Defend Glee's Anti-Bullying Episode - Tell Fox Houston to Apologize for Broadcasting Extremist Views
  • Petitioned Mr. Tom Doerr

This petition was delivered to:

Vice President & News Director/KRIV-26 (FOX affiliate; Houston, TX)
Mr. Tom Doerr
Vice President & News Director/KRIV-26 (FOX affiliate; Houston, TX)
Mr. Tom Doerr
Vice President & General Manager/KRIV-26 (FOX affiliate; Houston, TX)
D'Artagnan Bebel
Executive Producer/KRIV-26 (FOX affiliate; Houston, TX)
Aprille Meek

Defend Glee's Anti-Bullying Episode - Tell Fox Houston to Apologize for Broadcasting Extremist Views

    1. Petition by

      GLAAD

On April 26, 2011, KRIV Fox 26 in Houston, Texas, gave voice to one of the country’s most vocal anti-gay activists during a "debate" on its news program entitled, "Is TV Too Gay?" The focus was that night’s episode of the show Glee which featured a theme of self-acceptance and celebration of diversity inspired by the Lady Gaga hit song "Born This Way."

Fox Houston Calls Gay Characters "Product Placement"

The segment on Fox in Focus began on the wrong foot, by even suggesting that television programs with positive portrayals of gay characters could negatively impact teens. As the show progressed, it only got worse:

· Instead of inviting experts on young adult development or youth themselves, the show framed the question as "gay" versus "anti-gay."

· Guest Bryan Fischer from American Family Association took this as an opportunity to make horribly offensive comparisons about gay and lesbian families and called Glee "propaganda."

· Fischer said that being gay "is conduct that bears enormous psychological and physical risk to those that engage in it" and that "homosexual behavior is just as risky and just as dangerous as injection drug use."

· Fox host Damali Keith compared the gay characters on Glee to "product placement" by soda companies in movies, where "everyone in the theater is thirsty for that particular brand."

Bryan Fischer is an extremist with no qualifications to offer the discussion apart from his bigotry. This a man whose disdain for diversity is evident in his track record of making statements such as calling Muslim student associations "parasites" and a "toxic cancer." Fox Houston gave Fischer a platform in the nation’s fourth largest city, and one of its top ten media markets, to broadcast his anti-gay rhetoric. And rather than challenge him, the host, Damali Keith, contributed her own uninformed and anti-gay commentary.

After receiving complaints about this Fox Houston program, GLAAD contacted the station to demand that they issue an apology. Broadcasting anti-gay speech is dangerously irresponsible, and the station must be accountable. In conversations with GLAAD, a representative of the station implied that an apology was in order and should be expected. However, no apology has been issued, and in an abrupt reversal, representatives of the station now maintain that they stand behind this content.

This is all the more disturbing given the positive and affirming messages and stance against bullying that were part of the theme of the particular episode of Glee in question. Currently, equality groups are advocating for the passage of a comprehensive anti-bullying bill in the Texas legislature - which has already passed the State Senate 29-2. But any parents or students who stuck around for the news after last week’s Glee got a very different, and potentially damaging, message from Fox Houston about LGBT young people.

Please take a moment to defend last week's Glee and the young people who identify with the show's characters. Take a stand in favor of diversity and inclusiveness, and against bullying and harmful anti-gay rhetoric. Tell Fox Houston to issue an apology now for the words of their host and their guest.

See http://glaad.org/defendglee for more information. Click here to watch the video.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 7,500 signatures
    2. Fox's 'Glee' has 'harmful' adoption story, petition says

      by GLAAD

      "Glee executive producer Ryan Murphy hasn't responded to the petition or to USA TODAY's request for comment."

    3. Reached 7,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Daniel Bingham Jr HUNTINGTON, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      omg! that is ridiculous. Boycott FOX 27 Houston!!!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Brianna Lopez MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      Fox? Houston? I think it's sad that I am not surprised that these heinous actions are being committed by Fox and by Houston.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Paula Brown BROOKLINE, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I honestly can't stand the show Glee. I find it to be inane and the characters uninteresting. However, the positive portrayal of homosexuality on public television is a very good thing. This "debate" is beyond absurd; it's obscene.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Mary Napier HARSENS ISLAND, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      I am bi sexua and proud and i watch glee and they along with the it gets better project is what inspired me to come out and not be afraid to be different.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because Glee is a blessing. It is one of the first truly all-inclusive shows where young people from nearly all walks of life are represented. Growing up, I had no such show and I'm proud that this generation does. I am also, yet again, ashamed of my home state for representing those of us who live here as closed-minded bigots, and hope that with my signature I can show that no, not all of us Texans are that way.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organising tools. Find out how to get started.