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Utah TV station bans Ryan Murphy’s ‘The New Normal’

Considering that the entire premise of Ryan Murphy’s “The New Normal” can be summed up as “A gay couple hires a surrogate to carry their baby", you’d figure that no one would be dumb enough to go into it thinking it would be the heteronormative fun-time happy hour where no pre-conceived notions are challenged ever.

But to be fair, if everyone operated on logic, common sense and decency, I would never have anything to write about and I’d be out of a job faster than John Travolta at a massage parlor. And thanks to this Utah TV Station, which has taken it upon themselves to ban The New Normal over the show’s embracing of gay issues, I can look forward to cashing yet another paycheque. Kudos, assholes!

‘The New Normal’ was deemed inappropriate by a spokesperson from the Utah-based KSL-TV, due to: ”crude dialogue, explicit content and offensive characterisations,” Deseret News reported.   

The TV station took the decision not to air the show, despite being an NBC affiliate. Jeff Simpson, CEO of the KSL parent company released a statement:   

“After viewing the pilot episode of ‘The New Normal,’ we have made the decision to keep it off our fall schedule. For our brand, this program simply feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time.” (via Pink News)

Oh, look at all this wrong here… Where to start? First off, censoring things because of your own arbitrary judgement rather than allowing your audience the opportunity to decide for themselves what they do and do not want to watch? Fuck up one. Assuming that the definition of “family” is limited to solely your own, rather than taking into consideration the numerous functional families of the non-nuclear variety? Fuck up two! And finally, I’m pretty sure you just managed to piss Ellen Barkin right off, and when she gets her claws in a cause, she will tweet it into submission. Fuck up three!


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