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Webby Awards | Dan Savage: "Tracy Morgan can suck my..." Tops Last Night's Speeches

Indiewire By Brian Brooks | Indiewire June 14, 2011 at 5:34AM

Capitalizing on the Webby Awards' five-word speech acceptance rule, Dan Savage, creator of the "It Gets Better Project," gave comedian Tracy Morgan a piece of his mind.
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Capitalizing on the Webby Awards' five-word speech acceptance rule, Dan Savage, creator of the "It Gets Better Project," gave comedian Tracy Morgan a piece of his mind.

"Tracy Morgan can suck my...," Savage said in a rebuke to the "30 Rock" star who recently went on an anti-gay tirade at a Nashville comedy club. Morgan later issued an apology.

Savage received a Special Achievement Webby for the project, which seeks to help LGBT youth.

In giving the award, the group noted: "The Webby Awards would like to honor Dan Savage with a Special Achievement award in recognition for his groundbreaking work with the multi-online media project, "It Gets Better." By fully embracing the Internet as the primary vehicle for the "It Gets Better" project, Savage's message of social advocacy in the LGBT community expanded beyond anyone's imagination and reached viewers across all corners of the world. Under Savage's fearless leadership, the "It Gets Better" has taken on a life of its own and has grown organically online into what is one of the largest, crowd-sourced video projects today. It is undeniable that Savage's nurturing of the Web as a universal platform for social change has truly made an impact online and off."

In another memorable five-word speech, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, a subject in R.J. Cutler's 2009 doc, "The September Issue" noted, "Sometimes geek can be chic." Vogue.com won the People's Voice prize in the fashion category.

In other film-related wins, Tribeca Enterprises won in the Webby's Events category and non-linear short film "The Warden" took the Webby in the Film category. The Toy Story Official website, meanwhile won the People's Voice prize in the category.

With nearly 70 categories, Website entries make up the majority of Webby Awards Winners, nominees and honorees. Established in 1996 during the Web's infancy, the Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which includes an Executive 750-member body of "leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities, and Associate Members" who are former Webby Award Winners and Nominees and other Internet professionals.

For the full list of winners, click here.