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Stephen Colbert Joins Dan Savage's 'It Gets Better Project' to Help Gay Teens (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 30th 2010 2:40AM
Stephen Colbert Joins Dan Savage's 'It Gets Better Project' to Help Gay TeensDan Savage is a syndicated advice columnist who writes about sex and relationships. This past year, when an Indiana teenager committed suicide, Mr. Savage decided to take action. Fifteen-year-old Billy Lucas killed himself after classmates taunted him for being gay. At around this same time, many other gay teens committed suicide due to bullying.

Following these deaths, Dan realized that most gay teens in America had no one to talk to. He felt that if he had met Billy Lucas "for just five minutes," he could have helped him.

Savage wished he could have told Billy that things would "get better." This thought inspired Savage to start the "It Gets Better Project." On 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), Dan explained the project -- and asked Stephen if he would join it.

The columnist discussed small towns with "no openly gay adults" -- where gay teenagers have no one to turn to for advice. Mr. Savage wants to fill this void. His project creates short videos; their message is that teens can survive bullying -- that no matter how alone they feel, their lives will improve. The project began with the LGBT community, but many straight politicians have added their own videos, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton ... even the British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Although the leading British conservative politician joined the project, almost no American conservatives have. Dan said that no Republican politician or high-profile pundit has made a video. Next, the writer asked Colbert -- mock-conservative and lover of "truthiness" -- if he would join the movement. Stephen promised to create an "It Gets Better" message -- he even broke out of his traditional satirical mode for a second.

Mr. Colbert faced the camera and said this: "I encourage all ... conservative pundits to do the same [thing]." We'll have to see if Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, or anyone else will accept this challenge.

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J 2 The B

Nice attempt to slam the Republican, I gotta hand it to you, but your logic is totally off the mark.

According to your logic if you don't record an 'It Gets Better' video then you don't support this movement, nor do you support gay teenagers.

So the following people haven't made a video, and thereby according to your logic, don't support this movement...

Joe Biden (Vice President), Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow (wow, Rachel Maddow doesn't support gay teenagers??), Harry Reid, Bill Clinton (we know he support heterosexual teens, and boy does he!!), Al Gore, Bono, my grandmother, Michelle Obama, my mailman, Jon Stewart, etc., etc., etc.

Also, did you record a video? Do you not support gay teens?

BTW - I liked your original headline better "Stephen Colbert Wants to Help Gay Teenagers, Unlike Most Republican Politicians and Pundits". Why did you change it?? No backbone? or did you realize that it was a completely biased, unfounded statement?

November 30 2010 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to J 2 The B's comment

Joe Biden's video is right here. You'll have to look up the others for yourself and see if they did one or not.


I'm not sure how it's "unfounded" to quote someone as accurately saying that no single elected Republican official or TV pundit in the nation has made a video for this project, but okay.

November 30 2010 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You sound angry and suspicious.

November 30 2010 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watched last night. Great episode. Unlike many politicians, what Dan is doing is actually helping. Go Dan Savage!!

November 30 2010 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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