Twins' "It Gets Better" video delayed because of Dan Savage controversy, but still in works

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The Twins organization distanced itself from Savage after he said the parts of the Bible discussing homosexuality are "bullshit."
In March, the Minnesota Twins said the organization planned to release its "It Gets Better" video in May. Well, May came and went without a team-sponsored anti-bullying video clip surfacing.

But fear not, says Kevin Smith, Twins director of public affairs. The video is still in the works and should debut shortly after the MLB's All-Star break next month.

The reason for the delay? "The Dan Savage controversy didn't help," Smith said, referring to the gay man and advice columnist who originally came up with the idea for the anti-bullying "It Gets Better" videos in 2010.

In April, Savage gave a speech at the National High School Journalism Conference in Seattle. He talked about how it's possible to "ignore the bullshit" in the Bible about gay people "the same way we have learned to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation," Savage said. "We ignore bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things."

A group of Christian students, offended by Savage's remarks, actually walked out during his speech, and the controversy wasn't lost on the Twins. (Pardon the pun -- it's all too easy to associate "Twins" and "lost" these days.)
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Patience is a virtue for Twins fans awaiting the organization's "It Gets Better" clip.

Said Smith: Savage's speech "got everybody riled up. We had worked with the It Gets Better staff not even knowing who Savage was, but his comments got a lot of people upset in a lot of different sectors."

"It wasn't a very good scene and it got national publicity," Smith added. "We want to make sure our message gets out there and isn't clouded by any sort of controversy, so we decided to take a step back and work with local people."

Smith said the Twins have reached out to sympathetic local organizations like OutFront, the Peace Maker Foundation, and Fox Sports North rather than work with Savage's controversy-tainted associates.

"We are going to do something on an anti-bullying message, and we're bringing in local partners to help us craft that message," Smith said.

As we said in March, we'll be sure to bring you the Twins' "It Gets Better" video as soon as it's available.

Previous coverage:
-- Twins to unveil "It Gets Better" video in May
-- Minnesota Twins plan "It Gets Better" video shoot
-- Target Field guard scolded lesbian Twins fans for kissing

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4 comments
Richard
Richard

There's an important and obvious point being missed here. Christians - why do you care what "the world" says? Why get offended? I mean we're going to hell anyway, right? Makes you wonder why someone who is absolutely right about everything they believe in wouldn't be confident or at least passive in this issue. Child-like faith is right, but more like Childish-like faith.

Dr. J
Dr. J

 How often was Jesus pissed about birth control though?  Or taxes on the rich?  I read a bumper sticker yesterday that said Jesus is a Republican so I was wondering.

Footnotegirl
Footnotegirl

Comments Jesus made about homosexuality: 0 Comments Jesus made about divorce being against God's will: 2+ Religious nuts who spend inordinate amounts of time and money working against equal rights for gay people: Nigh on infinite. Religious nuts who are trying to end divorce: Very, very few.  

Db
Db

Savage may have gotten national attention for what he said, but it mostly came from the people who spend their evenings flinging their own poop.  He simply told the truth.  Sure, he could have worded it better.  But the simple fact is it was a manufactured controversy by people who always trot out religion to mask their political objectives and bigotry.  Seems the Twins lack spine both on and off the field.  

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