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Tennessee Lawmaker Warns Parents Not to Watch 'Modern Family' Because Children Might Discover Gays Exist

I mentioned earlier that a Tennessee House panel approved Stacey Campfield's heinous 'Don't Say Gay' bill which forbids discussion of homosexuality and anything but “natural human reproduction science” in public school before the ninth grade.

Joey_HensleyBut Nashville Scene made a note about the hearing beforehand that must be shared:

Before the House education subcommittee acted, chairman Joey Hensley scored bonus points by admonishing all Tennessee parents not to let their children watch “Modern Family” on television because they might discover there are homosexuals in the world.

Coincidentally, President Obama says "Modern Family" is one of the first family’s favorite shows to watch in the White House. Hensley didn’t mention that, but we’re certain that if he knew it, it would only strengthen his belief in the show’s evil influence.

“I don’t think ‘Modern Family’ is appropriate for children to watch,” Hensley said solemnly after a Nashville preacher testified children might find out about gay people by seeing the show even if teachers aren’t allowed to say gay in schools.

The state Senate adopted the “don’t say gay” bill last year but amended it first to allow only the teaching of “natural human reproduction science."

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  1. reproduc-tive science? sheesh!

    Posted by: doug | Feb 16, 2012 9:35:13 AM

  2. Teaching is hard enough. Can you imagine being a current events (social studies) teacher and telling your students to go home and read the newspaper. You could get fired! Don't let the kids watch American Idol, Dancing with the Starts, So You Think You Can Dance, re-reuns of Will & Grace, Dawson's Creek, Desparate House Wives (real or imaginary). Goodness, the list is gettign bigger --- watch only sports, oops there is a Gay NBA manager!!! Oh, no somebody said Tibow might be gay! YIKES, kids might ask... And PLEASE someone define “natural human reproduction science." Does this include having 3 wives (serial or in parallel), artifical insemination, surrogacy, trans-sexual men having babies. I mean, it is time to just lock the kids in a closet!!!
    Sorry --- I usually don't go this craxy!!!

    Posted by: Daya | Feb 16, 2012 9:45:31 AM

  3. Dear Tennessee Legislature:

    As a former resident of your state, please, please, for the love of Dolly Parton, stop embarrassing us.

    Posted by: Arthur Adams | Feb 16, 2012 9:47:41 AM

  4. ANOTHER sanctimonious Republican lawmaker who will undoubtedly one day be caught tap-tap-tapping in a men's room somewhere.

    Posted by: Alexander | Feb 16, 2012 9:54:00 AM

  5. "Because if children found out about gay people, OF COURSE, they would want to be gay, because I, myself, find it THAT appealing and seductive". That seems to be the subtext whenever anyone makes claims like this.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Feb 16, 2012 9:55:48 AM

  6. I completely sympathize with this lawmaker; I mean, I banned my non-existent children from watching Street because they might get confused as to whether or not muppets exist.

    Any bets on to the over/under until this guy is caught with a rentboy?

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 16, 2012 9:58:58 AM

  7. GOP Elected officials at their finest, though... doth protesteth too much? "I don't want anyone to say the word "GAY"... ohhhhh... gay gay gay gay... and DON'T WATCH ANYTHING WITH GAY IN IT.... ooooo gay gay gay... can't be reminded... can't be reminded.... can't be reminded... gay gay gay... " followed by a personal, late night inspection of all the Interstate rest area in Tennessee to make sure no one is saying the word "gay" in each of the stalls. Especially the ones with the holes cut in them.

    Posted by: 99% | Feb 16, 2012 9:58:59 AM

  8. Reminds me of the lunacy when SOAP came on TV with a gay character... have we learned nothing in 35+years????

    Posted by: Rucka | Feb 16, 2012 10:07:56 AM

  9. Time warp.

    It's still 1955 in Tennessee.

    Posted by: johnny | Feb 16, 2012 10:14:27 AM

  10. Yes, chairman Hensley; keep telling parents to forbid their children from watching "certain" television programs. That way, when the fervently curious kids do watch Modern Family or the Simpsons (and they will), they will have the opportunity to do so without bigoted editorializing parents in the room.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Feb 16, 2012 10:38:47 AM

  11. Hey Andy,

    I'm sure you can dig the article up ... earlier this year, Mitt Romney said that "Modern Family" was part of his much-watch TV. This is not a joke. Maybe those Tennessee guys should catch up with Gov. Romney.

    Posted by: morehumorplease | Feb 16, 2012 10:43:12 AM

  12. Two words: Gay. Face.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Feb 16, 2012 10:51:41 AM

  13. "Natural Human Reproduction Science" sounds like a good name for an alternative rock band....

    Lets put a control group of 100 % heterosexual people (?) in a space bubble with no gay influences visual, written, spoken, or in song and see how many generations, years, months or, days it takes for spontaneous homosexuality to occur....

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Feb 16, 2012 11:12:57 AM

  14. Two words: Reptile. Head.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Feb 16, 2012 11:16:55 AM

  15. @Daya: Locking the kids in a closet won't help. They would all come out someday.

    Posted by: james | Feb 16, 2012 11:24:26 AM

  16. Would somebody just burst out laughing with me? This guy is such an idiot hick that to even think about paying any attention at all brings you down to his level. He's stupid. He's ignorant. He's full of what dogs leave on the lawn. He's laughable. Move on.

    Posted by: uffda | Feb 16, 2012 11:27:48 AM

  17. Yet another piece of evidence I use to remind people of why I left the South so very, very long ago.

    For gawd's sake, my parents (no raging liberals) moved away from the South so fast to Canada when my dad was transferred, they left skidmarks.

    A random observation: It strikes me that the most vocal opponents of people having any kind of sex for recreation, not procreation, are to a person some of the most unf!ckable "humans" on the planet.

    The blue states should start ad campaigns in the South and other redneck Red States that say: "Come Join the 21st Century and Enjoy Life Again". I imagine that anyone with an IQ higher than peat moss has already moved, but some people just need that reminder....

    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000 | Feb 16, 2012 11:52:31 AM

  18. Start the clock on when this idiot gets caught in a toilet with his pants down....

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Feb 16, 2012 12:31:32 PM

  19. Come to think of it, with more than half of marriages ending in divorce and just watching a tv show or hearing the word "gay" can entice hetero's to switch their sexuality, maybe he should be afraid. Like I've always said, far, FAR more people "switch" from straight to gay then the other way around. It's obvious that heterosexuality is "just a phase" they're all going through....

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Feb 16, 2012 12:38:10 PM

  20. I was at this hearing. Just for clarity, the pastor who mentioned it did so while speaking eloquently against the disgusting bill. He's a progressive Evangelical Lutheran.

    Representative John DeBerry Jr, a Democrat and ironically African-American, ranted about having the right to "indoctrinate" his kids(he used the term at least 5 times) without pesky public schools being an environment where varied views and backgrounds were visible.

    Posted by: Clay | Feb 16, 2012 1:21:18 PM

  21. Forrest Gump was right: "Stupid is as stupid does!"

    Posted by: Joe | Feb 16, 2012 2:42:07 PM

  22. I love that these people think this must be a surprise to the producers of Modern Family. Like they're sitting around thinking 'Oh no, we lost the anti gay demo in Tennessee!'. Yeah they weren't counting on it to begin with.

    Posted by: MKe | Feb 16, 2012 3:30:46 PM

  23. Uffda, I too laughed out loud, thinking back to when I was a kid and all we had to watch was shows like "Howdy Doody" and "Father Knows Best" with nary a gay character to be seen yet, voila!, here I am, as gay as you want to be with absolutely no input from parents, siblings, relatives OR tv shows. Who'd a thunk it?

    Posted by: Paul in Charleston | Feb 16, 2012 5:13:47 PM

  24. So will in-vitro fertilization be outlawed? It sure ain't Natural! If god wanted you to have kids, you would be able to simply by f*cking your partner.
    Someone in Tenn needs to introduce this so the hypocrisy can be shone to the world.....again

    Posted by: Jumper | Feb 16, 2012 5:23:21 PM

  25. He looks like a guy that would drill glory holes at rest stops.

    Posted by: Gary Brubaker | Feb 16, 2012 6:18:58 PM

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