By Jordan Ruimy
KSL, A Mormon owned NBC station, has announced that they plan not to air “The New Normal” a new sitcom about a gay couple and their relationship with the surrogate mother of their child.
“For our brand, this program feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time,” Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International, told The Salt Lake Tribune.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has lashed out at KSL, with executive director Herndon Graddick saying in a statement, “Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows like Modern Family, Glee, and Grey’s Anatomy. While audiences, critics and advertisers have all supported LGBT stories, KSL is demonstrating how deeply out of touch it is with the rest of the country.”
Well… Is anybody really shocked by this? Surprised? The bigotry shown by KSL is evidently present and even actress Ellen Barkin has embarked on a mini anti-KSL campaign on her twitter, trying to recruit some of Lady Gaga’s monsters to spread the word on KSL. However, with all due respect to Ms. Barkin, this kind of bigoted behavior has been a constant occurrence in the good ol U S of A – where religious fanaticism has blurred the line between what’s right and what’s wrong.
It’s so easy blaming religion for such behavior, but just think about it: religious fanaticism is blurring people’s views on important issues and making them ignorantly incomprehensible to deal with. The KSL fiasco is not the first and won’t be the last time we will hear of such a story. In fact, they happen almost every day all over the country. Just open the paper tomorrow morning and you’ll see a new one.
Of course we have made much progress in network television over the years. In 1997 Ellen came out on national TV. So did ultra popular talk show host Rosie O’donnell. A year later “Will And Grace” debuted what would be an incredible 8 year run on NBC. And – of course – the aforementioned “Modern Family” as well as “Glee” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” all of which feature prominent gay characters.
Yet all of this progress suffers when news like KSL’s boycott appears in the limelight. It makes you realize just how much work is left to free this country of bigotry and bring in more positive vibes. If KSL had any sense to their methods and stopped their Paleolithic thoughts, they would realize that much of America is moving forward and modernizing their ways of thinking through culture and understanding.
A recent major gallup poll showed that close to 52% of Americans agree with the LGBT lifestyle, the first time ever it has gone over the 50% mark. Which means what exactly? That we are moving forward? I would hope to think that’s the case, but KSL isn’t part of that movement and many others aren’t either.
They are stuck in a time warp of consciousness that is poisoning this country. They are panicking and are trying to be as vocally opposed as possible – because they know they are starting to get outnumbered.