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'The New Normal' Fires Back at One Million Moms with Ridiculous Wingnut Ellen Barkin: VIDEO


Many of you will recall the mission launched over the summer by One Million Moms to boycott NBC's The New Normal for "subjecting families to the decay of morals and values" for portraying a gay couple having a child through a surrogate.

In last night's episode, Ellen Barkin, who plays a wingnut mother in the show, schooled a group of future One Million Moms on marriage:

"Marriage is a sacred vow taken between a heterosexual man and a woman preferably over the age of 18 to stay together until death do us part. And you know why? So you can have somebody to find your body when you die. You don't want to be that weird smell coming out of an apartment of cats do you?"


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  1. Ellen is very funny but each new episode of THE NEW NORMAL convinces me further that writer/creator Ryan Murphy has absolutely no concept of how to create a character who acts like a real person or put them into real-life situations. It, like his other creations GLEE & NIP TUCK, are total fantasies. That said, THE NEW NORMAL is still better than PARTNERS.

    Posted by: Kevin | Oct 10, 2012 10:09:48 AM

  2. I have actually been finding that The New Normal has been spreading around the craziness and the sense of reason ALMOST evenly among the characters (perhaps too much for my taste, even though I have come to enjoy the characters).
    I mean, the gay- and gay-friendly characters all seemed to think it was fine last night for little Shania to have this fake wedding to a boy she's known for less than a month, and they went all-out to make it a momentous day.
    Nana schools them in the fact that marriage is not meant for children and dogs (which none of the gays seem to get) and then ruins the point by adding that it's also not for gays (I can't remember, but she probably actually said "a pair of pole-munchers" or something derisive like that).

    Posted by: GregV | Oct 10, 2012 10:18:32 AM

  3. Usually I just wince when watching this show. Perhaps an awkward smile. Maybe that's the point, but I'd rather spend my time elsewhere.

    Posted by: Louis | Oct 10, 2012 10:22:03 AM

  4. LMAO!! Her character cracks me up. I have last nights episode on my DVR, I still need to watch it.

    I'm not sure why this show gets so much flack, its just a silly tv show and it is kinda funny. I'm sad Partners sucks so bad though. Brandon Routh is lovely.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Oct 10, 2012 11:02:12 AM

  5. I was putting up with the show, neither loving it nor hating it- just giving it a chance, right up until the "Obama Mama" episode. If you want to address the political divisions in this country in a comedic way, great. Have at it. But either do it justice or leave it alone. I was having problems streaming it so I turned it off halfway through and haven't bothered to go back and see how it ended, but the part I saw was really p*ssing me off.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 10, 2012 11:28:55 AM

  6. I find this show to be really offensive, and frankly not funny. One stereotype after the other, not clever writing, just a poorly written soap box. The snark level is just toxic.

    Posted by: mattman | Oct 10, 2012 11:56:18 AM

  7. Haven't seen this episode yet, but I'm hating The New Normal less and less. It's cute, yes it's fantasy, and Andrew Rannells is grating on my nerves less and less - seeming a little less like a prancing stereotype than at first. And if true, I totally forgive that, as actors routinely find their characters over the course of the first season. So I'm still going with this show.

    Partners, on the other hand, is pissing me off. I don't know the name of the actor who plays the Flamer on that show, but he seems to be moving in the opposite direction. I can't believe Superman would be his boyfriend, and I feel for poor Superman because this show is sucking and I think will soon be put out of our collective misery.

    I suppose it's great that gay characters are on TWO television shows - but while I have zero problem with flaming queens in real life, I cringe when that is presented for laughs on TV.

    Posted by: Zlick | Oct 10, 2012 12:55:43 PM

  8. Too much to ask to have nonstereotyped gay men on tv?

    Do all gay couples have to be pairs of queens, still?

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Oct 10, 2012 1:10:38 PM

  9. Oh, and I think it was a mistake to dignify the "One Million Moms" group (actual members about 40,000) by naming them. Why increase their profile by putting them on a network TV show? Call the group the Billion Biddies or whatever you want, but do anything that might actually promote OMM.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 10, 2012 1:30:32 PM

  10. If you want to see Brandon Routh as a gay man in something funnier than Partners, go check out "Zack And Miri Make A Porno". His scenes with Justin Long as his porn directing boyfriend are hilarious. Make sure to stick around for more of Brandon and Justin after the end.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 10, 2012 1:46:01 PM

  11. @ GREGV - She called them "Banana Polishers," which I actually found funny.

    The show as a whole is...interesting. There are tons of stereotypes (even Nene saying she loves Niki Minaj) but that is sort of what the show is doing here. They are more caricatures than characters. I'll give it a couple more episodes before I decide, I do find myself laughing a decent amount.

    Posted by: Fat Queer | Oct 10, 2012 2:20:46 PM

  12. I was giving the show a chance, because Nana and Shania were absolutely hilarious. I didn't buy the romance between the two leads, or did I buy that they actually wanted a kid. I got up to "Obama Mama" and it was just too much of trying to be up on current events (blatantly so), and I couldn't get through it. :/

    Posted by: Yuki | Oct 10, 2012 2:37:13 PM

  13. I don't see myself represented by any gay man on TV. Never had. They are always over-the-top stereotypes or dark, creepy outcasts. For once, can't a gay man simply be masculine and lacking good design taste? Guess that would confuse them with our straight counterparts. Hmmmm… there's a unique concept.

    Posted by: Vito | Oct 10, 2012 3:28:27 PM

  14. Well, to be fair, Andrew Rannell's boyfriend is played as a completely boring straight guy. I find his character completely unlikable - so I guess there's no winning.

    Posted by: Zlick | Oct 10, 2012 3:52:01 PM

  15. Most of you guys who hate the flaming types are desribing hte WILL part of WILL & GRACE. I like both new gay shows and laugh with them.

    Posted by: Frank | Oct 10, 2012 6:32:12 PM

  16. its a sit-com. Its not supposed to be "real life". Jesus, some of you queens are way uptight.

    Posted by: Chicklets | Oct 10, 2012 7:37:25 PM

  17. I pulled the plug (on my DVR that is) on this show last night, I could not stand it any longer. If the only "funny" character on the show is Ellen Barkin's character... go figure. There is no chemistry between the two leads and Ryan Murphy should stick to drama, not dramedy or whatever you want to call this mini-Glee on steroids. That show is also off the DVR, a long, long time ago.

    Posted by: Paul | Oct 10, 2012 7:51:28 PM

    I can see lots of lessons for the public
    Last night, the Dr proposed marriage, and you see why he changed his mind.
    --- it sort of gives castor oil to straight people's homophobia

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 10, 2012 8:15:34 PM

  19. Rannells left The Book of Mormon, Broadway, for THIS ??????? He should fire any & all people tasked w giving him career guidance.

    Posted by: mikeflower | Oct 10, 2012 11:18:07 PM

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