For the 12th season of the long running sitcom, Two and a Half Men, they've come up with an unusual plot that involves faking gay, faking gay marriage, and faking an adoption. I'm really not joking about this, and I'm not even sure if it's considered offensive at this point. The network is claiming this storyline will help show the progress gay people have made in these areas. Some, however, have mixed feelings.
Speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said Walden realizes that it would be very difficult to adopt a child as a single, straight man.
‘So once and for all he decides, “I’m going to propose to Alan [Jon Cryer] and we’re going to get married and adopt a child as a gay couple.”,’ Tassler said.
Describing it as a ‘great ride’, she said she views the storyline as a ‘very positive statement’ about the waves of gay rights across the US.
She said she does not expect a backlash from the LGBTI community.
Sounds as if there could be a little gay baiting happening here. But I could be wrong about that.
It's really just the repetition of an age old trope...faking marriage to avoid legalities. Sitcoms are notorious for this...doing illegal things for the sake of a laugh. They always have been. The most common has always been the illegal immigrant marrying for citizenship. This gay angle just adds a new twist that might turn out to be interesting if it's handled with care and they do mention how difficult it still is for LGBTI people to adopt (or marry) in some places. In other words, if they don't Hollywood it up and make it look as if all gays in the US have equality they might be able to pull it off. If they don't handle it well I think there will be backlash.
GLAAD has already made this statement:
We hope the show will acknowledge not only the progress made in acceptance of gay and lesbian couples, but also the fact that - in many areas of the country - same-sex couples are often under greater scrutiny or still barred from adoption options that straight couples have.’
You see what I mean. Listen closely, Hollywood. We're not all equal just yet. In fact, NOM and people like Theresa Santai-Gaffney in Pennsylvania are still trying to challenge gay marriage.
There's more here.
Amazon E-Book Service
I received an e-mail about this last week but didn't have time to post about it so I figured I'd do it now in case anyone's interested. Amazon recently announced a new e-book subscription service where readers can get unlimited books for $10 a month. It's being compared to Netflix and readers can choose from over a half million e-books. Some are blockbuster hits.
The biggest problem seems to be that the big 5 publishers are no shows.
So far, however, none of the five biggest publishers appear to be making their books available through the service.
HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster, for example, are not participating, representatives from the three companies confirmed.
Penguin Random House and Macmillan declined to comment, but a search on Amazon suggests that they are not making their books available.