Friday, March 3, 2017

So what's pissing off the hate mongers at AFA today?

Star vs. the Forces of Evil
Star vs. the Forces of Evil
According to the American Family Association (as One Million Moms): “Outraged Parents Band Together to Take Action Against LGBT-Pushing Disney.” Of course what that really means is that the hate group's leader, Tim Wildmon, does not like some content put out by Disney. That doesn't take much. Just the presence of a gay person is enough to cause Wildmon to become unhinged over the potential for contagion. To put it mildly, his are not very enlightened views.

According to the diatribe attributed only to One Million Moms:
Alerting all parents! In a first for the Disney Channel, a Disney XD show subtly displayed several gay kisses in an episode that aired a couple of days ago.

The Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode featured a scene at a boy band concert where several people, including same-sex couples, kiss on cue with the music. The gender of various other kissing couples in the crowd is not always visible.
You will not believe what this tantrum is about

So what? Do the mullahs at AFA think that kids do not know that gay people exist — and even get married? Imagine that. Or is it simply that Disney doesn't demonstrate disapproval of homosexuality in accordance with Tim Wildmon's extremist religious beliefs? Ironically, while there is no known incantation that will cause a straight child to become gay, fundamentalist religious extremism is contagious. Children and adults can be radicalized. Wildmon and his little band of fanatics pose the real threat to society.

This continues:
Disney has been under pressure from the gay community to portray openly gay relationships in its TV shows and movies. And last fall, the creators of Moana mentioned in an interview with a liberal media source that they wouldn't rule out an LGBT Disney princess. Director Ron Clements said, "It seems like the possibilities are pretty open at this point."

There's also word the new Beauty and the Beast will include a gay story line—between LeFou and Gaston. "LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He's confused about what he wants," director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine. "It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie," Condon added.
This could be a first. AFA has used the word “gay” instead of “homosexual.” The simple fact is that people like Wildmon make it necessary to have more gay relationships portrayed in films and on TV so that gay kids don't feel isolated and marginalized. I mean it is all quite normal! Gay people couple and they are affectionate with each other in the same way that straight people couple and are affectionate with each other. Gay children and their classmates learn that it is all quite normal.

Wildmon's problem — and it is his problem — is that he believes that his book, written thousands of years ago by unknown authors, is the literal word of his god. His beliefs represent the very essence of superstition over faith. Wildmon's certitude over the supernatural is truly remarkable. Wildmon's mission is to make the classmates of gay kids as hateful and bigoted as possible.

Gay people pose a threat to children:
This is the last place parents would expect their children to be confronted with content regarding sexual orientation. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, and it is becoming extremely common and unnecessary.
Wildmon is concerned that kids will be influenced by a message of acceptance and tolerance rather than his message of hate. His intended sub-textual inference is that the appearance of gay characters will turn children gay. Wildmon's currency is ignorance.

Politically correct is not a terrible thing. It suggests courtesy and civility. Nevertheless:
Disney has decided to be politically correct versus providing family-friendly entertainment. Disney should stick to entertaining instead of pushing an agenda. Conservative families need to urge Disney to avoid mature and controversial topics.
How about Disney has decided to depict the real world where some people are actually gay? Given that a large segment of our population have a close relative who is gay, it seems to me that Disney knows more about what is really family-friendly than the bigots at AFA.

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