The latest television show from “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy has conservative critics up in arms.
The show, titled “The New Normal,” features a gay couple trying to start a family using a surrogate mother. Utah television station KSL announced this week they would refuse to run the show.
“For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time,” said Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a statement.
“The dialogue is excessively rude and crude; the scenes are too explicit and the stereotypes are offensive on all sides,” Simpson added.
The announcement to not run the show has sparked a huge battle among gay advocates who insist the show be aired.
Ellen Barkin, an actress starring in the upcoming new show, tweeted in response the news: “L&O SUV…anal tearing not “explicit” content,child slavery not “explicit” content?But @NBCTheNewNormal,laughing & loving is?” and called the TV station, KSL, bigots.
Other gay advoacy groups, including GLAAD, have also been vocal about their anger over KSL’s decision.
The conservative group One Million Moms said of the show, “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.”
Adding, “These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture.”
The Parent’s Television Council, a conservative group that advocates for more family appropriate TV, has routinely bashed the shows creator, Ryan Murphy, for his statements over pushing the boundaries of what can or cannot be shown on TV.
Murphy declared, following a controversial episode of “Glee” that included two gay characters having sex for the first time, “Hopefully I have made it possible for somebody on broadcast television to do a rear-entry scene in three years.”
Ryan Murphy is the brain behind other television hit shows including “Glee,” “Nip/Tuck” and “American Horror Story.”
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