Catholic League Compares Dan Savage To David Duke In Full-Page New York Times Attack On Disney-ABC

See the ad below. Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue probably shot every TV in his house last night after Spotlight won the Oscar for best picture. But this morning he’s in the news, literally, with a full-page ad in the New York Times that slams Disney-ABC for next week’s debut of The Real O’Neals, a sitcom loosely based on the life of “vulgar” Dan Savage. According to Donohue, it’s as if Disney hired David Duke to produce a show about African-Americans. Seriously.savageadSee the rejected ad here.

  • Gustav2

    Mr Savage thanks you for the extra publicity.

    • Blackfork

      And I thank you for reminding me of The Real O’Neal’s premiere!

      • Gustav2

        There are two shows Wednesday, 8:30 and 9:30 EST

        • John P.

          This should be delicious!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      And he wouldn’t mind a bump while you’re at it.

  • David L. Caster

    Agree does this idiot get the money to buy pages of the NYT?

    • Hunter M

      It comes straight from the church of pedophilia.

  • Todd20036

    Um, I think the KKK advocates killing gay people, the reverse not so much.
    And, btw, your precious church is far closer to the KKK (and vice versa) than you can ever hope Savage to be.
    Oh, and btw, asking for love, acceptance, tolerance, and openness is NOT the same as advocating bigotry, discrimination, murder, and ignorance.
    But as an advocate for superstitious kiddie fuckers, it’s easy to see how you could miss that.,

    • LovesIrony

      where is his full paid ad on abolishing the death penalty.

  • edrex

    I’ll bet David DuKKKe has not endorsed Dan Savage.

  • Capritaur

    Well, a Catholic Republican did call me a racist because I cracked a butt sex joke about Catholic virgins.

    • William


  • Achilles Tsakiridis

    When priests molest boys and are allowed back to lead. When the Diocese turns a blind eye . When the Pope lives in a gold palace . When a church would rather file for bankruptcy then pay its victims..? What do you call this religion besides “scum” ?

  • CubbyPQ

    I totally love Martha Plimpton! I hope The Real O’Neals runs for ten years!

    • Blake Jordan

      She is definitely a major selling point, but I like the premise and the trailer / clips I have seen so far.

    • JW Swift

      I’m hoping it goes well and runs for a long time, too. They’ve been promoting the hell out of it, at least here in my market. Unfortunately, that often means that they’re worried about the show quality for some reason and expect that it might do poorly without a barrage of ads leading-up to the premiere. But, we’ll see. I do need to remember to set my DVR…

  • WNY

    Thanks for the reminder, Bill. I need to set my DVR to record that show. I don’t want to miss any episodes.

  • Sounds like Bill has gotten a head start on tanking up for St. Patrick’s Day. Have ANOTHER cocktail, Darlin’!

    • Paula

      We should send him a couple of cases of Guinness.

      • Joe knows who I am.

        I wouldn’t even waste a cup of water for him if he was in a desert.

      • clay

        He’s boycotting them due to their celebratory spirit.

        So maybe we should send him a couple of cases of Guinness, after all.

    • canoebum

      No happy cocktails for this fellow. To get the mean drunk visage he’s sporting, your drink of choice would have to be Scotch. I’m sure he a Dolan are knockin’ them back regularly.

      • Robincho

        The brand name isn’t Knockando for nothin’…

  • pj

    where was his outrage when priests were molesting children? yeah i thought so……

    • Pfft! Children are akin to paper towels to priests. When one is dirty and used up, you toss it away and reach for another. There is always more on the roll.

      • clay

        Napkins? I think of them as devouring, and as RC blowhard Santorum will tell you, paper towels and napkins should NOT be used interchangeably.

        • Oh! Well, if its paper napkins, then maybe? Years ago to cut down on the vast amount of expensive paper products we used, I bought some cotton fabric and made a drawer full of napkins. So to me napkins aren’t a disposable, but reusable.

  • JoeMyGod

    From the media kit for the New York Times.

    • David L. Caster

      $178,633. Criminy. For that rant to run a single day. I’m sure the WDC appreciates the promotion of their new show.

      • oikos

        RCC has deep pockets. After all they don’t use any of that wealth to help the poor, sick or hungry.

        • William

          How many cemeteries will not get mowed this month?

          • Joe knows who I am.

            Are we talking real or imaginary?

          • McSwagg

            It’s only February. The grass isn’t really growing all that much yet. So they have a few extra $$$ in the account.

    • BudClark

      How many hungry and homeless children would THAT have taken care of?

      • clay

        That’s 1/2 what Ali Forney’s raised for the Harlem hate church, no?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    You know what I love about the insane bigots? They bring wonderful things to my attention that I did not know existed. This looks like a funny show and I can’t wait to begin watching.

    Thanks for violently typing out your insane screed from your Mom’s basement. Now go have her make you a Hot Pocket.

    • Christopher Smith

      You’re marvelous, Rebecca. Please never stop posting. 🙂

  • oikos
  • pickypecker
    • clay

      It’s been sooooo difficult for him to find supporters since the “No Jews, No Dogs, No Irish” signs started coming down 100 years ago.

  • LovesIrony

    pedophile enabling is far more vulgar than any words said by anyone ever

  • Taylor

    Thanks for the DVR alert, Bill!! ABC and Dan thank you too!

  • rabbit_ears

    Can someone tell the Cathartic League to go to hell please?

    • RobynWatts

      Hey, Bill Donahue! You can go to…,,

      • Wait, if Hell is frozen over, is it still Hell from the story books?

        • RobynWatts

          Only if you have a group of crazy bible beaters. Same rules apply in any climate.

          Somewhat OT: One of my high school teachers, who loved traveling the world, was telling me a story about a visit to the village in Norway, also named Hell. Being the kind of person who could not resist a joke, he had sent a postcard to his pastor back in the states that basically said:

          “I do believe you are mistaken! Hell is a wonderful place. The people are friendly, the food is very good, and I have yet to see a little red man with horns, waving a pitchfork. Perhaps you should go to Hell too.”

          • hahahahahahaaaaa! Love it!! Thanks for that giggle!!

          • RobynWatts

            Anytime, Biki.

    • Bluto

      Hey Bill, eat shit, fuck off & go to hell, & take your shitty kiddie raping god with ya.

  • oikos
  • barrixines
    • Lumpy Gaga

      What, no studfinder?

  • Blake Jordan

    I have already purchased the season pass on iTunes US, and I will watch on Hulu to add viewing numbers there.

    If I lived in the USA, this would be one of the series I watch live!!!

  • I love Dan! 😃

  • Gigi

    There’s no bad publicity.

  • Rex

    ABC has been promoting two episodes that will air this Wednesday, March 2nd. They must be getting a jump on the originally announced date of March 8.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      So Donohue’s screed is like when they go into black neighborhoods at election time and leaflet the wrong dates for the vote??

  • Albert Ross

    Almost forgot about this show, thanks for the reminder!

    • Albert Ross

      I do love me some Martha Plimpton!

  • Rex

    Donohue has no sense of humor. None.

  • shellback

    Bill, I think jealousy is a sin, and it’s apparent you are jealous that they didn’t make a show out of your pathetic family and life.

  • Butch

    I have devised a system that is breathtaking in its simplicity and efficacy for shows I don’t like. I don’t demand that they be taken off the air. I simply don’t watch them. Try it, Mr. Donohue.

  • bkmn

    Poor Mr. Donuthole, after an Oscar win even more people will see Spotlight and learn about how abusive the RCC is.

  • karen in kalifornia

    Wow, now I can hardly wait to catch the show.

  • 2karmanot

    “——having sex with a consecrated host”? I didn’t know Catholic churches had Glory Holes. Lawdy lawdy, wha, no wonder Donohue dropped his F***** fan.

    • Bluto

      Glory holes? It doesn’t sound like you’ve ever been in a confessional booth.

      • 2karmanot

        Tell Father everything my son, show Daddy what you did. Sound familiar

        • Bluto

          Actually no, not for me. My boyhood priest was a great man, he radiated pure joy. He taught us that god was love & to love god meant to love everyone. There were no caveats or exceptions. He was a kind & honorable man worth emulating.
          This is a big part why arrogant, hateful holier-than-thou cunts like donahue royally piss me off. It’s a betrayal of that great priest, the goodness he represented & what I believe in. It’s assholes like ham head who have driven me from the church & made me question my faith. I suppose that’s a good thing on the other hand because I want nothing to do with the filth that is religion except the life lessons the good priest taught me.

  • CPT_Doom

    Dan Savage has such a “maniacal hatred of Catholicism” that he had his only son baptized into the religion (although that may have been more to please his mother).

  • 2patricius2

    Bill Donohue announces: “I’m still here…look at me!”

  • RobynWatts

    Why, thanks, Bill! I’ll add that on my “must see list” along with “Searchlight.”
    P.S. Don’t forget to stamp your feet and hold your breath in public.

    • Chucktech


      • RobynWatts

        Thanks. For some reason, “Searchlight” popped in my head when I was typing and I’ve failed to proofread before posting.

  • Alan43

    If Dan Savage is like David Duke, then what would a pedophile-shielding church be compared to?

    • Gitmo?

      • sherman


  • joe ho

    Those poor persecuted Catholics! How many Catholic SCOTUS justices are there? How many Catholics in Congress?

    And, Bill, there’s no credible evidence for the existence of a divine Jesus or a “blessed” Mother Mary. You’ve had 2000 years to cough up the evidence. Making jokes about them is like making jokes about leprechauns.

  • Versailles

    J’adore* Dan Savage and can’t wait for the show to start.
    *The Catholic bigots in this town gets their knickers in a right twist when people use the verb adorer to say they like things. “L’adoration est réservée pour Dieux et le Christ…”

    • Chucktech

      Meme aujourd’hui?? Maybe 50 years ago, sure. But in this day and age, I thought the Catholic Church was on its death bed in Europe.

      • Versailles

        There are pockets of real whackos though. Sometimes looking at their websites is just scary.

    • Diogenes Arktos

      That silent ‘x’ takes the cake.

  • Cuberly

    Um, Bill?

    “WATCH: Catholic priest snorts cocaine in room full of Nazi memorabilia.”

    • wow!

    • clay

      “I collect historical stuff. There’s stuff there from every country.”

      East Germany, West Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Argentina, Italy, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Libya, France, Poland, Denmark, even Japan.

      • Cuberly

        …don’t forget northern Africa, Rommel and all that….

  • Richard B

    The previews look hilarious. After reading this story, I set my Dish DVR up to record the series.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Date and channel, but not time?

    Bill Donohue; worst talk show host EVER.

  • Queequeg

    I wasn’t planning to watch the show, but now I’ll set it up on my DVR.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Yeah. I’ve been seeing billboards ’til my eyes turn green but had no idea what the show was.

      • Octavio

        I have green eyes (well, actually more hazel, but I’m told they are pretty). 🙂

  • joe ho

    Bill, ridiculing your absurd belief system is our way of showing you our love. We have too much respect for you to let you continue in that destructive life-style choice.

    • Chucktech

      Uh,…. no.

      Bill, go right ahead with your lifestyle choice. We really don’t care because we really don’t like you.

  • Chris

    I thought Wayne Besen was the perpetrator of the infamous doorknob-licking incident. :-p

  • JaniceInToronto

    How is the Catholic League still a thing? It should have been buried long ago, it’s smelling awful.

    • CB

      It’s not really. Just a cursory look at its web analytics indicate that it gets very few visitors, and its bounce rate is over 70%–meaning people spend less than a minute there. Donohue is just another fat, white, old crank.

  • joe ho


    • sherman

      Ah, that photo never gets old.

      • Chucktech

        The sentiment, however, is a fool’s errand. Short of a blinding flash of common sense among the religious, there is no cure for religion.

        • NZArtist

          We can help prevent their recruiting efforts by making religion a laughing-stock.
          Ridicule it wherever you get the opportunity.

  • Buford

    I forget… which part of the Bible explains Jesus’ support for his followers to organize, to lawyer-up, and to appoint a litigious, hate-filled spokesperson to lead anti-defamation efforts…?

  • Paula

    I wonder if Bill was diddled by a priest or priests. Maybe, he got special attention from Il papa, himself.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I suspect not. Even the clergy has standards.

  • Hunter

    Why does the NYT still allow people like Donohue to buy ad space? Why does the mainstream media still give a voice and platform to antigay demagogues?

    • CB

      A little thing called the First Amendment. This is what Trump wants to “relax” the laws to prevent.

      • sherman

        I think papers refuse to run ads all the time. Your first amendment allows you to create your own paper, not demand other papers print what you want.

      • Hunter

        It’s just shameful how a lot of gay men and women have been brainwashed to accept this crap from the media.

        • CB

          That’s ridiculous. The first ad didn’t fit the NYTimes Standards. The second, however, distasteful, probably did.

          Defending a business’s right to operate within its own guidelines should not be conflated with “acceptance.” If you read the Times on a regular basis, you’d see a lot of advocacy advertising that you might disagree with.

      • MickinDetroit

        the first amendment doesn’t apply to who the NYT decides to sell add space to.

    • Brian Burleson

      $$$$$$$$$ and more $$$$$$$$$$$!

  • roadtripboy

    Nice of Bill to let us know what we should watch. Also, if your cable has “primetime free on demand” be sure andplay the show from there. (Even you leave and room and just let it play) The networks count those views into the overall ratings.

  • anne marie in philly

    donohue needs to get drunk and laid. stupid mofo!

    • clay

      Well, he appears to be half-way there.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Half? I think you’re being generous. 🙂

        • clay

          (drunk and stupid)

    • Robert Conner

      An Irish man of Donohue’s generation and religion is pretty much drunk by definition.

      • Drunk on religion.

      • McSwagg

        I agree that Donohue is a jerk, but you don’t need to use stereotyped slurs to get your point across.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    As a long since recovered Catholic, having been both an Altar Boy and Seminarian, let me just say this Bill……….get off the fucking cross, someone else is in need of the wood and nails.

  • Nic Peterson

    Shorter Bill Donohue: Please don’t see Spotlight, even though it won best picture. Please, oh please do not see that movie. Here’s something else to get mad about, Dan Savage something, something, blah, blah,blah…

  • teeveedub

    “His filthy remarks … would make Larry Flint blush.”

    Uh, no. Considering that Flynt is a staunch defender of freedom of speech, I think not, you petrified turd of Jeezus.

  • The Larry Mac

    “even with the use of asterisks in place of letters” [!!]
    That’s what you get for outsourcing your copywriting to One Miserable Mom.

    • clay

      To Bill, dirty words are vulgar, but bigotry is beautiful.

  • NeverEclipsed

    Licking a door knob is not a big deal. He says that like it was another type of bodily fluid. Gay people don’t have poison in their saliva.

    • edrex

      “Gay people don’t have poison in their saliva.” But man, I wish we did. I’d make good use of it.

    • clay

      and, for reference, Gary Bauer PRIOR to the licking of knob:

  • Robincho

    Publicity like this Donohue-and-cry usually costs big money. To get it for free is thrilling the shit outta the Spotlight folks…

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Best ad ever to jumpstart a new series. Thanks, Bill!

  • Octavio

    Memo to self: Write a nice thank you letter to ABC.

  • vegastearoom

    Keep attacking us Catholic Church. There are OSCARS to be won for your malfeasance.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Tick tick tick. It’s only a matter of time before Donohue and his dwindling, benighted generation put us out of their misery.

  • Robert Conner

    Bill Donohue. What. a. M. I. C. K. And a damn thick mick at that. Donohue is a literal walking, talking caricature of reactionary Catholic Irishness, a big pink waddling ham, stuffed with Popish baloney, a sod cutter straight from the bog. Bless us, Holy Mother of God, what a fucking clown.

    • McSwagg

      Yes, he’s a clown, but please leave off with the stereotyped slurs.

      • Robert Conner


        • McSwagg

          So stereotyped slurs against an entire ethnic group are OK if you call it a ‘caricature’? Got it! Any other groups you’d like to ‘caricature’?

          • Robert Conner

            I’m Irish. In the interests of full disclosure. Probably related some way or other to half the shanty Irish in America. The comment is about one mick, Bill Donohue, and one mick only. Although…it could be about a lot of stupid, fathead micks like Bill O’Reilly. Or Sean Hannity, Yeah, sadly there are a lot of fathead Irish assholes here, more even than in Ireland these days.

  • Mark

    Jealous Bill??

  • Let’s see, an irrational hatred of people that don’t look like him so strong that he’s overcome with fits of rage if he even smells coco butter vs. a man who was abused so horribly by an institution that’s known for some of the worst atrocities in history in the name of greed and controlling the population that he advocates, rightly so, for it to stop existing?

    Let’s blame the victim.

    Yeah, that’s logical, League of One.

  • james lombardi

    I want to thank the Catholic League. Like their fellows in hate, One Million Moms, they perform a valuable function. A few years ago, the One Million Moms group asked that people boycott the TV series – The Fosters. Through this request, I discovered a show that I had not previously known about. I’ve been watching it for almost three years now, enjoying every minute. Thank you – One Million Moms.

    Now I’m hoping that the Catholic League’s newspaper ad will also lead me to a wonderful show. Never heard of “The Real O’Neals,” but I’m now sure to watch it. Thanks again, Mr. Donahue; your organization really does perform a public service sometimes.

  • Bad Tom

    The story about Dan Savage licking doorknobs sounds more like homage to Pink Flamingos than anything.

  • TampaDink

    Clearly, far too many people are sending him their money.

  • Jimmie Z

    [email protected]

    Good morning Mr. Sherwood ~

    At the suggestion on a friend’s blog, I just watched a trailer for your upcoming new show, “The Real O’Neals.”

    It is hysterically funny — it looks like you have a winner! I laughed uncontrollably, and for this, I thank you. Everyone needs a good laugh.

    This is from a guy who cut the cable and stopped watching TV in 2005.

    Best wishes ~

  • Macbill

    Poor Bill. Still lurkin’ for a proper merkin.

  • The Duchess of Milton

    Is the New York Times that hard-up for advertising dollars?

  • Davester

    Judging by the looks of him, this porky drama queen’s days are numbered. Can’t happen soon enough. If I were Catholic I’d be so embarrassed by him and his organization, I’d be suing them to change their name.

    • jomicur

      On the available evidence, I’d say Catholics aren’t capable of being embarrassed by much of anything.

      • Davester

        On first glance it could seem that way, but quite to the contrary the prevalence of “cafeteria Catholicism” in the West means that people who call themselves Catholics ARE ashamed of their church leadership’s ridiculous hard-right positions, and simply do not subscribe to them.

        • jomicur

          Yet they still support the church despite disagreeing with it on important matters. I don’t know how many Catholics I’ve had discussions with who asked, in so many words, “When is the church going to change?” I always respond with, “When are YOU going to change?” I’ve yet to receive an answer. They are clearly not embarrassed enough to quit the damn hurch.

  • grada3784

    I’ll take foul comments over outright bigotry any day of the week.

  • Robert Adams

    Compare the behavior of Dan Savage to the pedophiles wearing a backwards collar. Dan admits he is gay, and he only does consenting ADULTS.

    When the Catholic League calls for the jailing the pedophile priests and the bishops who enabled them in this country or any other where they are still running loose, only then will I consider the opinion from the Catholic League has any validity.

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    Catholic Church = Pedophile Cult

  • Okay, so I’ve been trying to add The Real O’Neals to my Hulu queue for two weeks now and I can’t fine it. I get all the other ABC shows. Do I have to wait until after the debut to add it as a “favorite”? Or am I going to have to go to the abcgo website and watch it there. It’s dumbfounding how hard these networks make it to find their shows these days.

  • RickSB

    Bill Donohue is way more David Duke like than Dan Savage.

  • Bruno

    This man should be imprisoned.

    Could you imagine if any one of us were running a corporation in which we harboured pedophiles? Our business would be dismantled in seconds and we would no doubt be in jail.

    But. Somehow the cathlick church is exempt. We allowed the raping of little boys with little prosecution of the cathlolic church. We should all should be so lucky with such exemption. I have zero respect (and really disdain) for anyone who still attends catholic mass. Anyone who does is directly responsible for the ongoing shuffling of priests who have escaped prosecution in this country and world wide. Anyone here who still attends mass is directly responsible for the raping of boys that is still going on to this day. Fuck YOU.

  • RickSB

    I guess it wasn’t hate that Bill Donohue gave up for lent.

  • kiltedyak

    Think I have to ask where the “outrage” is when the church as an institution turns its blind eye to pedophile priests? Occasionally you will get a “this is bad” comment from the church, but somehow a television comedy is worse. I got dicked by a priest when I was 13 and I was accused of lying. The church has fucked up priorities, I think they need to keep their own house clean before they worry about mine.

  • Sean

    Bill Pedophile Protecter Donohue says what now? I was distracted by the Vatican once again telling its leaders that they do not have to report child molesting Catholic Cult leaders to the authorities choosing to protect their image rather than their “flock”.

  • TheSeer

    RCC = Raping Children Cult

  • penpal

    Bill D fantasizes about getting rage-fucked by Dan Savage. There’s no other way to explain his obsession.

  • Bj Lincoln

    There is another show to record!
    Looks like fun.
    Fuck Bill. He’s a nobody.

  • Jim

    And I’ll bet that Bill Donohue won’t miss a single episode.

  • JT
  • Josh447

    There are so many words Dan hasn’t called the Satan worshipper yet. Can’t wait. PS. Don’t hold back.

  • James

    That show looks spectacularly bad. No doubt Donohue wil live to be thrilled by its inevitable cancellation.

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    Catholic Bishops Hid Sex Abuse Of Hundreds Of PA Children: Grand Jury

  • hugh

    I have wonderful, actually the best after life tow houses for sale. Best Locations.No where near Jesus