Actor Billy Crystal Complains About Gay Scenes On Television : They’re “Pushing It”

Billy Crystal, who played one of television’s first-ever gay characters said today’s portrayal of LGBT characters is, at times, gratuitous.

Crystal who pleayed the gay character of Jodie Dallas on the ABC comedy “Soap” from 1977 to 1981 told the audience at the  Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena “Sometimes I think, ‘Ah that’s too much for me.”  Crystal went on to say  “Sometimes, it’s just pushing it a little too far for my taste and I’m not going to reveal to you which ones they are.  I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face to the point where it feels like an every-day kind of thing”

Crystal also used the event to publicize his much-hyped (soon to be boycotted)  return to TV comedy, with his new show The Comedians, set to air in April.


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4 thoughts on “Actor Billy Crystal Complains About Gay Scenes On Television : They’re “Pushing It””

  1. Now I have always kind of liked this guy…but now i think i have to re evaluate that thinking. If you don’t like what you see, just change the damn channel and quit your bitching!!

    1. So, when Billy Crystal says something negative, that’s him having his opinion, but if I say something about that opinion, that’s not allowed? How come I’m not allowed to have an opinion about what he says?

  2. He spent too much time doing the Oscars and somehow became “Old Hollywood” with the same out-of-touch values and mores that led to the snubbing of “Selma” and the celebration of “The Sniper”

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