Skip to comments.Progress Gets Canceled
Posted on 05/17/2013 5:33:12 AM PDT by Kaslin
The annual network list of canceled primetime shows cannot be pleasing to the progressives who measure shows based on their cultural and political usefulness. "TV Will Be a Lot Less Gay Next Year," the commissars complained at Slate.com. They counted 11 canceled shows that featured regular gay characters.
That bothersome thing called the market: why must it get in the way!
CBS's gay sitcom "Partners" lasted six episodes and was canceled shortly after Barack Obama's victory. NBC's "Smash" only featured four regular gay characters, but it couldn't keep anyone watching. The most prominent victim was "The New Normal," Ryan Murphy's NBC sitcom credited by many leftists with paving the way for America's growing support for the gay agenda -- and helping with Obama's reelection.
Sharon Waxman at TheWrap.com put it this way on the morning after the election: "Overall, the affirmation of liberal values in this election is remarkable. ... You cannot ignore the result this morning: that the United States looks more tolerant, more diverse and more like the new normal -- as in 'The New Normal' -- than it did the day before."
Anyone who would suggest this country looks anything like this trumped-up stick-figure sitcom must live in a very strange universe.
On June 6, 2012 -- just a month after NBC picked up Murphy's show - President Obama hit several lucrative "LGBT" fundraisers in Hollywood, including one at the home of Ryan Murphy and his "fiance" David Miller. It was a $25,000-per-person event that included celebrity attendees Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon and "Glee" star Jane Lynch.
Murphy is in bed with Obama, as it were. Murphy even made an episode called "Obama Mama," which TV critics found quite slanted in favor of Obama. (Ya think?) Conservative views were expressed by Ellen Barkin's character -- the mother of the pregnant surrogate hired by the two gay male lead characters -- who was described as "a staunchly Republican real estate agent prone to making outrageously racist and homophobic statements." This anti-conservative defamation is a Hollywood specialty. Maybe the audience has grown tired of it, finally.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation gave Murphy two of its "GLAAD Media Awards" last month. In presenting the award, gay actor Matt Bomer honored Murphy as Hollywood's top "tolerance" lobbyist, a specialist in "conversations" -- in other words, stilted dialogues between compassionate gays and stupid conservatives that are always designed to result in "progress" for liberalism.
"When these topics are grounded in compassion, humor and understanding, it can spark a conversation and not always, but sometimes, that conversation can dissolve ignorance," Bomer declared. Traditional religion equals ignorance. Dissolve your Bible.
Murphy gave credit to his NBC bosses Robert Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke for sharing his propaganda dreams: "The lowest-testing scene in the pilot was the makeout session in bed between Bryan and David. I remember not being worried about it, but wondering what the executives would say. Bob and Jennifer both said to me 'Forget about it, it's a beautiful scene. It will change people's hearts and minds, so keep it in.'"
Apparently it didn't.
Comcast/NBC's one-and-done season of "The New Normal" suggests it was perfectly timed propaganda. The brass were very quick to grant this show an order for a full season of episodes -- on Oct. 2, after only four shows had aired, and the ratings weren't dynamite. When they canceled, it came with hopes no one would really notice amid the flood of other axed shows.
In the wake of these cancellations, GLAAD culture cop Wilson Cruz sounded the "diversity" alarm: "The sheer number of characters who will no longer be on the air means diversity on television is once again at risk," he said. "These cancellations mean networks have to make a concerted effort to ensure the 2013-2014 season truly reflects the diversity of their audience. With inclusive programs like 'Modern Family' and 'Glee' continuing to lead the ratings and collect praise from critics, it's in a network's best interest."
With Murphy's aura on the wane, all the hope for progressive propagandists now shifts to ABC's "Modern Family." TV Guide just put the show on a list of the top ten comedies in television history. The ACLU is now running a campaign to push for a big gay wedding for characters Cam and Mitch.
"The freedom to marry is being advanced in American living rooms as much as in court rooms," proclaimed ACLU boss Anthony Romero. "As we wait for the Supreme Court to rule, we want to keep this issue on the minds and screens of Americans everywhere."
Remember this idea that massive political change comes from primetime programming when the Hollywood executives try to argue that massive sex, violence and profanity on TV has no influence on coarsening the popular culture. They can't play dumb any better than President Obama is doing right now.
Plus with the added help of lets just say “recent” scandals.
If I bothered to watch network TV anymore, I guess I would have seen that a bunch of gay shows were pushed and then dropped last year. But since I haven’t watched any of the wretched crap on the networks for years, this is the first I’m hearing of it.
I can’t remember exactly, but i think it was General Sheridan that Said “The only good queer is a dead queer.”
I tried to google it but got a 404 error
The majority of Americans do not want gay characters on their TV sets, especially those aimed at pre-teens and high school aged children. The infusion of gay characters is a leftist move to undermine the morals of young children watching TV programs without close parental supervision.
Tolerence we got, fawning not so much.
The only use I have for network TV is the NFL. All I need to know about so-called “sitcoms” on prime time TV I learn from the commercials during NFL game, and they have NOTHING I’d watch!
It wasn’t just the ‘gay’ programming. Some 38 network programs got cancelled or finished their runs this season.
The ole meme that ‘they will watch anything we put in front of them’ is not working very well. Many shows were pulled after as few as 2 episodes were shown.
Several of the replacements for next season look interesting in the early trailers. Many others seem to be just more of the same. At least, no new ‘reality TV’ series seem to be coming.
I quit watching network tv so many years ago —I can’t remember how many.
I do know this—I would never watch any show that featured these themes.
When I do watch little bits and pieces, I am amazed at how filthy TV is these days. Nudity, simulated sex, a broad range of curse words, the crudest of jokes and inuendo about things like orgies, sex with prostitutes and other deviant sex. TV is in the gutter, period. And on top of that, its all so banal and lame. Its not even funny. The laughs are supposed to come simply from the fact that someone makes a crude comment — especially if it comes from a kid or an elderly person. (That’s Betty White’s career these days). The fact that there are shows with homosexual characters is the least of their worries these days.
You’re absolutely right, and the sexualization of children has done irreparable damage to the coming generation.
I say that about 98% of the population would find that scene to be disgusting, democrats too, whether they admit it aloud or not.
Unfortunately, movies and television are shaping the future of this country-—when the young people are being fed these themes in movies and tv, they will have the impression that this is reality and the way the world is.
Of course, if this keeps up, it will be the way the world is......
This article was just about homosexuality but the oversexualization of prime time TV could be a whole series of articles. Such as is there a major prime time female character who is not a slut?
The CW network had a show that was “Sex & the City” in high school, called “The Carrie Diaries”. What is next? Sex & the Middle School?
I am looking forward to the second season of Longmire on A&E, which starts on Monday May 27, at 9:00 PM CST
This is what a boycott of the media can do, without an official boycott.
Most media cannot be financially viable if 1/2 the population does not view/read their product.
If there is anyone on the FR who today still subscribes to a liberal newspaper, call today and cancel it otherwise you are giving aid and comfort to your enemy and your money will be used against you.
Subscribing to a liberal paper makes you no friend of the Founders, the Constitution, or to many here on the FR.
Didn’t watch any of these shows but I did get lured into a reality show called “The Glass House” where people were voted off or stayed on the show largely by online voting. The show featured an obese gay man who played his role to the hilt - making cutting remarks at everyone while taking anything said at him as bigotry and hate speech.
He encountered a Mormon mom who simply said she was against gay rights (did nothing to actually get in his face about it). He tried his best to ostracize her and get her removed from the house. In the end, he got voted out while she reached the finals. If the gay man’s performance was not just an act for ratings (he was so stereotypically gay that you had to wonder), I would imagine he is still steaming that ABC viewers apparently preferred a straight Mormon opposed to gay rights over him. Of course, it didn’t hurt that she was rather attractive.
I don’t have cable tv and don’t miss it. I don’t watch any of the shows on the 6 stations I do get, except maybe Rick Steves and Downton Abbey. I read a lot and do genealogy research for friends. That’s all.
Great to know you are not feeding the regime’s propaganda arm.
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