GLAAD recently published their third annual GLAAD Network Responsibility Index
, evaluating networks on the quantity, quality and diversity of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on television. The SyFy (Sci-Fi) channel was given an F rating for their failure of their depiction of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters. In response, the head of the SyFy network promised to be more diverse
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So You Think You Can Dance, the American dance-based reality show with a very high viewership
(and more than 10 country-specific spin-offs
) has a minor controversy brewing in their fifth season
: one of the judges, Nigel Lythgoe
, commented "I think you'd probably alienate a lot of our audience" after watching a straight/gay male ballroom dancing couple
. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) issued a call to action
to contact FOX and Lythgoe. Lythgoe tweeted more of his thoughts
, but then went on to apologise for all his comments
. Additionally, FOX issued a comment on how auditioners and contestants are reviewed
. But none of this addresses the role of gender in dancing, though Lythgoe has clarified his thoughts before
: that men "need to be very strong. Dancing is role-playing most of the time. And you need to be strong and lift girls. You need to look stronger than the girl you’re dancing with." Specific roles are assigned by gender in many styles of dance, including Square dancing
, Poi, Haka
, and many others. But there are opportunities for gender-role free dancing
, as with the Lavender Country and Folk Dancers
and other such groups
"You rats! You stinking rats who hide in the sewers!
You think you can go after my income? You think you can kill my advertisers? You think I'm Dr. Laura? You think I'm gonna roll over like a pussy?..."
Thus did MSNBC's newest hire, Michael Savage,
react to the information that GLAAD is meeting with the head of programming to protest his hiring. What's more, he feels the Bush administration owes him an investigation of GLAAD and any other group that protests his hiring, because "I have millions of people who vote. Mr. Bush wants to get re-elected, and just consider me a politician at that point. I'm going to ask for a trade in favor. If they keep it up, my favor is going to be I want these groups investigated."
Some of Michael Savage's comments regarding America, homosexuals, and the state of the country can be read or listened to here
or at his Paul Revere Society site linked above.
GLAAD is about to boycott Keven Smith's new movie.
For basically using the too many "gay" slurs. I seem to be getting flash backs to when the Catholic League boycotted his Dogma film
. I wonder what group is going to ban his next film?
and the world gets just a little more confusing...
Wait 'till you read who Elton John, who last year was honored by GLAAD with an award for his efforts in fighting homophobia, has decided to perform a duet with at the Grammys!