It hasn’t yet hit the air, but one organization has taken aim at Ryan Murphy’s new NBC series, “The New Normal.”
The show, starring Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as a gay couple seeking to have their own child via a surrogate, has been criticized by the organization One Million Moms.
The group, which also organized a campaign against JCPenney after it hired Ellen DeGeneres as its spokeswoman, is now encouraging its supporters to e-mail executives at Comcast and NBC, encouraging them not to air 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. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture,” read a post on the One Million Moms website.
GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) issued its own statement, condemning the group’s move.
“Yet again, ‘One Million Moms,’ a project of the American Family Association — whose membership we already know is far less substantial than their name — is doing its best to stir controversy where there clearly is none,” GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement to Access Hollywood on Saturday. “From hit shows like ‘Glee’ to ‘Modern Family,’ it’s clear that Americans today don’t care whether their favorite TV characters are straight or gay. We now live in a culture where gay people are not only a common part of our society but where gay characters are also applauded by both TV critics and audiences alike.”
“The New Normal” also stars Ellen Barkin, as Jane (grandmother to the surrogate mother Goldie), who spits out homophobic and racist lines.
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes, who appeared in Season 3 of “Glee” as a swimming coach, is also a part of the show.
“The New Normal” premieres September 11 at 9:30/8:30c on NBC.
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