Rick Santorum Stops Boy from Bowling with Unmanly Pink Ball

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The Human Rights Campaign criticized Rick Santorum after Reuters reporter Sam Youngman tweeted about an incident that took place at a bowling alley campaign stop in Wisconsin earlier today.

Bowling_santorumTweeted Youngman:

"You're not gonna use the pink ball. We're not gonna let you do that. Not on camera." Santorum to a young fella bowling with him

Said HRC's Fred Sainz in a press release:

“This is another example of Rick Santorum intentionally making ignorant statements that have a real impact on LGBT people. Whether he’s comparing our marriages to inanimate objects, saying our children would be better off with a parent in prison as opposed to two loving same-sex parents, or calling open military service a ‘tragic social experiment;’ he’s proven that he thinks LGBT people are second-class citizens not worthy of dignity or respect. In this case, he’s advancing tired gender norms by implying a boy should be ashamed or embarrassed to use a certain color bowling ball…Kids have enough to worry about. They don’t need Rick Santorum telling them that using a pink bowling ball is a bad thing."

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Comments

  1. says

    There is no self awareness in this creep.

    Frothy will always be the sly sneaky little instigator in the school yard, getting the bullies to pick on someone…..willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,…himself.
    He is such a cheap, second rate barrow boy, peddling shoddy notions to his uneducated, vulnerable bigot-fans.

    He just makes me vomit.
    And oh yeah, pink makes you gay; keep away from it, you could catch something. This guy needs to be taught an almighty lesson in respecting others.

  2. says

    interesting. when i was a young kid i developed a complete aversion to the colour pink. i learned, very early, that it was wrong for me to like that colour. i vividly remember being in kindergarten, drawing a picture of some party and “balancing out” the pink balloons i drew with Blue ones. you know, to be a real boy and not a girl. because pink means girl.
    it got to a point where i’d not even look at the color pink, out of a paranoid child’s fear that “people would see me looking at it and think i liked it which would mean _______.”

    and now ricky extends this baseless societal fear to another. it’s bad to be gay. it’s also bad to be a man and touch anything pink.

    day after day, this man continues to leave a legacy of embarrassment for his future grandchildren.

  3. Mary says

    I suppose I may be projecting here, but is it at all possible that Santorum didn’t want the boy using a pink ball because then someone would think the boy (who I don’t know, but am presuming is straight) is gay and then the boy would get a ….”reputation?” This story makes it sound as if Rick is so paranoid about homosexuality that he’s afraid that someone photographed near him with a pink bowling ball is….pro-gay.. or trying to make the Senator seem pro-gay….or trying to subtly advance a gay agenda by using a pink bowling ball. I’m confused about the real story.

  4. DickG says

    Until around 1930 pink was a boys color. It was considered too strong a color for girls. Girls wore blue, as in Alce Blue Gown.

  5. jim says

    What a fuggin ignorant tool.

    And what’s with this cheap, pandering fascination Santorum has with bowling alleys lately? What a genius strategy! Dude is really struggling lately to find a message that appeals to ANYone lately, and stay on point. He’s been saying that healthcare is the most important issue in the country at present. WRONG. But it’s the only one where he can link Romney to Obama. It’s really kinda fun watching a campaign crumble.

    “Well look, Maw, that Santorum likes bowling, TOO–I’m votin’ for HIM!!”

    Whatever.

  6. atomic says

    @Mary: IT’S JUST A COLOR. That’s the point you (and Frothy Mix) don’t get. And we’re talking about a bowling ball, not a ball gown. The only people who care what color it is are immature idiots who ascribe social significance to these things. There is no such thing as “masculine” and “feminine” colors–that is an artificial cultural construct that only people who insist on perpetuating gender roles worry about.

    I don’t know how much lower American society can get, when things like the color of bowling balls become topics of debate, rather than the things that are really important, like making sure future generations are educated and healthy. We’re supposed to make the world a better place for them, and teach them to do the same. Do you really think that teaching a boy to avoid a particular COLOR for fear of being associated with femininity is more important than teaching him mathematics, science, history, and the humanities? If the choice of bowling ball color is the lesson Americans pass on to their children, that says everything about what’s wrong with this country and why the US will be relegated to the dustbin of history.

  7. bobbyjoe says

    But maybe Santorum thinks he’s following the example of the Catholic hierarchy by grabbing boys’ pink balls.

  8. David 2 says

    Mary: It sounds like you believe that even *thinking* a kid might be gay is a bad thing. It’s like saying, “If you are not actually part black, I need to protect your reputation by discouraging you from doing something that might make you be suspected of being part black.” If you are coddling bigots, with concerns about what they might think, then you are part of the problem.

    I doubt Santorum, or the kid himself, knows the kid’s sexual orientation.

    It’s 2012. Can we all get past “worries” about any implication of any choice of color in God’s universe? It’s utterly ridiculous. And for a serious Presidential candidate to say something like that — unbelievable.

  9. PAUL B. says

    I’ve had blue ball…but never pink. Well, maybe once in the 80’s when someone tied them up too tight. In either case, I would love to have a pink ball at my age…in fact, a ball of any color would do me just fine.

  10. Mary says

    Atomica and David 2: I don’t think the color of a bowling ball matters one bit. Nor do I think there’s anything wrong with a person being known as gay. My only point was that in the circles Santorum moves in and is trying to appeal to most of the people are not gay, are not pro-gay politically, and if they are gay in orientation are probably closeted. Therefore they wouldn’t want people to think they are gay – this is why I put the term “reputation” in quotation marks – so readers would know that I didn’t think being known as gay is something to be ashamed of.

    I figured that what Santorum meant was: No, son, we’re not going to let you use that pink ball. Not on camera. People in school may use that photo to spread a rumor that you’re gay and I don’t want you to have to deal with that.”

    But I could be wrong, of course.

  11. Jeff says

    not to mention, if the kid normally uses a pink ball… and he made him use a different color ball… hopefully the kid didn’t injure himself. Bowling ball weight is usually by BALL COLOR in the bowling alley owned balls. rick thinks about masculinity and gay sex so much… methinks the lady doth protest too much, if ya know what I mean.

  12. greenfuzz says

    Too bad he didn’t show rickie how pink bowling balls can crack a skull just like any other color of bowling balls.

  13. Mary says

    I sense a new Dan Savage-created line of pink bowling balls with the logo for the spreadingsantorum.com website!

    Every one of the Senator’s fans dreads this double heading from the upcoming Wisconsin primary:

    “ROMNEY LEADING IN WISCONSIN, SANTORUM TRAILING FROM BEHIND.”

    Hey,….it could be written this way!

  14. smichaeledwards says

    This quote was taken out of context, he finished by saying, “You need blue balls, like these”. The media is always cherry picking soundbites!

  15. says

    “Later that day, Herman Cain stopped by to meet the same young boy, and then informed him that his vegetarian pizza was for sissies, and that real men only eat pizza covered in meat”

  16. Caliban says

    I seriously think Santorum might be stuck in a time warp. He’s running for President, from the 1950s!

    Although with his ties to Opus Dei he might be running from the 13th century.

  17. David Hearne says

    Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a candidate who :

    • Supports Single Payer healthcare
    • Supports a secure border
    • Support deportation of all illegal aliens
    • Supports gay rights
    • Opposes mass immigration.
    • Opposes Global Warming Theology
    • Truly believes in the US Constitution, and all of the amendments as written and with original intent.

  18. says

    it would be better, “David Hearne”, if guys like you had the balls to put a face to your comments instead of anonymously commenting with various profiles.

    alas, your ideal President is as far from reality as you ever growing an actual pair of testicles.

  19. St. Theresa of Avila says

    I’m not even going to bother watching the video, but I’d wonder if something like this was scripted.

    Theology, David? Global Warming is a science based on evidence, not a theology based on ancient writings and hearsay. At least you support single payer healthcare, which hasn’t seemed to destroy the rest of the civilized world.

  20. Chuck Mielke says

    @ David 2: Religious conservatives are absolutely masterful and fully invested in the power of symbolism. Note how they howl when a flag (symbol of the nation) is burned. Note, also, how they use “proper dress” and coded speech to symbolize personal virtue while spreading notions of hate and oppression. In such a milieu, Santorum’s concern for “rescuing” a youngster from use of a dreaded pink item makes a modicum of sense. It also exposes the kinds of people that Santorum deliberately panders to.

  21. Redebbm says

    @David Hearne It would be nice, but looking at the low voting numbers and all the youthful cynics who “Don’t want to touch politics ewww” we are going to be continued to be trampled on by the right who continuously convinces their base to go and vote against their interest for Freedom! and Capitalism!

    And to anti-Obama people. Has the President ever discouraged a young boy from choosing what he wants to do? Or would you rather have the “I know what’s best for you” candidate win the white house or at the least get the VP spot next to the “I enjoy firing people” guy.

  22. says

    whenever i hear a gay man talk about Global Warming as ‘something that doesn’t matter’ i picture some poor boy whose father loved Glenn Beck and beat his mother when she wouldn’t suck hard enough……

  23. Pointed says

    Pink has nothing to do with being gay, unless you are afraid you are going to be outed. Me thinks he protest too much and this insecurity is quite the bit of circumstantial evidence that should prompt a look into someone’s past.

  24. J. Leo says

    Mary, it’s pretty easy to figure out. He plainly says :…not on camera…” I think that tells you where his head is at.

  25. ludovico says

    SRSLY, HRC?? Teenage “gay-looking” boys are being beaten and killed in Iraq, and hanged in Iran, and seriously threatened in Turkey, and all you can think of to do for cheap publicity is get on Santorum’s case about the color of a bowling ball?? SRSLY??

  26. Jason says

    Sorry but it was a joke..gays don’t own the color pink..its common for men to not wear pink because it’s associated with femininity.

  27. says

    Where’s the video, I’ve got to see his face – disgust or delight? Just think, this guy hasn’t had sex in months, maybe years, he only has “the sex” to pro-create which is why both he and his wife are so f*cking frustrated all the time.

  28. Paul of Tilling says

    You are right Jason, gay men do not “own” the color pink but is was forced on us in the concentration camps in the form of a triangle. We have the choice of being ashamed of that past or embracing it and letting it make you stronger. So let’s say we are “renting” the color pink and declaring the past association with the color no longer a badge of shame and embarrassment but one of pride and strength.

  29. David Hearne says

    KIWI- The thought of having some bipolar jackass like you masturbating to my image is insufficient inspiration for violating what little internet privacy I have. If you will do a Zaba search, you will see that I am very much a real person and not one of your personalities expressing himself in lucid interval.

  30. David Hearne says

    St Teresa – I beg you to do some critical research. Start with the sea level rise in the Maldives and that country’s scam of the Dutch people. Look at the actual objective of the meetings in Copenhagen and why people were upset at “the disappointing outcome”. Look at the volume of propaganda that is being targeted to you. A movie star saying that a power plant in Alabama is killing polar bears. Do you know who/what kills the most polar bears? Canadians and guests with Canadian permits kill the most polar bears, that’s who.

    Do not rely on Amy Goodman and Naomi Klein for you news and views on this subject. They are habitual liars who at their heart despise the country which gave their communist grandparents refuge.

  31. David Hearne says

    Paul of Tilling: I don’t think that concentration camps are the first thing that came to anyones mind. Blue is for boys and pink is for girls is much more likely.

    Jesus X Christ- the drama queens around this place.

  32. mousemess says

    Santorum needs to lose in Wisconsin. He is a threat to the common good of this country.

    It’s hard to believe that he once a US Senator. He can sure talk rubbish and nonsense nonstop.