A jaw-dropping segment prompts an outcry from GLAAD -- and shows how clueless the news media can be
It's not news that "Glee" – one of the most fearlessly gay-friendly series ever to air in primetime – has been a thorn in ultraconservative sides since it debuted two years ago. Last winter, Media Research Center president and enemy of show tunes Brent Bozell called the show "gay teen propaganda." And in March, has-been comedienne Victoria Jackson ranted that a same-sex kiss on the show was "disgusting." But with back-to-back episodes tackling head-on tough issues of bullying and coming out, the show has inspired one of its most ludicrously homophobic responses yet – a FOX Houston news segment that asks the question: "Is TV too gay?" Next on FOX: Is TBS too black?
During the segment, which aired after last week's Lady Gaga-themed "Born This Way" episode, host Damali Keith kicked off by comparing the show's gay themes to "product placement" -- you know, the kind that leaves "everyone in the theater thirsty for that particular brand." Yes, that's how it happens, America. One day your teenage son is banging the head cheerleader. The next, he hears a few bars of Chris Colfer's seductive warbling, and wham! Suddenly he's "thirsty" for that particular "brand." Of penis. Homosexuality – it's exactly like walking past a Cinnabon.
Keith went on to ask the American Family Association's head windbag Bryan Fischer about the show's family friendly-early time slot – it airs at 7 in Houston. "Is that a little bit too early?" she mused with concern. Fischer, who'd already railed about the show's "glamorizing homosexual behavior" staunchly agreed that indeedy it is, then went on to declare that "homosexual behavior is just as risky and just as dangerous as injection drug use." The one voice of reason in the whole absurd debate came from activist Ray Hill, who declared with admirably restrained astonishment, "I don’t even know why this conversation is being held."
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