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Conservative Group Claim Glee Magazine Cover Is Propaganda

Wingnut Brent Bozell, president of strictly conservative organization Media Research Center, wants you to believe that the sweet and heart-warming photo of Chris Colfer and Darren Criss (as seen on the cover of a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly) is nothing but so-called gay propaganda. He writes in his column on Newsbusters:

6a00d8341c730253ef0148c7cfd26d970c-800wiAs you might suspect, Entertainment Weekly didn't plan to debate gay teen propaganda, but to encourage it, energetically. Not a single soul had anything critical to say. Not even a question. If this magazine weren't so earnestly in the tank, the story could come with a disclaimer: “This issue is an advertisement bought and paid for by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.”

Writer Jennifer Armstrong summed it up like this: “The good news: Young gay characters are on a momentous roll after years of stops and starts.” EW championed under the inside headline how “networks are making up for years of on-air silence and providing inspiration for real-life youth (and parents) still searching for answers.” Armstrong says gay characters are “not just an accepted, but expected part of teen-centric television.” (Emphasis hers.) They are not celebrating diversity. They are intimidating dissidents.

In their Gay Teen Timeline, we hear the gay actors proclaiming the lack of opposition. “We never received a negative word,” says the gay actor on ABC's 1994 bomb “My So-Called Life.” The gay teen on ABC's “Ugly Betty” insisted “99 percent of the public response was positive.” Translation: get in line.

Media Matters notes: "Bozell has a history of anti-gay rhetoric. He previously argued Hollywood demonstrated 'liberal bias' by failing to portray gays as 'morally wrong.' He's also warned that the gay lifestyle and agenda 'endorses the right of gays to marry and teach children, and that's in utter opposition to mainstream America.' Bozell's Media Research Council is also boycotting the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), because GOProud, a group for conservative gays and their allies, is participating."

Media Research Center states that its mission is "to bring balance to the news media." They must be taking their cues from FOX News - you know, the news network that falsely trumpets itself as "fair and balanced."

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  1. Bozo was also instrumental in pushing the meme that Matthew Shepard wasn't murdered for being gay but because of a "drug deal gone wrong."

    He is a longtime right-wing homophobe who like so many of his kind finds his ideological fortunes dwindling.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 30, 2011 2:33:59 PM


  2. Everyone is biased to some degree. I expect if we're ever visited by aliens, some people who consider themselves the pinnacle of tolerance will find themselves to be strongly xenophobic. All of humanity is a work in progress. All we can do is work on our own biases and reach out to others, so they can do the same.

    Posted by: ophu | Jan 30, 2011 2:35:44 PM


  3. Some ultra-conservatives will never change. They'll always be hateful of gays & lesbians, but I think these wackos are losing credibility as gays & lesbians continue to prove themselves as good people.

    Posted by: Ty | Jan 30, 2011 2:46:32 PM


  4. Yeah, EW is "in the tank." It's only one of the top-selling magazines in America.

    I don't read it with any regularity, but I've always thought it was fairly classy (for its genre) because they had a story about the Independent Spirit awards in 2006 that mentioned Occupation: Dreamland, a movie made by a close friend who went to LA to receive an award for it. He died swimming laps the day before the ceremony at age 38, for reasons unclear. I wrote them to point out their failure to mention his death, and they published a notice of it fairly prominently the next week.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 30, 2011 2:50:05 PM


  5. Yep, Bozo is one of those fanatic freaks that will do any and everything in his power to harm, damage and destroy anything that even vaguely suggest it does not in turn hate gay as much as he does. What a useless oxygen thief!

    I love this garbage he spouted: "The gay teen on ABC's “Ugly Betty” insisted “99 percent of the public response was positive.” Translation: get in line."... ummm, what??

    No, dirtbag, it simply means that 1% (you and your useless ilk) are still screechingly against and an intelligent 99% are accepting of the gay role and character... there is nothing about 'get in line' about that, but a lot about 'you are a pathetic minority that should simply see your bigotry flowing away down the stream' and accept that... no-one is forcing you to 'get in line' (jeez, paranoid much?), but you are surely just going to give yourself an ulcer worrying about the inevitable awakening of intelligent and caring people in this Country!

    Seriously dude, lighten up... your part of teh culture war was lost a LONG time ago!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Jan 30, 2011 2:58:14 PM


  6. " Not a single soul had anything critical to say".

    Like what! "just look at the two fags". I used to find the homophobes amusing, now it's just tired.

    Posted by: Jack | Jan 30, 2011 3:16:31 PM


  7. BOOHOO! Why wont people follow my imaginary friends rules!?

    Posted by: Tonez | Jan 30, 2011 3:31:29 PM


  8. why are all this fanatics so worried about gays? are we that threatening to their being?
    this people need to get a life.

    Posted by: walter | Jan 30, 2011 3:58:44 PM


  9. Isn't that like saying Christmas and Easter is propaganda?

    (And what I mean is that - yes they are christian holidays, but they are hardly would be called propaganda. And yes this EW cover is about gay teens, but propaganda, really?)

    Posted by: Dan | Jan 30, 2011 4:23:13 PM


  10. I could be wrong, but I thought it was common knowledge in the DC nerd circuit that Brent Bozell is in the closet.

    And the Media Research Center researches one thing only: ways to portray the right wing as victims of a (non-existent) liberal media bias.

    Posted by: SortOfAnon | Jan 30, 2011 5:16:31 PM


  11. Propaganda for healthy teens? Shocking!

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Jan 30, 2011 5:42:08 PM


  12. Please BOZO if you are in fact in the "Closet" Please for all that is Holy STAY IN THERE - you would def give the Gay Community a Bad Name if you, in fact, ever come out! So continue your toe tappin along the beltways anonymous tea rooms and stay T F away from us decent gays!!

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Jan 30, 2011 6:42:27 PM


  13. The reality is that as the LGBT community continues its slow, but steady, progress across the country, the conservative religions will become louder and more boisterous in their opposition. It's to be expected, but just as with any other minority, eventually the hate and shouting become ignored while the minority's rights and acceptance in society continue to march forward. There will always be opposition, but eventually they marginalize themselves in promoting false stereotypes that fail to match the reality of those the GQ public meets on a daily basis.

    Posted by: Keith | Jan 30, 2011 6:58:41 PM


  14. There were people who thought putting Diahann Carroll's "Julia" on the cover of TV Guide, with an uncritical article inside, was "propaganda."

    Mr. Bozell: Entertainment Weekly has the right to editorial control over its own publication, and can elect to present the proposition that "gay teens are OK, and are to be celebrated" as something not requiring any criticism or "balance" whatsoever. They don't have to give your point of view one drop of ink, one electron, or the time of day. At the same time, you have the right to present your point of view all you want in your blogs and press releases and on street corners. You have the exact same rights as Fred Phelps, Sr.

    Posted by: American | Jan 30, 2011 7:17:01 PM


  15. "Bozo the Clown" was considered a classic TV clown in his time. Brent "Bozo" Bozell, at this time, is considered by many to be a classic Repuggie wingnut clown. For millions of considerate Americans, this Bozo is but a one-man homophobic joke whose function is to bring "imbalance to the news media" just like the GOPers' propagandist voice Faux News Channel. And, if he truly is in the closet, many of us gladly will hold the door shut!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 30, 2011 7:17:49 PM


  16. OK, I'll be critical: I wasn't wild about the cover, just because Chris Colfer is looking off-camera and slightly glassy-eyed. But the pics inside are wonderful, especially the one with the two of them and Darren Criss playing the ukulele. That's going on a lot of gay teen's walls and lockers, and good for them. (Reminds me of how Kurt had a pic of Blaine and "Courage" in his locker.)

    Posted by: Dback | Jan 30, 2011 8:50:51 PM


  17. The cry of the dinosaur.

    Posted by: Jim | Jan 30, 2011 8:59:30 PM


  18. Wait, I missed the last meeting - what's on next Gay Agenda?

    Posted by: Ivan | Jan 30, 2011 11:32:44 PM


  19. Surely the lack of opposition shows that they are not "mainstream" but we are?
    Just ask yourself, who would a stranger rather have around their house, a gay person perceived as charming and beautiful, or a Christian "conservative" who is perceived as holier than thou and tries to convert other guests?
    We've been winning for ages, it's just on TV now.

    Posted by: Corvidae | Jan 31, 2011 2:22:44 AM


  20. Bummer for them that wholesome young gay characters have replaced slutty religious youth icons like Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson.

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Jan 31, 2011 4:03:58 AM


  21. If the Glee coverpic is propaganda, then everything is, no? The looney tunes rightwing should know all about ideological use of propaganda after all...

    Posted by: Sean R | Jan 31, 2011 6:25:44 AM


  22. Um..wasn't my so called life on mtv not abc? this ass wipe can't get anything right.

    Posted by: The Iron Orchard | Jan 31, 2011 7:07:45 AM


  23. The Iron Orchard: Um..wasn't my so called life on mtv not abc? this ass wipe can't get anything right.

    No, it was originally aired on ABC, and run later on MTV. Always upset me actually, my then partner and I watched that show every week, and really liked it.. the fact that it was cancelled in between seasons really sucked, because there was never any closure on any of the stories.

    From Wiki:
    "My So-Called Life is an American television teen drama created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz.[3] [4] It originally aired on ABC from August 25, 1994, to January 26, 1995 and was distributed by The Bedford Falls Company with ABC Productions."

    Peace

    Posted by: theotherlee | Jan 31, 2011 10:31:27 AM


  24. It continues. This nut is in need of help. Since Obama took office, all the fears haven't happened. The sun came up when Obama signed the Health Care reform, as it did when Don't ask, Don't tell was repealed.

    Indeed these people are insane. They target gays, much like Hitler did toward the Jews. It seems like these old men, with outdated fears mirror what & how Hitler won the German people.
    Why do I mentioon Hitler? Well, since Beck, FOX, The Tea Party have (and continue to do so) it's logical to see a movement that means to scare your next door neighbor.

    EW is NOT tanked, but if they say it loud enough, they hopefully believe that the nuts will believe them.

    Posted by: JM | Jan 31, 2011 10:36:09 AM


  25. the louder they scream the louder they scream.

    sounds like Brent Bozell needs to get his useless, pathetic ass out of the closet.

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 31, 2011 5:59:50 PM


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