The New Normal, NBC’s forthcoming sitcom, has already attracted the ire of One Million Moms, the group of (actually far less than one million) moms whose goal is to stop the SICK EXPLOITATION of children.
After trying to get Ellen DeGeneres fired as JC Penney spokesperson earlier this year (on the grounds that her sexuality wasn’t quite to their liking), the conservative group is now screeching for a boycott of Ryan Murphy’s new comedy. The New Normal, which is set to debut on NBC on September 11, focuses on a woman who becomes a surrogate mother so that a gay couple can start a family.
As you’d imagine, that’s not a premise which sits well with Far Less Than A Million Moms, who released an outraged statement yesterday:
“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.”
The group’s diatribe added that “these things are harmful to our society,” and “damaging to our culture,” before harrumphing:
“Millions of American’s strongly believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. NBC’s The New Normal is attempting to desensitize America and our children. It is the opposite of how families are designed and created.”
There’s been no response from NBC as yet about the proposed boycott, though I would guess the network’s executives are rather pleased with the free publicity. The Ellen protests proved that having One Million Moms against you can actually be a boon, as the other 99.9% of the population tend to be united in distaste/amusement at the profound, bigoted stupidity of the group. In Ellen’s case, she kept her job, JC Penney decided to piss off OMM even more by increasing the number of same-sex couples in its advertising, and even Bill O’Reilly thought they were prize numpties.
Furthermore, I get that One Million Moms wants to take the country back to some sanitized, white picket fenced 1950s version of America which never actually existed, but they’re already years late with this protest in another sense: ABC’s Emmy-winning Modern Family, a series which included a gay married couple, has already proven a roaring success with the American public. It won awards, enjoyed critical acclaim and – most tellingly – drew huge audiences. A lot of that was obviously due to the sharp writing on the show, but the point is: people evidently weren’t turned off by the mere presence of a gay couple on their screens. Because, you know, this is 2012.
Anyway, The New Normal airs from September 11 and stars Andrew Rannelis, Justin Bartha, Ellen Barkin and NeNe Leakes from Bravo’s reality series The Real Housewives Of Atlanta. Here’s a trailer: