GLAAD Seeks Apology from Fox Affiliate After Anti-Gay 'Glee' News Story
Houston station aired segment featuring American Family Association reporting that homosexuality is as dangerous drug use.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Tuesday called on Fox Houston affiliate KRIV Fox 26 to issue an apology after the station aired a network news segment questioning whether positive portrayals of gay and lesbian characters on shows like the network's Glee could negatively impact teens.
During the Fox Houston newscast that followed the Fox musical dramedy's Lady Gaga-inspired "Born This Way" episode -- which revolved around characters on the show uniting to form an anti-bullying alliance in the high school featured on the series -- Bryan Fisher from the American Family Association said that being gay "is conduct that bears enormous psychological and physical risk to those that engage in it" and that "is just as risky and just as dangerous as injection drug use."
GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios called on the station to issue an apology and "correct the misinformation in this segment" and encouraged the affiliate to "think twice before elevating hurtful messages and anti-gay attitudes."
The gay-rights watchdog last week also defended the 90-minute episode against anti-gay critics, saying: "Fair-minded Americans are tuning in by the millions to inclusive shows like Glee and Modern Family because they don’t care whether someone is straight or gay -- what they care about is seeing characters and stories they can relate to."
Glee features two openly gay series regular characters and the "Born This Way" episode showcased the story line of two closeted characters uniting to fight bullying.
GLAAD asked supporters to sign its online action and send emails to station management demanding an apology.