Skip to comments.How 25 Years of Gay Activism in Hollywood Has Paid Off
Posted on 10/11/2008 2:07:09 PM PDT by wagglebee
If youre noticing your TV screen turning pink, its not just your imagination.
The new broadcast TV season includes 22 series featuring a total of 35 openly gay characters, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). GLAAD, which rides herd over all Hollywood scripts dealing with homosexuality, says the number of series with homosexual characters is a record. These series are on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW networks. The total figure does not include shows on cable, like The L Word on Showtime, or MTVs all-gay LOGO network.
A new Eye on Culture report from the Culture and Media Institute, Lavender Propaganda, reveals the depth and breadth of the current media campaign to promote homosexuality to average Americans. But Hollywood became a uniformly pro-gay industry well before Will & Grace or the slew of 2008-9 network shows.
In 1996, the year before Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian on Ellen, Los Angeles magazine writer David Ehrenstein boasted in a May cover story, More than Friends:
There are openly gay writers on almost every major prime-time situation comedy you can think of In short, when it comes to sitcoms, gays rule.
Here is an excerpt from my book The Age of Consent: The Rise of Relativism and the Corruption of Popular Culture about the gay influence on TV:
Ehrenstein, a professed homosexual, cheerfully admits that gay writers are attempting to influence viewers with a homosexual agenda:
The gay and lesbian writers of today have been pushing the envelope any chance they get. In fact, theyre encouraged to do so. Since current comedies are positively obsessed with the intimate sex lives of straight young singles, who better to write them than members of a minority famed for its sexual candor as a result of the influx of gay writers, even the most heterosexual of sitcoms often possess that most elusive of undertones the gay sensibilityFrasier being a case in point.
The gay sensibility consists, according to two homosexual writers, of a very urban, very educated, ironic, detached, iconoclastic attitude. Plus, a deliberate overdose of sexuality.
In her 1989 book Target: Primetime: Advocacy Groups and the Struggle over Entertainment Television, Kathryn Montgomery explains why homosexual activists have been particularly effective in Hollywood:
Gays had one important advantage over other groups. They referred to it as their agents in place. According to gay activists, there were a substantial number of gay people working in the television industry who were not open about their life-style. Some held high-level positions. While unable to promote the gay cause on the inside, they could be very helpful to advocates on the outside, especially by leaking information. These agents in place became one of the linchpins of gay media strategy.
In January 1973, Ron Gold, the New York-based Gay Activist Alliances Media Director, wrote to all three networks, requesting meetings. Gold, who had been a reporter for Variety, also helped stage a hostile confrontation at ABC that was strikingly similar to the strong-arm tactics employed at the American Psychiatric Association convention in 1971, when gay activists openly threatened psychiatrists who viewed homosexuality as a treatable disorder.
As Montgomery reports:
Before a meeting had been scheduled with ABC, GAA members were smuggled a script by one of their agents in place. It was for an upcoming episode of Marcus Welby, M.D., entitled The Other Martin Loring and it concerned a married man who asked Dr. Welby to help him with his homosexual tendencies. Welby assured the man that as long as he suppressed his homosexual desires, he would not fail as a husband and father.
As Gold remembers, GAA leaders blew a cork when they read the script. .Instead of waiting for an appointment with ABC executives, the activists with the help of another network insider took over the network executive offices. Recalls Gold: We knew somebody who worked there who gave us a kind of place of the place and we did a little scouting in advance and we managed to sneak into the offices. The confrontation at ABC headquarters was hostile and explosive.
It ended with the arrests of several activists. Montgomery notes that although the program in question still aired, it did have an impact on later decisions .ABC executives decided to invite gay activist comments on any new scripts dealing with homosexuality. Since gays had their own ways of getting scripts anyway, this approach was even more essential than with other groups.
The other networks soon followed, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation now routinely vets all TV scripts dealing with homosexuality to make sure that the public sees only what the activists want. That means, among other things, no programs showing ex-gays, people who have overcome homosexual temptations, unless it is to mock them.
Montgomery summarizes: In time, the gay activists gained a reputation within the industry as the most sophisticated and successful advocacy group operating in network television.
The stakes go far beyond television. A September 2008 fundraising mailer from GLAAD proclaims:
History proves that social change drives legal and political progress. To succeed as a community, we must transform the way millions of Americans feel about us.
With a record number of homosexual characters on television, and only pro-gay story lines, its not surprising that polls show that Americans are becoming increasingly accepting of homosexuality.
The activists are well on their way toward their goal of recasting traditional sexual morality as a form of bigotry. The next step will be to bring government muscle down on traditionalists just like theyre doing right now in Canada and Europe.
Robert Knight is director of the Culture and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center.
And far to many people are completely unaware that this is happening.
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Put an end to their recruiting and it would mean the end of their lifestyle.
They always slip one in and then portray him/her/it in the most positive possible light.
Hardly matters what they say or how they say it, “Barney-Franking” is an exremely unclean and unsafe way to have sex, not to mention disgusting.
AND they portray any openly Christian person as a mixed up fruitcake with outrageous ideals.
Homosexuals are everywhere. Not only are homosexuals found in the Democrat party, but also there are many in the Republican Party: Ever hear of the Log Cabin Republicans? They are courted and their endorsement sought by Republican candidates, and they are considered to be good Republicans, despite their sexual orientation.
I suggest the Republicans clean their own house first, then they can take on Hollywood.
I suggest the Republicans clean their own house first, then they can take on Hollywood.
There is a HUGE DIFFERENCE between regular homosexuals and the militant homosexuals pushing the homosexual agenda.
I was watching the CMT video countdown this morning and a Kid Rock video played with lesbian bikini girls rolling around kissing.
No more CMT.
Actually, it would be. Because it's off.
Probably just a coincidence ...
This is likely why Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh so **rarely** cover gay issues. They have to work with these guys.
(For instance have you heard Rush or Sean cover the David Parker case in Massachusetts? I haven't. Have you heard Rush or Sean talk about the Marriage Amendment on the ballot in California? )
I don’t even really watch the news anymore.
I watch sporting events, major events like a debate, an occasional documentary on the History Channel and DVDs. Other than that, I could care less what comes on TV.
The coalition is very broad; homosexuals, blacks, aliens, non Christians. The combination may be sufficient in numbers and purpose to gain and possibly keep political, social and economic control. The aforementioned is especially true in that the opposition to such groups lacks effective leadership and the motivation to seek out effective leadership. To put it another way the opposition to the coalition is too busy eating, drinking, copulating evacuating their bowels and snoring. We may be a dead civilization walking.
have you heard Rush or Sean cover the David Parker case in Massachusetts? I haven’t. Have you heard Rush or Sean talk about the Marriage Amendment on the ballot in California? )
Have you heard them talk about the Larry Sinclair Story?
A lot of that is probably the result of VCRs and later DVDs and TIVOs. I don't think anybody actually watches "non-live" shows when they are on anymore.
“And far to many people are completely unaware that this is happening.”
Who still watches network TV these days? It’s hard finding anything good in any case, with so many crap “reality” shows on the tube.
BRAVO seems to be the cable channel for gay-TV.
might be the case and even though I find what they do disgusting they can do what they want in their home
it is when they get out of their home and go to public toilets, the woods, dog parks etc, it is when they push their sexual view in schools, colleges on TV
it is when they go on their freak parades.
it is when they tell us they should adopt kids and be married
you see what they do not get is that the more they push their agenda the more people get fed up with them.
they say it is their business then fine keep it their business in their 4 walls where no one can see them
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