If you were excited to see the premiere of NBC's new show The New Normal next month, hopefully you don't live in Utah.
A Salt Lake City NBC affiliate has banned the show from airing in objection to its primary storyline about a gay couple and the family of the woman who decides to become a surrogate for their baby. Jeff Simpson, CEO of Bonneville International, a parent company of of Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL-TV, said that the show's "crude dialogue, explicit content and offensive characterizations" were the reasons behind not airing the show, according to E! Online. In other words, watching something about gay people made him feel icky.
Needless to say, there are plenty of people involved with the show who are less than pleased about the ban. Co-star Ellen Barkin sounded off on Twitter and accused the NBC affiliate of being homophobic. "Shame on u @kslcom not airing @NBCTheNewNormal So L&O SVU (rape & child murder) is ok? But loving gay couple having a baby is inappropriate?," she tweeted. "Anyone in Utah interested in @NBCTheNewNormal please clog up @ksl5tv feed 4 their blatantly homophic decision 2 not air the show #KSLBigots."
Show creator Ryan Murphy also criticized the network ban by claiming, "I find it to be interesting that they would take a position before they've seen it." This affiliate isn't the only organization to protest the show though. One Million Moms (the d-bags who called for a boycott of Ellen DeGeneres), demanded that advertisers boycott the show because they viewed it "harmful to our society."
Do you think this NBC affiliate has the right to ban The New Normal? Should they?
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