Fox Anchor Hosts Bryan Fischer, Asks If Glee Is “Product Placement” For Homosexuality
April 28, 2011 5:23 pm ET by Carlos Maza
Damali Keith, a Fox anchorwoman for Houston’s Fox affiliate, hosted a debate this week between the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer and Ray Hill, a local gay-rights activist. The debate was about whether the Fox show Glee was making “TV too gay” for children by “delv[ing] too much into homosexual relations”:
During the course of the debate, Fischer was given the opportunity to advance a number of anti-gay attacks, asserting that “homosexual behavior” “carries enormous psychological and physical risks” and referring to it as a “behavior that ought not be glamorized.”
Keith seemed to echo Fischer’s claim that watching gay characters on television could somehow cause a viewer to want to become gay:
KEITH: And we all know about product placement. You throw a soda in a movie and within a few seconds later everyone in the theater is thirsty for that particular brand. Ray, what do you have to say to the people who say that this is propaganda, that this isn’t just storylines but the people have an agenda?
Hill seems visibly amazed at the question he’s being asked:
HILL: This is the second decade of the 21st century. I don’t really understand why this conversation is even being held. We’ve gone through Lawrence v. Texas, we have gone through the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The progress of people being “the other” or people being on the “outside” of the mainstream of American society… It’s time people start being honest about their sexuality and the society – we’re here, we’re queer, and you might as well get used to it.
It’s hard to not sympathize with Hill. In 2011, on live television, he’s being asked by a television news anchorwoman if he believes that showing gay characters on television is “propaganda” that will actually cause children to change their sexual orientation.
It’s outrageous that Fox even considers Bryan Fischer to be a credible source of information or commentary on LGBT issues. Fischer is notorious for blaming gay men for the Holocaust, calling gay sex “domestic terrorism,” and saying that the solution to gay teen suicides was having “fewer homosexual students.” Recently, Fischer claimed that the vicious beating of a transgender woman in Maryland proved that transgender non-discrimination protections are a bad idea.