GLAAD Issues ‘Call to Action’ Over FX Networks’ 30 Days

(courtesy of Joe.My.God)

GLAAD provided the following contact information for executives at FX, and urges you to contact them:

20th Century Fox Television, Inc.:
Jeffrey Glaser
Senior Vice President, Current Programming
(310) 369-0211
jeffrey.glaser@fox.com

FX Networks:
Nick Grad
Executive Vice President of Original Programming
(310) 369-0949
ngrad@fxnetworks.com

Chuck Saftler
Executive Vice President of Programming
(310) 369-0949
csaftler@fxnetworks.com

Scott Seomin
Vice President of Public Relations
(310) 369-0938
scott.seomin@fxnetwork.com

Comments

  1. Sean says

    How about the episode in question is actually the statement to say that this statement is not true? That this is their side…the episode is our side?

  2. Frank L says

    Dan Savage absolutely hits the nail on the head about the state of Michigan. That anti-gay amendment, in addition to its economy being perennially in the toilet, is why I and my partner no longer live there.

  3. Sean says

    Let’s not let Morgan off the hook so quickly. The folks that produced/distributed his breakthrough film, Supersize Me, are a gay couple with an adopted kid. Through his own experience he knows that the Sprigg line is total BS. Morgan has more than enough experience as a journalist to know that presenting the counter-arguments (in this case, the facts) is vital to making the broader point clear.

  4. Dailylife says

    A call to action over this? Geez, Glaad conveniently forgets that Morgan did an episode of this series that was a homophobic guy moving into the Castro. That episode couldn’t have been anymore pro-gay if it aired on Logo.

  5. says

    Since I haven’t seen the whole episode (or any other) I can’t comment on the show in general, but if Morgan has out of touch, ignorant propagandists like Sprigg and Dawn Sell-My-Bad-Childhood-Book spouting nonsense (it sounded like she was saying she remembers her father talking about bathhouse sex when she was 10 months old?!), he has a responsibility to call them on their inaccuracies. Otherwise, it’s just lazy ratings-grabbing “journalism” and empty shock value schtik.

  6. crispy says

    Wait, is Scott Seomin (Vice President of Public Relations for FX) the same Scott Seomin who works for GLADD? Or is just the same name? That would be an odd coincidence.

  7. says

    I actually think some of GLAAD’s outrage is being too narrowly focused towards Sprigg. The inclusion of Dawn Stefanowicz is in many ways more disturbing. She is a rabid anti-gay activist who uses her own personal tale of family strife (which, by the way, she says she only felt free to tell once the rest of her family passed away) to demonize gay parenting as a whole. She is completely in the pocket of the far-right, and has partnered up with groups like the American Family Association. Yet in the piece, she is introduced as little more than an author with some valid points.

  8. kujhawker says

    GLAAD needs to stop ass kissing celebrities who “are brave of enough to play gay” (as oppose to us who are gay) and actually watch 30 days.

    If they would watch 30 days, they would see that he allows people to say their nasty stupid stuff and does not present a talking head counter point. Instead he lets his filming tell the story.

    The counter arguement was giving by showing loving gay parents. It was shown through actions and not just words. Which is much stronger and powerfull.

    I saw let the hatemongers rant and rave. Then show loving couples. It is one thing to have someone say how bad gay marriage is and how harmful it is, and how it isn’t real, then show Del & Phyllis geting married and that makes a much more powerful statement.

    GLAAD go back to having you award shows that is the only thing you are good for now. You wouldn’t know true defamation if it came up to you and gay bashed you.

  9. Ben says

    Morgan does an extremely good job at presenting all sides to the viewer. These are actually well executed documentaries, not sensational reality shows. The full shows can be seen on hulu.com if you miss them on FX

  10. Ben says

    Morgan does an extremely good job at presenting all sides to the viewer. These are actually well executed documentaries, not sensational reality shows. The full shows can be seen on hulu.com if you miss them on FX

  11. Zeke says

    This is a disappointing and egregrious mistake in an otherwise great episode of an otherwise awsome series.

  12. Gregus says

    Dawn Stefanowicz was aware of homosexual activity in the household at 10 months old?!? She remembers conversations of bathhouse sex at the kitchen table?

    That is one super developed 10 month old…or am I missing something there?

  13. Devon says

    Everyone (including GlAAD) who seems to have an issue with the show should take into consideration this previous episode of 30 days. Yes, while they might not like the statements included in the episode cited above, by no means does the rest of the episode fall along those lines.

    Watch the previous episode, about a straight, conservative christian moving to the castro and his subsequent (yet lengthy) change here:
    http://tvshack.net/tv_shows/30_Days/season_1/episode_4/

  14. DISGUSTED American says

    watched it last night..well,half watched it…that lady was bothering me to the point – I cursed at the TV and then changed the channel til she was done ranting her religious Bible crap. Oh and how it bothered her that the men/parents had to tell thier children (if they wanted to tell anyone, that they had 2 dads..it was up to them) …you thought that lady was gonna go batshit over that..? I thought to myself..you know “WHY, they have to say that to thier kids lady?” …because of people like her who raise thier lil’ bastards with bigotry and Hate. I also, found myself HOPING that her 2 adopted kids were gonna grow up Gay….tho, she’d probably either religiously abuse them, or dis-own them…thats how she came off to me….I watched maybe 3/4 of it…

  15. JoshEV says

    GLAAD is becoming more and more irrelevant… the whole point of the episode was to dispute the woman’s claims and biases against same-sex parents. Including statements from Sprigg etc is just building an argument to dispute through actual footage of the couple.

    GLAAD should just stick to giving out “awards” to Jennifer Aniston for doing…I’m not exactly sure what…

  16. Tom Dempsey says

    Interesting to note that Scott Seomin used to work for GLAAD. While I condemn this “supposedly” sensational representation of gay and lesbians family, it is a wonder to see GLAAD call out the show while one of its former staffers works for FX as VP for Public Relations.

    But to be truly balanced, you should have some right-wing religious nut spouting the same old trite crap about gays and lesbians. ALL the news channels do it

    “Something is rotten in Denmark” here… Could a venerable organization like GLAAD be using a ploy with the LGBT community to boost ratings for a second-rate television show?

  17. says

    I have to say, that had it not been for GLAAD sending out the e-mail blasting the show, I never would have known about it or watched it.

    That being said, I’m disappointed in their stand. I agree with everyone above that the show did a great job with the Castro episode.

    To me, the show presented both sides of the story and the clip in question did nothing more than fuel the ignorance of the opposing side. I watched it with my straight roommate and when it was over, I asked him did anything bump him about the show and he said no. It wasn’t until I explained it to him that he said, “I thought they were just trying to make guy seem like an idiot.”

    To me it was pretty clear that his statement was just that and for those who believe like him. I didn’t need (nor do I think the show needed) someone saying, “well what Sprigg said is wrong.” It would be like having to refute the Westboro Baptist Church.

    I can’t help but think it was a PR move by GLAAD. And it worked on me.

  18. Jimmyboyo says

    kujhawker

    I agree

    30 Days has always Allowed the anti choicer, anti-muslim, anti-gay, anti-enviro, whatever say their crazy sh@t and then refute it simply the reality of what is filmed.

    The muslims were not gun toting terrorists for example.

    I haven’t seen the episode yet, but I am going to assume that like all the other episodes the reality of the loving, sane, stable gay couple raising their family perfectly refutes the crazy bs

  19. nethy says

    I love ’30 Days’ and Morgan Spurlock. I haven’t seen the episode, but I’ll bet that he gives viewers enough context to make up their minds for themselves. That’s the beauty of the show. The show, “Straight Man in a Gay Man’s World,” from season 1, is one of the best hours of TV ever produced and is very pro-gay. In that one, he interviewed Fred Phelps talking about “God hating fags.” No GLAAD ‘Call to Action’ there. Is this really where GLAAD chooses to put their efforts right now? There are so many opportunities for change and pressure on shows and networks that truly demean us and devalue us. I’d support them more if they’d be a little consistent.

  20. Crash says

    Not only did this comment from this prick Sprigg piss me off, but that one female that was traumatized by her father for his behaviour, that she is now so far in the anti-gay coloumn. She now insists that all gays act the way her father did. She, like the woman who “lived” with the gay fathers, insists that her way is the only way, that her way is the will of god. I am sure that I am not the ony one to think this, or even to put it into words, but, just when did God tell them that they are right and just? When did God speak those words that Gays are not as good as “they” are? From all that I can remember in my many years going to school at a private lutheran school, and the two years I attended a baptist church, I dont one time remember hearing that God said that gays are not as good as the rest of humanity. Not once did I hear that it is against His law to love another person of the same sex, nor allow them to “marry”? Not once, and I went to church every single flipping sunday. 10 years solid. Not once did I hear that God said Gays should be punished for loving another of the same sex.
    But then again, I guess I really did not go to the same church that these wing nuts did.

  21. Paul says

    I watched the show last night and I was appalled. Yes, some could say that Spurlock did present all sides, but I don’t think he did. What he presented was extreme cases…First you have the “bitch” religious nutcase who is adopted herself and was so damned stuborn that her way was right that she refused to see anyone else point…even when the biological parents of the one of the adopted kids said this is a better place for him then living in her house.
    Then you had the kids who grew up in the foster care system and even when they showed her where children are being raised…she still would not back down on saying, well at least in a gay or lesbian home…they would be safe and taken care of. And she even made comments that only two married parents should be allowed to adopt…well “bitch” where the hell are these people then…nothing prevents them. I mean this woman as a B*I*T*C*H.
    Furthermore, the woman who was raised by HER biological father and was exposed to gay sex at the age of 10, had no business being in this discussion…to me that is a huge setback for this movement. Because that was a fucked up parent, who happened to be gay and he didn’t adopt her.
    But, the main thing that they failed in this experiment is this woman was not attacked people said her “Explain” yourself and they could agree to disagree, but she actually is a believer that laws need to be enacted…which makes her more dangerous because she doesn’t disagree…she wants to take action and that is where these people need to be pulled down a few pegs. They need to understand that first off, it is none of their God damned business who wants adopt or get married…that it is a right in the pursuit of happiness and that religion takes a back seat to the law.
    she doesn’t understand constitutional law and what it means. and everything she says is all based on her belief that being gay is wrong and fucked up. so she was the wrong candidate for this show. She was just a major bitch who has her own problems and her own agenda!!!

  22. bryanD says

    I never heard a sensible reason why a gay relationship is any threat to a straight one. I’ve never heard a reasonable argument against two men raising children – specifically children otherwise without a home. I’ve never heard an honest claim that a gay man or woman isn’t capable of love and responsibility. Heroes have been despised since Jesus – these two men who’re raising those children are heroes. They’re giving love to a world that often doubts their very worth.

  23. QueenZafrona says

    Well thank goodness for sleep timers so my tv would go off when this show came on. No excuse for even showing people like this. Thank God I moved from Michigan to California and am happily married now.

  24. bryanD says

    After now watching 30 Days after I posted my last comment, while switching back and forth to the Bravo Network Premiere of Brokeback Mountain, I’m more convinced then ever that Love really does conquer all, and that Moral positions such as the one this women so tenaciously clung to don’t seem to be based on anything more than a fear and resistance of the unknown…Gay goes against what they know, what they’re used to, and the whole notion of an ordered perfect world. You really have to be a dogmatic zealot to not see the poetry of gay parents and unwanted homeless children – If indeed compassion is the priority as Jesus preached, providing loving homes to these children is nothing short of miraculous.