Old man shakes his fist at cloud: 2020 U.S. Senate candidate and Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is mad because the gays ruined his TV.
Conservative Christian and television aficionado John Merrill is unhappy with the gays because the temptation of “homosexual activities” has ruined his beloved television viewing. Speaking with the right-wing publication Yellow Hammer News, Merrill lamented the current state of television, declaring:
There are no more good TV shows on like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Virginian, Andy Griffith, I Love Lucy. We don’t have those shows anymore. We’re too interested in homosexual activities. We’re too interested in seeing how this family’s finding a way to mess on this family or to see how people are trying to date on TV, or having wife-swapping on TV.
That’s what we watch. When we push back against that, and we quit allowing it to be in our homes – that’s how those changes have occurred because we’ve allowed them to slowly but surely come into our lives.
In a phone interview with AL.com earlier this week Merrill confirmed he made the remarks. The Alabama Secretary of State and 2020 Senate candidate said:
When asked to explain what he meant, Merrill said:
The foundational principles which we have grown up as a nation are no more. There’s no more TV shows like ‘Gunsmoke’ or ‘Bonanza’ or ‘The Virginian’ or ‘I Love Lucy’ or ‘Andy Griffith.’ [I] said people are too interested in homosexual activities. They’re too interested in the wife swap TV shows and the shows that are not morally uplifting. That’s the problem.
I meant what I said. People are too interested in anything that is not uplifting, edifying. They’re too busy being preoccupied with homosexual activities and the wife swap shows.
Claiming Americans are too preoccupied with “homosexual activities,” Merrill opined:
[there are no longer television shows] that are based on biblical foundations. …Shows that promote family and culture with a father, a mother and children based on biblical teachings and biblical principles on which our nation was founded.
Bottom line: Complaining that there are no longer programs “that are based on biblical foundations,” GOP Senate candidate John Merrill blames the gays for ruining television.