The New Normal is apparently not normal enough for television viewers in Utah. The NBC affiliate in Utah, KSL-TV, is refusing to air the brand new fall series from Glee creator Ryan Murphy over what they believe to be offensive content, but is the move just blatant homophobia?
The new fall show is a comedy which centers around a gay couple and the surrogate to their baby. In defending the decision to pull the show, the CEO of KSL’s parent company Bonneville International, Jeff Simpson said, “From time to time we may struggle with content that crosses the line in one area or another. The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive.” In other words, two men in love and trying to start a family should be considered crude and offensive.
Star of The New Normal, Ellen Barkin, isn’t taking the announcement laying down. The actress quickly took to Twitter to fight back, tweeting, “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?” She encouraged her followers to jam the @ksl5tv feed accusing them of homophobia.
While the airing of potentially offensive material should certainly be questioned, it hardly seems a coincidence that KSL also just happens to be owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Feel free to draw your own conclusions but it’s hard to believe religion and an anti-gay stance didn’t play a large role in this decision. Like government, religion has no place in deciding what is acceptable for television audiences. If you don’t like what’s on, just the change the channel.