February 22, 2012 12:05pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Modern Family's' Jesse Tyler Ferguson Calls 'Don't Say Gay' Bill 'Ridiculous' (Video)
While Tennessee citizens debated that state’s proposed “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussion of all but “natural human reproduction science,” last week, one of its supporters added a little side note that brought Modern Family into the debate.
Chairman Joey Hensley offered one way in which parents could keep their kids happily ignorant of gay lifestyles. “I don’t think Modern Family is appropriate for children to watch,” Hensley volunteered after a Nashville preacher testified that children could learn about gay lifestyles outside of school.
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, one-half of the ABC comedy's partnered gay dads, guest-hosted on Tuesday’s The View and responded to Hensley’s claim. “It seems really, really ridiculous,” he says. “If we just don’t say things, it’s not like they don’t exist.”
“I just think if you don’t want to talk about it in schools, OK, I’m fine about it,” he continues. “But, don’t make a bill about it. It puts us in really dangerous waters. It makes these kids feel stigmatized.”
Then co-host Joy Behar added, “But, it does a disservice to the straight kids, too. They’re not living in a real world.”
Co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck said that they would prefer that homosexuality wasn’t discussed in schools. That way, they argue, they can try and deliver the information to their kids in their own way first.
Watch the video below.
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