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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 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 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.

L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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This is just my opinion, but I don't think Americas give a flying cheeseball wether or not their shows are gay. They just want good shows with complex characters and interesting storylines. Something different, not just cookie cutter re-hashings of proven concepts. Not many people are going to choose to watch a gay show if its crappy. Perhaps thats the reason so many gay shows are getting canned. Producers and writers think that their shows will be popular simply because they include more diversity. Nope. Shows like Glee are Modern Family are popular because they are funny, creative, and well done. Gayness has nothing to do with the sucess or flop of a show.
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Posted by: Chris McCoy
Fri May 17, 2013 11:32 AM
Sir;... For all those straight people out there watching their bug lights in the night, a sigh of relief is in order... No longer will they have it put in their faces or slid up behind them... No longer will the be constantly reminded of their sexual insecurity... They know they are being broke... If they were men they would bloody a few noses, and tell a few people what they think... If they were men they would be mad as hell; and they really wouldn't take it any more... They know they are taking it; but all those happy, wealthy gay people make them want to take it and that brings into question their entire masculine premise... Their plumbing is right; but the necessity for social living means you can't hit everyone who has it coming, and those who deserve it- know it, and play the odds... People seek positions of authority, like the police force, or the IRS, or the clegy... They do not have to have a part of honor or any personal aura of authority... God made me the boss, and this is not your day to go postal, and too bad that it makes you feel less than a man, but when you are done cleaning the toilet, please take out the trash... Tonight you can sit down with the kids and a bowl of popcorn, you can watch some one gay and happy that he is taking it, and witty about it all because he's in love, and his friend uses vasaline instead of mill sand...
No; I don't blame people for changing the channel... I wonder why they do not do it sooner... Some times those entertainment types find that people laugh when they are confused, and when they are anxious, or embarassed...Not every thing people laugh at is funny, and if it is not funny, and people are not entertained, they should change the channel... Some times we tolerate too much... It is ludicrous when gays go to the zoo to hold hands and offend people, and then demand the family rate... Some times there is a family there, and some times the reason gays can affect elections is the same reason they can make the whole situation seem funny: They are intelligent, well educated, and because they are not raising the next generation, they have money- and time to sit around and laugh at their lives spent almost before they got them...
Prejudice and discrimination is not funny, but it may play a part in their personal worth and contribution to society... As long as they are second class, or an unclassed class they must prove themselves unless they reject the whole notion of society and social acceptence... I do... It is not because of marriage that I love my wife, but because of love that I am married... The form of marriage is nothing... The relationship is the essential element of the form... The funny thing from my perspective on gays is that they do not reject the society that rejects them... They want equal treatment because as their television personas reveal: they are just lke every one else... Sorry; but that is not true, and if it were; then why laugh at them???
We laugh because society restored to wholeness is comedy... We laugh because their physical reality is our metaphorical nightmare... They are gay because they like some one sticking it to them... I would be happy as a clam if people quit trying to stick it to me...They are likely to find that some times fiction is just too real to be enjoyed...
Comment: #2
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri May 17, 2013 7:56 PM
Please stop using their language. "Gay" is a propaganda term. They have a reason for being so adamant in imposing it on all of us. It implies acceptance. Homosexual, deviant, and pervert don't. Well, acceptance is what it is all about. We concede the war before the battle begins then wonder what went wrong. And when something so filthy, loathsome, and depraved becomes celebrated, something has really gone wrong.
Comment: #3
Posted by: Norman Carlson
Thu May 23, 2013 7:39 PM
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