Peter LaBabera runs an anti-gay hate group—officially designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center—and he follows me on Twitter. When Peter isn't fantasizing aloud about my sex life, he's accusing me of engaging in anti-Christian hate speech. (The Gospel According to Peter: Any gay person who refuses to stand perfectly still while religious bigots punch 'em in the face has committed an anti-Christian hate crime.) This morning I woke up to a tweet from Pete that accused me of "scrubbing" a video from YouTube. The video was apparently being discussed by some other Christian haters shortly before it disappeared from YouTube:
I discovered that a Savage video I had referenced in an earlier article has been removed also. That one was titled “How to Come Out to Your Evangelical Family.” Since multiple videos in which Savage discusses perverse sexual practices in obscene language remain on YouTube, it appears that the videos that have been removed are those in which Savage expresses virulent anti-Christian bigotry using language so hateful, he makes Reverend Fred Phelps look like a choir boy.
I searched for “How to Come Out to Your Evangelical Family" on YouTube and got a page that said "removed by user."
Here's the thing: I don't run my own YouTube account. Hypomania Content, a production company based in Los Angeles, records, edits, and posts videos of my college appearances on YouTube. They also manage my YouTube account. I couldn't remove a video from YouTube if I wanted to because I don't have the password to "my" account on YouTube. So I emailed the kids at Hypomania this morning and asked if they had yanked "How to Come Out to Your Evangelical Family" from YouTube. And it turns out that they had.
"A number of videos were removed in the last 48 hours for quality control issues, not for content," Brian Pines of Hypomania Content writes in an email. "Five of the six videos mentioned in the article are still up and the sixth has now been restored."
So thanks to Peter my "hate" video “How to Come Out to Your Evangelical Family" is now back up on YouTube. Please note the video's poor quality, which is the reason it was removed (the podium is in the light, I am not), and then see if you can detect hate speech, "virulent anti-Christian bigotry," or "language so hateful" that I make "Reverend Fred Phelps look like a choir boy" in my advice to gay kids with evangelical Christian parents: