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Victoria Jackson, a comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni, had some not-so-nice things to say this week after watching an episode of Glee wherein two of the show’s gay characters finally got an on-screen kiss.
Gay affection (very much unlike its straight counterpart) is a rarity on primetime television, so I was happy to hear we got some representation last week. Jackson, though, was less pleased, calling the sweet scene “sickening” before spouting a bunch of stuff about muslims and Hollywood agendas that I don’t find particularly realistic or interesting.
Screeds like Victoria’s aren’t exactly rare, but hearing it come from a comedian without a wink or other hint at satire is bizarrely off-putting. I hadn’t heard about it before, but apparently Victoria has decided to join the PR nightmare that is faded-celebrity-turned-political-commentator, just like Ferris Bueller’s teacher and Sideshow Bob.
It’s disappointing, because I actually quite like Victoria. (UHF may not be high art, but its abundance of spatulas is something magical.)
Still, no matter who espouses them, views like Victoria’s are fast becoming those of a wacko minority.
Come around soon, Victoria. We’ll still vaguely remember you.
Crossroads Television System, a small Christian broadcaster and producer of religious programming, has permanently pulled Charles McVety’s Word TV from its schedule for having repeatedly violated the station’s Code of Ethics.
Word TV was the subject of a Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruling in mid-December, which found that McVety had violated multiple clauses from three different broadcast codes. This included multiple verifiable lies broadcast on the subject of gay people, including announcing that gay people have an “insatiable appetite for sex, especially with young people,” that the Toronto Pride festival actively promotes sex with children, and that it’s illegal in Canada to speak out against homosexuality.
After the ruling, CTS temporarily pulled McVety’s program, but the violations continued. In a press release, CTS indicated that numerous negotiations with McVety had failed, leaving them with no choice but to cancel McVety’s show due to a “lack of compliance with the CTS Code of Ethics to which Word TV agreed under contract.”
The press release continued to state that McVety was not only uncooperative with the negotiations, but also lied on the air, insisting that CTS was being pressured to censor the program. “The fact is,” CTS stated, “Word TV failed to keep its agreement to comply with the CTS Code of Ethics and indicated a refusal to comply in the future.”
It’s actually kind of funny that McVety should play the censorship card. I seem to recall him being pretty gung-ho about it before.
- CTS Refutes Comments made by Charles McVety and Word TV [CTS Press Release]
TV just got a lot more intelligent! Charles McVety, president of Canada’s largest anti-gay lobby group, the Canada Family Action Coalition, had his television program, Word TV, yanked from the air by its own distributer after McVety was found to have repeatedly violated industry broadcast standards.
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, a self-regulatory body created by the broadcast industry, developed codes of ethics in 1990 to which all members have agreed to adhere. Responding to a complaint, this council investigated McVety’s program, discovering multiple violations of these codes.
While the CBSC panel went out of its way to affirm that McVety is free to disagree with gay people and voice this disagreement on the air, they found that he had breached journalistic standards against purposefully misrepresenting truth as well as those prohibiting blanket attacks on identifiable groups. This included statements that the Ontario school curriculum was designed to turn children into homosexuals, that gay people have an “insatiable appetite for sex, especially with young people,” that it is illegal in Canada to speak out against homosexuality, and that the Toronto Pride celebrations promoted sex with children; all verifiable lies.
“McVety,” the CBSC wrote, “may not like homosexuality. That is his entitlement, but to leave the totally unsubstantiated impression that gay and lesbian adults have a predilection toward young, underage people is insidious and unacceptable.” In all, the panel found that McVety violated several clauses from three different broadcast codes.
McVety, of course, has learned nothing from this experience, informing supporters that his program was pulled “for using the term ‘sex parade’ and opposing the proposed Ontario Sex Ed curriculum,” painting himself as a martyr for having opinions.
Defending distortions with bigger, more easily verifiable distortions. It’s a little like rebuilding a snowman with a blowtorch, isn’t it? Then again, that’s our Charles McVety!
Last week, CBC employees released their own contribution to the It Gets Better Project, encouraging bullied gay teens to stick through the tough years and reap the rewards that life offers afterwards. Like most contributions to the project, it’s heartwarming and very badly needed.
Not everyone seems to appreciate the sentiment, though. Sticking up for the bullies by being one himself, television commentator Michael Coren blasted the video, suggesting that gay teens aren’t more at risk for bullying than anyone else. Coren then picked on specific personalities in the video, calling Rick Mercer—a comedian whose lighthearted look at the news helped inspire this site—”pathetic” for sharing his story about a third-grade crush.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Why is David Letterman bald and talking like Ann Coulter?
Not sure how to explain it myself, but it looks like this guy is just another commentator that relies on controversy to sustain a career. When Coren says stuff like gay Christians are “an oxymoron,” it makes for sensational copy, and some people get a kick out of seeing someone get away with saying their discriminatory leanings out loud. Let’s call it a CYST career: Eking a living out of the “Can You Say That?” reaction.
Coren likes having his CYST, and that’s alright. I like mocking his CYST. Though if it gets out of hand, he might want to get it checked.
STAR, a Pan-Asian television network owned by Rupert Murdoch, is drawing criticism this week for its decision to censor their broadcasting of the Oscar telecast on Monday morning.
Audiences found that all occurrences of the words “gay” and “lesbian” were deleted from the ceremony’s acceptance speeches, specifically those of Dustin Lance Black and Sean Penn for the film Milk.
Jannie Poon, a spokesperson for STAR, was unapologetic, saying that the network has “a responsibility to take the sensitivities and guidelines of all our markets into consideration.”
Well, I’m outraged, I am! Being ___ myself, I find this to be an affront to the sensitivities of the network’s ___ and ______ markets. ___ and _______ viewers all over Asia—as well as the greater worldwide ___ community—are being told that words and references to anything ___, such as ___, _______, ______, and even _____ are so _______ that they can’t even ___ ______ or ____________ the ____ ___ ______ ___ ______!
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has ruled against Shaw Communications, a Calgary-based cable provider, for subjecting OUTtv, a GLBT channel, to “undue disadvantage.”
OUTtv filed a complaint with the CRTC last April over unfair treatment. As a Category 1 channel, Shaw was obligated to carry and promote OUTtv alongside other Category 1 stations, but somehow didn’t quite give it equal attention. It was excluded from every free preview week, had its station number changed twice without notification, was placed alongside Hustler, Playboy, and Red Light District even though there it had no adult content, and was excluded from Shaw’s “All In” package, making it the only Category 1 station to have a by-request-only subscription (and therefore requiring viewers to, essentially, out themselves to subscribe). As a result, viewership of OUTtv was a full 21 times lower on Shaw than other providers.
As punishment, Shaw will have to write an essay on what they did wrong and how they’ll fix it.
The Media Development Authority in Singapore has fined StarHub Cable Vision, the country’s cable operator, for airing a music video that showed two women kissing. In a statement, the media authority called the kiss “a breach of the TV advertising guidelines, which disallows advertisements that condone homosexuality.”
The cable operator has agreed to pay the fine and no longer show the music video.
Homosexuality is illegal in Singapore and media featuring gay people is often banned in the country. Earlier this year, for example, an X-Box game was banned for featuring an alien lesbian couple.
It’s Friday; let’s go for some fun news today!
The creators of Corner Gas are in talks to televise a series of novels about a gay detective in Saskatoon. The show, tentatively titled Quant, is based on the popular Russell Quant mystery novels, written by Canadian author Anthony Bidulka. Bidulka is understandably ecstatic:
I’m thrilled that CTV saw enough merit in the books and idea behind the Russell Quant character to take us to this new level. I have no idea whether or not this will amount to a whole hill of beans but I have fingers crossed and am enjoying the journey.
Strangely, Breakthrough Films does not mention anything about the main character’s homosexuality in their online press release, but Bidulka doesn’t appear concerned that the producers will turn his detective straight. The character’s gayness is an important theme in the novels. “That’s the selling feature,” Bidulka noted.
Good luck to all involved in the project!
Until Monday, kids!
- Gay Saskatoon gumshoe may hit small screen [The StarPhoenix]
Giancarlo Gentilini—the deputy mayor of Treviso, Italy—exploded on live television Thursday, shouting homophobic slurs and encouraging the systematic murder of all gays in the region:
I will immediately give orders to my forces so that they can carry out an ethnic cleansing of faggots.
The faggots must go to other [places] where they are welcome. Here in Treviso there is no chance for faggots or the like.
Hundreds of Italians congregated in Treviso to protest the outburst, many wearing pink triangles reminiscent of the ones gay men were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps. Many politicians were also visibly upset; Family Minister, Rosy Bindi, was furious:
The term “ethnic cleansing” evokes tragic chapters of history which have brought death and suffering to millions of people. Nobody, and certainly not somebody with public responsibility, is authorized to use such language.
Like Canada, Italy has laws forbidding the incitement of violence and hatred against identifiable groups. Prosecutors are investigating.
GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, released their 2006 television study on Monday, and the results are ground shaking! A sharp drop in the occurrence of gay and lesbian characters in network TV series. That’s right, folks: Instead of last year’s 10 characters, there’s now, uh, 9. (Hmm… I wonder if Will & Grace calling it quits had anything to do with that?)
GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano is dissapointed with the numbers, which works out to a whopping 1.3% of network television characters, not exactly a realistic ratio.
It’s clear that the broadcast networks have a long way to go before they accurately reflect the diversity of their audience and our society.
Quite true. Now if someone could do a study comparing the number of gay characters on television to the number of bigoted characters (like Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Stephen Harper)… That would be interesting.