In a glitter explosion heard 'round the world, Newt Gingrich was the first to be glittered, in May of last year, while signing books with his wife (and former mistress) Callista. "Feel the rainbow, Newt," the protestor said, as he sprinkled him with sparkles. For video, visit the AP's YouTube channel here.
While we couldn't find footage or photos of the Dan Savage glitter bombs (there have been three), they are arguably the most controversial, given that he's been an outspoken advocate of gay rights. The first glittering took place last year at the University of Oregon, where activists claimed he was racist, misogynist, transphobic and a rape-apologist. In a later attack someone actually threw a glass jar at his head, which Savage was luckily able to duck. Photo via Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images.
In June of last year, Minnesota representative Michele Bachmann got a taste of glitter from the members of GetEqual as she left the stage during a conference in Minneapolis. "You can run but you can't hide!" the activist shouted. This glittering is almost too tame - it looks like Michele is in a ticker tape parade. Watch the video here. Photo via Hannah Foslien, AP.
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But Michele wasn't the only one to be attacked. Her counseling practice, which she co-owns with her husband Marcus, was raided and beglittered by a horde of "gay barbarians" in July of last year. The outfits are a reference to Marcus Bachmann's 2010 inference that young gay people are like "barbarians who need to be educated." Photo via LA Times.
In June of last year, Tim Pawlenty was ALSO at a signing for his book "Courage to Stand," when two female activists showered him in pink confetti. They shouted "Where is your courage to stand? Stand for reproductive rights! Stand for gay rights!" Not a glitter bomb, per se, but the confetti is hot pink, so we'll let it stand. Check out the video here. Photo via CodePink's Youtube channel.
If you're a conservative Republican with a platform that denies gay rights, don't do a book signing without an umbrella. Consider that today's lesson. Here, a blurry shot of Republican strategist Karl Rove at a signing being sprayed with handfuls of whimsy. To see the video, click here. Photo via Robert Erickson.
We weren't huge fans of the glitter bomb Santorum endured in South Carolina (looked a little too aggressive, even with glitter) but this second instance, which took place in Florida soon after, is much more charming. It looks like Tinkerbell just buzzed by to drop off some fairy dust. Photo via Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel.
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Glitter bombing was such a hot topic it became a plot point in the premiere episode of Glee, season three, last year. When Coach Sylvester campaigns to cut all arts funding at McKinley High, Mr. Schuester and Ms. Pillsbury have no choice but to voice their feelings via glitter. We think Jane Lynch looks lovely with a touch of gold. To see the video, click here. Via Huffington Post.