AFTAH, Andrew Sullivan, on ABC's "Modern Family"
ABC does not allow Queer Kiss on "Modern Family": AFTAH, Towleroad, and Andrew Sullivan weigh in
ABC's new sitcom "Modern Family" has a gay male couple with an adopted daughter as part of the regular cast. A sign of our progressive times, yet also a sign of the continuing conflict and divide over new progressive versus traditional values.
Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality butts heads with gay activists Andrew Sullivan and Towleroad of The Daily What on why ABC will allow the gay couple to hug, but not kiss.
Worthy Cause of the Day: Not a single episode of ABC’s uproarious new sitcom Modern Family goes by that I don’t find myself ranting and raving over the pseudo-progressivism of having an openly gay couple on a primetime TV show, and going out of your way to avoid having them show real-world physical affection toward one another.
Andrew Sullivan posted this as well on his blog at The Atlantic.
A Facebook campaign was recently launched to convince ABC to let the duo kiss to on national television. It may not seem like a big deal to most, but to gay advocacy groups this is clearly a sign that gays somehow must be more restrained the straights, no matter how committed, lest they offend.
LaBarbera predictably has a field day with the entire issue:
Well, what do you know? Even Modern Liberals trying to create a prototype for a “Modern Family” by mainstreaming Age-Old Deviance (homosexuality) apparently still have to deal with the reality that Modern Americans don’t want to see two men kiss. (Yuck.)
To Sullivan's quote on the ABC photo, that ‘The shot is, perhaps, a perfect distillation of where the culture now is on gays: fine but not equal.” LaBarbera chides that "sexual perversion can bever be equal to the natural order".
He then points out that America is in serious decline, but the fact that ABC will not allow the couple to kiss instills him with new hope.
The effort to reprogram Americans’ natural “disgust” factor toward homosexual conduct will go on. The Modern Homosexual Lobby is never satisfied — no matter how many once-cherished norms and religious teachings it succeeds in undermining. But it sure gets tiresome hearing these over-indulged whiners complaining ad nauseam about how their aberrant relationships are not treated “equally” to the normal and natural kind.
How ‘Modern’ does ABC want to be?
This is the question LaBarbera asks, and he thinks the answer is clear: Homosexual sex doesn’t sell on Main Street, even in 2010.
The phenomenon of politically correct liberals remaining squeamish about homosexuality was written on by LaBarbera himself ten years ago in WorldNetDaily after attending a conference by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (as a critic).
Photo editor for the New York Times Phillip Gefter had recalled how he suggested a series of “benign” photos of gay men kissing to illustrate a story on “homophobia” — but that his otherwise pro-gay fellow editors had not liked the idea.
LaBarbera then points out that Andrew Sullivan himself infamously hailed extra-relationship sex as a distinctive and advantageous feature of homosexual couplings compared to straights. He continues, asserting that homosexual adoption advocate Dan Savage took it a step further, recommending the gay style of monogamy as a model to married straight couples and as a potential strategy to lower the divorce rate.