Cheap Grab for Ratings, Titillation or Religion Baiting?

Home and Away is set to divide audiences when it introduces a lesbian romance this month.Is this just a cheap grab for ratings (“jumping the shark”), a way to encourage a few young men to watch for a bit of titillation, or just a good way to annoy the conservative religious groups?

Possibly all three, but who really cares?

Not surprisingly

Conservative family groups [read: religious nutbags] have reacted angrily to the plot in the PG-rated show, which boasts a large child and teen fan base.

In my view if it is handled sensitively and not trivialised or sensationalised then there is nothing wrong with having a lesbian romance in a teen TV show. After all there are probably quite a few teens coming to terms with their sexuality and this as Psychologist Dr Janet Hall says “allows families to discuss the topic. ”

Of course the religious nutbags don’t see it that way, they see it as an attack on heterosexuality and trying to convert everyone to teh gays… Oh noes!

The best part of the article is the comments, such as :

Rita Morris 11:25am today You talk about stopping a world full of hatred & animosity yet you are the one preaching it. I am gay yet I dont hate you nor who you are – its a shame you can’t show me the same respect. Stop hiding behind god to justify your bigoted views & look at the hypocracy of what you are saying.

Posted by: Mitch of Brisbane 3:00pm today
Comment 183 of 189

Pity a nice family program gone gay!!! Men and women were “created” and if it were to be only a one sex world then it would have been “created” that way. NO that was not the plan when God created the world. Wake up all you people who talk about being and feeling loved. The moral of happiness is a good male-female relationship, trust, honesty, respect and then may be we will not live in a world so full of hatred and animosity and lopsided views which many think are “right”. This is wrong.

Posted by: Rita Morris 11:25am today
Comment 116 of 189

All you narrow minded pathetic plebs make me sick. Its 2009 and you are still bible bashing going on about how man and woman were created and everything else is evil. What a load of crap. I think its pretty obvious by now that homosexuality is something beyond a person’s control. It’s not simply a lifestyle choice. And as for NORM – you are honestly a waste of human life.

Posted by: J of Brisbane 2:59pm today
Comment 182 of 189

With so much acceptance of this sickening trash and seeing such relationships as “normal”, its really no wonder that this country is in the sewer and our dollar at half price.

Posted by: Norm 11:29am today
Comment 119 of 189

Last time I checked, I thought that PG stood for “Parental Guidance” and not “Passed by God”. Wake up, it’s just a story. If parents don’t want their kids watching two actresses attempting to pass off a lesbian kiss that’s as unconvincing as Matthew Newton in “Underbelly”, pick up the remote and change the channel back to “Songs of Praise”. It’s all about choice. Narrow-mindedness (read: religion) has no place in society anymore, let alone any influence.

Posted by: The Emancipation 2:59pm today
Comment 181 of 189

“The plot lines that young kids and teenagers should be presented with should be about really authentic relationships, and not just sexualized.” So, gay and lesbians can’t have authentic relationships? With a statement like that I think a few conservative family groups need to be come a little less religious, and a little more in touch with reality. That being said I may have to tune in for “the episode” just to check it out. 🙂

Posted by: DavidM of Brisbane 11:31am today
Comment 122 of 190

I think MJ’s sarcastic comment sums up the whole “oh noes teh gays will turn us gay” stupidity:

This is just obscene. Young girls will see this and all become lesbians. You know, just like I and thousands of other gay people turned to heterosexuality after watching straight relationships on the show …

Posted by: MJ 11:23am today
Comment 113 of 190

and this is just so true and so telling of a lot of religious people:

It still amazes me that shows like Home and Away can get more and more violent over the years (stalker story lines, drug dealers holding people at knife point and a whole high school formal being trapped inside a burning building) and no one seems to bat an eyelid….but the second a “gay” storyline commences every one is up in arms. Are we really that much in the dark ages?

Posted by: Bernice 10:04am today
Comment 79 of 190

One final comment:

Gay is unnatural sexual relationship and enemy of God that created Man and Woman as natural sexual relationship.

Posted by: Anthony Mayfield 9:15am today
Comment 34 of 190

Sarcasm or Stupidity?

As quite a few readers pointed out, the only thing wrong with this is it seems to be a cheap ploy to boost ratings.

I think the whole things is a “Storm in a teacup“, but there’s some freakin’ hilarious comments on the article.

Hope these dudes don’t mind too much me ripping off their comments?? 😦

As a funny side note, at the bottom of the article there are some “related” sites including, just for Sean, Outed – the lesbian capital of Australia.

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7 Comments

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7 responses to “Cheap Grab for Ratings, Titillation or Religion Baiting?

  1. What disgusted me about the story was…
    … it was apparently important enough to be the front page story of the Herald-Sun.

    Yes. The front page story.
    Now that is disgusting. A disgusting level of journalism.

  2. seantheblogonaut

    I don’t think even a naked lesbian jelly wrestling scene would convince me to watch home and away.

    Cheap ratings ploy.

  3. DB

    I and thousands of other gay people turned to heterosexuality after watching straight relationships on the show (sarcasm, of course)

    Brilliant. I think that sums up this argument for me. This is clearly a ploy for ratings and to stir controversy, but if the religious people didn’t take the bait I probably never would have heard of this controversy.

  4. DB

    I don’t think even a naked lesbian jelly wrestling scene would convince me to watch home and away.

    Damn, that show must be pretty bad!

  5. novparl

    Lezzie wrestling? Do they have Sexcetera in Oz?
    In Pommieland it’s on Virgin 1.

    Will Penny Wong (X-ian nutbag) be appearing in Homo & Agay?

  6. aforcier

    just a note on your – final comment – ” Gay is unatural… ”

    nature is incapable of producing “unatural” anything.

    http://www.ANaturalPhilosophy.com

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