ABC Television may be slamming shut Ellen's closet door
ABC has decided to put Ellen on hiatus during March and April. ABC Entetainmnent President Jamie Tarses said that the network has yet to decide whether an Ellen> coming out episode (which has as yet not been taped) will air.
Radical religious groups are taking advantage of this unfortunate turn of events by mounting an unprecedented campaign of pressure against ABC and Disney. Following Tarses' statement, Ellen Morgan sang her way out of the closet during the January 10 taping of the show. In the episode, Ellen attends a rock'n'roll fantasy camp, where she performs a song, which she penned, called "I'm Scared of Being Afraid." In the third take of the song, the Morgan character crooned, "So here's what I have to say ... And by the way, I'm gay! It's okay! "
As the studio audience cheered, she ended the song with the refrain "I'm gay! I'm gay! I'm gay!" A spokesperson for Ellen Indicated that the take was an unscripted, spontaneous improvisation by DeGeneres and would not air.
The coming out song seems to make clear DeGeneres' intention to let her character out of the closet. It may highlight her frustration with the show being placed on hiatus and Tarses' waffling on whether or not to let the character out. On January 14, the radical religious American Family Association issued a release urging people to demand that Disney follow the AFA's hate agenda and force Ellen Morgan to stay in her closet.
Meanwhile, due to ABC's waffling, internet activists on Prodigy have started a campaign to send ABC waffle coupons, pictures of waffles. packets of waffles and homemade waffle recipes via snail mail and e-mail. Only the lesbian and gay community and its supporters can turn the situation around. Do not let religious radicals control what you can watch on television-let Ellen out!
Please join in the Prodigy campaign. Also, write letters and call both ABC and Disney insisting that ABC let Ellen out and renew its commitment to diversity and inclusion in its programming. Contact: Michael Eisner, Chairman and Dean Valentine, President of Network TV and Television Animation, Walt Disney Company, 500 South Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, phone: 818.560.1000, fax: 818.560.1930, e-mail: http://www.disney.com/Mail. For ABC: Jamie Tarses, Entertainment President, ABC Television Network, 2040 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067, fax: 310.557.7679, e-mail: email@example.com. For sponsor contacts and more information, visit the GLAAD website at www.glaad.org.
[from the Glaad Newsletter: www.glaad.org]
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