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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Defends Modern Family's Mitch and Cam After Actor Calls Them the 'Gay Equivalent of Blackface'

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson has come to the defense of Mitch and Cam after a fellow gay actor criticized the two Modern Family characters, claiming they were the "gay equivalent of blackface."

Tuc Watkins, best known for his roles on Desperate Housewives and One Life to Live, shared his displeasure with the on-screen couple in a Facebook post on Thursday:

WatkinsHmm. I think “Modern Family” is clever, hilarious, even terrifically subtle at times. But, for the most part, I have a hard time laughing at the gay guys. In fact, I kinda cringe. It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of “blackface.” It doesn’t feel “modern” at all.

Sure, people come in all shapes, sizes, etc. So why are we fed such 80s stereotypes every week?

Here's JTF's response:

Sorry you feel that way Tuc. I know lots of guys who are just like Cam and lots of guys who are just like Mitch. We can't be expected to represent every gay person. We can only represent these two people. Also, Mitch is basically a version of me..so I never know how to take it when people say that he is stereotypical. And in defense of Cam, I still can't figure out how a clown & football coach who also happens to be gay is a stereotype.When all is said and done, it's a family sitcom. I feel our writers do a fantastic job of servicing 11 characters each week in just 22 minutes. I am incredibly proud to play Mitch and I have a lot of pride in our show. As a closeted kid of the 80's I would have loved to have had a show like Modern Family to watch with my parents. It would have meant a lot to me to see who I secretly was reflected on television. TV has come a long way and it continues to forge new ground. I am thrilled with the work that you did on Desperate Housewives. It opened the door for shows like ours and hopefully we can hold that door open for many more shows to follow us. At the end of the day we can't please everyone..and we shouldn't try to. Kinda just like life, right? Take care. Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Thoughts?


Jesse Tyler Ferguson Just Wants To 'Shake It Off' - VIDEO

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Out Modern Family star and marriage equality advocate Jesse Tyler Ferguson took part in the Trevor Project's TrevorLIVE event in LA and decided that Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" was an appropriate anthem to perform at the event, reminding audience members that even though there are haters in the world that are gonna hate, hate, hate, sometimes you just got to shake it off. Because after all, instead of getting down and out about the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world, you could have been getting down to a sick beat.

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland, who is close with Swift, shared Ferguson's performance on Instagram which quickly gained the seal of approval from Swift herself. 

Watch the performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Meredith Vieira Play 'Slime the Mime' - VIDEO

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson stopped by Meredith Vieira's show yesterday to take part in the "Slime the Mime" challenge to see who could best guess a set of clues acted out by a mime. Per the rules, the loser of the competition would then get "slimed" with a bucket of green goop.

For the sit-down portion of the segment, Ferguson shared how his marriage to Justin Mikita has impacted his life while Meredith surprised him with a sexy gift.

See who gets slimed and watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet Crashed a Frat House, Took Selfies: VIDEO

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet paid a visit to Stonestreet's alma mater Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and decided after their talk with students on campus to check out Stonestreet's old frat house.

Their timing couldn't have been more awkward. Turns out there had just been a party at the frat house and the Modern Family actors walked in on the aftermath, which included frat bros getting intimate with their ladies.

Ferguson tells Conan what happened when Mitch and Cam walked into the bedroom, AFTER THE JUMP...

Ferguson also talks about throwing out the first pitch at a Dodger's game recently ("gayest opening pitch") and making People magazine's "Best Dressed List".

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Came Out At 14 After Being Caught Stealing

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Funny man Jesse Tyler Ferguson is an established, out gay presence in Hollywood. He plays one half of recently married duo Cam and Mitch on Modern Family and married his own hubby, Justin Mikita, last July. Ferguson was not always so out and proud, though, and he recently shared his coming out experience with fellow comedian Aisha Tyler on her podcast "Girl on Guy." 

HuffPost reports:

"Well, I was caught stealing gay porn when I was 14," Ferguson, who was raised in New Mexico, admitted. "So, I always considered that my coming-out. ... It was so humiliating. I had been stealing porn for a while. I had quite a little collection. And I would bring it into the house, and then I'd get nervous, so I'd hide it under the mattress, or I'd hide it behind a shed in the backyard. And then it would get rained on, and I'd have to go get the barbecue tongs to [get it out]."

Ferguson said that one of his stolen goods set off an alarm. The woman behind the check out counter then took him to a back room...and called his father. 

"When I stole the porn it was like, 'OK, are you gay?' And I was, like, 14. I didn't really know. I didn't know what I was going through. But then in my later teen years I did come out to him, and it was like he needed to be told three times. ... [When I was 21] he asked me if I had a girlfriend at the time, and I was like, 'Dad! You know I'm gay, right?'"

Ferguson's father apparently had difficulty accepting his son's sexual orientation, but that did not stop him from giving an emotional speech the night before Ferguson and Mikita's wedding. 

"It was a process for him as well. It was sort of a coming-out process, and he had to figure out how to deal with having a son that wasn't the ideal son that he had," [Ferguson] told Oprah Winfrey last year.


Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet Have a Post-Wedding Message: VIDEO

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As many of you know, last night was Modern Family's big wedding between Mitch and Cam.

Jesse Tyler and Eric Stonestreet followed up their big night with a PSA on Jimmy Kimmel Live advocating the latest frontier in marriage equality.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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