Not too long ago, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) stepped in it something big, when they actually polled their audience on the question of whether it was OK to execute gay people. The media powerhouse defended the poll at first, saying that they were trying to reach out to their African audience, where several pieces of legislation (most notably in Uganda) are up for consideration that would criminalize homosexuality with the death penalty or life imprisonment. Only after significant online pressure did the BBC relent and say that the poll was perhaps a bit tactless.
Fast forward to December 2010, and it looks like the BBC might not have learned from its mistakes. Because in a story last night on their flagship news show, News at Six, the BBC ran a segment on the news that Elton John and David Furnish became gay daddies. And who did they turn to for an interview?
Stephen Green from an organization known as Christian Voice. Green has previously said that gay people deserve the death penalty, that gay celebrities are wicked and should be publicly hung, and that LGBT people are akin to mass murderers. Sound like the type of person who ought to be legitimized by the BBC?
Send the media company a message that commentators like Stephen Green do not deserve a soap box for their violent and dangerous agendas. As Dan Savage said earlier this year: "There are no ‘two sides’ to the issue of LGBT rights." Let's make sure the BBC gets that message.