Another day. Another boycott.
This time, it’s NeNe Leakes upcoming show “The New Normal” that’s on the receiving end of the protests. The comedy was created by “Glee” executive producer Ryan Murphy. It’s about a single mother who agrees to be a surrogate for a gay couple hoping to start a family of their own. To be fair, it’s not NeNe Leakes show, but she does have a major role as an assistant to one of the gay guys.
Predictably, the conservative group “One Million Moms” is protesting the show. On their website, in a post titled “The New Normal – Not Normal” the group is calling for a boycott:
NBC’s website describes the program as: “These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors… It’s 2012 and anything goes. Bryan and David are a Los Angeles couple and they have it all. Well, almost. With successful careers and a committed and loving partnership, the one thing missing is a baby.”
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.
OMM is prepared to contact any and all sponsors of this program if it is aired. It is proven this strategy works! It was not too long ago that NBC announced “The Playboy Club” was canceled after only three episodes because of lack of advertisers!
Millions of Americans 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. You cannot recreate the biological wheel.
In the past, One Million Moms has protested The Playboy Club; Good Christian Beyotches; Skins, Ellen DeGeneres and JC Penney; Oreo cookies; DC and Marvel Comics and Urban Outfitters. Some of their campaigns have been more successful than others.
Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment responded to the criticism calling the show a “love letter to families”:
“The title isn’t meant to push the idea that that’s a more normal family than everyone else,” she said. “It’s just meant to open up, to bring a family show to the public that we feel captures the zeitgeist of what’s going on in the country right now and being inclusive and you know, as [Ryan Murphy] would say, the normal family isn’t a gay family, it’s just a different family and I think we all see that all around us every day.”
Georgia’s grandmother is portrayed by Ellen Barkin, and the Nana character spouts racist and homophobic remarks throughout the premiere episode. In fact, Ellen’s Nana character, will address some views of some audience members, Salke suggested.
“You do get some irreverent comedy from the Nana character, who is brilliantly portrayed… and she is exploring… an extreme side of the audience that [has] different attitudes about that family,” she said. “But the bottom line is, the three episodes that I’ve read, they’re all exploring story lines that come from any of those six characters and they all kind of come back to this very warm sort of relatable, heartfelt place, and it’s about responsible parenting, changing your lifestyle once you start having children, pursuing your dreams and what it will take to get there, from everyone’s point of view.”
Though it’s not her fault in this case, it seems wherever NeNe Leakes goes controversy is not far behind. If this show is cancelled, she will still have “Glee” and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (if rumors of her being kicked off the show turn out to be false). Of course, RHOA will undoubtedly spark a boycott of its own if the castmembers get into a fight on-camera this season. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen!
The New Normal, featuring NeNe Leakes, is set to premiere on September 11 at 9:30pm.
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