The gay media watchdogs over at GLAAD have been watching an upcoming episode of FX’s 30 Days – and they don’t like what they see.
A forthcoming episode of the series, which transplants people into new lives for a month, features an anti-gay woman who trade places with a child-rearing gay. Cue dramatic music…
In an effort to highlight opposing views, 30 Days‘ producers include an interview with right wing activist Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, who asserts “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.” Not a rousing endorsement of gays, to say the least, and one that GLAAD believes the show should have clarified.
Says Senior Director of Media Programs Rashad Robinson:
This is an episode of 30 Days that GLAAD would have liked to support for its commendable effort to share the authentic story of everyday lesbian and gay parents and their families and the opposition they face in trying to provide a stable and nurturing home for their children. However, FX Networks’ insistence on airing – and refusal to correct the record on – this defamatory misrepresentation makes that impossible. It is unacceptable that FX Networks and its parent company 20th Century Fox would provide a platform for the inaccurate and dangerous claims of anti-gay activists – misinformation that can put gay and lesbian parents and their families in harm’s way.