 11:34 AM

You rule.

Posted by wiseblood | August 29, 2007 11:34 AM

Well done.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 29, 2007 11:34 AM

Great interview Dan. You've the poise of a charm school girl.

I also noticed how interested the interviewer was about the mechanics of restroom pick ups. It's like he thought restroom cruisers have a bunch of mason-like hand signals, and he wants to learn them.

Posted by Providence | August 29, 2007 11:36 AM

Paging Ecce Homo, Ecce Homo? Channeling Ecce Homo, Ecce Homo?

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 29, 2007 11:49 AM

I love to cruise - and it is the chase, the thrill, like a ritual dance sometimes. Move, then counter move.

But never have I had sex then and there. Many of us cruises take the catch to somewhere else to spend some hours of good action. Private and safe and sound.

Senator Craig needed lessons on renting a room and moving the action.

Good job, Dan. However you could say very strongly, signals do not constitute lewd behavior, and the under cover cop never said, "buddy go away, not interested". My guess is he, the cop, signaled back.

The, "I would have scowled," got missed vs. a very verbal no always works.

Really just the old entrapment game.

God, it is a media frenzy, amazing. If someone offered, they might film a BJ in a john somewhere and put it on network news ... volunteers?

Posted by Jean Francois | August 29, 2007 11:52 AM

Hey Dan,

Just wanted to say that I've heard you periodically on the radio and I read your stuff as part of the SLOG feed, so when I went to watch the video I was expecting a little more...crassness I guess?

I don't konw if it was because it was CNN, but at any rate I thought you were very professional. Nice work.

Posted by paul | August 29, 2007 11:54 AM

Outstanding Dan!!!

Posted by Just Me | August 29, 2007 11:54 AM

We all already know that you sacrifice certain rights when you are famous in any way, shape and form. This entire fiasco is not surprising in the least, and shouldn't be.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 29, 2007 11:57 AM

Dan! You are so hot! :) I have a huge internets crush on you... sigh.

ps. You did a fantastic job Mr. Thanks for posting this.

Posted by Rob | August 29, 2007 12:06 PM

Excellent job, Dan. You made your points really well. Also, you're one of those fortunate men who get better looking as they get older.

Posted by Dianna | August 29, 2007 12:06 PM

Awesome Job!

Posted by Kitty | August 29, 2007 12:11 PM

Well done. I was having a discussion in my office yesterday about how 'foot tapping' and 'hand waving' were 1 signals for bathroom sex or how that constituted 'lewd' behavior.

Thanks for some clarificaiton, as well as pointing out that this isn't what most out gay people do.

Posted by MizP | August 29, 2007 12:23 PM

Whoa. Look at all that gray hair.

Posted by Nora | August 29, 2007 12:23 PM

@16, yeah he is really graying up on us but don't tell Dan. I mean he is like 56 or something now. Fortunately, he never reads this stuff.

Posted by Just Me | August 29, 2007 12:26 PM


I know. It's hot.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 29, 2007 12:27 PM

Fantastic interview, Dan! And it seemed as though for the most part the interviewer was actually willing to let you impart the information you were trying to convey.

Posted by Natalie | August 29, 2007 12:27 PM

Good job, Dan. Glad the interviewer let you have your say without steering the conversation to irrelevant topics.

And yes, people, the mechanics of contacts are important to discuss because it will help dispel the myth that straight guys are going to get raped by wild n horny homos when they go to the public restroom. And good for you, Dan, for pointing out the subtle 'your kids are in peril' use of footage of kids in the park.

Posted by Matt from Denver | August 29, 2007 12:30 PM

Dan, you always give me a semi.

Posted by Mike in MO | August 29, 2007 12:30 PM

The gray hair is hot. And he managed to not say "fuck" for over 4 minutes!

Posted by angel | August 29, 2007 12:31 PM

Dan looks so damned good when he's trying to point out how ridiculous the media's coverage of this story is...

Posted by Mickymse | August 29, 2007 12:31 PM

Where's Anderson Cooper? I'm kind of on the fence whether there'd be more or less outrage if this were hetros having sex in the bathroom. For a woman, it would be a career killer - slut. On the other hand, I'd like to see a poll of how many straight men would have sex in a bathroom if they were solicited by a woman. I'd think about 75%. I think that's about what the response is when the question is whether they'd have sex with a woman they didn't know.

Posted by left coast | August 29, 2007 12:34 PM

Dan, you kind of look like Ron Reagan.

Posted by grax | August 29, 2007 12:35 PM

Great job, Dan. I'm so impressed by your ability to think on your feet in interview situations like this and help frame the discussion.

Posted by me | August 29, 2007 12:51 PM

Great job, Dan. You were articulate, informative and professional. I'm delighted to see your logial, rational perspective being brought to an ever-widening audience.
Well done!

Posted by moonknee | August 29, 2007 12:55 PM

You totally caught the children playing in the park footage! I love that you called them on using it. Had it been me, I would have thought of saying something like that until much later.

Posted by ka chunk | August 29, 2007 12:56 PM

Dan lives in Seattle.
Ron Reagan lives in Seattle.

Dan is Ron Reagan.

Posted by Brad | August 29, 2007 12:57 PM

So now we know that Savage is Dan Savage, Ecce Homo, and Ron Reagan. Dan, you're exposed. How does it feel?

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 29, 2007 1:00 PM

Great job Dan.

I'm sure they were just looking for salacious comments from a "sex columnist". Yet you managed to make some excellent points. You come across as completely reasonable, and not the sex freak they were probably looking for.

Well done.

Posted by SDA in SEA | August 29, 2007 1:01 PM

Very nicely done indeed. And yes, even to a very hetero guy like myself, you looked very good. *grin*

Posted by Tucatz | August 29, 2007 1:02 PM

What happened to your lovely 'fro? Did I miss something?

Posted by Sachi | August 29, 2007 1:03 PM



Posted by Larry Craig | August 29, 2007 1:05 PM

dan looks more like michael richards.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 29, 2007 1:12 PM

i like the part where dan rolled his eyes when he said "jesus".

Posted by nomi malone | August 29, 2007 1:15 PM

Thanks for posting this. I was disappointed I didn't see it live. I agree did a great job. I don't understand why you're not a fixture on cable news talking about all things sexuality. We are Olbermann's producers???

Posted by David In Wedgwood | August 29, 2007 1:22 PM

Well, Sentor Craig may not e gay, but he sure knows all the passwords.

Posted by Michael | August 29, 2007 1:23 PM

excellent progress!! how scripted was it?

Posted by Edu | August 29, 2007 1:37 PM

A different kind of mechanics question:

When CNN calls you up, do you pull out the Seattle skyline drape? Does CNN have a satellite office around Seattle you head to?

Green screen? Jetted to Atlanta? (jk)


Posted by Lake | August 29, 2007 1:49 PM

Great interview. Dan gets a +1 in my book :-P

Posted by brappy | August 29, 2007 1:51 PM

I hop on my bike, ride home, grab a button down shirt, ask my boyfriend to fold it, put it in my bike bag, ride down to Fisher Plaza, go sit in front of a large photo of a Seattle skyline, have a thingy jammed into my ear, and look at the camera.

Fun fact: It was still day when I did the interview in Seattle, but because it was nighttime in New York we used the nighttime skyline.

And I am going gray--but not fast enough for my boyfriend's tastes.

Posted by Dan Savage | August 29, 2007 1:58 PM

Dan, I know you hate to hear it, but you fucking rock. You were clear, concise, and articulate, even when that spastic over-tanned news anchor was interrupting you. Next time you guys are in Portland we should do lunch & bitch about the state of things.

Posted by Shawn | August 29, 2007 1:58 PM


Here I thought I was the only guy who was obsessed (sexually) with gray hair. Well, maybe the only 21-year-old.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 29, 2007 2:01 PM

Rick Sanchez, the interviewer, is famous for his participatory style (as when he let himself be tasered on video). If this story doesn't cool down soon, we just might see him reporting from a stall. Please please please.

Posted by Tom Peyer | August 29, 2007 2:14 PM

@44 Mr. Poe:

When they look like Dan, how can people NOT think its hot???? =)

Posted by Original Monique | August 29, 2007 2:30 PM

Yay, Dan!!

Posted by Michigan Matt | August 29, 2007 2:36 PM

Good job, of course. TV interviews are one of those places the emotionally bruising do-or-die quick thinking learned at the Irish family dinner table comes in super-handy.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | August 29, 2007 2:41 PM

Oh, and I appreciate that you said "you're welcome. thank you." How pleasant and polite. Seriously.

These Republican scandals are gifts from god. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Posted by Michigan Matt | August 29, 2007 3:08 PM

I'm with Matt @ 42. These scandals have been so much fun! I can hardly wait for the next one!

Posted by Gurldoggie | August 29, 2007 3:27 PM

@42 Cool.

When I was an intern at KING 5 we had a few fun favorite being the fucking ENCYCLOPEDIAS!

Posted by Lake | August 29, 2007 3:41 PM

He's so dreamy and poetic!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 29, 2007 3:46 PM

Dan, you can speak for the people of my sexual orientation anyday. We're lucky to have ya!

Posted by spencer Windes | August 29, 2007 4:15 PM

Yeah, yeah - Dan was impressive and looks great. Graying hair and all - but how long before he starts getting FAT? Seems like he's been promising for years.

Posted by Ayden | August 29, 2007 4:19 PM

great job! i'm seeing a strong leader on t.v., but it ain't the senator.

Posted by a fan | August 29, 2007 4:55 PM

Awesome! I was happy to see that they were relatively well recieved! Thank you dan for your calm, honest and well articulated words. You can speak for me anytime!

Posted by Crystina | August 29, 2007 5:59 PM

Hey, that was great! You've come a long way from the old days.

Posted by chris | August 29, 2007 6:08 PM

Couldn't you have called him a pussy at least once?

Posted by Big_K | August 29, 2007 6:22 PM

@54: Dan will never get FAT.

Posted by Kristin Bell | August 29, 2007 8:00 PM

Forgot to say: Great Job Dan! I wish I could be so poised like that and quick on my feet like that. You are my personal hero and have been for years! I heart Dan Savage even tho he hates fatties like me! hehe. Wouldn't it be cool if Dan was our President? Yah! That would be AWESOME!!! I think we should go for the trifecta and have Hillary + Barack + Dan! Yah! Life is so much happier and cooler in my fantasy world!!! Dan, when will you run for President????

Posted by Kristin Bell | August 29, 2007 8:21 PM

Hot god!

So sexy and quick on the draw. Yay for surly sleuths!

Posted by Morgan | August 29, 2007 8:31 PM

well, it's buried here at the bottom of the comments... but here's my burning question:

Has there been any CNN backlash on Dan's "Jesus hates you if you're gay" comment? He's so hilariously sarcastic with that comment. Surely the fundies are all up in arms.

Of course, they're probably up in arms that Dan was on TV at all, what with him being one o' them evil gayses and all.

Posted by L | August 29, 2007 8:55 PM

Dan, you were perfect! Totally good job explaining cruising and making it clear that being gay does not mean that we all do the bathroom thing!!

Dan ... I read your column all the time but did not know you were such a hottie.

Thanks for all you do!!!

Posted by Matt | August 30, 2007 8:05 AM

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