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Homosexual advocacy on television first began to manifest itself in the 1970’s. In 1972, made for TV movie “That Certain Summer” featured Hal Holbrook and Martin Sheen as a gay couple. In 1973, the reality show “An American Family” featured son Lance Loud's coming out. Billy Crystal played a gay character on the ABC sitcom “Soap” in 1977. Despite the fact that the show consistently lost money, ABC put on “Soap” for 4 seasons.
This push towards normalizing homosexuality reached full torque in later decades, coming to a head during the late 1990s. NBC sitcom “Friends” aired an episode with a lesbian wedding in 1996; the episode featured Newt Gingrich’s sister as the official celebrating the wedding. “Friends” producer Marta Kauffman told Ben Shapiro, for his book Primetime Propaganda that, “When we cast Candice Gringrich as the minister of that wedding, [was there] a bit of ‘f*** you’ in it to the right wing directly? Yeah.”
Today, the airwaves are awash in pro-homosexual content – GLAAD tracks how often networks air homosexual characters on their shows. Fox’s musical comedy “Glee” is on the front lines of homosexual advocacy, showing gay sex and slamming anti-gay bullying. Other popular shows prominently featuring homosexuals include “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Modern Family.” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” host Conan O’Brian even officiated at a gay wedding in 2011.
It is no wonder that Ben Shapiro declares in “Primetime Propaganda” that television is the “culture’s most ardent advocate for gay marriage.”
Filmmakers have also not been shy about their support for gay marriage. The 2005 film “Brokeback Mountain”, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, featured two cowboys in a gay relationship. The 2008 film “Milk” told the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected into public office in
Politicians and journalists who favor homosexuality have also noticed the impact of the entertainment industry on influencing societal attitudes towards homosexuality. In a recent interview in which he came out for homosexual marriage, Vice President Joe Biden declared: “when things really begin to change, is when the social culture changes. I think ‘Will and Grace’ probably did more to educate the American public [about homosexuality] than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far.” NBC “Today” anchor Ann Curry agreed with Biden, declaring: "... there weren't a lot of gay role models on television ... Now, there – this is, we're in the wake of Will and Grace, you know, we've seen Glee on television ..."
Correction: The description of "An American Family" was incorrect. The Culture and Media Institute regrets the error.