For the first time in quite a while, we’re thinking about GLAAD. Or, rather, GLAAD has us thinking, which is even more rare.
The gay media watchdogs released an angry statement yesterday condemning cable network FX for not including a disclaimer with anti-gay activist Peter Sprigg’s outlandish comments about the “homosexual lifestyle.” The comments come on tonight’s episode of 30 Days, which is basically a longer version of Wife Swap, on which a woman against gay parenting goes to live with – you guessed it – a gay dad. Shenanigans and bigotry ensue. And that makes GLAAD sad:(
“The comments made by Peter Spriggâ€¦ show that not only do same-sex parents like Dennis and Tom face bigotry and ignorance from individuals like Kati, but that they also face discrimination and marginalization from organizations like the FRC,” the statement reads.
“Much of the series’ strength is the willingness to let people of divergent views speak for themselves… and a willingness to trust that the audience will figure out for themselves where the truth lies.”
Even one of the episode’s gays didn’t mind FX’s inclusion of the Sprigg remark.
We’re inclined to agree with FX’s argument, but we can also see some Americans interpreting Sprigg’s statement as fact. Here it is again: “Homosexuality is associated with higher rates of sexual promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse, and those are all reasons for us to be concerned about placing children into that kind of setting.” If it’s on TV, it must be true!
So, should FX have noted that Sprigg is, well, a raving lunatic, or is GLAAD simply making a stink? And, if they are just making a stink, could it be because their Media Awards are airing on Bravo this Friday? Will this scandal give 30 Days a ratings boost? Finally, is God a publicist?
Here’s the video of the controversial clip. Thanks Joe.My.God!