The Gay and
Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation issued a press release
Tuesday urging community members to contact FX Networks to
express concern about a defamatory claim by an antigay
activist that was featured uncensored, and
unchallenged, on the June 24 episode of 30 Days.
The show "examines social issues in America by
immersing individuals in a life that requires them to see
the world through another's eyes,'"
according to the show's website.
In an episode
titled "Same-Sex Parenting," Kati, a woman who is
opposed to gays having families, lives for 30 days with
gay parents Dennis and Thomas and their four adopted
includes a defamatory statement by Peter Sprigg of the
Family Research Council, who, according to GLAAD's
press release, is quoted as saying: "Homosexuality is
associated with higher rates of sexual promiscuity,
sexually transmitted diseases, mental illness, substance
abuse, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse, and those
are all reasons for us to be concerned about placing
children into that kind of setting."
After reviewing a
screener supplied by FX Networks, GLAAD and the Family
Equality Council, a national nonprofit working to ensure
equality for LGBT families, contacted FX, requesting
that the inaccurate claim be removed from the episode
or that a credible social science expert be brought in
to provide an on-air correction.
refused to remove the statement or address it during the
course of the episode.
GLAAD, the Family
Equality Council, and Children of Lesbians and Gays
Everywhere are urging their members and the community to
contact FX Networks and 20th Century Fox to express
their concerns over the network's providing a platform
for such an inaccurate, misleading claim by the Family
senior vice president, current programming, 20th Century
Fox Television, Inc., (310) 369-0211,
executive vice president of original programming, FX
Networks, (310) 369-0949, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(310) 369-0949, email@example.com.
vice president of public relations, FX Networks, (310)
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