ABC’s Shifting Look at Gay Relationships in Hollywood

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And, as Defamer notes, has a bit of headline panic, changing their thinking on men from “gross” to “not OK”:

“Following on the heels of their game-changing field report, ‘Stars’ Gay Marriage Possible Career Suicide,’ the electronic news outlet now goes even deeper undercover to unmask ‘H’wood’s Bisexual Double Standard: Hot for Girls, Gross for Guys’—a blistering, for-your-Pulitzer-consideration exposé that should ultimately allay your darkest, A Shot At Love with Andy Dick-greenlighting fears.”

The image on the above left is actually headlines from two separate stories. It’s worth noting, as well, that the story previously labeled “Stars’ Gay Marriage Possible Career Suicide” has been revised to “DeGeneres and Takei Vow to Marry Partners”.

ABC News Investigative Series, ‘Ewww: Icky, Icky Celebrity Gays,’ Dares To Ask The Tough Gay-Panic Questions [defamer]


  1. Zeke says

    I’m sorry but those original headlines are inexcusable and they show that ABC isn’t quite as homo-loving as they are thought to be.

    Yes they changed the headline but you can’t put a bullet back in the gun once you’ve fired it.

    Do they not have editors who read these headlines before they are released? Were they approved? Were the authors reprimanded?

    ABC should be contacted by every gay person in America to let them know that it takes more than a good storyline on Brothers and Sisters to show the gay community that they’re not crawling with homophobia just below the surface.

  2. crispy says

    Well, the problem is with ABC News, not ABC. They have different managers even if they ultimately report to the same parent company.

    But you’re right, ABC News is pretty appalling. They did this same thing with a particularly nasty story about the Larry Craig incident. I believe the exact headline was “Why Gay Men Cruise Bathrooms for Sex.” It was eventually changed after an outcry in the comments section. This history seems to indicate they have a bad editor.

  3. Sasha says

    Oh, come on. The words “gross” and “not OK” are obviously meant to be in inverted commas in those headlines… they’re talking about the way gay and bisexual men are perceived by the public, not the journalist’s own personal point of view. And yeah, there is a double standard whereby female “bisexuality” (read: straight girls making out in front of men) is considered more acceptable than male bisexuality in American culture, so why shouldn’t ABC be able to say so, and investigate why?

  4. Zeke says

    It’s the combination of the two stories, together, on the same page that makes the problem more obvious.

    SASHA, ABC clearly thought there was a problem with the wording of the two stories or they wouldn’t have changed them to what they should have been in the first place.

    Like I said, don’t they have editors who read the headlines BEFORE they’re displayed?

  5. jason says

    ABC isn’t advocating the bisexual double standard. It’s simply informing us. As such, I congratulate it for bringing this issue to the fore.

    The sad truth is that the sexual revolution, and its affiliates like the porn industry, was always about making bisexuality socially acceptable for women but not for men. This is right in line with the sleazy straight male fetish for girl-on-girl action. It was a carefully thought out strategy to make female bisexuality hot and male bisexuality not.

    We in the gay community need to be aware that such a double standards affects gay men too. It serves to marginalize us and our interactions.

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