The New Normal: One Million Moms Protest Ryan Murphy's Gay Family Show, NBC Responds
Remember One Million Moms (OMM), the group that is still protesting JC Penney, Oreo cookies, and that show GCB that no one watched? Well, they've got a new target in their sights: NBC's upcoming sitcom The New Normal.
NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture...
Millions of Americans strongly believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. NBC's "The New Normal" is attempting to desensitize America and our children. It is the opposite of how families are designed and created. You cannot recreate the biological wheel.
Gasp! Not the "biological wheel"! Until now, every television show has adhered strictly to biological realism! That's why LOST was so scary. If we allow gay dads into our homes, all hell will break loose!
The New Normal is a yet-to-be-aired show by creator Ryan Murphy about a gay couple having their first child with a surrogate. Judging by this trailer, bonds are formed, hijinks ensue, and a fairly traditional, cheesy-but-heartstring-pulling family show is born:
We haven't had a chance to see an episode yet (the show premieres in September) but it looks pretty standard. Mostly white, mostly formulaic, mostly about warm fuzzies and babies and following your dreams—with doses of cute kid, inappropriate older white lady, and "sassy" black lady thrown in there for good measure. Yes, the protagonists are gay, but beyond that my guess is that The New Normal will reinforce the very traditional family values OMM claims to stand for, the same way Modern Family does with those voiceovers at the end of every episode. Why is this the show they're protesting and not, say, Charlie Sheen's Anger Management? (Because of homophobia obviously, but you see what I mean.)
NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke responded to the protests today saying, "[Murphy] is a guy who pushes the envelope, but this show is really his love letter to families," and, "It's just meant to … bring a family show to the public that captures the zeitgeist, and what's going on in the country right now and being more inclusive." (Translation: Gay parenting is now mainstream enough that we'll air a show about it. Cool your jets, OMM, because no one cares.)
As a feminist killjoy, I must point out that The New Normal appears to reinforce some tired stereotypes about gay men (they're so materialistic! they're obsessed with dieting! they're a straight woman's best friend!) and employ the aforementioned ageist and racist tropes (since it's a network sitcom, I'm sure you aren't surprised). As a pop culture lover though, I must point out that the more representations of different types of families on TV, the better. Also, Andrew Rannells is totally the best side character on Girls, so I'm looking forward to seeing him in this.
OMM claims they're "prepared to contact any and all sponsors of this program if it is aired." I'm not sure who those sponsors are, but if they're spending money to support a sitcom about gay families I doubt they'll listen to OMM's homophobic paranoia. The New Normal's portrayal of nontraditional families might not be perfect, but at this point it is pretty normal.
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