GLAAD Wants Apology after FOX Affiliate Airs Segment Called “Is TV Too Gay?”

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is asking for a formal apology from Fox Houston after they aired a segment following a Lady Gaga themed episode of Glee called “Is TV Too Gay?”

The segment featured Bryan Fischer from the American Family Association as the local affiliate KRIV-26 framed the show as a debate.  Doing so, of course, made space for a platform of hateful remarks to fly without regard to fact or evidence. Fischer leaped at the opportunity making offensive comments about gay and lesbian families, calling Glee gay “propaganda,” and even said “homosexual behavior is just as risky and just as dangerous as injection drug use.”

GLAAD contacted the station in an effort to get a formal apology and while representatives at the station initially agreed an apology was necessary, they have since reversed their decision and now stand behind the content that was aired.  GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios made a statement regarding Fox Houston and has created a petition demanding an apology.

“Bryan Fischer is an extremist with no qualifications to offer the discussion apart from his bigotry. This is a man whose disdain for diversity is evident in his track record of making statements such as calling Muslim student associations ‘parasites’ and a ‘toxic cancer.’ FOX Houston gave Fischer a platform in the nation’s fourth largest city, and one of its top ten media markets, to broadcast his anti-gay rhetoric. And rather than challenge him, the host, Damali Keith, contributed her own uninformed and anti-gay commentary.”

The GLAAD petition asking for an apology can be found at http://www.glaad.org/defendglee

The sad part of this tale isn’t specific to the hatred spewed over airwaves in Houston, but also includes the lack of conversation about the episode of Glee that aired just prior to this segment.  The show was themed around Lady Gaga’s single “Born This Way,” and featured self-acceptance as a major through line.  Not only are we now doing damage control trying to reach anyone that might have been exposed to ignorant and hurtful remarks, but also, the fantastic opportunity to have real conversations about self-acceptance and diversity is overlooked. 

Instead of talking about the importance of young people loving themselves, we are trying to explain the segment on KRIV-26 with discussion about Glee was misinformed and inappropriate.  Hopefully, not everyone has missed this opportunity and with enough support, FOX Houston will also be forced to address the damage they have done. 

What do you think?  Do you think a GLAAD petition will get an apology from FOX Houston?  Should FOX Houston apologize for airing the hateful content?

 

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Carole F.
Carole f.4 years ago

An apology is only words, sincere or not. Brian Fisher should be fired from Fox. He is dangerous and inciteful.

Brian C.
Brian C.4 years ago

Coming from a reasonable, respectful American Christian, yes tv is getting too gay, but there are also too many shows on the other side of the spectrum as well. There are very few tv shows that find the middle, while not being "republican"or essentially forced PSA's.

Beth M.
Beth M.4 years ago

Fox Houston is giving a platform to homophobics. There is already enough hate in the world. Hate is a negative force. Fox needs to apologize or advertisers should pull out. Money talks.

Heather G.
Heather G.4 years ago

Trolls are NOT merely those who made negative comments, if so there would be more than two. If you go to troll profiles they usually just recently joined, their birthday is jan 1, and no other info is filled in. They could be anyone or anything, they could all be the same person, making up names and empty profiles JUST to leave nasty comments. Go ahead and check it out for yourself!!

colleen prinssen
colleen p.4 years ago

someone said something about two commenter here being trolls.how do you know they are not SERIOUS? trolling is saying something to get a rise out of people. like if I sayd "gay smay, Glee should have a zoosexual on their show, then that'll be cool. and only fair"

believe it or not, not all "negative" comments "that you don't agree with" aren't always trolling.

these and those people exist. Ohmaigawd they do. they are kinds who think gay rights mean "extra rights", and then you have to give criminals "extra rights"

ahhh. what wonderful human some can be. you have to not agree with, but it is wrong to counter bigotry with more hate. that is what being PC is about.

Richard E Cooley
Richard E Cooley4 years ago

Typo sorry; their not thier.

Richard E Cooley
Richard E Cooley4 years ago

They should apologize and offer equal time on thier "news" for response.

G A Rieck
G A R.4 years ago

I saw that episode of Glee. why is no one ranting about OCD, TROUT MOUTH, CAN"T DANCE, NOSE job girl, I'M WITH STUPID pointing to his junk, FOUR EYES.... or any of the other issues that came up on that episode? why focus only on the one kid/issue?

Michael Frost

Isn't Houston where they have a lesbian mayor and the people running against her are airing ads about electing a mayor with morals to replace her?