Interesting the interviewer was more interested in the mechanics of the "hook up" than the information you had to convey. Methinks he is curious.
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!
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?
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.
Paging Ecce Homo, Ecce Homo? Channeling Ecce Homo, Ecce Homo?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whoa. Look at all that gray hair.
@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.
I know. It's hot.
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.
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.
Dan, you always give me a semi.
The gray hair is hot. And he managed to not say "fuck" for over 4 minutes!
Dan looks so damned good when he's trying to point out how ridiculous the media's coverage of this story is...
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.
Dan, you kind of look like Ron Reagan.
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.
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.
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.
Dan lives in Seattle.
Ron Reagan lives in Seattle.
Dan is Ron Reagan.
So now we know that Savage is Dan Savage, Ecce Homo, and Ron Reagan. Dan, you're exposed. How does it feel?
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.
Very nicely done indeed. And yes, even to a very hetero guy like myself, you looked very good. *grin*
What happened to your lovely 'fro? Did I miss something?
dan looks more like michael richards.
i like the part where dan rolled his eyes when he said "jesus".
Thanks for posting this. I was disappointed I didn't see it live. I agree with...you 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???
Well, Sentor Craig may not e gay, but he sure knows all the passwords.
excellent progress!! how scripted was it?
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)
Great interview. Dan gets a +1 in my book :-P
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.
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.
Here I thought I was the only guy who was obsessed (sexually) with gray hair. Well, maybe the only 21-year-old.
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.
@44 Mr. Poe:
When they look like Dan, how can people NOT think its hot???? =)
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.
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.
I'm with Matt @ 42. These scandals have been so much fun! I can hardly wait for the next one!
When I was an intern at KING 5 we had a few fun backdrops...my favorite being the fucking ENCYCLOPEDIAS!
He's so dreamy and poetic!
Dan, you can speak for the people of my sexual orientation anyday. We're lucky to have ya!
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.
great job! i'm seeing a strong leader on t.v., but it ain't the senator.
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!
Hey, that was great! You've come a long way from the old days.
Couldn't you have called him a pussy at least once?
@54: Dan will never get FAT.
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????
So sexy and quick on the draw. Yay for surly sleuths!
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.
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!!!
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