Utah Affiliate Refuses to Air The New Normal, Labels Gay-Based Sitcom "Inappropriate" for Families

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KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, Utah airs Law & Order: SVU on Wednesday nights. That program centers on such horrific crimes as rape and murder.

But the NBC affiliate has drawn its objectionable line at The New Normal, an upcoming sitcom from Glee creator Ryan Murphy that focuses on a gay couple and the family of its surrogate mother.

“For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time,” Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International, said in a statement.

The New Normal Scene

The decision has been met with backlash from those involved with the show and those who care about gay rights. First, there is star Ellen Barkin's reply on Twitter.

"Shame on you @kslcom," wrote the veteran actress, referring to the move as "blatantly homophic" and adding: "[A] loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate? What will play in @NBCTheNewNormal spot? A dude reading from the bible?”

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick has also spoken out, saying of the axing:

“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.”

KSL does not air Saturday Night Live and also dropped NBC's The Playboy Club last fall, citing that drama's “objectionable material."

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Why does every sitcom have to have a f*** gay person. Can the sitcom not present people as people NOT GAY PEOPLE. WHO GIVES A SH*** ABOUT THEIR PREFERENCES. GAY PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEING EGOSTICIAL. GET OVER IT PEOPLE

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Like Graddick mentioned, shows promoting this lifestyle have been popular for years, including some of my favorite series like Will and Grace and Modern Family! I was just looking through my DVR recently only to find bunches of these shows stockpiled. It’s just lucky that I have the Hopper DVR, with loads of recording space to house it all, since I love watching all the classic Will and Grace episodes. I think The New Normal has the potential to do as well as all these other shows too. I plan to do my best to support it by tuning in each week in hopes that their rating soar, so they can rub it in the faces of all their adversaries. I’m also going to spread the word about this to all my family members, friends and Dish coworkers so they can also watch and support the show. As this article points out, it is so hypocritical for KSL-TV to refuse to air a series about love and family, prominently seen in The New Normal.

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Why don't they just air it anyway and let audiences decide for themselves if they'd like to tune in? I don't understand such philosophies in this country, we are founded on the idea of having choices, and shouldn't stand for anything that tells us what is appropriate and what isn't.

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Stupid @mericans NBC YOU SUCK...NOT APPROPRIATE MY A$$ ABC HAS MODERN FAMILY... AND LOOK HOW SUCCESSFUL THEY ARE.... GREY'S ANATOMY TOREZ AND THE CUTE BLOND DOCTOR..... FOR REAL HASN'T ELLEN TAUGHT U ANYTHING. IT'S NOT TABOO TO BE GAY AND JUST CAUSE KIDS MIGHT WATCH IT WILL NOT TURN THEM GAY... YOU ARE IMPEDING ON THE 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHT FREEDOM OF SPEECH... GIVE US OUR NEW FAMILY!!!!! IF NOT MR. MURPHY COME TO CANADA DO UR SHOW HERE!!!

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Gay is the new black, it's here to stay so f u to all *****es that the only thing u know how to do is hate.

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The mainstream, still doesn't accept the abnormal. Good for Utah. Maybe the gays & lesbians, should appreciate the freedom, the liberals have given them, and let people, or companies, i.e. Chick-Fil-a, express their views, without having pickets, trying to intimidate customers, and signing petitions, to put them out of business, on college campuses.

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you people who believe being gay is a "choice" need to have your heads examined. People are born heterosexual or gay. They don't "choose." On the other hand, you folks "choose" to be narrow-minded neanderthals who try to foist your fears on other people and call it right. I feel sorry for the gay people in your families, and believe me, they are there. Probably drinking too much, suicidal, or out of contact with you forever because they know the people they love will hate them because of the way they were born.

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The only thing it proves is that you have been mislead into thinking that mainstream America is going to be pushed into embracing the way of life.

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The comments on here prove that we are not evolving and are a sad statement on society. It's people like you that help things like Nazi Germany happen.

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Tolerance has its limits. Try it over in the middle east- MUSLUMS! You'll be on your knees in a soccer stadium.

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