“The New Normal” Addresses Boy Scouts’ Ban

Tonight’s episode of The New Normal will address the Boy Scouts’ current ban on gay scouts and leaders.

In the episode “About a Boy Scout,” former Eagle Scout David (Justin Bartha) volunteers to chaperone a Scouts camping trip, despite complaints by Bryan (Andrew Rannells) that the organization is anti-gay.

The troop and its Scout Masters eat David up (who wouldn’t) but he soon gets a letter from the BSA telling him his membership has been revoked for “homosexual conduct.”

He’s forced to tell the kids he can’t be their leader: “When the Scouts can live up to the values they taught me, I’m happy to be of service,” he tells the troop. “I do [love the Scouts], but they don’t respect the way that I love.”

The New Normal airs Tuesday, March 26, at 9:30pm EST on NBC.

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  • Cam

    Meanwhile on “Modern Family” Mitchel and Cam continue to live as neutered roommates, never getting their faces within 4 feet of each other while Cam goes into stereotypical hissy filled hysterics for not being the center of attention.

  • Ogre Magi

    @Cam: @Cam: I have not see the New Normal is the gay relationship depicted with more intimacy and depth than the one on Modern Family?

  • RomanHans

    @Cam: I totally agree. Compare Eric Stonestreet in real life vs. Cam: the (gay) character is a shallow, lisping sissy. Bravo to The New Normal for going out onto a limb.

  • Cam

    @Ogre Magi: Yes, it just shows normal affection. In fact in one episode they kissed in the store and a bigot was verbally attacking them for it. It will show them waking up in (Gasp) the same bed! And there is usually a kiss, hand holding etc… every episode.

  • hyhybt

    I just wish the ratings were better. (That, for a while, they were scheduling it every other week couldn’t have helped.)

  • MuscleModelBlog.com

    When controversies like this make it into art, you know that it is on the conscience of a society. Thank you, Modern Family, for exploring a controversial topic with respect and openness.

  • hyhybt

    @MuscleModelBlog.com: Why are you thanking “Modern Family” for “The New Normal” doing an episode about the gay Boy Scout issue?

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