Cinemablend reports on the backlash over TLC’s My Husband’s Not Gay, a special focusing on Mormon men, both married and single, “who are attracted to men but who cultivate relationships with women”:
Over at Change.org, former Christian Josh Sanders wrote about his experiences as a gay man whose church convinced him to undergo reparative therapy so that he would no longer be gay. His petition calls for TLC to “stop spreading such dangerous misinformation” by canceling My Husband’s Not Gay.
GLAAD also backs up the petition, and the organization’s President and CEO made a statement this morning calling My Husband’s Not Gay “downright irresponsible”. Here’s the whole statement:
“This show is downright irresponsible. No one can change who they love, and, more importantly, no one should have to. By investing in this dangerous programming, TLC is putting countless young LGBT people in harm’s way.”
The Cinemablend article expresses the bias made common by activist groups like GLAAD in their own explanation of the show’s premise:
It’s a personal choice the men have made thanks to the tenets of their religion, but there are troubling moments when each of the guys involved with My Husband’s Not Gay note how religion has enabled them to suppress their feelings for dudes.
Terms like “troubling moments” and “religion has enabled them to suppress” buy into the “born this way” theory that has been dubbed as “sloppy science” but continues to be one of the most powerful weapons in the gay mafia’s arsenal. Lesbian feminist Camille Paglia explains:
Every single gay person I know has some sort of drama going on, back in childhood. Something was happening that we’re not allowed to ask about anymore . . . I can see patterns that are similar in my background to that of other women I know who are lesbians, but the biggest patterns are in gay men. Every single gay man I know had a particular pattern where for whatever reason, he was closer to his mother than to his father, and there was some sort of distance between the mother and the father, so that she looked to her son as her real equal or friend, as the real companion of her soul. …But now, you are not allowed to ask any questions about the childhood of gay people anymore. It’s called ‘homophobic’. … It’s a sick and stupid way of looking at human psychology . . . we are in a period now of psychological stupidity.
While a show focusing on counseling for homosexuals with a religious bent is sure to attract its fair share of criticism, will this “psychological stupidity” inevitably be what shuts down TLC’s latest venture into reality programming?