I know I know more politics talk but you may be as intrigued as I am by this new study. According to The Hollywood Reporter pollster Jon Penn, shows like The New Normal, Glee, and Modern Family may have a more progressive effect than previously believed.
I know that shows like these get a lot of flack from the LGBT community because of the perceived lack of full, real life depth to the LGBT characters portrayed. But think of the influence and doorways to education and understanding that can come from it to those that maybe aren’t in heavily populated LGBT populations? How can something like this be possible you say? Well look at the numbers as Penn suggests:
“This data would suggest that seeing this stuff makes it more socially acceptable. Views on gay marriage have exponentially gone in its favor since 2002.”
The data also shows that demographics like age do affect these perceptions on LGBT issues like marriage equality end possibly influence viewers:
“Views on gay marriage are totally defined by age. Almost twice as many voters under 35 say these shows made them more in favor of gay marriage compared with voters over 35 — 38 percent versus just 20 percent. Impressionable young people are more open to changing their views and behavior, based on what they’re watching. Of all voters, 42 percent say gay marriage on TV has made them more aware and active on the issue,” says Penn, “but this skews heavily towards viewers under 35 (55 percent) versus those over 35 (36 percent).”
So the younger adult audiences are more likely to have an open mind to at the very least question the when where and why of their core beliefs. It doesn’t seem like much, but ask yourself; would you rather people continue with having no visual emphasis to base an opinion or these shows that sometimes lack depth that leads to viewers asking questions about who we really are? Visibility is always important, and though at time shaky, could lead to understanding.