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Conservatives Call Gay ‘Glee’ Episode ‘Product Placement’

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This video is just crazy talk. Gay rights activist Ray Hill faces off against Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association.

Fischer calls the show product placement, saying, “[A]dvertisers purchase time on television programs because they know that what people see on television influences their behavior and influences their choices. We should not glamorize it [gay relationships]anymore than we would glamorize intravenous drug use.”

He also compares gay sex to being as dangerous as intravenous drug use!! He talks erroneously about HIV, completely ignoring that heterosexual contact has been a driver of HIV for the last ten years.

I also think that they give far too little credit to human agency, and far too much to the power of product placement. Just because I see a product on TV doesn’t mean I mindlessly head to the mall and buy it! People do have brains – even though it’s sometimes hard to believe.

ABC News talked to Dan Gainor, vice president of conservative media watchdog Media Research Center: “This is [creator]Ryan Murphy’s latest depraved initiative to promote his gay agenda. This is clearly Ryan Murphy’s vision of what growing up should be, not most of America’s. It’s a high school most parents would not want to send their kids too.”

  • Anonymous

    Are you serious? Did he just say being gay, Is as risky as being a iv drug user?
    First off most of us “Gay guys” Actually take care of ours selfs.
    An so called “IV drug user” Don’t take care of themself, All they wanna do is chase that high!
    But excuse me Mr. Bryan Fischer, Your pathetic!

  • Bryan doesn;t know what hes talking about how would he know what gays do? being gay isn;t dangerous! the only dangerous thing is if you are a drug user and all!

  • Cara Andrichak Rosson

    OMG. Ryan Murphy also created Nip/Tuck (which I adored and miss oh so much) – but if that wasn’t an ode to rampant heterosexuality (Christian, puhlease!) I don’t know what is! Gay agenda, my ass!

  • Anonymous

    I have a gay agenda : )

    Glee is a great show, specifically because it is openly gay. It’s a counter-narrative to all of the heteronormative/homophobic media that influences kids to be violent.
    Yes, it does have a politically gay agenda, which is why it is so powerful.
    I also think that Glee has been great at representing lesbians and our specific struggles.