CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight” recently featured a segment about the “battle” ensuing as increasing numbers of gay characters “invade primetime television.”
The segment highlights Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) from “Modern Family,” Eric (Connor Paolo) from “Gossip Girl,” and Kurt (Chris Colfer) on “Glee.”
“It’s bad for society to promote homosexuals,” says Dan Gaynor from The Culture and Media Institute. “Particularly a homosexual lifestyle and gay marriage. What they’re trying to do is normalize something that a lot of people don’t want to normalize.”
On the other side of the debate was Emmy-winner Stonestreet. “I think people see in our show, especially with Mitch and Cam, that people are more similar than they are different.”
“Glee’s” Jane Lynch says, “I think you tell human stories, and the gays are becoming more and more prominent, which is nice, because I am one, so it’s a natural evolution. There will be more storylines, which is great.”
Following the segment, CNN’s homepage featured a poll that asked “Is the surge in gay TV characters bad for society?”
GLAAD responded by stating that “the fact that a well-respected, major news organization is asking a question like this” is what really hurts society. According to the Aaron McQuade, GLAAD’s Associate Director of National News, CNN’s Standards and Practices promptly removed the poll after they were contacted by GLAAD.
At the time the poll was removed, a majority of users had voted “No.”
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