Well - looking at this reasonably, here - jokes aside.
There were two issues here.
One - using foul language in a public-speaking environment of any nature.
Two - criticizing a religion and citing it for creating the problem they're there to discuss and go against.
Using one to further two - it came across off-the-mark. But is that bullying? No - I don't consider something to be bullying if it doesn't involve some sort of perpetual, constant or physical confrontation.
This - was a rant . . . he made a point that could have been made more politely, at least - I honestly think no one would have walked out if he just chose a different tactic to bring up the topic.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
Didn't I already say that? Yeah...I did.
Controversial subjects and speakers will be something they will face if they want to stay in that line of work, better they learn it now whether they can handle it.
I will say that any bullying is wrong and not Christianly. For the record believing that homosexuality is a sin is not bullying; you didn't mention it, but I felt in general that point needed to be brought to the surface. I wonder if there is any numerical data on the different general groups of victims regarding bullying.
there were quite a few Christian kids there.. and they were told this was an anti-bullying lecture... that is what they expected, and that is NOT what was delivered.
what was delivered was an attack on their beliefs and their holy book.. an attack that you characterize as a "criticism".. even if it was jsut a criticism, criticism of their beliefs was not on the menu for that day.... anti-bullying was... not an attack on the bible.... anti-bullying..... not his insults of asshatery.... anti-bullying.
this speaker, supposedly an anti-bullying activist, then decided that Christians should just ignore the "bs in the bible" that he doesn't feel should be paid attention to... he goes from gay anti bullying activist to some sort of ecumenical authority throwing out mandates on which parts of the bible need be ignored.
these high school kids are just that, kids...he isn't speaking to adults who can fight back or debate him, they are just kids.... kids whose beliefs system he put down as bs..... it is not the place of the kids to decide what parts of the bible to ignore and what parts not to... generally speaking, those decision come from theologians and ecumenical authorities.
practically speaking, those kids probably don't know about the bible to the degree that Savage does.. and certainly not to the degree of many devout adults.... so they probably see the attack as an attack on the bible as a whole.. an attack on their belief system as a whole.
his underlying message may have been correct and his intent, noble..., but he is , for lack of a more fitting term.. and absolute asshole in his presentation.
this isn't the first time i've seen Savage.... he's the same everywhere he goes " accept me , love me for who i am.. or i will ****ing tear into your ass and call you names".. that's his style... and that is the idiocy of Savage.
some people like that... some people don't..
you will never find acceptance being being a supreme asshole... you defeat your own purpose and the purpose of all others who share that cause when you do so.
in any event, it matters not what Savage says.. he may spout wisdom for days and weeks, and sorry to say, I simply won't accept him ... not because he's gay, but because he's an asshole.
not sure how it is in school nowadays, but in my day.. Christians were bullied pretty hard... they were squares, virgins, good-two-shoes... and yeah, we bullied them when we were kids... they weren't cool.
I can't recall any gays being bullied, but that most likely because we never really knew who was gay and who wasn't... being openly gay wasn't something that happened in our schools back then.
I'd imagine that some of the christian kids.. the goody two shoes.. get bullied to this very day.
I think they are less likely to commit suicide though, as being a christian means you are never alone in the world, not as long as you have Jesus, as it goes.
And here I thought you were pretty bright.....a better way to put it is, you're not going to hear about Christians being the brunt of riduclue because they are not the minority. Now, are you going to go on record saying that it is ok to bully so long as you belong to a "bullied" class?I assume you assume that it has and the media is a giant conspiracy that hates christians...
just a guess...
if you think that... that's pretty ****ing stupid...