How would Hollywood respond if a group were formed called Christians United for Repentance and Education (CURE), with a mission to hand out awards for those TV programs doing the best job of promoting a religious or socially conservative viewpoint on homosexuality? Yes, yes: We know that finding programs to honor would be nearly impossible. We also know that virtually no one in the industry would rush to accept these awards.
With that idea in mind, now consider the opposite. Consider the libertine lobby that suggests that traditional religion and social conservatism are poisonous to enlightened thinking, ideologies of "defamation" and hate, spurs to hurtful slurs and violent beatings. One of their media-educating projects is called the "Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation" (GLAAD). When spring rolls around, the GLAAD Media Awards are held in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Hollywood moguls and stars not only flock to the events, they pay for them.
The GLAAD Web site hands out smooches for its 2003 corporate sponsors, which include nearly every TV and movie company in Hollywood. HBO is closest to the top in contributions, listed as an "underwriter." Just below that, AOL Time Warner and Showtime are "Gold Patrons." Regular "Patrons" include ABC, MTV, NBC, Paramount and Warner Brothers Records. "Sponsors" round out the list: CBS, Fox, Lifetime, Miramax, NBC Studios, Sony Pictures, Time Inc., Time Magazine, People Magazine, even Teen People Magazine.
Barbara O'Dair of Time Inc. came to accept an award for Teen People for "Outstanding Magazine, Overall Coverage," which shows how important the gay lobby thinks it is to promote homosexuality to teenagers.
GLAAD claims its awards are for honoring "fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives." But its award winners show that's clearly not true. They honor propaganda TV shows, propaganda films and propaganda news programs.
In honoring their other winners, the more obvious purpose is listed. Gay filmmaker Todd Haynes wins for "outstanding contributions in combating homophobia." Eric McCormack, the straight actor playing the gay title character in NBC's sitcom "Will and Grace," is honored for "his public commitment to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community." Combat, commitment, cause, advocacy: These are awards for lobbying for the gay agenda.