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Gay TV show ‘The New Normal’ banned for being ‘inappropriate’

New sitcom ‘The New Normal’ has been banned by a Utah TV station for being ‘inappropriate’ due to its storyline on gay surrogacy.

A television station in Utah, America has decided not to show a new NBC sitcom about a gay couple and their surrogate.

The New Normal by Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, will air later this year, but the station in Utah has deemed it inappropriate due to its ‘crude dialogue, explicit content and offensive characterisations’.

CEO of KSL-TV Jeff Simpson said, ‘After viewing the pilot episode of The New Normal, we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule. For our brand, this programme simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.’

The show has already come under fire from One Million Moms, a group set up with the goal to ‘stop the exploitation of our children, especially by the entertainment media’. The group already hit the news earlier this year when they tried to get American department store JC Penney boycotted for using lesbian Ellen Degeneres as their spokesperson. They criticised the sitcom in an article published on their website in which they accused NBC of ‘using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values’.

Star Ellen Barkin took to Twitter to rally support for the show from celebrities such as Lady Gaga.

The also believed that the show was ‘attempting to redefine marriage’ and the sanctity of marriage, saying ‘these things are harmful to our society, and this programme [The New Normal] is damaging to our culture’.

Creator Murphy hit back by suggesting that if the women actually watched the show, ‘they would love it’.

The New Normal, which stars Broadway royalty Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha of movie Hangover fame, tells the story of a gay couple’s journey into surrogacy, as well as focusing on the surrogate herself and her family. The show co-stars Ellen Barkin as the surrogate’s Mother, and Ellen herself took to social networking sites to defend the show.

She tweeted, ‘@ksl5tv wont air gay-themed NBC sitcom The New Normal’ and then added, ‘@ladygaga c’mon lil monsters this is how monstrous the world is!’ It’s believed that Barkin was hoping to encourage other celebrities such as Lady Gaga to help gain support for the comedy show.

Will you be watching The New Normal when it premiers later this year? We certainly will be. Tweet us @SoSoGay and let us know your thoughts.

 

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