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GLAAD’s 3-Year Tradition Of Rewarding Soap Operas It Says Aren’t Gay-Friendly Enough

Hoping to stir up some shit, the Los Angeles Times continues its annual tradition of slamming the GLAAD Awards for rewarding homophobia in entertainment. Which is a news story, because somebody told us GLAAD is in the business of ridding homophobia from entertainment?

GLAAD’s Outstanding Daily Drama award (i.e. the soap opera award) this year went to One Life to Live, for showcasing the Kyle and Fish love story. Yes, this is the same television program that just confirmed it was writing both characters off the show (and that ratings were dropping a totally unrelated story), which GLAAD started complaining about. To be fair, GLAAD handed the show the award just a few days after news of Kyle+Fish’s axing, and re-working the awards program’s schedule is hard.

But GLAAD’s New York Awards — just the first of its three-city tour — weren’t all terrible. The adorable Will Phillips gave a speech, where, in case you missed it, he managed to insert the tagline “Get Equal” for the new activist group he’s pitching.

It follows GLAAD’s move for the past two years in a row to award the CBS soap As The World Turns with the same award for featuring the Luke and Noah romance, even though GLAAD was also criticizing that show for the obvious ban, from producers Proctor & Gamble, on airing an actual kiss between the two.

Meanwhile, to present The View‘s Joy Behar with the Excellence In Media award, GLAAD chose none other than Today show host Meredith Vieira to do the presentation — the same Meredith Vieira who, days earlier, managed to make the gays cringe when she ribbed The Hurt Locker‘s Jeremy Renner about his man hug with co-star Anthony Mackie, which, ahem, GLAAD complained about, and Vieira found herself apologizing for.


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