Emmy winner, Safi, to speak

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By Greg Brenn

Tonight at 7 p.m. in the Nott Memorial, Bryan Safi will present “The State of the ‘Super-Gay’ Union.”

Safi, an Emmy Award-winning writer and performer, has written for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Funny or Die, and has previously hosted a segment on Current TV called “That’s Gay.”

Safi, an openly gay media personality from Los Angeles, takes gay issues and stereotypes and humorously examines how they are portrayed by the “clueless” media.

Some topics he has comically addressed have been the treatment of that gay best friend on television shows, the use of the phrase “no homo” in contemporary hip-hop and even more serious issues, such as the role of President Obama in declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and the debate about gay marriage.

This specific performance, as described on Safi’s website, “uses some of the most outrageous and hilarious clips from this past year in media, from viral giants like that Old Spice dude to logic warriors like Bill O’Reilly.”

Sara Block ’12, who was influential in bringing Safi to perform at Union, said that getting in touch with him was originally a fluke.

“I follow him on Twitter and tweet him occasionally, but one day he responded to one of my tweets and the two of us struck up a tweeting conversation,” she said.

Since Speakers Forum, Iris House and Dickens House are co-sponsoring the event, Block believes that this performance appeals to everyone: “Because Safi is simultaneously informative and hilarious, I feel like he will make the audience introspective of the issues and stereotypes in today’s media without making the speech a downer. It’s a unique opportunity to listen to someone devoted to humorously addressing gay stereotypes that the media presents to us.”

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