FRC, MRC Try to Get Dan Savage Sitcom Canceled

The Family Research Council sends out alerts to its followers every week not only telling them what to pray about but precisely how to pray about it. This week they’re encouraging them to pray that a sitcom based on the life of Dan Savage be canceled.

ABC-Disney’s New Low – Our friends at the Media Research Center (MRC) are promoting a petition urging Disney-owned ABC to cancel its new series highlighting one of the nation’s nastiest, openly anti-Christian homosexual activists, Dan Savage. The supposed-to-be-funny TV show, is a new low in youth “entertainment” from Disney. Its agenda is clearly to mainstream homosexuality, and stir up contempt for Christians (see MRC Article & video of TV show trailer – Disclaimer: foul language, themes – not for children; Pray & Sign Petition).

Pray that thinking Americans will reject the filth that ABC-Disney is spewing upon our nation and using to harm our children. May the MRC petition succeed and this nasty program be cancelled! (1 Kgs 12:6-11; Pr 19:26-29; Zep 3:1-5; Col 3:4-7; 2 Pet 2:4-10; Jude 1:5-10, 17-25)

That’s odd. When that whole brouhaha erupted over Duck Dynasty and there were petitions to get that show canceled, the Family Research Council threw a tantrum about it. Tony Perkins railed against the “homosexual activists increasing campaign of intimidation” and said they were trying to “silence [Phil Robertson] to intimidate others” and “demonizing and marginalizing” him. His organization condemned the “totalitarian tactics of the left.” His fellow anti-gay bigots called the petition to get Duck Dynasty removed “homofascism” and said that they were trying to destroy his “rights to religious freedom and freedom of speech.”

But when they start a petition to get a show they don’t like removed, it’s suddenly — and magically — not totalitarian or fascist or an attempt to intimidate anyone or censor them. It’s all about whose ox is being gored, isn’t it? Just like when liberals boycott a company it’s “economic terrorism” but magically is not that when conservatives boycott a company.

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  • raven

    ???? I don’t pay too much attention to TV, not having a…TV.

    But I’m seeing some possibilities here.

    A Dan Savage reality TV show where he goes out and pretends to hunt ducks.

    He and a motly crew of young, improbably good looking people can wear camoflouge with stylish outdoor accessories, drive accesory loaded expensive pickups, carry high tech looking weapons, and wander around in scenic locations.

    Of course, they shouldn’t actually shoot anything. I don’t oppose hunting per se. But I’ve never understood bird hunting. I like to see them as they are, flying around, swimming around, and generally looking cute.

  • John Pieret

    when they start a petition to get a show they don’t like removed, it’s suddenly — and magically — not totalitarian or fascist or an attempt to intimidate anyone or censor them … when liberals boycott a company it’s “economic terrorism” but magically is not that when conservatives boycott a company

    I think that’s covered in 1 Hypocrisy 3:6:

    Doest thou what thou likest, even unto those things thou condemneth in others, for thou are righteous in the eyes of thy God no matter what thou doeth. Just forgeteth not your get out of jail card when thou dieth!

  • Synfandel

    Raven, cute as it might be, this bird is also delicious.

  • eric

    Their effort has Streisand Effect written all over it. Look, IMO about 90% of sitcoms are crap and fade into well-deserved obscurity before their second season ends anyway. Just based on statistics, this one probably would too. But if you set up a huge fuss about it, everyone’s going to watch it to see what the fuss is about and you’ll end up boosting their Nilsson ratings. Good lord, its not like Savage’s will be the first sitcom to feature large dysfunctional families or gays, or probably even the two in combination.

  • John Pieret

    about 90% of sitcoms are crap and fade into well-deserved obscurity before their second season ends anyway

    I watched the trailer and it might be pretty good. It’s sort of like “The Wonder Years” except the main teenage character is gay and coming out in the midst of a rather loopy Catholic family. It might be funnier to ex-Catholics or very liberal ones than to the population at large, however.

  • carpenterman

    You just *know* some guy in an office at the network is saying, “Gays are hot right now!”

  • dhall

    Slightly OT, but TLC has take the Duggars off the air . . .

  • Michael Heath

    FRC:

    . . . Disney-owned ABC to cancel its new series highlighting one of the nation’s nastiest, openly anti-Christian homosexual activists, Dan Savage. The supposed-to-be-funny TV show, is a new low in youth “entertainment” from Disney. Its agenda is clearly to mainstream homosexuality, and stir up contempt for Christians (see MRC Article & video of TV show trailer – Disclaimer: foul language, themes – not for children; Pray & Sign Petition).

    I doubt the show is attempting to stir-up contempt for Christians in general. Once again we see conservative Christians attempting to conveniently conflate themselves with liberal Christians when it’s convenient. And then in other circumstances, claim liberal Christians are ‘no true Christians’ but instead commie Nazi Muslim atheists, e.g., see their treatment of Christian Barack Obama, or Christians who do not believe Jesus is God.

    What I suspect the show will attempt to do is promote the mainstreaming homosexuality and show contempt for the dehumanizing behavior of certain Christians like those at the FRC. At least I hope so.

  • John Pieret

    Slightly OT, but TLC has take the Duggars off the air . . .

    Tyranny!!! Censorship!!! And by the way, take Dan Savage’s series off the air!!!!!

  • StevoR

    @ 7. dhall : “Slightly OT, but TLC has take the Duggars off the air . . .”

    According to Ophelia Benson’s blog here :

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/butterfliesandwheels/2015/05/counting-what-exactly/

    Not until after they “ran a marathon of their tv show about these people” the other night.

  • jonathangray

    EB:

    When that whole brouhaha erupted over Duck Dynasty and there were petitions to get that show canceled, the Family Research Council threw a tantrum about it. … But when they start a petition to get a show they don’t like removed, it’s suddenly — and magically — not totalitarian or fascist or an attempt to intimidate anyone or censor them.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I was under the impression the Duck Dynasty brouhaha had nothing to do with the show. It was over comments made off-screen by one of the clan. So there’s that difference.

  • jonathangray

    John Pieret:

    It’s sort of like “The Wonder Years” except the main teenage character is gay and coming out in the midst of a rather loopy Catholic family.

    Let me guess — the bigoted shitlords try to dissuade their teenage son from enjoying the innocent delights of frothy mixture.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ jonathangray : Er, did you think Joshua Duggar molested his sisters on screen or something?

  • StevoR

    @ 11. obvs

  • StevoR

    @12. jonathangray : Or molesting his sisters – coz that’s totally the same as consensual anal sex between unrelated people – Oh wait NO it fucking isn’t! What a sad, sick and pathetically predictable comparison.

  • dingojack

    Aww Jon-Jon, you still here?

    (#12) So what’s it to you if he votes for Santorum or not?

    Dingo

  • jonathangray

    StevoR:

    @ 11. obvs

    Right. So where’s the hypocrisy on the part of the FRC?

    Er, did you think Joshua Duggar molested his sisters on screen or something? … Or molesting his sisters – coz that’s totally the same as consensual anal sex between unrelated people – Oh wait NO it fucking isn’t! What a sad, sick and pathetically predictable comparison.

    I never even mentioned the Duggars. The only comparison I made was between the controversies surrounding the Duck Dynasty guy and Dan Savage’s sitcom. The point being that there the two situations are completely different. If the FRC had defended Duck guy for making anti-gay comments on his show, or called for Savage’s sitcom to be pulled because of something Savage had said off-screen (rather than the content of the sitcom) — then they could fairly be accused of hypocrisy. But they didn’t, so they can’t.

    dingojack:

    So what’s it to you if he votes for Santorum or not?

    I don’t think he’s old enough to vote …

  • zenlike

    jonathangray,

    the FRC doesn’t even know the content of the new sitcom, so yes, they are hypocritical bastards. And bigots, just like you. Congrats.

  • jonathangray

    the FRC doesn’t even know the content of the new sitcom, so yes, they are hypocritical bastards.

    The trailer gives a pretty good idea of what’s in store.

  • zenlike

    So… the trailer was not available to me but it seems to be about a fairly normal family with a gay son. How… horrible?

  • Kermit Sansoo

    jonathangray says: Let me guess — the bigoted shitlords try to dissuade their teenage son from enjoying the innocent delights of frothy mixture.

    .

    If it’s true to life, the lad will occasionally be confronted by people who hate him because he is attracted to the wrong sort of people. Being a sitcom, they will likely tone that down some.