Glee creator Ryan Murphy said Tuesday (24 July) that he was not surprised that the anti-gay group One Million Moms is already protesting his upcoming NBC sitcom The New Normal.
But he thinks the subgroup of the American Family Association might like what they see if they check out the show about a blended family created by a gay couple and the surrogate mother having their baby.
‘If they watched the show – I actually think they would love it,’ Murphy said during an appearance at the TV Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. ‘Because for the first time, they’re represented. Ellen Barkin is a member of that group. Which is the truth.’
Barkin plays the bigoted mother of the surrogate mother on the show who is portrayed by Georgia King.
Before The New Normal got on its radar, One Million Moms had already this year protested Ellen DeGeneres, gay characters in comic books, rainbow Oreos, and various retail chains for gay-themed advertising.
One Million Moms said it is prepared to contact any and all sponsors of this program if it is aired.
They accuse NBC of using public airwaves ‘to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage,’ according to their website.
"I think the show is funny, but I think in many ways the show is about tolerance and I think it’s about a discussion of tolerance,’ Murphy said. ‘And I think that their points of view are delivered with sensitivity and a certain amount of ferocity by Ms. Barkin, so I think they would actually, if they watched it, they would like it.’