Rick Santorum Would No Longer Like His Name Associated With Anal Sex

Conservative Pennsylvanian politician Rick Santorum announced that he’d be running for president earlier this year, but he’s facing an uphill battle–in part because he’s got a little Google name association problem. You see, Mr. Santorum raised the ire of sex columnist Dan Savage the last time he ran for president because of Santorum’s stringent anti-gay positions, so Savage advocated that “Santorum” should become the new name for “the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.” So yes, now when you Google “Santorum” you get results for Rick Santorum, conservative presidential candidate and, well, that other stuff.

And now Santorum wants Google to do something about it. He’s convinced that Google could vet out and remove all of the anal sex-related references to his name — if they wanted to. “I suspect if something was up there like that about Joe Biden, they’d get rid of it,” Santorum told Politico. “If you’re a responsible business, you don’t let things like that happen in your business that have an impact on the country.” Though it’s unclear just how it impacts the country, Santorum continued: “To have a business allow that type of filth to be purveyed through their website or through their system is something that they say they can’t handle but I suspect that’s not true.”

Savage initially started the Santorum campaign in 2003, after the then-Pennsylvania Senator compared homosexuality to “man on child, man on dog” relationships. “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [homosexual] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything. Does that undermine the fabric of our society? I would argue yes, it does.” Incensed, columnist Dan Savage created a “Google Bomb,” in which “santorum” became linked online to anal sex leakage. (It’s now the number one Google result when you search for Rick Santorum’s name but I’d be careful about clicking on it.) In the past, Santorum had chalked up the dirty search result problem to a first amendment issue. But now that he’s thrown his hat in the ring for 2012, he’s hoping the Internet giant will help clear his name.

But as Google explained to Santorum, it exists only as a search engine, not as a content purveyor, and as such, only reports search results. Google advised Santorum to contact the individual owners of the pages from which he wanted content removed. “Google’s search results are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the web. Users who want content removed from the Internet should contact the webmaster of the page directly,” said a spokesperson for the company. “Once the webmaster takes the page down from the web, it will be removed from Google’s search results through our usual crawling process.” [Politico]

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