Twins' "It Gets Better" video delayed because of Dan Savage controversy, but still in works
In March, the Minnesota Twins said the organization planned to release its "It Gets Better" video in May. Well, May came and went without a team-sponsored anti-bullying video clip surfacing.
But fear not, says Kevin Smith, Twins director of public affairs. The video is still in the works and should debut shortly after the MLB's All-Star break next month.
The reason for the delay? "The Dan Savage controversy didn't help," Smith said, referring to the gay man and advice columnist who originally came up with the idea for the anti-bullying "It Gets Better" videos in 2010.
In April, Savage gave a speech at the National High School Journalism Conference in Seattle. He talked about how it's possible to "ignore the bullshit" in the Bible about gay people "the same way we have learned to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation," Savage said. "We ignore bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things."
A group of Christian students, offended by Savage's remarks, actually walked out during his speech, and the controversy wasn't lost on the Twins. (Pardon the pun -- it's all too easy to associate "Twins" and "lost" these days.)
Said Smith: Savage's speech "got everybody riled up. We had worked with the It Gets Better staff not even knowing who Savage was, but his comments got a lot of people upset in a lot of different sectors."
"It wasn't a very good scene and it got national publicity," Smith added. "We want to make sure our message gets out there and isn't clouded by any sort of controversy, so we decided to take a step back and work with local people."
Smith said the Twins have reached out to sympathetic local organizations like OutFront, the Peace Maker Foundation, and Fox Sports North rather than work with Savage's controversy-tainted associates.
"We are going to do something on an anti-bullying message, and we're bringing in local partners to help us craft that message," Smith said.
As we said in March, we'll be sure to bring you the Twins' "It Gets Better" video as soon as it's available.
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