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Watch: CNN Asks, Are Gay TV Characters Bad for Society?


The way this Showbiz Tonight special segment is framed is pretty disgusting. And who the F is Charles Gainor of the Culture and Media Institute?

There's a "furious new debate" (see screenshot) about gays on TV? I guess I didn't get the memo.

Imagine if Showbiz Tonight did a segment questioning if TV was too Black, or too Jewish?

It's particularly nasty when you see that CNN is also running a poll, which seems to be related to this sensationalist piece, but stands alone, with no apparent connection on CNN's front page.

Watch the segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: CNN pulls poll at GLAAD request.


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  1. Imagine if Showbiz Tonight did a survey asking "Is the surge in Entertainment News Magazine programs on television 'bad for society'?"

    Posted by: Kuhnsy | Sep 10, 2010 1:37:24 PM

  2. All these straight people spreading heterosexuality all through our culture via prime time television makes me absolutely sick. Why would they want to normalize that?

    Posted by: cootcoot | Sep 10, 2010 1:37:41 PM

  3. it seems to me it's simply to drive up viewership; imho, it's in many ways similar to your publishing a post about the newspaper exploitation of 9/11... unfortunately, cnn is not the first to do it, and probably won't be the last. sad, but true. we lgbt folks are some of the last people that are routinely used as punching ball without serious, systematic consequence.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Sep 10, 2010 1:41:08 PM

  4. ...and with all the gay people that work on Showbiz Tonight... WTF????

    Posted by: gary | Sep 10, 2010 1:45:14 PM

  5. Actually, I'm terribly concerned about evangelicals on TV, more than anything else. Other than fleecing the flock, and lining their own pockets, I can't see anything they accomplish other than spreading hate - for us, for the people watching and sending cash, for Muslims, Jews, pretty much anyone who isn't behind the microphone raising money. These people are dangerous.

    Are gays dangerous? Maybe the unfettered influence of old, white, Republicans on TV is more what we should be afraid of.

    Posted by: Craig | Sep 10, 2010 1:45:48 PM

  6. A good first step towards downsizing all the gay characters on TV would be to fire Anderson Cooper.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 10, 2010 1:46:39 PM

  7. The TV news media sensationalizing?? You must be kidding. That could never happen.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Sep 10, 2010 1:46:48 PM

  8. I thought the piece showed us in a positive light and made Charles Gainor look bad.

    Isn't AJ Hammer on that showbiz tonight show?

    Posted by: Guest | Sep 10, 2010 1:53:23 PM

  9. CNN is getting desperate with their tailspin careening out of control... every CNN personality of quality has left the network... Christiane Amanpour, Larry King, etc.
    CNN is done, this unfortunate episode is just evidence of that.

    Posted by: nsfw | Sep 10, 2010 1:54:40 PM

  10. How does CNN HLN frame a question like that. I thought only fox did shit like that. They could have asked that in a less "Focus on Family" sort of way.

    This is actually really disgusting.

    And like someone said, their offices (Showbiz Tonight) is probably filled with Gays. Why didn't someone speak up.

    Even if they did conclude that it's great that there are so many gays on television, they should have said it in a very different way.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 10, 2010 1:54:42 PM

  11. Maybe A.J. should be truthful and answer the question?

    Posted by: ken | Sep 10, 2010 1:54:47 PM

  12. What would be helpful is if we had some openly gay folks working at CNN. You know, maybe some high profile anchor that could step up and help his community by not acting like there's some shame in gay. Too bad that person doesn't exist.

    Posted by: Kyle | Sep 10, 2010 1:56:33 PM

  13. F CNN for this crap. The numbers of gay characters are actually really low. There are some high profile shows w/ gay characters (Glee/ M Family) but hello! we do exist and should be represented. GLADD should be all over this junk piece.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 10, 2010 1:58:26 PM

  14. To be honest, I was all set to be outraged, but the segment was pretty positive, I thought. Yeah, they had one guy dissenting, and yeah, it's not a question that should even be asked, but with those two caveats, I think it was heavily weighed in favor of gay visibility on TV. Also, those two dads were hot.

    Posted by: Zell | Sep 10, 2010 2:00:55 PM

  15. @Joe... their Quick Vote questions are framed pretty badly most of the time and have had a decided right wing slant for years. Very push polly.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 10, 2010 2:01:52 PM

  16. The poor homophobes and haters are getting more and more desperate and shrill on a daily basis. The more the religious zealots,gawd hawkers and tax exempt preachers/"churches" and their ignorant flocks cry,whine,complain,demonize,murder,torture,denigrate and continue to deny GLBT folks their equality(and usually under the banner of Freedom of Religion or Freedom of(hate)Speech the more visibility,empathy and attention is focused on the millions of gays around the world. To all those promoting love and tolerance in the world I salute you and to those promoting hatred and physical violence towards their fellow man I can only hope you suffer what you wish upon others.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Sep 10, 2010 2:03:56 PM

  17. Why isn't there a piece on gay jokes and putdowns heard at a constant level on shows like O'Rielly Factor/David Letterman/Saturday Night Live/The Tonight Show etc. ???

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 10, 2010 2:08:58 PM

  18. Surge? Invade? WTF, CNN? It's gay characters on TV, not a war (G-day). Way to make a story about this non-issue. I'm actually more insulted by the overuse of the "Glee" pun. *puke*

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 10, 2010 2:09:41 PM

  19. Daftpunkydavid says "we lgbt folks are some of the last people that are routinely used as punching ball without serious, systematic consequence." Daftpunkydavid should try to walk in Christian shoes for a minute and see how the liberal left routinely targets and persecutes Christians without ANY (much less serious or systematic) consequence at all. Can't do that to Jews, Blacks, OR Gays.

    Posted by: Liz | Sep 10, 2010 2:10:49 PM

  20. What a fucking stupid piece. Seriously anti-intelligent. And this lump of a person with the dead eyes spouting eye-rolling lines like "They're trying to normalize something that a lot of people don't want normalized," --- WHAT? That's why they make remote controls, lump. I use mine whenever I see Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Tony Perkins, et al - all of whom I and "a lot of other people" think is bad for society.

    CNN should be ashamed for running the piece and giving the lump airtime.

    Posted by: Bart | Sep 10, 2010 2:22:14 PM

  21. Really Liz? I call bullshit on THAT. Sorry but you poor whiny fucking christians aren't the ones being beaten up and/or killed on a daily basis for WHO you are. Your chosen religion is your right; it's also my right to criticize your hypocrisy and BULLSHIT arguments in which you attempt to be the victim. In a word or two: fuck you and fuck your religion you hypocritical asshole. On a side note, the "liberal left" which barely exists in this country NEVER even treads on your fucking toes you shrill twat. I really can't even express my distaste and utter contempt for you any further because you are so beneath my notice, frankly. But I thought you should get what you came for, you fucking troll.

    Posted by: wtf | Sep 10, 2010 2:22:53 PM

  22. Yeah, liz... WHen over eighty per cent of the country identifies as christian, and this is a christian nation because of that, to complain that you're not well represented in the media, and single out a minority who criticize the harms that christianity does, in fact, lunacy. You're a wingnut.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 10, 2010 2:23:54 PM

  23. oh and one more thing, you dumb bitch. Name ONE just ONE example of you fucking christians being persecuted that isn't some bullshit spin on a situation where you're trying to shove your fantasy bullshit beliefs onto someone else/the whole fucking world. You CAN'T because it doesn't fucking happen. So really, go fucking post somewhere else. You aren't welcome here. We don't come here to debate fucking assholes like you. We have enough in our own community without stupid fucks like YOU.

    Posted by: wtf | Sep 10, 2010 2:25:31 PM

  24. Yeah, you christians have it awful tough basically getting whatever you want...politicians are fearful of being stigmatized by identifying as christian, which is why no politician who serves or runs now uses their faith to pander to the christian majority, or justifies whatever bullshit defense of bigotry with their christian faith...

    Lady, you don't know what discrimination means.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 10, 2010 2:25:58 PM

  25. "Daftpunkydavid should try to walk in Christian shoes for a minute and see how the liberal left routinely targets and persecutes Christians without ANY (much less serious or systematic) consequence at all. Can't do that to Jews, Blacks, OR Gays. "

    Gays wouldn't have a word to say about Christianity were it not for the fact that most of its adherents use it to run us into the ground. Persecuting the persecuters doesn't really keep me up at night, so long as we're not beating Christians up and tying them to fences to die.

    Posted by: Zach | Sep 10, 2010 2:26:57 PM

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