Right-Wing Groups Try To Kill Gay-Themed TV Show
Dan Savage’s pilot is the target of conservative groups who don’t want a gay-oriented show.
The Media Research Center and Family Research Council’s efforts to kill the show (tentatively titled The Real O’Neals) have already begun: According to the Associated Press, “their members have sent more than 21,000 postcards and made more than 4,000 telephone calls” demanding that the network nix the show.
In a letter, the presidents of the two groups, Tony Perkins and Brent Bozell, claimed that while they were kind of “resigned” with the gay-oriented plot of the show — “Where is the market demand for this? You might even resign yourself that this is the way that it is,” Bozell noted — they really only had a problem with Savage, whose persona personally offended them.
“They’re choosing him for his signature, which is religious bigotry and personal offensiveness, not because he’s gay,” Bozell said in the letter. “There are a thousand and one gay people they could have chosen.”
…Savage, for his part, isn’t too worried and called the campaign “misdirected, as the show isn’t by me — I’m not one of the writers — and it isn’t about me.”