I was teaching last night so I missed it, and I am too busy to watch it on my DVR, but according to its own press release the NBC show “The New Normal” is the latest attempt to mainstream homosexual behavior. The strategy began with “Will and Grace” (according to Joe Biden), made significant strides with “Modern Family,” and is now attempting to finish the job with “The New Normal.”
The article in my paper said the show is about two guys “in a stable and committed relationship” who “become disheartened by the obstacles they face” in having a child. I would think their main obstacle comes from nature, but never mind. They find a willing woman who will become their surrogate for cash, and of course the woman is fleeing her own “dead-end” heterosexual marriage and her “conservative and bigoted grandmother.”
If you think these stereotypes are unfair, you will be relieved to know that the show “really isn’t overtly political.” Justin Bartha, who plays one of the gay guys, says “This show really is, first and foremost, a show about family…The fact that the central characters are gay is not the talking point of every single scene…It’s just another characteristic of these people.”
I have two observations:
1. Notice how the very premise of the show is trying to force the assumption that the debate about gay marriage is over. As Bartha states, “I just think it’s ridiculous that this still [is] an issue….” He adds, “it’s also an issue that is, in my opinion, well past its expiration date.”
Well, you can’t run off the field at the start of the fourth quarter and claim you’ve won the game (though this is a strategy the Browns should have tried on Sunday).
2. Notice how every television show and editorial on gay sex talks about everything except the sex. Proponents of gay marriage want to talk about everything except the essence of what they are talking about. Consider for a moment what gay men actually do with and to each other, and you’ll understand why. But if they won’t talk about what gay marriage actually is, then not only is this debate not over, it hasn’t even started.