Brent Bozell’s latest culture column has spurred anger from the so-called Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The entertainment site Variety.com reports GLAAD advocate Wilson Cruz – who played a troubled gay teen on the ABC flop “My So-Called Life” in 1994 – found it “laughable,” “ridiculous,” and “misleading” for Bozell to ask for some kind of a debate on gay issues on TV, instead of the propaganda-fest we see routinely these days.
Borrowing the language of Orwell, Cruz said one-sided propaganda is “an accurate reflection of the American cultural fabric, which no long accepts this kind of bigotry.”
“The so-called ‘Media Research Center’s’ laughable call for more anti-gay views on TV is as ridiculous as it is misleading,” said GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz. “Hollywood’s increase in LGBT characters is an accurate reflection of the American cultural fabric, which no longer accepts this kind of bigotry. Despite this fringe group’s desperate ploy to spread hatred, it’s time they realize they’ve lost touch with a vast majority of Americans, who embrace their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender neighbors, family and friends.”
Brent's report that GLAAD is fighting with the History Channel seemed especially noteworthy. Here's their complaint:
Last year, History included a gay competitor on their reality series Full Metal Jousting, as well as several out guests on Top Gear , but that wasn’t the case this year. The closest the network seemed to get was on the scripted drama Vikings, which depicted one “straight” Viking couple sexually propositioning a monk they had enslaved. Given how similar shows like The Borgias, Spartacus, and Game of Thrones have all prominently featured gay and bisexual characters, it definitely wouldn’t be a stretch for Vikings to do the same.
History's programming has some repeating themes running through it, such as southern settings and blue collar jobs, which aren't typically associated with diverse representations. This actually presents the network with the opportunity to tell some fresh and unique stories. Certainly not all big rig drivers, lumberjacks, and automotive enthusiasts are straight.