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CAA Adds Hatemonger Michael Savage to its Client List

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) sent out a press release this week trumpeting their signing of talk show host Michael Savage (Savage Nation).

Savage_michaelSavage is a notorious homophobe, anti-semite, and racist whose show Savage Nation, reaches 8 million households weekly across America on a total of 370 radio stations.

Just this week Savage unleashed a hateful tirade against gays as he discussed Melissa Etheridge's Academy Awards win and her show of affection toward her partner Tammy Lynn Michaels. With regard to a post from earlier this morning, Savage's comments make Australian radio host John Laws' pillow biter comments sound like child's play. Savage:

"I don't like a woman married to a woman. It makes me want to puke. How's that? I want to vomit when I hear it...I want to puke when I hear about a woman married to a woman raising children because, frankly, I think that it's child abuse to do that to children without their permission. What does a child know? Ask them when they're 16 whether they want to be raised by two lesbians or two men. What are the two men doing behind the other wall? You think the children don't hear it?"

Etheridge_tammy_lynnWhen a caller phoned in to Savage's show asking what he should tell his children, who saw Etheridge give Michaels a kiss on national television, Savage responded:

"I will tell you how you answer it: You say there are people who are sexually confused, who think that they're men when they're women. They're not normal. Normal people are not like that. Normal people are like Mommy and Daddy. Mommy and Daddy are normal. There are people who are not normal, who have a confusion in their head, and they think they're a man even though they look like a woman. That's what you have to say to them otherwise the child will grow up confused."

Listen to Savage's entire hateful rant at Media Matters, where you can also find contact information for Michael Savage.

Rather than heralding the arrival of Savage to their client list, CAA should be hanging their heads in shame for supporting this hatemonger.

Creative Artists Agency Supports Hate-Speak, Homophobia and Anti-Semitism [boozhy]
Savage on gay marriage, parenting: "It makes me want to puke. ... I think it's child abuse" [media matters]

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  1. Call CAA and express your disappointment in their decision to promote hatred in America and encourage them to drop Savage from the ranks of their representation.
    CAA's phone number is 424.288.2000.
    Ask for partners Bryan Lourd, Richard Lovett, Lee Gabler or Rick Nicita.

    Posted by: A.J. | Mar 1, 2007 10:30:24 AM


  2. Bryan Lourd is one the dons of the velvet mafia. A total queen who is actively involved in picking up major clients. It's show BUSINESS. What are they gonna do? Pass on a client that will make them tons of money?

    And is Michael Savage inferring that kids want to hear their straight parents having sex? Gay or not, no kid wants to overhear that. What a hateful dick.

    Posted by: the other jeff | Mar 1, 2007 10:36:38 AM


  3. Considering the increased reports of hate crime activity, it's no wonder pinheads like this find both an audience and sponsorship.

    What is this world coming to?

    Posted by: Rad | Mar 1, 2007 10:43:14 AM


  4. What kind of crazy media world do we live in when the FCC will fine CBS for showing Janet Jackson's breast but allow a hate-filled man like Michael Savage unfettered access to the airwaves?

    Posted by: james | Mar 1, 2007 10:46:03 AM


  5. He brings in a lot of money. It would be a bad business decision not to bring him in. I find him disgusting but I would probably do the same thing to better my business.

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 1, 2007 11:05:29 AM


  6. This dude is kinda sketchy...under his actual name, Michael Weiner (too perfect), he has published a couple dozen books on herbal healing and the like, and under Michael Savage has published ultra right-wing crap about liberal conspiracies. Sounds to me like he's trying to hide his political views from his medicinal book-buying audience with the name switch and all.

    Posted by: scientitian | Mar 1, 2007 11:06:52 AM


  7. Michael Savage IS GAY!!!!
    I know this for a fact. He will never admit it though.

    It's very unfortunate that we have to get such an ugly self-hating closet case like this, but that's what life deals us sometimes.

    Posted by: Big Dave | Mar 1, 2007 11:12:29 AM


  8. Yes, CAA should be the target, particularly all the geld sucking queens there. Forget trying to actually change Savage whose nom de hate was obviously very consciously chosen. But I would sure endorse harassing him and his sponsors into changing for the same reason they’re there, again, blood money.

    Actually, Rad, it’s the other way around—hate crimes are not the cause of such shows but, in part, the product of them.

    Und Guten Morgen Hitler Jugen Matt. How’s your Concentration Camp Guard training going?

    Posted by: Leland | Mar 1, 2007 11:16:06 AM


  9. LELAND -- it's "Hitlerjugend" (all one word with a D at the end), but good point nonetheless.

    The argument that CAA made a good business decision is, perhaps, correct in a pure vacuum market. A market where there is, in other words, only the law of capitalism and no thought for corporate social responsibility.

    I work for a financial services company, and I am sure we could drive more revenue by direct marketing to racists ("Sign up now for Lynch Mob Checking and receive a free toaster!"), homophobes ("One quarter point off every God Hates Fags Adjustable ARM!") or other unsavory group, but we elect not to.

    In fact, we elect not to do business with several industries and groups precisely because they do not fit with our corporate vision of a relatively just and fair world where more is done to build communities than to knock them down.

    So what does this decision say about CAA in this regard?

    Does CAA want to communicate to the world that they believe Michael Savage's views are valuable to a better world?

    Does CAA believe Michael Savage adds to the enhancement of the world of "creative artists?"

    Or, does CAA not even have a corporate social responsibility stand and are, thus, theoretically open to representing the next Joseph Goebbels if it could deliver incremental revenue?

    I do not have the answer, but I suggest all of us call the number posted helpfully above and ask.

    GJ

    Posted by: Becks07 | Mar 1, 2007 11:29:28 AM


  10. Call CAA. Just call them.

    You'll be talking to an intern most likely, so keep that in mind.

    If any of you know anybody represented by CAA, please ask them to consider going to another agency. This is just vile.

    And it's even more ludicrous being that Bryan Lourd, Carrie Fisher's gay ex-husband, is one of the top dogs there.

    Disgusting.

    Posted by: Rey | Mar 1, 2007 11:43:18 AM


  11. Gay organizations and we all should also call upon actors and other clients who are represented by CAA and who do not want to be associated with this despicable lowlife to drop CAA.

    CAA is not the only game in town, and losing clients of this will illustrate market forces for them. After all, money talks.


    Posted by: John | Mar 1, 2007 11:45:54 AM


  12. The love of money is the root of all evil. Anything for a buck, huh? Maybe when you are starving and homeless but those bastards are raking in plenty so taking on Savage is not necessary and by doing so they show what craven little fucks they are.

    Posted by: Will | Mar 1, 2007 11:47:14 AM


  13. The BEST part of the Oscars was when Melissa won and got it from Queen Latifah and John Travolta--could that show have gotten any gayer? Intersting that Savage didn't note that!

    Posted by: dc-20008 | Mar 1, 2007 11:48:01 AM


  14. Like him or not, he's a cash cow. You'd be a fool to pass him up. Yes, it's about money, ratings, listeners. He's a guy who doesn't like poofs -- so what. Move on.org if you don't like him.

    Posted by: Psychedelic Pariah | Mar 1, 2007 11:49:50 AM


  15. Everyone reading this might also want to know that Rockstar Energy Drink is owned by Michael Savage's son...so DON'T drink Rockstar Energy Drink!

    Look under 'Trivia' at the bottom of Michael Savage's wikipedia page for more information about Savage's son: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Savage_%28commentator%29

    And here's more information about Savage's son: http://blatherwatch.blogs.com/talk_radio/2005/10/michael_savage_.html

    And more info: http://www.nndb.com/people/588/000044456/

    (Apologies to Andy for linking to other sites, but I thought people might want to see it for themselves)>)

    Posted by: peterparker | Mar 1, 2007 12:10:30 PM


  16. WILL: Excellent point. Exactly. Money is no excuse for taking on an individual whose viewpoints and actions are antithetical to a better society and to the lifestyles of the owners and managers of the agency. If Hitler were alive today and a cash cow, would CAA sign him up? Very sad...

    Posted by: Cory | Mar 1, 2007 12:26:59 PM


  17. Psychedelic Pariah,

    He doesn't like us but can't seem to shut his fucking pie hole about gays and their sex lives. I guess it's okay for stupid conservative trolls to say what they want, but when us "poofs" mouth off, we're supossed to move on.

    Fuck off.

    Posted by: Marco | Mar 1, 2007 12:28:02 PM


  18. Thanks for the link Andy! I'm glad to see people talking about this story.

    Posted by: JC Media Matters | Mar 1, 2007 12:44:58 PM


  19. I think a letter writing campaign is in order:

    Bryan Lourd
    Co-Chairman, Creative Artists Agency
    2000 Avenue of the Stars
    Los Angeles, CA 90067

    Lee Gabler
    Co-Chairman, Creative Artists Agency
    2000 Avenue of the Stars
    Los Angeles, CA 90067

    Richard Lovett
    President, Creative Artists Agency
    2000 Avenue of the Stars
    Los Angeles, CA 90067

    Rick Nicita
    Co-Chairman, Creative Artists Agency
    2000 Avenue of the Stars
    Los Angeles, CA 90067

    Posted by: peterparker | Mar 1, 2007 1:37:41 PM


  20. I think it's refreshing that the conservatives on this blog are actually being honest about what really motivates them.

    Money.

    It's just amusing to me that bigots like Savage and gay Republicans are in the same camp as religious conservatives. Could each group be any more antithetical to each other?

    What the gays do offends the religious nuts. What the religious nuts believe is often rejected by the money-grubbers. True Christians SHOULD be put off by people who are obsessed with the accumulation of wealth or have bigoted views.

    What binds them all is their hatred of liberals... evil liberals who are more concerned with human needs than material ones.

    Laughable.

    Posted by: mark m | Mar 1, 2007 1:47:55 PM


  21. Michael Weiner aka Savage is repulsive.

    Melissa and Tammy's kiss was beautiful.

    Posted by: Jack! | Mar 1, 2007 1:49:28 PM


  22. What really frightens me is a simple mind. People who believe they have something or someone all figured out.

    What motivates me (for example) is not money, but rather, the freedom to express ourselves and our opinions -- loathsome (to some) or not.

    While I don't "hate" liberals per se, I do find them to be an emotional lot, moved more by their boo-hoo feelings than by their intellectual prowess (or lack thereof).

    I report, you decide.

    And as far as Savage being unable to "...shut his fucking pie hole about gays and their sex lives..." Christ, Marco, gays themselves can't even shut up and stop talking about their sex lives. So why should the gawkers?

    Simple minds, simple pleasures. Go cry in your pillow.

    Posted by: Psychedelic Pariah | Mar 1, 2007 2:04:22 PM


  23. I think celebrities like Travis Baker, Fergie, Randy Jackson, etc. who are allowing their images and names to be associated with Rockstar Energy Drink should be made aware of Michael Savage's association with the company. (His son is basically a front it seems.)

    Boycott and vehement protest can be effective.

    Posted by: John | Mar 1, 2007 2:32:21 PM


  24. I'm not saying he is a great person. What i'm saying is he has a right to free speech just like everyone who has commented on this blog has the right to say they don't like him and they have the right to boycott him. This company will make a ton of money off of him. It's just a fact. Some companies do business differently than others. It is your right to boycott him. Gay republicans get slammed on this blog but I would think that Liberals would be okay with him saying what he wanted and not the government not stepping on his right to free speech.

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 1, 2007 3:50:24 PM


  25. Please take out the second not in the last line...it's a typo.

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 1, 2007 3:51:29 PM


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