Friday, January 17, 2014

How TV Is Being Used To Promote The Mainstreaming Of Homosexuality

Married with two kids? How "boringly 20th-century". Blended families and same-sex parents are increasingly vying for space with the nuclear family on the small screen in line with shifts in Western society.

Talia is about to give birth. At her side not one but two anxious dads, who trade a loving kiss. Welcome to "Mom and Dads," an Israeli series involving a menage-a-trois 2 men and a woman between two gay men and the mother of their child.

"Television is much better than cinema at picking up on changes in society, at responding to them in a fast and varied way," said the French film critic Xavier Leherpeur. or more accurately leading the charge (The first gay "wedding" happened on American TV almost 10 years before the first one happened in real life)

"That is especially true when it comes to gay "marriage" and gay "rights"."

Worldwide some 20 countries now allow gay "marriage" in all or part of their territory, including 16 out of the 50 US states.

"Clearly, Americans in Hollywood are the ones who tackle the subject the most," said Leherpeur.

The cult sitcom "Friends" drew mild controversy see the problem back in 1996 for an episode dubbed "The One with the Lesbian "Wedding"", while the sitcom "Ellen" broke ground in 1997 with the coming out of its lead character -- and that of series star Ellen DeGeneres.

Since then screenwriters have pushed the boundaries right back and will continue to push the boundaries of evil.

Shot as a mockumentary, "Modern Family" has notched up the Obama family among its fans since hitting screens in 2009 and a Orthodox Jewish girl who now is in favor of same gender "marriage" solely due to this propaganda show. The comedy revolves around three interrelated "family" units: one heterosexual, one gay with an adopted Vietnamese "daughter", and a third involving a sixty-something man and his younger, voluptuous Colombian wife.

"One big (straight, gay, multi-cultural, traditional) happy "family"," runs the strapline for the show.

"It's a very "open-minded" series, which offers a chance to highlight lots of different types of "family" without pointing the finger at anyone," said Aurelie Blot, of Bordeaux university in France who has studied "families" on the American screen at length.

"The New Normal", which wrapped up its first and so far only season in the United States in April, follows a wealthy Californian gay "couple" who have a "child" through a surrogate mother.

"Sean Saves the World", on screens since October, is about a gay father and his teenaged daughter, while "The Fosters", produced by Jennifer Lopez, features a lesbian couple and their three kids.

US television shows long revolved around an idealised nuclear family, from the 1950s comedies like "Father Knows Best" to the 1970s "The Waltons".

But these television families changed along with society except TV changed first, with "The Brady Bunch", which aired from 1969 to 1974, revolving around a large blended family with six children from previous relationships.

Blended families of all shapes and sizes were on display through the 1980s, such as in "Diff'rent Strokes" in which two African-American children learn to live with a white adoptive father and his daughter.

Likewise a divorced working mum, her live-in male housekeeper and their respective children were the stars of "Who's the Boss".

When shows reverted back to the nuclear family, it was often with a twist, like the all-black cast of the "The Cosby Show", or the comically dysfunctional family of 1990s hit show "Married... with Children".

"Right now we are in a cycle that is all about exploring new types of family," said Blot.
 And same-sex parenting appears to be the issue of choice for 21st-century screenwriters.

In a different twist on the plotline of Israel's "Mom and Dads", in Britain "Threesome" is about a straight couple who have a child together with a gay friend.

"Shows like these teach us that these kinds of "families" exist, and that they have the same problems as everyone else," said Leherpeur. of course they exist percentage wise much more on TV then in real life and they are only portrayed in "positive lights" on tv  to force people to accept their life style

In France, the hit sitcom "Plus belle la vie" (Life's so Sweet), which is followed daily by some five million viewers, first raised the issue of same-sex parenting two years ago.

It showed a gay couple tying the knot in June 2013, just a month after France legalised same-sex marriage.
"We tried to cover that storyline as we would any other," said the show's lead writer Olivier Szulzynger.
France has come a long way in the past decade, he says. I think the later statement explains his former

"At the beginning of the 2000s, it was hard to tackle gay issues in French fiction. People were not ready to see two men kissing on prime-time TV." and by people seeing it they began to accept it

"Today people just don't think in terms of gay or straight any more." TV at work the greatest propaganda invention know to mandkind

"Of course our families have to change along with society," said Quoc Dang Tran, one of the writers of the French show "Fais pas ci, Fais pas ca", (Don't do this, Don't do that) which pits two families -- one strictly conventional, the other a laid-back blended family with a flock of children.

"There are no taboo subjects. The only thing is to be sensitive in how you tackle them." in other words only portray them in a positive light

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