The New Normal ban in one Utah city has not gone over well. A TV station in Salt Lake City has chosen to ban the September premiere of the new show, and star Ellen Barkin is barking mad about it. The show features a gay couple and the family of the woman who decides to become the surrogate mother for their baby.
In a statement released on Friday, Bonneville International CEO Jeff Simpson said his company’s Salt Lake city NBC affiliate KSL-TV would not run the series because it was full of “crude dialogue, explicit content and offensive characterizations.”
Simpson further commented:
“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 program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.”
After hearing about his comments, Ellen Barkin took to Twitter where she tweeted:
“Shame on u @kslcom not airing @NBCTheNewNormal So L&O SVU (rape & child murder) is ok? But loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?”
Later in the day, Ellen Barkin added:
“Anyone in Utah interested in @NBCTheNewNormal please clog up @ksl5tv feed 4 their blatantly homophic decision 2 not air the show #KSLBigots.”
Barkin wasn’t the only person weighing in on The New Normal ban; the people at GLAAD said in a public statement on its website:
“Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows like Modern Family, Glee and Grey’s Anatomy. While audiences, critics and advertisers have all supported LGBT stories, KSL is demonstrating how deeply out of touch it is with the rest of the country. We invite Jeff Simpson to sit down with GLAAD and local LGBT families.
We know that if he would, he would see that not only are our families normal, but by citing ‘crude and rude’ content and refusing to affirm LGBT families, KSL and Mr. Simpson are sending a dangerous message to Utah.”
The New Normal ban is currently being pushed further with the help of hate group One Million Moms, which has demanded the show be removed from television because it is “harmful to our society.”
This is hardly the first time a Ryan Murphy created show has shown strong themes of homosexuality, yet KSL-TV continues to air his show Glee and other seemingly offensive shows.