Houston, Texas – A recent broadcast on Fox 26 KRIV has asked the question “Is TV Too Gay” due to the success of the FOX television show Glee, which has prompted the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to demand a retraction, and the rest of the civilized world to wonder not if TV is too gay but “Is Fox too stupid?”
Damali Keith of Fox 26 compared homosexuality to “product placement” by piggybacking the debate onto the highly anticipated “Born This Way” episode of Glee aired the night before on FOX that dealt with self acceptance and bullying issues against the musical stylings of Lady Gaga.
The episode showed not just one, but two same sex couples dealing with life issues in high school, which was appearantly more than some involved in the debate could handle.
“I am deeply concerned about this” said Bryan Fisher of the American Family Association “because what these television programs are doing is glamorizing homosexual behavior, glamorizing homosexual conduct. This is conduct that carries enormous psycological and physical risks to those who engage in it.
“It’s just not a lifestyle, it’s not behavior that ought to be glamorized or presented in a way that makes it idealisitc.”
A report today by salon.com took a swipe at the segment – get ready for some amazing stuff here – when Mary Elizabeth Williams offered this insightful take.
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.”
Now, FOX has never had the reputation of being anything close to “fair and balanced”, this we all know, but the two aged white haired men discussing youth issues with a conservative black woman couldn’t be any further detached from having any relevance to the issue than if Perez Hilton tried to give cervical cancer screening instructions.
Yes – awkward – point taken.
The segment didn’t even attempt to include the obligitory oppressed gay teenager turned civil rights activist, the diametrically opposed child psychologists, or for christ sake even Kathy Griffin would have been a more relevant voice, and she’s at least 60, right?
The unfortunate part about the issue is not that the discourse being created by dragging up all these old bag o’ bones was more comical to watch than it was hard-hitting, but that desperate news casters still parade these fossils onto the airwaves in order to gain short term popularity.
That’s right Damali Keith, you are desperate. We all know it and you know it, so deal with it.
Although GLAAD was absolutely correct in starting a petition at change.org and demanding a retraction and apology be made by FOX 26, what most people need to remember is that these types of broadcasts pander to a very small and rapidly decreasing population.
The worst of the worst in the world of bigots and boogeymen are close to the point of needing assistance in doing the simplest of activities like feeding themselves and wiping their own asses. They know their time is short, and they are screaming as loud as they can on the way out to try and empassion a younger generation that is simply just not as interested in listening to them than they would hope for.
That’s the thing about getting old. Unless you are the Pope or the Dalai Lama the “kids these days” have better things to do than to sit around and listen to old gramps talk about how to stop “negro” and “queer” agendas.
Three generations of latch key kids has done a lot for stopping outdated and ridiculous family values to be passed to kids over the table on meatloaf Tuesday. You’re lucky to even get them to agree to Olive Garden Wednesdays at this point.
Face it – the world is rapidly evolving. Old guards are fading into the backdrop, ideals and values are being based more on fact and less on religious beliefs and shows like Glee, like it or not, are reflecting actual changes in the world and not just the changes we all want to see.
So to answer your question Damali Keith. Is TV too gay?
No. It’s not too gay. In fact … it’s not gay enough.
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