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*hangs head*

It saddens me that people hate so much that they have to spill that hate out to others.

I live on the edges of the bible belt and several people posted to the local NBC station's Facebook page about the episode of The New Normal that aired last night. And because they were open posts, I'm going to do some cutting/pasting below:

"I happen to see a clip for the new program "The New Normal". I know I will be branded a "homophobe". But I beg to differ. I do not hate a gay or homosexual person. I hate the lifestyle. I am a Christian and try to live my life by biblical principles, and fail miserably at times. However, I cannot be silent about this show I believe this immoral show helps to continue the destruction of the moral fabric of this beloved nation. I ask that you reconsider the decision to run this program. Thank you."

"Very ashamed of what is on my local TV channel right now. That is the kindof program you expect to see on cable and then there are so many channels you can change it but if you have basic like my Mother and always wait for the news to come on at 10 then you will be subjected to this smut. I am ashamed of you"

That's just two of several posts people made directly. The part that gets me is the one that called it smut. Now I think everyone here knows that I should know what smut is, especially of the male/male variety and let me tell you... if The New Normal had smut in it, I must have been watching the wrong show.

The bad thing is, I didn't really like the show because I thought a few of the characters were too over the top. But judging by the reactions above, maybe that over the top is not too far off.



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Sep. 12th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
*grrrr* I've never seen that show, but I have no doubt it just had gay guys talking about being gay or maybe kissing on it. That comment pisses me off so much - it's basically, "I'm not a homophobe, I'm just a homophobe. There's a difference!"

No, there isn't. Bad religious extremist! Bad!

I'm now sitting here wondering if I'm being bigoted against the bigots for wanting to ship the lot of them off to an island... somewhere with man-eating animals and no way to contact the outside world. XD
Sep. 12th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
It aired the first ep last night. I'm likely not to stick with watching it because most of the characters are too over the top. It's from the guy that created GLEE, only this is more over the top than GLEE.

But I really dislike people who are supposedly loving, hating so much. Of course I've always been annoyed by people shoving religion down others throats. I'm the kind of person who has the whole, I think what think and you think what you think and we move on mind set.

And yeah, it's hard to wonder where that bigot line is drawn when faced with shit like that. Maybe take away the man-eating animals and just settle for the island with no way to contact the outside world and then see how long their morals last.
Sep. 12th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Coming from a rural, conservative Christian area, I hear alot the same thing. I'm from North Carolina, and the vitriol and stupid comments I had to put up with leading up the vote that ultimately banned gay marriage in this state was enough to make me sick. What gets me is that so many people want to think of the lifestyle as deviant, when really what they focus on is the sex. That's what was so weird about the "smut" comment. So many people focus on the sexual acts when they think about someone being gay. It's like they cant stop picturing it, like it's what exemplifies a person, what they do behind closed doors.

And also what gets me is the people that object to 'being forced' to view it. Last time I checked all TVs came with remotes. No one is forcing them to watch a show. If they don't like it, change the channel. I'm sure the 700 Club is on somewhere at the same time e.e
Sep. 12th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
Kentucky here... While there's some things I like about KY (gun rights), there's others I do not.

And the whole sexual aspect is right on. It's like they can't realize that gays can have a meaningful relationship that's not filled with *OMG* butt-sex *OMG* and being promiscuous with tons of partners. They don't want to listen to whole straight people can have *OMG* butt-sex *OMG* and be promiscuous too.

The funny thing about the show is that the closest I saw to smut was the straight husband in bed cheating on his wife with an Asian woman. And the bigotted Grandma would rather her g-daughter be back with him than living single and carrying a child for a gay couple. They showed the gay couple kiss (*OMG*) and they were laying in bed and rolled over to face each other talking and then kissed (*OMG-Again*). Whereas the straight man has been showed down to his undies and was cheating.

And many people commented on FB to the posters that if they were that offended, they should have just turned the TV off and read their bible :)
Sep. 12th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
I hate to say it, but I'm not remotely surprised. People have become so isolated and insular in their thinking that they have no way to process anything that doesn't fit within the nice little mental boxes they have.

I tried to watch the show and turned it off because I thought it (like most sitcoms that air these days) was over the top and horrid.
Sep. 12th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
I know. It's sad how closed minded people can get.

I watched it. Wasn't too impressed for the same reason. Tried again tonight and not really feeling it. Although those commenters make me want to watch it just to spite them. And I do like Justin Bartha... because, hello, Riley Poole!!!
Sep. 12th, 2012 01:22 am (UTC)
*sigh* I have seen previews for the show and I thought it looked interesting (but perhaps some cliched characters) ... and honestly, it doesn't surprise me that people are making comments like that.

Most definitely we would know what smut is, especially the male/male variety ... *sighs again*
Sep. 12th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
Very cliched characters. And very over the top. But it is from the guy who created GLEE, so it's understandable.

And I think I should *recommend* some reading for the poster so they can see what smut really is ;)
Sep. 12th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I really wanted to like the show. I thought the premise was actually interesting. Unfortunately, i didn't find it funny at all. And I really dislike Ellen Burston's character. She's trying to be a modern day Archie Bunker and failing miserably.

As for smut, I didn't see any. In fact I felt the gay couple didn't have much chemistry at all. Though I do like the actors,I actually felt they weren't affectionate enough. LOL

I will continue to watch because i refuse to let the haters win and I've got my fingers crossed it will get better
Sep. 12th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
I wanted to like it to. I'm still watching (did tonight). I'll give it a few more chances to redeem itself. And I love Justin Bartha.

And I agree, the gay couple didn't really feel couply to me. I thought Bartha's character had more chemistry with the surrogate which is not good at all. I just hope the lack of affection wasn't from someone saying in the background during filming, "No, we can't show that on TV."
Sep. 12th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
I taped it and will check it out just to give them a ratings bump and fight this kind of attitudes.
Sep. 12th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Yeah... I'm going to watch a few more eps at least before I pass final judgement on it. Especially after reading those posts on FB.
Sep. 12th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
That's terrible. I mean I live in the Spanish State, i.e. Catholicism is the main religion, yet gay marriage has been allowed for years no probs, with gays in high positions, including a highly respected high court judge whom nobody points the finger at saying "his decisions are biased on his gayness" or similar rubbish. In fact I'd say most people forget that fact about him and that's just one example. A gay colleague's partner is a GP in a rural area with everything that implies in a Catholic country, yet gets no rough treatment in fact totally the opposite. They know he's gay and in a steady relationship, and are absolutely thrilled for him, just like they would be if he were straight.
Every now and then a sector of the Catholic church mouths off, but nobody pays much attention to them - fortunately.
What I don't understand is how people get their knickers in a twist over who sleeps with whom and their gender. Hell! The only distinction my 90 year old Dad makes regarding people is whether they're good or bad, and I quote: "what people do in their bedrooms and the privacy of their own homes is their business, all the rest is just bullshit!"
Sep. 13th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
i cant beleive people its just a tv show if you dont like it then just dont watch it, they dont need to be so political on it.

this is the first i heard of this, what i heard early last month was mothers were going to boycott the show.

my boyfriend doesnt like gay stuff but he doesnt go all over bored over it, he says hes just not going to watch it. if im watching it i just make sure hes not home or watch on my portable dvd player with headphones
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