Wednesday, October 2, 2013

'Modern Family' Gay Marriage Proposal "Panics Conservatives"?

Modern Family is, all around, a pretty decent show. It follows three intermingled storylines about the ever-changing nature of family in America. Though it’s not without its flaws—Michelle Haimoff pointed out in The Christian Science Monitor that it’s one of many popular sitcoms full of sexist stereotypes—it does do a good job portraying Mitch and Cam, two gay men, as two normal, imperfect people who are in love. After being together for eight years and raising a daughter together, the two characters finally got engaged to be married, a historic move that the show’s writers say was a direct response to the recent overturning of Prop 8 and DOMA. As the two men recount their favorite remember whens and eventually lock eyes and say, “Yes,” in unison, it gets you right in the feels—and, of course, that’s making conservatives freak out.

Warning: gay marriage-themed TV shows may make you feel sympathetic towards gay people

Evan Martel for the Media Research Center—a conspiracy theorist publication whose “sole mission is to expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media” openly confessed to having watched the episode of Modern Family in which the two men get engaged, and furthermore, he confessed that it gave him feelings. He actually found himself sympathizing for gay people. For a moment, Evan Martel actually thought that gay people were human beings entitled to basic civil rights, and that, he says, is that makes the show so dangerous.

He writes:

“I laughed. I cried. I felt. It moved me like good art is supposed to do. But that’s the problem. It moved me. It made me feel joy for Cam and Mitchell after the Supreme Court over-ruled California’s Prop 8. And that is what makes this show great. And dangerous.”

Cam and Mitch’s Modern Family characters are “misleading” about gay people?

We’re not sure what Mr. Martel thinks real gay people are like, since he’s dead-set on the idea that Mitch and Cam are unrealistic characters. We’re guessing that he’s upset because it doesn’t show them as deranged, promiscuous, HIV-infected pederasts pushing a gay agenda on innocent children. But, considering that this man has probably never once willingly befriended a gay person, I think it’s safe to say that his perception is the one that is “inaccurate” and “misleading,” while the one shown on Modern Family is a realistic, albeit fictional, portrayal of what it’s like to be gay in America.

The good news in this ridiculous mess is that it shows that even nutty right-wingers are having a harder and harder time hiding behind their own lies about the LGBT community and about gay marriage. They’re admitting that something human inside them actually feels sympathy toward couples in love who are not allowed to marry. Even if they dismiss their feelings as “dangerous,” they’re starting to have them. They’re starting to understand. And maybe, some time in the next century, the day will come when they’ll stop dismissing feelings of sympathy and compassion as “dangerous.”

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