Homo 30 Days Reactions From Around the Gay Interwebs
posted by June 25 at 11:25 AMon
It looks like GLAAD and I weren’t the only folks offended by this interview night’s 30 Days:
FX says gays abuse kids, are mentally ill
Yep. The FX network thought it would be cute, or funny, or something to put on TV an anti-gay bigot and let him spout all the tired old lies from decades ago—and THEN, not have anyone there to say “uh, those are all lies.” So, FX’s viewers were left with the message that gays abuse kids, are mentally ill, beat their partners, and more. Lovely. Maybe FX can get Heinz as a sponsor…. This is outrageous. It’s bad enough for FX to let these bigots broadcast their tired old libel against gays, but then to not have someone there to point out that the “facts” are actually lies. Incredible.
The episode also airs a disgusting statement from Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council…. I’ve posted about Sprigg before. You may remember that back in March, Sprigg talked about immigration to the Medill Reports, saying, “I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them into the United States because we believe homosexuality is destructive to society.”
So first, just as we had been warned, they introduce Peter Sprigg and let him present his baseless “facts” in an unchallenged fashion. Even though the episode featured several pro-gay speakers, it is 100% irresponsible to let Sprigg, sitting in the “expert” chair, rail off this list of supposed gay ills as if they are the gospel. That simply would not be accepted with any other group of people! And it’s unfair to just trust that the American public is going to realize that Sprigg’s words are the product of his own one-sided views, and not credible information.
But that being said, this portion of the program gets almost worse after the Sprigg clip, when the show proceeds to present the conversation with Dawn Stefanowicz in a way that makes it sound as if she is merely a child of gay parents who has written a book about her experiences. Only problem with that? Dawn is not just someone who they found through an advertisement of casting call. Dawn is an anti-gay activist who has taken a situation that is unique to herself, filtered that through a faith in Jesus, and began a new career of using her own past paint to fight against equal rights for gays and lesbians (attracting the attention of rabidly anti-gay extremists like the American Family Association in the process). She is telling the story of her family, from only her own personal perspective, even admitting that “it was not until [her] father, his sexual partners and [her] mother had died, was [she] free to speak publicly about [her] experiences.” And she’s taking that one-sided story, with nobody alive to challenge it, and sweepingly misapplying it to gay parenting as a whole. It’s patently unfair, both Dawn’s misuse of personal trauma, and her inclusion on this program in this casual, unfleshed out way!
Complaints should be directed to…
20th Century Fox Television, Inc. Jeffrey Glaser Senior Vice President, Current Programming (310) 369-0211 firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Vice President of Original Programming
Executive Vice President of Programming
Vice President of Public Relations
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