Alex Blaze

Because "television programming" isn't a figure of speech

Filed By Alex Blaze | August 06, 2007 2:29 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: ABC, FOX, GLAAD, television

GLAAD watched a whole bunch of TV this past year and rated the networks on LGBT representation. ABC came out on top, then the CW, CBS, NBC, then Fox. None of the networks was rated as "excellent", only ABC was rated as "good", and only Fox was rated as "poor".

The report indicates that several of the networks need to improve on representation of non-white queer people, especially ABC, and comments on some of the negative representations that Fox has been providing.

You can read the full report here.

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And what about the gayest channel of them all, Bravo? I mean Top Model, Top Chef, Top Design, that hair stylists competition with former Charlie's Angel Jackyln Smith, Workout and the fiercest lesbian of them all Jackie? Not to mention previous shows like Queer Eye, Manhunt, Boy Meets Meet.


Leland Frances | August 6, 2007 3:52 PM

Given that GLAAD's idea of Must Watch TV is Ross the Intern and pronounced the loathsome "Chuck & Larry" a revolutionary advance for gay equality, it's not surprising that they see the basically positive gay characters on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" while having their heads up their Coors-fucked asses about the anti-pride parade of negative gay characters created by gay Repug Marc Cherry in the previous hour on "Desperate Housewives." Perhaps he and fellow Repug, GLAAD head cheese Neil Giuliano, have been sitting together too much at Log Cabin meetings. From a gay/bi sociopathic teenage killer [GLAAD likes him] to a mincing meat puppet beauty pageant coach [ditto] to a prodigious child molester and his large collection of pictures of half-naked boys, roughly 18 million US viewers each week, and tens of millions more around the world, are being spoon fed Cherry’s jubilee of homos to hate or laugh at.

Further illustrating Cherry's venality is that the episode in which housewife heroine Lynette first suspected her neighbor Art was molesting boys was called "Children and Art." In a later episode, he shows up at a Wisteria Lane block party dressed as Santa Claus. I'm surprised that episode wasn't called, "Candy cane, Little Boy?" And, if anyone missed his penultimate episode, which alone justifies Cherry, not receiving GLAAD awards, but being condemned by the entire gay community, here's a link to a clip of Art's final scene in which he tells Lynette what's going to happen after her accusations led his invalid sister to die of a heart attack:

But GLAAD doesn’t bother to mention the pedophile at all, nor the gay/bi teen recurring character's mamacita-slaughter, seduction of his mother's bi boyfriend just to hurt her, or Cherry’s promise that Andrew will be back to his evil ways next season. Just as, in their overview of ABC's history, they don't mention the near decade of "Dynasty" in which ABC repeatedly reinforced the myth that being gay is a choice, and the more recent “20/20” special in which Elizabeth Vargas dug up Matthew Shepard’s just to blame him for his own murder. Of course, GLAAD is thrilled that Mario Cantone will be back next season as—BIG surprise—the hairdresser on ABC's Fags in Curlers, er Men in Trees.

"Quality, quantity, diversity, responsibility"? No, Damon and Neil, partners in slime, one gay lawyer and a couple of boyfriends, hairdressers, and “Erica Kane’s” Lesby Ann daughter do NOT trump the drooling, predatory pedophile next door. He may have left Lynette's neighborhood but the demonic myth he reinforced remains in the minds of millions of DH fans. Instead of praising ABC for keeping Cherry’s toxic dishes on the menu, GLAAD should be calling for a boycott. But since they lost their teeth and balls long ago, they throw violets instead.

They also praise CBS for the "60 Minutes" episode about possible etiologies of being gay—the same episode that was denounced at length by NGLTF for featuring a right wing scientist whose research has been debunked. I stopped reading after that; sickened once again by GLAAD's sad cluelessness. Cofounder Vito Russo is spinning and spitting in his grave. The only consolation is that they keep supplying their own rope to hang themselves.

Cancel GLAAD.

Leland Frances | August 6, 2007 4:48 PM

PS: We left out the utter sophomoric nature of the report. They describe the brilliant "Forever Blue" episode of CBS's "Cold Case" [one hour arguably better than everything else last season on all the networks combined] as "'Brokeback Mountain'-inspired."

Brokeback: two [when they meet] single teenage sheep herders in rural Wyoming; both marry and have children

Forever: two late twenty-something cops, one married, one not; one with children; one not in Philadelphia

Is every film/TV show referencing the Civil War South called, "'Gone With the Wind'-inspired"?

Is every filmTV show about Italian lawbreakers, even without mob connections, "'Godfather'-inspired"?

I suppose the experts at GLAAD thought "Schindler's List" was "'Cabaret'-inspired."