October 18, 2011

Sicko Santorum Calls SNL Satiric Sketch "Bullying"


On the Saturday October 15th 2011 episode of Saturday Night Live, the troupe of comedians performed a satiric sketch based on the Bloomberg/Washington Post New Hampshire GOP Presidential debate that had taken place last Tuesday. At the debate - candidates were seated according to where they stood in the opinion polls, while the candidates in the sketch were seated according to the “likelihood of the candidate winning the nomination." Justin Sink at The Hill.com wrote:

Actors playing contenders Herman Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were seated at the table, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry was placed in the corner of the set, Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) was banished to a parking garage, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) were put a broom closet, and Santorum in "a crowded gay bar in the Castro district of San Francisco."

Although Santorum, played by Andy Samberg, had only a limited roll in the sketch, he was portrayed as upset and uncomfortable.

New Hampshire radio station WGIR asked Santorum on Sunday about the sketch — the former Pennsylvania senator said that while he hadn't yet seen it, he had been "hammered" for his support of conservative principles.

"We’ve been hammered by the left for my standing up for the traditional family and I will continue to do so," Santorum said. "The left, unfortunately, participates in bullying more than the right does. They say that they’re tolerant, and they’re anything but tolerant of people who disagree with them and support traditional values."

A bully is defined as someone “who is habitually cruel or overbearing, especially to a minority, or smaller or weaker people.” The Presidential candidate and former legislator has a well documented record of being habitually cruel to the LGBT community. Here are some rhetorical gems that the unemployed former Senator, who was fired by Pennsylvania voters, has uttered about the LGBT community.

1. When asked to explain his support for reinstating Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to Fox News reporter Chris Wallace. "They're in close quarters, they live with people, they obviously shower with people," Santorum said, saying the presence of gay soldiers could have an adverse "effect on retention and recruitment."

2. During the same interview, Sicko Santorum said racial discrimination is wrong, but discrimination against the LGBT community is acceptable, because the gay community engages in “inappropriate behavior.” He thinks inappropriate behavior can be changed, therefore LGBT rights are not “civil rights.”

3. “Gay marriage threatens my marriage. It threatens all marriages. It threatens the traditional values of this country.”

4. “This is common sense. This is nature, and what we’re trying to do is defy nature because a certain group of people want to be affirmed by society.”

5. "I have been a long-time advocate for states' rights. However, I believe as Abraham Lincoln did — that states don't have the rights to legalize moral wrongs."

6. "So the gay community said, 'He's comparing gay sex to incest and polygamy, how dare he do this,' and they have gone out on a, I would argue, jihad against Rick Santorum since then.”

This allegedly educated man - wants to enshrine discrimination against our community, in our Federal Constitution, and wants to reinstate DADT, and he thinks it’s permissible to mistreat and discriminate against the LGBT community, because he’s been misled and thinks we can change our sexuality at will. He stands in front of millions of people on television several times a week, attends debates, and gets free media coverage, while he articulates these ill-conceived and harmful beliefs - and then says he is being bullied when anyone calls attention to his right-wing extremist views.

Sicko Santorum will discover one day that we all live in the same country, where free speech is protected, and an open dialogue with voters is encouraged, in order to encourage citizen participation in our electoral system. Whether one is the subject of a SNL sketch, or a newspaper editorial, it’s all part of the political process. As Harry Truman liked to say “if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen”

Rick ‘Sicko’ Santorum has been bullying and misrepresenting the LGBT community for nearly 20 years. If you disagree with Sicko Santorum, I guess you know that he’ll be calling you a bully. In the world that I live in, I’d be calling you an active participant in our representative democracy.

Bravo to that!

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