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Watch: Chicago Tonight's Phil Ponce Interviews Dan Savage



Chicago Tonight host Phil Ponce recently did an in-depth interview with "It Gets Better" founder Dan Savage. It made "Porno Pete" LaBarbera very upset.


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  1. Horny porny pete is outraged that Dan Savage was"treated with great respect in Chicago." Great respect! I am clutching my pearls.

    Posted by: Rick S. | Dec 30, 2010 8:05:14 AM

  2. Dan Savage - what a Great representitive for our community.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 30, 2010 8:10:07 AM

  3. Watched this live and loved it. Everyone should call WTTW and show their support in opposition to the hate mongers who will support Porno Pete.

    Posted by: Martin Johns | Dec 30, 2010 8:46:21 AM

  4. Dan Savage is a great speaker with great honesty, common sense, a sense of humor and empathy. Thanks for posting that terrific interview.

    Posted by: Norbert | Dec 30, 2010 8:50:12 AM

  5. Really great interview.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 30, 2010 9:02:12 AM

  6. I have been a fan of Dan for years starting with his national column. But one thing that greatly bothers me... why must he dress like a college freshman on financial aid? I'm not saying he needs a three piece suit, but a button up oxford would only help to legitimize him, instead of detract like his current choice of attire. I'm 25 and in Arizona and I don't even dress so casually!

    Posted by: cdubois | Dec 30, 2010 9:34:36 AM

  7. And as we know, CDUBOIS most Americans wear button up Oxford suits. Maybe Savage should ditch his sneakers and wear high-button shoes as well.

    Posted by: Rick S. | Dec 30, 2010 9:43:52 AM

  8. I watched the interview last night and was very moved by it. The part about coming out was very moving and well said. At it's core the message really spoke to the import of family and community. Dan Savage has done soooo much over the past year with it gets better.

    Posted by: John | Dec 30, 2010 9:45:23 AM

  9. Oxford is a type of shirt FYI, I assumed that was common knowledge. I haven't seen his shoes but im sure they're terrible too.

    Posted by: cdubois | Dec 30, 2010 9:52:11 AM

  10. CDUBois has a point. Dan Savage would look hot in a button down shirt.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Dec 30, 2010 10:05:45 AM

  11. I live in Arizona too, but rarely wear dress-up clothes. Maybe we are just casual here in Tucson.

    Posted by: homer | Dec 30, 2010 10:10:03 AM

  12. I noticed La Barbera's site "Americans for Truth About Homosexuality," doesn't allow for reader comments. I guess they don't want to risk anyone calling them out on their "truths" (truthiness?).

    I note La Barbera wonders who babysat "THE KID" during Dan and hubby's orgy...erm, menage a trois. Maybe, oh I don't know, a babysitter? Grandma? Someone's niece? Yep. The great tradition of protecting the kiddies with slander and innuendo.

    And yet, La Barbera has a ragegasm! that some right wing christian groups have been labeled hate groups. Oh, the injustice of it all.


    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Dec 30, 2010 10:23:48 AM

  13. Homer, that's the point. We're most likely the most casual dressing state ever and Dan has us beat by long shot.

    Posted by: cdubois | Dec 30, 2010 10:29:37 AM

  14. CDUBOIS is an idiot

    Posted by: Damen | Dec 30, 2010 10:35:25 AM

  15. I am an idiot! But I'm a well dressed idiot who is taken seriously. That was my only point DAMEN, no need to name call friend

    Posted by: cdubois | Dec 30, 2010 11:18:26 AM

  16. CDubois, George Michael said it 20 years ago:

    Sometimes the clothes do not make the man

    All a suit does is make you a) look like a clone and b) send the message "I'm a corporate drone". Dan is a sex-advice columnist, for him to show up in button-downed shirts and a tie would be absurd.

    We got rid of the fashion of men wearing hats all the time, ties and jackets have to be next to go.

    Freedom! Yeah yeah Freedom!

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Dec 30, 2010 11:58:23 AM

  17. It's about what you say, not what you wear. Classism will always be with us, but let's try to keep it to a minimum.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 30, 2010 12:20:54 PM

  18. How convenient that porno pete put all the contact info for the station on his website. I sent them a thank you email for inteviewing Dan and hope many many others do as well.

    Posted by: David | Dec 30, 2010 1:37:59 PM

  19. It's not about class, a nice outfit isnt exclusive to the well to do. Im not saying he needs a suit, or should be a "clone" (which doesn't even make sense because unless your wearing all custom made clothes thousands of people are wearing the same thing as you, ever hear of the "castro clones" they certainly weren't suited up) but the slovenly look he often pumps takes away credibility. Imagine someone who isn't familiar with him seeing him like this for the first time. Despite how articulate and well thought out his arguments are, he won't reach a wider audience if others don't take him seriously. If you were retaining a lawyer and he or she showed up in denim, a graphic t and a hoodie for your first meeting, most people would take pause and wonder whether the lawyer takes the situation as seriously as you do. If your child's teacher shower up to pta in shorts, flip flops and a tank, wouldn't you question they're dedication and seriousness of purpose? It's the same thing. Again, I'm not saying he needs to be in Oswald Botang suits and Gucci loafers, but a simple button up shirt and khakis would allow people outside of our community to focus on his powerful words as opposed to his juvenile attire. As adults we should be able to look past appearance and focus soley on substance, but we're human and we don't, so if he wants to convince people his words are worth something he needs to dress like it.

    Posted by: cdubois | Dec 30, 2010 1:53:24 PM

  20. Guys, for Seattle, that IS dressed up.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 30, 2010 2:34:22 PM

  21. I think it speaks to the agephobia and Peter Pan Syndrome amongst gay men. Trying to be/appear to be a "boi" as long as possible is the norm in the gay world, isn't it? Dressing appropriately might make Dan look more his actual age.

    It's ironic since during the interview he talks about the hero's journey and coming out being part of being a man. I guess becoming a man doesn't include dressing like one.

    That said, I agree--Dan is a great speaker.

    Posted by: mike | Dec 30, 2010 2:50:32 PM

  22. Dan is trying to reach out to young people in rural areas AS WELL AS COLLEGE KIDS. Why should he dress like he's running for office?

    Posted by: Shawn | Dec 30, 2010 4:39:15 PM

  23. Last night was the second time I caught your interview with Phil Ponce. It is wonderful and so refreshing to hear a human-being think as well as you do. All I can say is Thank you.

    Have a great New Year.


    Posted by: Robert Burgess | Dec 30, 2010 6:23:20 PM

  24. Is there really an argument about what he's wearing going on? Really?

    The FRC boys suit it up every time they turn up. Is that why people take them seriously?

    Six words: The Rent is Too Damn High. I'm voting for him because of his hot suit. Oh yeah.

    Posted by: antisaint | Dec 30, 2010 6:40:58 PM

  25. Are you kidding? With that incredibly sexy neck of his? Dan Savage would knock 'em dead with an Oxford shirt and tie.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 30, 2010 8:48:50 PM

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