Last month Gary McCullough, editor of Christian Newswire, claimed the decline in American Idol‘s ratings was due to Ellen DeGeneres’s sexuality. The remarks followed his January thesis saying bringing Ellen to the judges’ panel would spell the downfall of the show because viewers don’t want to watch a program “promoting homosexuality as a virtue.” And now that Ellen and Fox announced she is leaving the show? McCullough is on high.
It’s the ultimate TOLDJA! from McCullough, who’s gleeful about Ellen’s exit. And he thinks even with Ellen gone, the show is doomed — because they bothered letting her in. He writes:
There is a moral to the story of this DeGeneres-Idol saga. There is a limit to what Christian viewers will tolerate, and I am using “Christian” in the broadest of definitions. The revenue generating ability of television programming that promotes homosexuality has its limits. If primetime network programming becomes indistinguishable from HBO and Showtime someone else will take ownership of the family-friendly entertainment market.
The encouragement I take from the firing of DeGeneres is that someone in Hollywood understands what I have been saying; that the promotion of homosexuality and the production of family entertainment do not mix. There is money to be made and there are cultural battles to be fought; if you try to do both you will lose twice. That has been my business advice.
Cultural battles have two sides, one of which is immoral. Choose to fight on the immoral side of a cultural battle and any victory you experience will only be temporary. That is my spiritual advice.
Ah yes, the “revenue generating ability of television programming that promotes homosexuality” must be limited only to daytime television, where primary audiences are single women and stay-at-home moms, and continue to make Ellen a fortune.