June 7, 2011
Larry Page, CEO, Google
Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, Freemantle Media (American Idol)
Wayne Brown, Chairman, Fox Entertainment Group
Robert Iger, President, The Walt Disney Company
As Chief Executive Officer of Concerned Women for America (CWA) -- the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization -- I am writing today calling on your organizations to immediately sever any ties with the “It Gets Better” organization, the ad campaign which has aired in recent weeks, and It Gets Better founder Mr. Dan Savage.
Recent actions by Mr. Savage require that reputable companies immediately cease any connections with Mr. Savage, his organization and the “It Gets Better” ad campaign.
Here is what has transpired:
1. On May 11, like millions of American families, I was enjoying one of the final weeks of American Idol with my family when we were confronted with a 90-second homosexual “tolerance” ad sponsored by Google with an open endorsement from Disney/Pixar. The ad blatantly targeted young people and was designed to show that the homosexual lifestyle “gets better” with age. Even more disturbing, one of those featured called to children saying “Okay little ones, here’s the first thing you need to know.”
2. The next day on my blog[i] I wrote that I “felt tricked” by Fox and American Idol because the ad was at the very least in the wrong time slot and thus targeted “my 4th grader.” I made the point that bullying for any reason is wrong and that a general anti-bullying campaign would have been a more appropriate focus for such an ad in that time slot. I added that FOX “blew it last night” and “broke trust” with their audience.
3. Dan Savage, It Gets Better founder, then posted a blog responding to my blog.[ii] Savage’s blog amounted to a hate-filled diatribe that unfortunately has become typical of attacks against me, Concerned Women for America, and anyone who opposes his radical homosexual agenda. It is ironic that, in defending his anti-bullying campaign, Savage used classic bullying tactics:
•Savage started out by calling CWA an “officially-designated hate group.”
•Savage then accused me of raising my child in a “skinner box” in my “basement” because I said my fourth-grader does not yet know about sex. (The quote: “First: a fourth grader who "doesn't know" about heterosexual sex? Is she raising that kid in a skinner box in her basement and only letting him out to watch American Idol?”)
•Savage mischaracterized my position and continued his ad hominem attack:” This is a popular argument among haters like Nance.”
•Savage then called me a “hateful s____.”
Quite frankly, I am accustomed to these types of attacks against myself, CWA, and conservative women in general. But then Savage got deeply personal and exposed his real agenda.
4. On his blog, Savage launched into a 250-word rant specifically about my child in which he questioned my 10-year-old’s sexuality and stated that my child “was always our target demo.”
“Nance's [child] was always our target demo. Again, we don't know if [Nance’s child is] gay. But [the child] might be and, if [the child] is, [the child] needs to hear from us. And the Google Chrome/"It Gets Better" campaign has helped us reach [Nance’s child] and millions more like him.”
Savage also admitted that the problem of gay bullying happens not primarily in schools, but in families, and his goal of the ad campaign (placed during the number-one family show) was to bypass parents and get his message into our homes.
Please note that these statements are not taken out of context. This is a personal blog of the founder of an organization that your company has partnered with to the tune of millions of dollars of advertising as well as your company’s credibility.
Dan Savage is a bully who openly uses profanity and bullying tactics that are unacceptable in our civil society. He has openly used your corporate dollars and your company’s reputation to promote his radical agenda that has ten-year-old children as his “target demo.” By extension, Google, FOX and Disney/Pixar endorse Savage’s agenda and techniques by funding, supporting and airing Savage’s campaign.
Despite whatever good intensions your company may have had in participating in this campaign at its outset, now that Dan Savage has exposed his true intent and blatant animosity for American moms, it is time to formally sever any ties to “It Gets Better” and Dan Savage.
I also want to remind you that it is precisely the moms and grandmothers whom Dan Savage is attacking who make your websites, TV shows and movies so popular and profitable. If you continue to support direct attacks on the cornerstone of your economic house, logic dictates that there will be ramifications. I eagerly await your reply.
Chief Executive Officer
Concerned Women for America