The New Normal hasn't even aired yet but the show has become a subject of controversy these days. The organization One Million Moms has called for the boycott of the series for its depiction of a gay couple who uses a surrogate to have a baby, and is determined to contact advertisers if the series pushes through its premiere-- a similar strategy used by the Parents Television Council when they targeted The Playboy Club, which was canceled by NBC after only three episodes due to lack of sponsors and poor ratings.
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"NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture," the group wrote on its site
. "OMM is prepared to contact any and all sponsors of this program if it is aired. It is proven this strategy works!"
Series co-creator Ryan Murphy finds nothing surprising about this though after enduring criticisms and controversies on his others shows like Glee, American Story and Nip/Tuck. "I've obviously been through that before," he said a the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "I always find it to be interesting for people to make that decision before they've even seen it. The show is about tolerance -- it's a discussion of tolerance. Actually, if they watched it, I think they would like it because they're represented. Ellen Barkin's character is one of them."
On The New Normal, Barkin plays a grandmother who is against her granddaughter's decision to surrogate the child of a gay couple. "She will protest people and events, [but] I wouldn't say that's the thing I would lead with [about her character. I think the show is about tolerance and a discussion of tolerance. Their points of view are delivered with sensitiveness and a certain amount of veracity."
Meanwhile, GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has showed its support to The New Normal for its portrayal of gay families and criticized One Million Moms for calling a boycott.
"Yet again, One Million Moms, a project of the American Family Association -- whose membership we already know is far less substantial than their name -- is doing its best to stir controversy where there clearly is none," GLAAD president Herndon Graddick said in a statement
. "From hit shows like Glee
to Modern Family
, it's clear that Americans today don't care whether their favorite TV characters are straight or gay. We now live in a culture where gay people are not only a common part of our society but where gay characters are also applauded by both TV critics and audiences alike."First Impressions: Should you tune in to The New Normal>>
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