The media-cultural scene is exploding right now, with so many significant developments we can’t write about just one. Instead, we’re touching on three stories, ranging from very good to very bad to just plain awful, because of the insights they offer about the media’s role in shaping our culture.
Let’s begin with the bad. Hollywood has been openly promoting homosexuality at least since 1997, when Ellen DeGeneres publicly declared her “orientation,” and the entertainment networks jumped on the bandwagon by inserting homosexual characters into their shows. This year, the Tinseltown campaign to persuade Americans that homosexuality is healthy and normal has reached unprecedented heights, or depths, depending on how you look at it.
As CMI’s Colleen Raezler reports in her new Eye on Culture study, “Lavender Propaganda,” the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is crowing that “the 2008-2009 television season contains a record number of homosexual, bisexual or transgendered characters,” more than double the number from last year. We’re up to 35 characters spread across 21 series. 14 of these series are aired between 8 and 10 p.m., which includes the “family hour.”