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ABC's General Hospital to air pro-gay public service announcements

The soaps are a truly conservative medium, so it’s surprising that they would take this on, given they are very responsive to advertisers. It will be interesting to see whether the usual suspects will come out and attempt to punish ABC, Disney and GH. (MediaWeek):

ABC, during its daytime soap opera General Hospital, will air a public service announcement featuring General Hospital actors Ben Hogestyn and Lindze Letherman, that urges viewers to take a stand against homophobia.

The spot will also air on the cable network SoapNet, which, like ABC, is owned by the Walt Disney Co. The spot will urge viewers to “be an ally and a friend” to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

The spot has drawn praise from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and comes at a time when the American Family Association has called for a boycott of the NBC drama The Book of Daniel, because of its inclusion of gay characters in the storyline. The current General Hospital storyline includes a gay character who faces issues of coming out and of gay bashing.

See the GLAAD press release here. As I mentioned in an earlier post on soaps, one hysterical thing that you’ll notice in mags like Soap Opera Digest and on the fan web sites is that NO ONE in the soap world is openly gay, either in front of or behind the camera. It’s like a quaint throwback to the old days in Hollywood where everyone knew who was or wasn’t queer, and the studios paired fags and dykes together for public consumption, and the audiences bought it (or just loved being in denial). I think the producers and sponsors would have a coronary if anyone wanted to come out of the closet, given their squeamishness about ratings and advertisers.

Just a cursory flip onto SoapNet or through one of these fan mags and your gaydar just goes wild. I cannot fathom who thinks some of these highly metrosexual actors are straight!?

But back to the PSA…the Freepi are already up in arms, and they are quite vile and testy.

Actual Freeper Quotesâ„?

Every survey I see says this group of people is roughly 1% of the population. They get a disproportionate amount of attention and mention in the media. But this strikes me as hypocritical given that the people pushing the Homosexual Agenda say they just want to be treated the same as everyone else. What other group of people representing 1% of the population gets so much attention in the media?”

“People who need to recruit, due to dwindling partner availability secondary to diseases, death, burn out. People who with little family support for the future, need a societal buyout.”

“Will they make Rick Springfield sing; “I wish that I WAS Jesse’s girl”?”

“I only pray that all those stay at home Moms and Housewives start screaming at the network and those advertising on Gen Hospital to stop this crap dead in its place!”

“That age group of women (and men) have already been indoctrinated by the Public Schools to be sympathic to the homosexuals, cause they need love too!”

“The correct word is homodisgustes or homoicky. I am not afraid of them, I am totally nauseating disgusted with them, because they have a high icky factor.”

“Yep. I got a FReepmail from a Troll (Wytchgrrl) insulting me and accusing me of ‘Homophobia’. I guess if you disapprove, find it unhealthy and, in general, barf at the thought you are Homophobic. If that’s the definition then I guess am. Am I also ‘Libophobic’ if I disagree with Libs? By their definition I am and, when they pass the proper legislation I’ll (And a lot of us) will be confronted with charges of Hate Crimes against Libs.”

“What about a PSA promoting pedophilia while their at it?”

“Let me get this straight…I am supposed to take moral advice from a group of acters, people who make a living lying about who they really are, through a medium that shows me drug dealing, mysognomy, violence and killing?”

“This is so stupid, it doesn’t even make sense!!”

“We have people who pretend to be medical professionals on a TV show going out and encouraging acceptance of lifestyles that are largely responsible for the spread of such lovely diseases as AIDS and HIV, and for the (relatively) widespread abuse of illegal drugs to “enhance” their sexual experiences. Not to mention that these same gays are showing up at hospital emergency rooms to have light bulbs, shot glasses and hamsters removed from their butts!! Absolutely INSANE!!!!”

“They’ll probably want to show you this surreal, sanitized, touchy feely view of what it is like to be gay. Ah, the audience will eat it up. Forget how perverted and emotionally screwed up they really are – ah and how intolerant they are of those that disagree with their life style CHOICE.”

“Women, many of whom are “gay-friendly”, are the target audience of these PSA’s…that is why they are running this during a popular soap opera. For sheer entertainment; I would like to see them run this PSA during this weekend’s NFL playoff games.”

“I guess if you disapprove, find it unhealthy and, in general, barf at the thought you are Homophobic. Just once, I would like to see someone ask one of these pro-sodomites if they believe that G-d is a “homophobe”. Just once.

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