Popular family primetime TV show Once Upon A Time has come under fire from ‘indecency’-fighting campaign group One Million Moms, after it screened a lesbian kiss.
The episode that aired on ABC last Sunday showed Ruby (Little Red Riding Hood) bring Dorothy (from The Wizard of Oz) back to life with true love’s kiss. They are the first gay couple to appear in the show, which is based on traditional fairy tales.
Producers for Once Upon A Time – which is shown at 8pm on Sundays, and was called ‘the most family-friendly drama on any broadcast network in the past ten years’ when it first aired in 2011 – said that including gay characters in the show was ‘important’ so that homosexuality could be ‘normalized’ rather than ‘marginalized’.
‘The munchkins watch’
One Million Moms, however, think differently, and have responded with demands that TJ Maxx pull its advertising from the program. In a press release, they accused ABC of ‘distorting’ and ‘twisting’ the storylines of their beloved fairy tales, adding:
‘Homosexuality continues to be over-represented in the media because producers want people, and especially kids, to think it’s normal and everyday life. In reality, that is their fairy tale.’
One Million Moms also hint at improper behavior on the part of the munchkins: ‘One kiss breaks the spell, but many follow in a brief make out session as the munchkins from Oz watch.’
The press release helpfully includes a link to a hot snap of Ruby and Dorothy passionately kissing.
Still, the reaction from One Million Moms is positively restrained compared to that of the slightly hysterical-sounding blog Now The End Begins. Writer Geoffrey Grider said that ABC’s promotion of ‘graphic lesbianism’ proved that we are in the end times, and ‘the tide of darkness and evil is rising until the cup is filled’.
Dorothy and Ruby’s romance continues on ABC at 8pm on Sundays.