by Dan Savage
on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I'm a fan of yours and you've helped me out before (you answered a letter of mine ages ago, and your advice was good), so given how annoying it must be to be the recipient of so much hyperbolic, misdirected, and ignorant vitriol right now, I thought I'd share this with you. I'm a standup comic, and I've been doing this joke for at least five years. The point of the joke—particularly the part that starts about two minutes in—is basically the same point that you were making. I think it's a completely accurate and fair point, but some crowds just freak the fuck out when I do this joke. It used to bother me but now I realize that their reaction just comes with the territory because I am intentionally tweaking ways of thinking that need to be tweaked. As were you.