Ugh. In lieu of pushing the anti-marriage constitutional amendment (a certain loser in the Senate), the Bush administration is pandering to its homophobe base with micro-initiatives, like this (hat tip to Josh Marshall):
This week, the new US secretary of education, Margaret Spellings,denounced PBS for spending public funds to tape an episode of achildren’s program that features [Karen] Pike, a lesbian, her partner, GillianPieper, and their 11-year-old daughter, Emma. The installment of”Postcards From Buster," which is produced locally at WGBH-TV (Channel2) and which had been scheduled to air March 23, was promptly droppedby PBS, which is refusing to distribute the footage to its 349 memberstations.
You know what? Let’s have this discussion. Let’s rise to the bait: Gay people are real. Their relationships are real. Their love is real. They have real families. It’s not shocking to show that to kids, and I’ll bet it didn’t even occur to the WGBH folks that it was a big deal. It’s not. (Maybe we should be grateful to Mrs. Spellings for the opportunity to talk about this in a post-election context.)
These people are bullying our friends, neighbors, and relatives. There’s decent pushback from Terry McAuliffe in the article — who else will stand up?
Here’s a great nugget — the northeastern chauvinist in me can’t resist:
At least one member station said that it would not air the episode,even though WGBH will make it available. Jeanette Thornbrue, a managerin the programming department at OETA-TV (Channel 11) in Oklahoma City,said her station will download whatever is on the PBS satellite feedthat day instead.
”Oklahoma is very conservative," she said. ”We’ve had off-the-wallphone calls when nothing was happening." She added that one viewercomplained about an episode of ”Teletubbies" in which the characterswere dancing. ”They thought that was too much," she said.
And they think we’re weird.