Utah station KSL, owned by the Latter Day Saints Church, has said it will not air “The New Normal,” a new NBC comedy about a male gay couple having a baby via a surrogate. GLAAD has responded with a statement:
Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows like “Modern Family,” “Glee” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” While audiences, critics and advertisers have all supported LGBT stories, KSL is demonstrating how deeply out of touch it is with the rest of the country. We invite Jeff Simpson to sit down with GLAAD and local LGBT families. We know that if he would, he would see that not only are our families normal, but by citing ‘crude and rude’ content and refusing to affirm LGBT families, KSL and Mr. Simpson are sending a dangerous message to Utah. They should make that right.
“New Normal” star Ellen Barkin has also voiced her feelings about the boycott, tweeting the same argument we made, “Shame on u @kslcom not airing @NBCTheNewNormal So L&O SVU (rape & child murder) is ok? But loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?”