October 15, 2012
Why homophobic pressure group One Million Moms hates Jennifer Lopez (and why you should love her)
With her upcoming show The Fosters, Jennifer López is reaffirming the definition of family as inclusive of same-gender parents, biological and non-biological children, and multiple ethnicities. Unsurprisingly, anti-gay groups in the USA are panicking.
The ABC Family show will tell the story of a lesbian couple and their multi-ethnic children, some of whom are biological and others not. Teri Polo and Sherri Saum will star as the lesbian moms. David Lambert was cast as their son Brandon, and Maia Mitchell will play the foster child who brings her very real troubles into this new home. Lopez will produce and guest star the series.
It will be months before the show airs in the U.S., and the pilot is still in the works. But this has not stopped the hate group One Million Moms from protesting it. In their words:
“This program is attempting to redefine marriage and family by having two moms raise these children together.”
Not a minute too soon, is what I say. To them, there are right and wrong ways for children to be born:
“One Million Moms is not sure how the explanation will be given on how the biological children were conceived.”
What ‘explanation’ would be appropriate, OMM? Immaculate conception? Or the Stork flew the kids over on her beak?
As for OMM’s final judgment on The Fosters:
“While foster care and adoption is a wonderful thing and the Bible does teach us to help orphans, … none of this material is acceptable content for a family show.”
Of course it is the Bible that gives OMM authority to decide what kinds of families are acceptable and which are not. The Bible also says owning people and making them work against their will and for no pay is fine; your parents get to stone you if you disobey; and watch out, eating an oyster is an abomination.
The One Million Moms that never were
You might remember One Million Moms as the group that protested Ellen Degeneres’s spokesperson contract with the American retailer JC Penney earlier this year.
Ellen responded by clarifying what to her are traditional values: “I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.”
Rightfully JC Penney stuck it out with her, and, needless to say, public opinion swelled in Ellen’s support. Thousands bombarded OMM’s Facebook account (which never approached anything close to one million “friends”) with posts criticizing the group and supporting Ellen.
So much so that OMM ended up pulling its rant, and eventually shut down the entire account. Nowadays, if you search “One Million Moms” on Facebook you will find:
- One Million Moms Behind Ellen
- One million Human Beings Against One Million Moms
- 1 Million Moms Against One Million Moms
- Four Million Moms (& Dads) telling One Million Moms to SHUT UP
As OMM’s new bullying target, Jennifer López has a lot to win for same sex couples’ rights. Firstly, the fiasco becomes an opportunity for readers to show their support. Browse some of the outlets carrying this news and you’ll see that the comments on the bottom of the page overwhelmingly support López and ridicule OMM.
What does this mean? It means, happily, that the days in which a bunch of bigots controlled the media are waning. And that is in part thanks to celebrities coming out as gay like Ricky Martin, or allies like López who promote the radical idea that people have a right to love whomever they chose.
Gone are the Latino stereotype Ricky Ricardo’s days
Far from the staunch conservatism some might associate them with, many Latino celebrities are standing for an inclusive society.
Don’t get me wrong — I love I Love Lucy. She married a Latino during the Cold war. The show poked fun at Ricky’s bad English in an endearing way. He represented Latinos not as murderous, self-destructive gangsters a la West Side Story, but as hard-working family people.
Decades later. Latinos lead again in changing our perception of what is right and what is normal in society. Ricky Martin’s coming out in 2010 was one such moment. Now we have Jennifer López and The Fosters. I can’t wait to see the show.
Gracias, Jennifer. Don’t back down now!
Lady Ha Ha – Episode 2 – Jen chats to Zoe (A Ladyface Production)
Jen still naively optimistic about her show at Edinburgh, shows the first signs of doubt. Reluctantly Zoe advises Jen as to how best to approach this marathon Festival.
July 10, 2012