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Tony Perkins: ‘Lovable Gays’ Are Just ‘Fiction’ Yet 30 Percent Of TV Characters Are Gay

by David Badash on June 5, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,News,Politics

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Tony Perkins is claiming that 30 percent of TV characters or story lines are about or devoted to gay people. Perkins compounds this unsubstantiated and false claim by adding that the “fiction” of “lovable gay characters” masks “the reality of homosexuality: the men and women dying of AIDS, or the same-sex couples threatening Christian businesses.”

Perkins, of course, is the head of the Family Research Council, a Southern Poverty Law Center-certified anti-gay hate group, but he is often welcomed as an “expert” on family issues, social policy, same-sex marriage, and even politics by all the major cable news networks.

The reality is that HIV/AIDS, unlike Tony Perkins, doesn’t discriminate, and same-sex couples don’t “threaten” Christian businesses. In every case brought against a “Christian business,” state and local anti-discrimination laws, often decades-old, are the reason same-sex couples are entitled to take action against discrimination. Whether or not a state has extended marriage to same-sex couples, a business that violates an anti-diuscrimination law is guilty of discrimination, regardless of whom they choose to discriminate against.

But fact have never mattered to Perkins, who, as GLAAD notes, calls gay people “intolerant,” “hateful,” “vile,” “spiteful,” “operating outside of nature,” “abnormal,” and says of homosexuality, it is “not what we were created to do and it’s against God’s plan and it’s contrary to our nature and the way were were created.”

Here’s the audio and transcript, via Right Wing Watch:

Is marriage headed for a Hollywood ending? Hello, I’m Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. The debate over same-sex marriage has been perfectly scripted by Hollywood. Television shows are full of lovable gay characters, whose dangerous lifestyle is just another funny footnote. Unfortunately for America, those make-believe people are having a real-life impact. In a new survey, almost 20% of Americans credit television with changing their minds on same-sex marriage. And that’s no accident. Homosexuals make up 4% of the population, but they’re a whopping 30% of TV characters and storylines. Liberals are using this barrage to desensitize America and viewers are buying it. Of course, producers don’t show you the reality of homosexuality: the men and women dying of AIDS, or the same-sex couples threatening Christian businesses. They don’t cast the Dan Savages bullying kids or the parents kicked out of school for opposing gay curriculum. Like most everything else on TV, it’s fiction. And the only way to fight it is knowing your role in speaking truth!

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{ 7 comments }

Mykelbarber June 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Just because Tony could never get a man to love him, doesn't make it so for the rest of humanity. Projection is a crude propaganda tool, YOU TOOL (yeah, I'm looking straight in your face Tony Baloney).

Mykelbarber June 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm

and another thiing. I have never know of a Lesbian to die of AIDS (maybe there are some who did injectable drugs, but few and far between). Tony, you're thinking of all of those African Fundamentalist Christians who want to murder LGBT aren't you?

Alex_Parrish June 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm

30%? Really? Clearly, I'm watching the wrong channels…

bgryphon June 5, 2013 at 4:33 pm

What the heck is a "Christian business" ? Businesses are not, despite what SCOTUS would have us believe, people. Although their structure varies from state-sanctioned fictions (corporations) to accounting labels on individual (or small group) enterprise, only individuals have any sort of religious belief. If there is any sort of "belief system" for business, it's the worship of profit.

My business entity does not engage in prayer, does not engage in sex with other LLCs nor flaunt the rules by going after that exotic foreign corporation from the west coast.

NavyWifeVA June 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I think the only lesbian couple that ever purported to transmit HIV from one to the other was discredited in the 90s when they admitted to IV drug use.

It must be nice to be Tony Perkins and get to make up facts and figures without ever really being held accountable for the lies.

BJLincoln June 6, 2013 at 7:08 am

Tony talks to hear himself and it doesn't matter what comes out of his mouth.
When was the last time he was on a program as an authority. It has been a few months.
Every time that jackass is on I send a scathing letter with a link to GLADDs accountablity project. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Maybe they are getting to point.
Dude needs a man.

lepidopteryx June 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Is Tony Perkins unaware that in recent years, infection with HIV and AIDS has been greater among the heterosexual population than among the gay male population and that lesbians have the lowest infection rate of any demographic?

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