Air NBC's "The New Normal" sitcom
  • Petitioned KSL Broadcasting

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KSL Broadcasting

Air NBC's "The New Normal" sitcom

    1. Christopher Eberhart
    2. Petition by

      Christopher Eberhart

      Murray, UT

NBC affiliate KSL (Salt Lake City) will not be airing NBC's new gay-themed sitcom "The New Normal".

The station issued the following statement:

"From time to time we may struggle with content that crosses the line in one area or another," said Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL’s parent company, Bonneville International. "The dialogue might be excessively rude and crude. The scenes may be too explicit or the characterizations might seem offensive."

"For our brand, this program feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time."

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has condemned a Utah station for its decision and issued this statement:

"Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows like Modern Family, Glee and Grey’s Anatomy," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "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."

The New Normal tells the story of a successful gay couple who finds a single mother to become their surrogate, starring Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgina King and Ellen Barkin.

Calling same-sex families, "rude", "crude", "explicit" and "offensive" is an act of outrageous intolerance. KSL needs to stop perpetuating the belief that same-sex couples and families are inferior and that LGBT people are second-class citizens. KSL owes same-sex families a sincere apology.

 

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    • Danilo Garcia SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is a Freedom of Speech issue

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    • Aaron Shea SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      Equality !

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    • Lisa Graef SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      If your children can watch commercial's with big breasted women in bikkinis and Wwf then what is the problem? I know narrowmindedness. Block it if you don't like it. I personally would welcome a show like this. Because the LDS church doesn't like it doesn't mean everyone is included and I am not one who is included in what obviously the church is.

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    • Duane Jennings SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      The LDS Church is frequently speaks out saying forces are abridging their constitutional rights to speak. Yet, this is in fact what the LDS Church and KSL are once again doing to others. If you want your freedom of the press and freedom of and from religion, you have to provide and protect those wrights for everyone else. Then you also get the right to defend your point of view. then in the process truth will prevail.

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    • Ashleigh Dudley CEDAR CITY, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      "Family" viewing time should be about all families. Why is your family normal and someone else's isn't. I grew up in a home with a single unwed mother...is that offensive, crude and explicit?

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