Dan Savage Wants ‘Duggar’ To Be The Next ‘Santorum’

Political commentator and sex advice columnist Dan Savage is attempting to do to the same thing to the Duggar family that he successfully did to Rick Santorum, reaching out to the internet in an attempt to redefine their last name.

The Duggars have been in the media spotlight ever since a report came to light last week revealing Josh Duggar’s past molestation of five underage girls, including several of his younger sisters. As Mediaite points out, the scandal has generated a surge of news and online traffic surrounding the Duggar family and their name, as both supporters and detractors argue over Josh Duggar’s actions. If Dan Savage is successful, however, a Google search for the word “Duggar” may soon return a different definition.

On Tuesday, Savage reached out to his Twitter followers, as the Huffington Post reports, asking them to help him coin a new definition for Josh Duggar’s last name, referencing his actions.

Savage’s followers were quick to respond, with many focusing on their perception of Duggar’s hypocrisy. Others subtly referenced Savage’s successful 2003 campaign to redefine Rick Santorum‘s last name, which, as the Inquisitr has previously reported, resulted in the word “Santorum” being linked to a profoundly profane definition.

Prior to Savage’s campaign, definitions for Duggar had already begun to spread online. Mike Luckovich, a cartoonist whose work appears in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, debuted an illustration in his signature style shortly before Savage’s tweet that depicts Josh Duggar holding up a new interpretation of his family’s last name. In the cartoon, Duggar stands underneath a fake halo.

The word “Duggary” also made its way to the online Urban Dictionary, where it is defined as “the act of fondling young girls while they sleep. To be a duggar.” The website listed examples and illustrated how to use the word in a sentence.

“He was arrested for two counts of duggary. They really should put sick duggars like this on the sex offender registry.”

On Wednesday, Dan Savage retweeted a definition of “Duggar” that he liked, which defined the word as synonymous with “covering up child abuse.”

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