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Iran's Remake Of 'Modern Family' Excludes Gay Characters - VIDEO

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Iranian television comedy Haft Sang, an almost scene-by-scene remake of Modern Family, has written out all gay characters or made them straight, according to Gay Star News.

The gender of other characters have also been changed to avoid mixing of the sexes before marriage.

The unauthorized remake tries to recreate the appeal of Modern Family within the religious guidelines of Iran’s theocratic state.

A comparison video made by an Iranian fan of Modern Family shows how blatantly Haft Sang has ripped off the ABC comedy.

Earlier this year, head of the American Family Association Bryan Fischer said that Modern Family is "poison", "harmful," and "lethal."

Watch Sina Haghighi’s comparison video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Facebook 'Kiss-In' Launched in Response to Negative Reactions to Michael Sam Kiss

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HuffPost editor Michelangelo Signorile has launched a Facebook "kiss-in" in response to negative reactions over the Michael Sam kiss.

KissinHe writes:

People just aren't used to seeing two men or two women kissing, even with all the news coverage of gay marriage. Judging by some of the reactions to the Sam/Cammisano kiss, I'm not sure what they think gay men in relationships do. Play checkers? (Well, maybe sometimes.) We see straight people kissing all the time, all over television, in magazines, in films, on the Internet. A lot of people who consider themselves pro-gay probably are uneasy about seeing gays kissing, just like a lot of people who in the past said they supported interracial marriage were probably uneasy when they saw two straight people of different races kissing (and some still are). And in this case, it's a gay black man and a gay white man kissing.

Signorile urges Facebook users to change their profile photos to two women or two men kissing.

He also references an article by Mark Joseph Stern at Slate which raises some of the same issues.

Stern makes a good case for why the negative reactions to the ESPN coverage of Michael Sam’s emotional kiss with his boyfriend prove gay people need to be more affectionate in public. 

Writes Stern:

Supporting gay rights means supporting gay people. And you can’t support gay people if you’re disgusted by their most basic and innocuous displays of affection.

Modern familyStill, on an emotional level, I can understand why an otherwise goodhearted straight person’s knee-jerk response to a gay kiss lands on the spectrum of discomfort. Gay PDA remains startlingly rare in 2014, thanks to an overwhelming history of anti-gay animus that makes every public kiss more than a little bit fraught. Even an ostensibly gay-friendly TV show like Modern Family gives mainstream America barely a glimpse at same-sex affection. And there’s an obvious feedback loop problem here: So long as gay people are uncomfortable kissing in public, straight people won’t be comfortable seeing it; so long as straight people are uncomfortable seeing it, gay people will hesitate to do it.

There’s really only one way to break this impasse: more gay kissing. Straight Americans needs to see more same-sex affection, and LGBTQ Americans are the only people who can provide it. Gay couples shouldn’t shrink from sharing a kiss in public, even if they risk drawing annoyed glances or angry tweets. Ten years ago, gay people were instructed to hide their sexuality lest they rub it in everyone’s faces. Today, we’re being told not to kiss in public—under the exact same rationale. There’s no reason to accept this pathetically irrational, plainly prejudiced party line. We should all be grateful to Michael Sam for sparking this conversation with his much-ballyhooed (and very innocent) kiss. But if we truly want to do justice to Sam’s already admirable legacy, we owe it to ourselves to follow his lead.


Eric Stonestreet Dishes With Ellen about Modern Family's Upcoming Gay Wedding: VIDEO

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Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet sat down with Ellen to share some behind-the-scenes info about the emotional shoot for Mitch and Cam’s upcoming wedding on the show.

Stonestreet also talked about his real parents welcoming actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson into the family now that he and Ferguson are "married"

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP

Yesterday, it was also announced that the show would celebrate the upcoming event by covering the cost of all marriage licenses and wedding ceremonies in NYC on Monday.

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Mitch And Cam Get Hitched, Glee, Arrow, Grey's, SNL - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Here come the grooms. The marriage equality momentum hits the most successful mainstream comedy this week on Modern Family. The two-part finale focusing on Mitch and Cam's wedding starts Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern on ABC. Guests include Nathan Lane and Elizabeth Banks.

More picks and clips, including goodbye to Arrow's abs, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Modern Family' Paying for All Marriage Licenses in NYC on Monday: VIDEO

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GMA aired a sneak peek of Mitch and Cam's upcoming wedding on Modern Family, invited the stars for a cake decorating contest, and also made a special announcement, THR reports:

The network announced on Good Morning America that the show will cover the cost of all marriage licenses and wedding ceremonies taking place on Monday, May 12 at the New York City Clerk's office (141 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. EST.).

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Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson Tell Jimmy Kimmel About Their 'Modern Family' Wedding: VIDEO

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Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson stopped by Jimmy Kimmel last night to talk about their upcoming wedding on Modern Family. Ferguson talked about how his real life wedding to Justin Mikita prepared him for this one, and Jimmy talked about what a big deal it is for a Disney-owned network to feature the wedding of two men in prime time.

Said Stonestreet: "This just feels really great to know that at the end of 5 years Mitch and Cam are having a little bit of completion of their relationship."

They also said that they got a bit choked up at their fake wedding.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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