Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What do you think?: Ellen Barkin Sounds Off on After Utah TV Station Bans The New Normal

Personally this show doesn't strike me as my cup of tea, and I'm not likely to tune in. But, I feel the same way about all the reality TV which typically isn't reality at all, but a platform to show us the worst in people. Yucky! So count on me to "Vote with My Remote".  This is definitely a medium that responds promptly to public opinion. It only takes networks a few episodes to pull a show off the air if it is not getting enough views. 

In the United States of America we all have rights. Content creators have the right it put shows on the air and every individual in Utah and everywhere else in the U.S. has the right to turn it off and tune out. It may seem like a leap to you, but being female, African American, having a child with autism, I'm tuned is to all things "ism" sexism, racism, able-ism and I am opposed to anything in this country that sets presidents for prejudice, exclusion or censorship. I am instead very much in favor of personal responsibility, so if you don't like a show, exercise your rights and  turn your TV Off but let's not encourage individuals to make our decisions for us!  ... I'm just saying " 

Ellen Barkin Sounds Off on After Utah TV Station Bans The New Normal
Ellen Barkin is tweeting mad over a Utah TV station's decision to not air The New Normal. The show, which premieres in September on NBC, features a gay couple and the family of the woman who decides to become a surrogate for their baby.
Jeff Simpson, CEO of  Bonneville International, parent company of of Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL-TV, told the Deseret News in a statement Friday that the show's "crude dialogue, explicit content and offensive characterizations," were the main reasons the station decided to ban it.
"After viewing the pilot episode of The New Normal, we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule. For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time."
"Shame on u ‪@kslcom not airing ‪@NBCTheNewNormal So L&O SVU (rape & child murder) is ok? But loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?," Barkin tweeted Friday. "Anyone in Utah interested in @NBCTheNewNormal please clog up @ksl5tv feed 4 their blatantly homophic decision 2 not air the show #KSLBigots," she later added.
KSL isn't the first station to have issues with the show's content, though.
Last month, One Million Moms demanded that advertisers boycott the NBC comedy, calling The New Normal "harmful to our society."
"Every person and group has a right to protest something," show creator Ryan Murphy said at the time. "I find it to be interesting that they would take a position before they've seen it." (E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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