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Rick Santorum to young bowler: ‘Friends don’t let friends use pink balls’

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

At a campaign event at a bowling alley in Wisconsin on Wednesday, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told a boy who reached for a pink bowling ball, “You’re not gonna use the pink ball. We’re not gonna let you do that. Not on camera.”

Rick Santorum

Santorum added that, “Friends don’t let friends use pink balls.”

Santorum’s comments, which were tweeted by Reuters reporter Sam Youngman, quickly drew sharp criticism from the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBT equality.

“This is another example of Rick Santorum intentionally making ignorant statements that have a real impact on LGBT people,” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz.

“Whether he’s comparing our marriages to inanimate objects, saying our children would be better off with a parent in prison as opposed to two loving same-sex parents, or calling open military service a ‘tragic social experiment;’ he’s proven that he thinks LGBT people are second-class citizens not worthy of dignity or respect.

“In this case, he’s advancing tired gender norms by implying a boy should be ashamed or embarrassed to use a certain color bowling ball.”

Santorum’s anti-LGBT record speaks for itself, reported HRC’s Dan Rafter: in addition to his frequent and vitriolic remarks about issues like marriage equality or LGBT families, he consistently voted against workplace protections while serving in the U.S. Senate, and was an early and vocal supporter of the Defense of Marriage Act.

“Kids have enough to worry about,” added Sainz. “They don’t need Rick Santorum telling them that using a pink bowling ball is a bad thing.”

The incident occurs the day after HRC released previously confidential documents outlining NOM’s strategy to use race baiting and scare tactics as a means of attacking issues of LGBT equality.

The documents revealed a direct link between Santorum and NOM – he agreed to help the anti-LGBT organization engage activists and fundraiser for their anti-marriage causes. Maggie Gallagher has endorsed Romney for president.

via HRC.

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61 more reader comments:

  1. And to Santorum Bite me bitch.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 3:58pm
  2. friends don’t let friends vote for pig bigot jerks

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 3:59pm
  3. What a wank!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 3:59pm
  4. I didn’t think they got to choose what color they were….

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 3:59pm
  5. It’s like he’s becoming a parody of himself.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 3:59pm
  6. since when does Santorum know anything about balls? he has none.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:00pm
  7. What a stupid jackass. Anyone who supports this man has to be a homophobe.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:00pm
  8. pink is just a color…its the color used to spread the word for breast cancer awareness…i can’t believe this man is afraid of a little color.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:00pm
  9. -dies- This is his best mistep yet. Douche

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:00pm
  10. what a jackass

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:00pm
  11. Rick Santorum,, another open mouth insert foot idiot lol,,

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:01pm
  12. pink balls? Man, he’s really obsessed isn’t he? I bet he would love to play with them balls.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:03pm
  13. … like really? Did he ACTUALLY say that?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:03pm
  14. Keep up the good work Rick, you will never be man enough to be the President!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:04pm
  15. has anyone given that idiot Santorum a mental competency test, im sure he needs one…

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:04pm
  16. ok really? please don’t tell me u think if a lil boy uses a pink bowling ball he is going to turn gay? what a moron!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:05pm
  17. The man is sick.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:05pm
  18. Scary people look up to him! Maybe he and Sarah Palin should hook up! Be some interesting off-spring.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:08pm
  19. What a flaming asshole…. The good news, good people, is that soon he’ll be peddling himself on the Teabag tour….

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:09pm
  20. Sounds like something a closet pedophile would say.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:10pm
  21. what an ass…

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:11pm
  22. I wonder if the boy’s parents were around when this happened. I would hope they’d tell him to go to the hell he’s so fond of condemning others to. This is a free country and if a boy wants to bowl with a pink ball, so f88king be it!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:11pm
  23. Go to hell santorum, ugh!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:12pm
  24. Jackass!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:13pm
  25. Just gets crazier every day!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:15pm
  26. what a total ass!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:16pm
  27. wow….just when you think he can’t get any crazier….

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:16pm
  28. he should have replied, friends dont let friends vote santorum

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:17pm
  29. REALLY? Can he get anymore ignorant than I thought? Rick, you sank to an even lower low…its a kid and its a fu*&%ng bowling ball! As long as it was a good weight for him! Maybe just maybe your a fkn CLOSET CASE that really wants to play with some big balls? Well guess what I got one big pair for you and I hope you get choked the FUCK out!!! See you made me cuss on FB you closet queer!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:19pm
  30. I so wish this shocked me

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:19pm
  31. Who gives a flying fuck what this asshole says. He is a homophobic, sexist, asswipe piece of donkey dung.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:24pm
  32. JESUS CHRISTOPHER IT IS A COLOR. And one that represents BREAST CANCER AWARENESS. Good GOD.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:38pm
  33. Thats because he has a vagina.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:39pm
  34. I guess the NFL is gay too since they wear pink in support of breast cancer!!! I can’t even get furious at this idiot anymore because he is so ignorant that it’s amusing!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:47pm
  35. Really I bet his balls are blue every night or perhaps he hides his pink ones–either way he is a sick twisted person! He is destroying out children not us!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:49pm
  36. Typical politician!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:56pm
  37. What an idiot!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 4:57pm
  38. Friends don’t let friends vote for a theocratic freak.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:09pm
  39. Can he get any stupider?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:17pm
  40. I know for a fact that REAL men who are REAL cowboys, some of whom are not gay, who buy Wrangler brand Pink Western shirts at Tulsa’s Drysdale’s Western Wear store. And the straight cowboys had their wives with them in the store while the guys picked out the pink shirts.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:18pm
  41. death to that BASTARD!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:22pm
  42. Omg………how can one person be so stupid?!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:29pm
  43. Oh no!!! A PINK ball!!! PINK!!! So now ceratin colours are not allowed? Who said Pink is for girls & blue for boys? Who? Colour is irrelevant… Its beyond crazy that anyone would have a problem with someone liking pink… I feel sorry for anyone who gives this guy any credibility. Let the world be.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:30pm
  44. Yeah? Well, he doesn’t want to touch your pink balls anyhow.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:36pm
  45. Homo….phobe

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 5:53pm
  46. ASS!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 6:06pm
  47. what a jerk !

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 6:29pm
  48. What an idiot! Serious, who CARES what color call the kid wants to bowl with?!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 6:51pm
  49. as*h**e

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:32pm
  50. funny in some bowling allies the balls are by color because of weight……..he is a jerk…..

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:39pm
  51. he is an idiot

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:41pm
  52. I think we should all go bowling and use the pink balls!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 8:07pm
  53. What an ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:28pm
  54. And some folks actually consider this behavior to be “presidential”? What an embarrassment he must be to honest to God leaders of the republican party. Pure trash.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:53pm
  55. homophobic douche

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 10:11pm
  56. The man is so filled with hate. I REALLY hope he doesn’t get the nomination. THAT is a scary thought.

    The man thinks WAY too much about what we are doing in our bedrooms. The man makes me sick.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 10:48pm
  57. I freaking love my pink ball, I just wish it would be heavier, btw ass hole I’m straight. Does it say anything about who I am? no, I just have a better game with it.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 11:51pm
  58. This is fucking retarded.

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 2:52am
  59. rick santorum is a crock of sh!t

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:42am
  60. He is a jerk!

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 6:00am
  61. Is this guy for real, or did he escape from a cartoon?

    Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 1:14pm