What gives with Savage Love? Does this paper exercise any editorial authority over Mr. Savage's column, or can he just print any shit he wants to? I'm not talking about abridging his First Amendment rights, but the content of his column is usually so poor, one has to wonder why the Reader continues to provide him with a soapbox.
Mr. Savage has, on at least two occasions, used his column to advertise that he both uses and deals crystal [May 16, 1997], thereby placing him on the lowest rung of scum in society. He never passes up an opportunity to thoroughly bash any reader unfortunate enough to mention that he believes in God or some higher spiritual authority, and who can forget the infamous column where he told us that he had his mother read a piece he'd written about his decision to swallow during oral sex?
For that outrage alone, the man deserves to be disemboweled before a howling mob. But what is the Reader's responsibility here? What are Dan Savage's credentials? Does he have any formal education or training to write a column advising people on their sexual or relationship problems? One glance at the snide, glib, and bogus answers he gives to people indicates he does not. It is worth noting that whenever Savage has a difficult question to answer, his column will be largely given over to wholesale quotes from a bona fide authority.
What Mr. Savage has, in abundance, is the ability to be a superficial, self-promoting asshole, so absorbed with himself that he has to fill up his column with a half dozen self-referential observations each week in lieu of actually providing his readers with useful information. One wonders when the Reader will realize this moron's 15 minutes are up.
Dan Savage replies:
Let me reassure Mr. Perry, my mother, and any law enforcement types reading this that I was only joking about dealing crystal meth, ha ha. I did try it once, though, and found the drug to be, like Mr. Perry, extremely unpleasant.