A Mormon owned television station, KSL, Utah Affiliate of NBC has announced they refuse to air the show ‘The New Normal.’ The show due next month, centers around a gay couple and their surrgate’s journey to have a child and expand their family. Jeff Simpson, CEO of ,Bonneville, parent company to the KSL station, felt the show would be too much for the audience to handle.
“The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive. 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…. NBC is a valued partner — and as the Summer Olympic Games prove, they are committed to great news, sports and entertainment programming. KSL is confident that with the proliferation of digital media, those who wish to view the program can easily do so.”
Last month of course the 12 angry hateful bitter women One Million Moms called for the boycott of the show shortly after the premise of the show was announced saying the show is “not normal’ :
“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.”
Creator of the show, Ryan Murphy commented about the boycott saying, “It’s 2012. I don’t think this [show] is anything so outrageous,”
Co-star of the show Ellen Barkin took to twitter to express her frustration with the tv station’s position of not airing the show:
This isn’t the first time the tv station has refused to air a show because they thought it was too controversial. Last year they refused to air The Playboy Club because they felt the plot was inconsistent.
GLAAD president Herndon Graddick released a statement reaching out to KSL so that an understanding could be met about the premise of the show and LGBT families:
“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. They should make that right.”
I hope the show does well despite the station’s close-minded thinking.