I am enraged! Enraged at TV executives like those at the Syfy channel. Enraged at the clergy such as North Carolina Baptist Preacher Sean Harris. Enraged at the Romney campaign.
What do these three groups have in common? They have all done homophobic things in the last week.
The Syfy channel recently bought the rights to air Lost Girl, a Canadian science fiction/fantasy show, in the United States. The show features a bisexual woman succubus named Bo and a lesbian human doctor named Lauren. The pair, nicknamed Doccubus by the fandom, have already shared intimate scenes which were shown on Syfy during the first season. Syfy had no problem airing the show un-cut during its first season run on their channel but now things are different. I find it interesting that the Lost Girl production team (at the behest of Syfy) censored a meaningful scene in the third episode of the second season (that wasn’t explicit in any way) between the two women after airing other lesbian content on the show in the past. For a more detailed explanation of why this censorship is harmful see this blog post, http://ordinarilyaffable.tumblr.com/post/22227082778/lost-girl-syfy-us-homophobia-and-hand-on-armageddon#notes.
What is their agenda?
When people, including myself, tweeted the person who runs the Syfy twitter feed www.twitter.com/syfy about this issue he deflected the blame to the shows’ production company but later explained that the production company edits were dictated by standards and practices at Syfy.
What does network censorship of a TV show have to do with Preacher Sean Harris and the Romney campaign?
They all speak to a certain section of American society who are still so afraid of the LGBT community that they are hell bent on slicing us out of the fabric of our country.
Harris, in his sermon this past Sunday, told his congregation to attack young boys who act effeminate. See this article for more details, http://www.advocate.com/society/religion/2012/05/02/nc-preacher-who-advocates-beating-gay-kids-i-was-joking-sort. The preacher has backed off of this statement due to pressure from the media and others but to the people who heard his sermon the damage has already been done.
GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign hired an openly gay man, Richard Grenell, to be his foreign policy spokesperson two weeks ago. Grennel’s hiring was pandering on their part since Mitt Romney has spoken out against LGBT equality on numerous occassions. Now two weeks later Grennell was forced to resign due to anti-gay conservatives who criticized the Romney campaign hiring him in the first place. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/richard-grenell-resigns-mitt-romney-campaign_n_1468613.html . The Romney campaign is now saying that they begged Grennell to stay on as one of their spokespersons but that doesn’t excuse Romney’s past anti-gay comments and actions. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/richard-grenell-quits-mitt-romney_n_1471638.html?ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay%20Voices.
I am tired of people either censoring LGBT content, making anti-gay statements and/or using the LGBT community, of which I am a member, as a punching bag. It’s time for the media, religious figures and politicians to stop using our community as a scapegoat for their own insecurities and homophobia. Anyone in a leadership position has a duty to treat everyone equally and with respect. Is that too much to ask?