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Tony Perkins: Gays Are 30% Of TV Characters, Are Make-Believe People

Hate group leader Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, claims that gays make up 30% of TV show characters and storylines, and that "lovable gay characters" - presumably ones like Cam and Mitchell from Modern Family - are Trojan horses used to "desensitize Americans," reports Right Wing Watch.

Said Perkins: Tony Perkins

The debate over same-sex marriage has been perfectly scripted by Hollywood. Television shows are full of lovable gay characters, whose dangerous lifestyle is just another funny footnote. Unfortunately for America, those make-believe people are having a real-life impact. In a new survey, almost 20% of Americans credit television with changing their minds on same-sex marriage. And that’s no accident. Homosexuals make up 4% of the population, but they’re a whopping 30% of TV characters and storylines. Liberals are using this barrage to desensitize America and viewers are buying it. Of course, producers don’t show you the reality of homosexuality: the men and women dying of AIDS, or the same-sex couples threatening Christian businesses. They don’t cast the Dan Savages bullying kids or the parents kicked out of school for opposing gay curriculum. Like most everything else on TV, it’s fiction. 

The 30% statistic is pulled from a quote by screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi over at the National Catholic Register, who offers no context or source for her statistic beyond her subjective experiences in Hollywood. Barbara is the Founder and Chair Emeritus of Act One, Inc., a Christian non-profit organization that trains aspiring scriptwriters and producers starting out in Hollywood.

GLAAD calculates a slightly different statistic for the 2012-2013 season at 4.4%, with the five major broadcast networks - ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC - offering 31 regular and 19 recurring characters that identify as LGBT in their scripted series and mainstream cable providing 35 regular and 26 recurring LGBT characters.

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  1. Perkins reallyyyyyyyyy wants his youngest son to die. Apparently. He's dedicated to making it happen.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 5, 2013 6:46:07 PM

  2. FRC refuses to be limited by mere facts. That's why the are a designated hate-group. They still think that if they repeat a lie often enough it becomes true.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jun 5, 2013 6:49:11 PM

  3. When is the LGBT leadership going to finally take this asshat and expose this organization as a hate group.

    Posted by: Richard | Jun 5, 2013 6:59:49 PM

  4. If you click through to the article at the NCR the 30% is a reference to presumably the number of GLBT people who work in the entertainment industry. Not the number of gay characters on TV.

    It's still a cooked up statistic. And the article which also quotes the Media Research Center is pretty much the standard socially conservative boilerplate whine.

    Posted by: Leo | Jun 5, 2013 7:23:34 PM

  5. Perkins couldn't even get his 30% quote right. The original writer in the NCR didn't say that percent were characters or storylines, she said she believed that was the percent of gays working in the entertainment industry. Being a set designer doesn't make you a TV character, Perkins, you overblown fraud.

    Posted by: hughman | Jun 5, 2013 7:26:10 PM

  6. The self loathing just oozes from this guy...

    Posted by: Pdxblueyes | Jun 5, 2013 7:41:17 PM

  7. God I detest this person. What a sad, pathetic life he leads.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Jun 5, 2013 7:51:07 PM

  8. Now we understand why they are so worried about same-gender marriage and the decline of the human race from reduced reproduction. They can't count!

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 5, 2013 7:57:31 PM

  9. Well, obviously, there are only 334 working actors in television.

    Clearly, Tony watches more gay TV than I can find. What channels is he watching?

    Posted by: Lymis | Jun 5, 2013 7:58:53 PM

  10. He's down there counting you can bet and I'm thinkin he's looking for a deep man kiss even at the risk of only finding a Judas. Muah from a distance, and good luck.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 5, 2013 8:09:17 PM

  11. "Of course, producers don’t show you the reality of homosexuality: the men and women dying of AIDS, or the same-sex couples threatening Christian businesses. They don’t cast the Dan Savages bullying kids or the parents kicked out of school for opposing gay curriculum. Like most everything else on TV, it’s fiction."

    Jeez, Tony! They don't show the children being bullied to the point of them wanting to kill themselves and they don't show the men and women being beaten and sometimes murdered in the streets because they are gay or perceived to be gay, either. I wonder why? Could it be that the actual FACTS are much scarier than FICTION?

    Posted by: Jeremy | Jun 5, 2013 8:18:36 PM

  12. Tony Perkins would have made a great athlete-
    it's all about competition for him- no matter how absurd. Unfortunately, for these type of Christians they don't have a tangible devil with horns, a tail, and a pitchfork to chase after, so they opt for gay people.

    Posted by: Eddie | Jun 5, 2013 8:24:33 PM

  13. You didn't expect him to use facts, did you? If he did tht, he'd disprove his own statements.

    Posted by: Hamish | Jun 5, 2013 8:42:51 PM

  14. Clearly, the only remedy for Tony is to leave America right away! It's only going to get more equal for us...which he hates! Buh-bye!

    Posted by: Geoff | Jun 5, 2013 8:50:50 PM

  15. Aren't you tired Tony? Aren't you tired?

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 5, 2013 8:54:23 PM

  16. Thank you for continually posting these - and informing us - about those who misinform the public. Hate is hate is hate. The only thing that will counter hate is truthful information and ultimately, love.

    Posted by: s. | Jun 5, 2013 9:04:59 PM

  17. If you're waiting for Tony Perkins to use actual facts, don't hold your breath. That's why the FRC was designated as a Hate Group as opposed to merely being opposed to gays based on their religious beliefs.

    Thy lie and deliberately misconstrue, cite debunked "research" then lie and lie some more.

    In fact they lie so often and deliberately that you can't help but wonder if it has anything to do with the Bible at all. I mean, unlike homosexuality, lying made it all the way to the 10 Commandments but they ignore it anyway. But fear is a great fundraiser so they lie instead of telling the truth. It makes a better story and the spurs donations.

    Like Tony Perkins' audience is going to know? Half of them miss Lawrence Welk and the other half think reading Harry Potter books leads to possession!

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 5, 2013 9:46:50 PM

  18. It's just too bad that Pony Jerkins daddy didn't pull out in time.

    Posted by: nick | Jun 5, 2013 10:03:48 PM

  19. Guess what, Tony...the diety you worship is a make believe diety.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jun 5, 2013 10:12:27 PM

  20. uuuggghhh...deity..too much multitasking today

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jun 5, 2013 10:13:49 PM

  21. Would someone just stomp on this cockroach?

    Posted by: Richard | Jun 5, 2013 10:54:41 PM

  22. "Television shows are full of lovable gay characters"

    Well, the world is full of lovable gay people too....

    Posted by: Jim | Jun 5, 2013 11:21:15 PM

  23. Once again, the FRC pulls total bu11sh*t out of their @$$ and tries to pass it off as fact.

    Considering that they try to convince everyone that a 2000 year old book of fables is true, it's just business as usual for them.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jun 5, 2013 11:34:39 PM

  24. I've seen this Tony Perkins on my TV set before. As a fictional character, he's just not that compelling.

    Posted by: davitydave | Jun 6, 2013 1:56:27 AM

  25. Of course... we all know that since Blaine and Kurt in Glee shared a kiss there's been an increase of 20% in gaying attitude among high school students... No seriously? This guy is thinking too much to gay stuff.

    Posted by: lukebrux | Jun 6, 2013 2:21:05 AM

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