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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Tickled Pink: No laughing matter

Posted by: Hammer / 10:31 AM

From Agape Press, the news arm of the American Family Association:
TV Land is touting the "Tickled Pink" as the first program to look at how and why certain classic television shows "have hit the funny bone for generations of gay viewers." The show promises to celebrate a variety of TV shows and situation comedies that have commanded huge homosexual fan bases, and will "get the inside scoop from the talented people that created them."

Upon watching "Tickled Pink," Vitagliano says it was "disturbing" to have Hollywood's homosexual agenda so solidly confirmed. "In some ways it was worse than I expected it to be," he notes, "because it really celebrated the fact that there were people in Hollywood who were trying to get a message across without the viewer really knowing it -- at least if they were straight."

In addition to focusing on actual "gay code" or subtext in some shows, Vitagliano says the TV Land special also examined how homosexuals watch many of the same shows popular with heterosexual viewers, yet interpret or experience them differently -- through a homosexual lens, so to speak. "Tickled Pink" suggests that popular shows such as "The Golden Girls," "Batman," or "Chips" that feature close same-sex friendships have often been viewed by homosexuals as affirmations of their lifestyles -- a fact the pro-family reviewer says he found sad.

"Even in TV shows that have nothing to do with homosexuality," Vitagliano notes, "apparently gays and lesbians have often latched onto any hint of a close relationship or spiritual intimacy between characters of the same sex and have read a homosexual subtext into it, desperate to find something -- anything -- that will give them a sense of normalcy." Or, in other cases, he adds, indications are that homosexuals often view shows about characters with supernatural powers and hidden abilities, such as "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeannie," and see characters who must keep secrets or lead hidden lives as somehow paralleling the "closeted" homosexual existence.

Those darn gays and lesbians! How dare they enjoy the same shows the straight folks like. They should stick to obviously gay shows, like Will & Grace and Magnum, P.I. so that the right-thinking folks in this country know what to boycott.


Wait, since I'm straight, is it okay for me to view shows in a way not intended by the creator? 'Cause I'm only watching those X-Files reruns to gawk at Duchovny. If someone could please check with the Thought Police and get back to me, I'd appreciate it.

By Anonymous Mrs. Hammer, at 12:11 PM  

I thought that was the only reason to watch the X-Files?

By Blogger Hammer, at 12:53 PM  

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