"Is that Peee Ceeeeee enough for youuwww?"
Honest discussion has no place in american television! Welcome to the Neighborhood," an ABC reality series that pushes hot buttons of racism and anti-homosexuality, was pulled by the network before its debut. The program had drawn criticism from groups claiming it risked fostering prejudice. [...] The six-episode show, which was to debut July 10, follows three families in Austin, Texas, who are given the chance to choose a new neighbor for a house on their street. Each family initially wants someone similar to them — white and conservative. Instead, they must choose from families that are black, Hispanic and Asian; two gay white men who've adopted a black child; a couple covered in tattoos and piercings; a couple who met at the woman's initiation as a witch; and a poor white family. Ok, so we have minority families , a gay couple, a body art couple, a wicca couple and a white trash family. Basically all the "diversity" that living in America has to offer. This of course will make a lot of the "white and uptight" neighbours uncomfortable, and we can finally show how really intolerant white people are. God knows they are the only people left that you can make fun of all you want and not have to worry about it! This should be great! :-p In the early episodes, one man makes a crack about the number of children piling out of the Hispanic family's car and displays of affection between the gay men provoke disgust. See? Told you so! The series' producers had said it was intended to promote a healthy and open debate about prejudice and people's fear of differences. See, here is the problem: i actually believe them, and i believe that such a debate is necessary. Unfortunately, i don't believe that America is ready for that yet. Not really! If anything that living in american society has taught me, it's that it's better to fake tolerance then to actually be tolerant. Better pretend you don't mind gays, even if you hate them, otherwise your girlfriend will get mad at you and she might not give you head tonight. It's better to hide all racist thoughts and notions till the black man is out of the room, then you are allowed to make fun of him all you want. Better to skirt the issues then to deal with them. Cause you see, we wouldn't want to expose people to the truth. That might just hurt their feelings, and we can't have that. Better just ignore it, pretend it doesn't happen and hope it may just go away! For example: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, after viewing the series, expressed strong concerns. While it ultimately carries a valuable message about diversity and acceptance, those watching the first episodes could be left thinking discrimination is "not that big a deal," GLAAD spokesman Damon Romine said Wednesday. "Regardless of how things turn out at the end of the last show, it's dangerous to let intolerance and bigotry go unchallenged for weeks at a time," he said, adding that GLAAD hopes a revised version might air. Yes, cause people will see this show and think:"It's ok to call gay people that? Allright. Hey Billy, wanna lynch mr. Johnson and his manfriend? It's Pee cee now!" Between this and their Eminem Grammy protests, i am starting to think that GLAAD is another word for STUPID But don't fret gay people, another group is out to prove how tolerant it is by not tolerating this show either: Before ABC announced its decision, the Family Research Council said it was worried evangelicals would be made to appear judgmental and foolish. They are so afraid to appear judgmental that they are judging the show before actually seeing it. Makes it seem like as if they were only kidding about their desire not to appear foolish, huh? I rest my case!