From Think Progress:

Sex columnist Dan Savage has offered a new threat to Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum: If Santorum continues to attack gays and lesbians during his campaign, Savage will expand his “google problem” by redefining “Rick.” Savage led a campaign to redefine “Santorum” in 2003 after Santorum compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia. Other people named Rick chimed in to urge Santorum to heed Savage’s threat.


  1. Matt Foss says:

    Jul 27, 2011

    ~laughs ass off, sighs, composes self~  …And this is officially the most winning item of the day.  I love the Liberty University shirt – nice touch.

  2. NotThatGreg says:

    Jul 27, 2011

    And Rick Perry would make it a twofer….

  3. MegaZeusThor says:

    Jul 27, 2011

    I liked the video. There were some good laughs. I’m happy it was on funny or die. I anticipate Rick Santorum calling this online terrorism and / or blackmail.

  4. Akheloios says:

    Jul 27, 2011

    Poor Rick Santorum, his own children can’t google his name because they’d find out what an unpleasant bigot he is.

  5. the_Siliconopolitan says:

    Jul 27, 2011

    Well, if only his ancestors had done the sensible thing on Ellis Island, and changed their name when they were told the medical definition.

  6. Steppenwolf says:

    Jul 27, 2011

    Absolutely beautiful.  With all due respect to every other Rick out there I hope Santorum stays true to course for at least long enough for us to hear that definition.  And then I hope he suddenly goes through a beautiful atheist conversion and stops spreading his vile, hateful bullshit through our political spectrum.  Incidentally I only became aware of Rick Santorum’s existence when I read the 2003 article where Savage redefined his name.   Savage’s definition comes to mind first whenever I hear the word Santorum.

  7. J. Mark says:

    Jul 28, 2011

    I luv it””all gay bashers deserve this treatment…..go Dan.

  8. Jenwin says:

    Jul 28, 2011

    Brilliant!  Go Dan!!

  9. TheDudeDiogenes says:

    Jul 28, 2011

    Get ready for a whole new kind of Rickrolling!

  10. Chris Warren says:

    Jul 28, 2011

    Ha! HA! Sweet digital Karma! “It’s not like you can change your name to Dick.” Evil genius indeed. Santorum just can’t seem to get the stink off.

  11. Svlad Cjelli says:

    Jul 28, 2011


  12. Surgoshan says:

    Jul 28, 2011

    You mean to say that he doesn’t regale his children with stories of the villainy of the gays at dinner?  Because it sounds like he has homophobe tourette’s.  “Hi, hon, how was your day?””It was good.  Gay people fuck dogs.  I helped pass some legislation making it harder to be a woman and then had a haircut.  I really hate queermosexuals and wish they would die.  After lunch, just some politickin’.  Gays are nazis.  How was your day?”

  13. Akheloios says:

    Jul 28, 2011

    I just liked the conceit that he has to hide his homophobia from his family, the same way LGBTs have had to hide their sexuality/gender in case they are ostracised.When he claimed his family had been affected in some way because of Dan Savage’s redefinition of his name, it showed so much hypocracy that it needed to be recast in the other direction.I’m not great at satire, I’m more comfortable with raging sarcasm, but you can see what I was vainly grasping towards :)

  14. Surgoshan says:

    Jul 28, 2011

    Ah!  I get it.  He goes to the park at night to meet up with guys to hate on gays, all quiet and secret like.  Sitting in a bathroom stall, tapping out .. / …. .- – . / –. .- -.– …

  15. Nurseingrid says:

    Jul 30, 2011

    Holy shit, that was funny. I think Dan must have been inspired by the move “The Aristocrats” when he wrote that definition.

  16. Forbidden Snowflake says:

    Jul 30, 2011

    Heh, that Santorum guy must be in a froth over this.

  17. alteredstory says:

    Aug 1, 2011

    I have to say that my amusement is somewhat tempered by the whole “intimidation” thing. I think Dan Savage is 100% right on this one, but the concept of changing policy because you don’t want someone to harm your reputation on the internet bugs me. That said, I doubt Santorum WILL change his course, though he might lay off the bestiality metaphors. His supporters are such that if he did, they would see it as a sign of weakness and they’d be all over him like those green guys in Galaxy Quest. Also, come to think of it, there are a number of  implicit name threats out there already, in a way (baby killer etc.). I dunno – it’s funny, but it bugs me a little.

  18. Joel Klinepeter says:

    Aug 3, 2011

    This is why I love Dan Savage.

  19. Der Cat says:

    Aug 16, 2011

    The Secret foot tapping code?…….Oh SHIT I sense a scandle

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    Mar 14, 2012

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