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Lisa Ling Wasn’t Actually Asking If You Can Pray The Gay Away

Well I think that’s a bit of an unfair criticism. The title “Can You Pray the Gay Away?” with the question mark at the end was supposed to be rhetorical because I think these days, most people recognize that you can pray the gay away as much as you can pray the Asian away. [laughs] Or pray the black away. It has never been proven. In fact, it’s been disproven by reputable medical associations. The title was to really inspire people to watch the show.

—Lisa Ling, host of OWN’s Our America and who recently hosted a piece about ex-gay camps, reveals media’s worst kept secret: we add question marks to titles to make things appear more interesting than they really are. Will Wayne Besen back off now? [via]