Some may find it unoriginal to post about a topic that has previously been posted about, but I have quite a few words of my own and I believe they are better read in a post than in a comment that looks like a book, so here goes.
First of all, I don't know Dan all that well and have only met him one time. But it is often said that actions speak louder than words, and let me just say his actions are screaming loudly.
I think we're all aware of Dan's(SaltyDan) "bullying" and how it has affected many people.
So let me just dive into my point before it fades.
I want to start by addressing the comments I've read on Stacy's post and those who are being addressed know quite well who they are.
One commenter suggests that if you don't want to be bullied by Dan then you just shouldn't speak to him. Easy, right? Wrong.
It's hard not to communicate with someone who takes their time going to another person's page and sending them a message that suggests they tease you. Sure you could ignore them. But that gets hard after a while. And don't pretend like you think it doesn't.
Another commenter said that Dan was only speaking the truth.
The first time I met Dan, I noticed how hateful he was being, but I didn't think to say anything because I wasn't a fan of the person he was torturing, and that was WRONG of me. But after seeing all the hateful things he does, it sickens me. There is a FINE line between being "honest" and taking it too far.I've been simply honest(i.e ElitesExposed) and even that was hurting people. Imagine the emotional damage he is doing.
A lot of people might agree that Dan being homosexual has something to do with his behavior and some may say that they believe it doesn't interfere with the way he behaves.
And as I'm typing this I envision him commenting and saying that he was accepted by family and friends. However, I don't believe that's true(Just an opinion, aren't they handy?); I believe that his behavior towards others stems from some of the negative attention he receives from his lifestyle.
While I don't have a single problem with those who are attracted to the same sex, I don't believe that it gives him a right to treat others the way he does.
A commenter said that Dan is so loved and has so many followers.
Why is that?
In my opinion, a good deal of those people are friends that know and like Dan. And another bit of those "friends" are people that believe if they are nice to Dan and try to defend him, he won't turn on them and make a mockery out of them for everyone to see. I won't be one of those people and neither should you.
We talk about how bullying is wrong, but some of us all resort to it at some time or another. Maybe it's because we feel jaded by someone or dislike them for certain reasons.
But Dan lashes out on people for either attention or his own personal and twisted reasons.
This post isn't going to make Dan stop; Hell, it may even inspire him to down talk me in whatever way he can or thank me for putting his name in the spotlight.
But my disgust doesn't lie with him entirely; it lies also with those who are defending him.
If you were the one who played victim to his hatefulness, you wouldn't be so quick to jump to his defense. That's bullshit.