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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

30 Days Reactions From Around the Gay Interwebs

posted by on June 25 at 11:25 AM

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.”

Good As You

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

FX Networks:
Nick Grad
Executive Vice President of Original Programming
(310) 369-0949

Chuck Saftler
Executive Vice President of Programming
(310) 369-0949

Scott Seomin
Vice President of Public Relations
(310) 369-0938

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Really cool.

Too bad this will cause the indies to backlash because they fear you, tho.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 25, 2008 11:28 AM

Morgan Spurlock's mustache sure is GAY.

Posted by Joe Tex | June 25, 2008 11:48 AM


Posted by waaaaaaaaaaaaa | June 25, 2008 11:51 AM

I sent an email, but I dislike screaming at the rain.

Posted by Clearlyhere | June 25, 2008 11:53 AM

Stefanowicz used her own anecdotal evidence that gay parenting was harmful to children, but frankly, the entire show was using anecdotal evidence to prove gay parenting wasn't harmful to children. To clarify, Stefanowicz was saying, in a nutshell, "my gay dad was a terrible parent; so all gay dads are terrible parents," but the Patricks were basically saying, "we are gay and great parents, therefore, all gay parents are great." Same logic problems with both arguments.

I am one hundred and ten percent supportive of same-sex marriage and adoption rights. And I think Dawn Stefanowicz is an idiot. But logically speaking, neither side of the argument was perfect last night.

Posted by lolyer | June 25, 2008 11:59 AM

Yes, lolyer, that's right -- which makes the failure of the show to include any social scientists with objective, credible evidence about same-sex parents all the more galling. There is a large and growing body of research that shows that gay parents are fit, our kids are well-adjusted, etc. And Spurlock included none of it, and let Sprigg and that batshit woman hold forth unchallenged *when the facts are not on their side.*

Posted by Dan Savage | June 25, 2008 12:02 PM

apparently baby rape is all the rage in the media right now
maybe that will take some flack off us

Posted by benxer | June 25, 2008 12:08 PM

I agree, Dan. I think 30 Days would benefit from more objective facts and fewer cartoons and sperm bank jokes.

On last week's episode, for example, where a hunter was sent to live with a PETA activist, the hunter visited a scientist who discussed the scientific reasons and statistics as to why animal testing is becoming obsolete and should be banned. Unfortunately, her educated point was overshadowed by the PETA woman's weird comparisons of eating meat to WWII concentration camps.

I like the premise of 30 Days, but I'd like the execution to be more responsible.

Posted by lolyer | June 25, 2008 12:10 PM

Us gays should only beat their partners if they really deserve it: like if he forgets to take the garbage out. I mean in that case he clearly needs to be beat into a bloody pulp!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | June 25, 2008 12:18 PM

Dan, I'll be waiting for some conservative writers at The Stranger to make things more objective. Hey, didn't Muede accuse some country singer of killing his daughter.

Posted by Bud Dickman | June 25, 2008 1:05 PM

Remember, if you're not married and you're gay, it's not really wife-beating ...

Posted by Captain Obvious | June 25, 2008 1:24 PM

Do you think they're getting more angry emails from us or from all the bigots over everything positive they said about gay families?

Posted by sepiolida | June 25, 2008 1:29 PM

Um, Sprigg's comments were meant to be taken seriously - they were presented as comments from an idiot who doesn't know any better, and "challenging" them would be as silly as telling a member of the KKK that they shouldn't hate people based on skin color. Jeeze - people are just so quick to be offended that they jump at every opportunity to bitch.

Posted by Joe | June 25, 2008 3:29 PM

We need one of the kids from any of Dan's "Every Child Deserves..." posts to talk about how f-ed up their childhood is and why straight marriage is at the root of it all. Oh wait, that's not a logical conclusion... too bad FX lets Dawn Stefanoicz draw this same type of weird conclusion.

Posted by robo | June 25, 2008 3:29 PM

uh, y'all are aware that the 'F' in FX stands for FOX, yet another subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp, right?

Posted by michael strangeways | June 25, 2008 4:14 PM

I've listened to the vid 3X's, just to make sure that I actually heard right...Dawn Stefanowicz says that when she was "10 months old" her father brought one of his partners home and she was "very aware that there was homosexual activity taking place..." What a precocious child!
Maybe they did pick her to show what an idiot sounds like.

Posted by Beth | June 25, 2008 5:20 PM

Sperlock is an exceptional journalist and 30 Days is a remarkable show that does feature people with extreme views.

Posted by John | June 25, 2008 6:06 PM

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