I’m sure One Million Moms is taking credit for this and gloating about it. Earlier this summer, the anti-gay group urged sponsors to boycott NBC’s new sitcom, The New Normal. They accused the network of “using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage.”
As it turns out, one NBC affiliate agrees and has chosen to stick with the ‘old normal’ and not air Ryan Murphy’s new sitcom about a gay couple and their surrogate. Utah’s KSL-TV, which is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, took a similar stance last season with NBC’s The Playboy Club. That show was canceled only after three airings. Will The New Normal face a similar fate?
“From time to time we may struggle with content that crosses the line in one area or another,” Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International, told the Salt Lake Tribune. “The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive.”
Obviously, this move by the Salt Lake City station has drawn the ire of GLAAD and one of the sitcom’s stars. Ellen Barkin, who plays the surrogate’s mother on the show, tweeted the following:
“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?” and followed with “Who does Jeff Simpson CEO of Bonneville (parent co. @KSL5TV ) find”offensive”..my Christian conservative,gay couple,or the unfertilized egg?”
GLAAD also chimed in on the situation and blasted KSL-TV and Jeff Simpson. In a released statement, the group’s president Herndon Graddict said, “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.”
I’m sure many of you were going to check out Murphy’s new offering prior to this boycott. To ensure the station looks like a fool, we should all watch The New Normal’s series premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8:30. I predict big, huge numbers. Fingers crossed.