How Franklin Graham, One Million Moms, and other Christians are Killing our Youth

credit:Disney Channel

If you didn’t jump on the Disney boycott in March when Franklin Graham told people that they should boycott because the live version of Beauty and the Beast had a gay character, or back in 1997 when Southern Baptists called for a Disney boycott because of Disney’s pro-gay policies, then Franklin Graham and others like One Million Moms, are calling people to join another boycott.

The Disney Channel has a highly popular show called Andi Mack, and in a recent episode, one of the main characters came out to his friends. 

In a statement by the Disney Channel, “Andi Mack is a story about ‘tweens’ figuring out who they are. [Creator] Terri Minsky, the cast and everyone involved in the show takes great care in ensuring that it’s appropriate for all audiences and sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity.”

This move by Disney has caused an uproar- because how dare Disney show that people will still be your friend if you are homosexual!

So most boycotts I’ve seen by Christians are pretty laughable. Boycott Starbucks because they make a red cup instead of the Christian symbols of Christmas holly, or gloves or sleds. Boycott Hamilton because the actors told Mike Pence what they wanted to see from the current presidency… Wait, that was a boycott called by #45. Never mind.

Did you know that LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth, and they are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth? LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection. These facts and others can be found on The Trevor Project site. This site is focused on saving the lives of young LGBTQ kids.

It saddens me that we would even need a site like this, but the truth is that the lack of love shown toward this community of people by their own families and churches drive many to suicidal thoughts and actions every day!

Why do we need to acknowledge television characters who lead different lives than you may deem socially or religiously acceptable? I know several people who are LGBT personally. The stories they have told me about how they have been treated by so-called Christians have led me to the conclusion that attitudes from those of Graham and others are driving young people to commit suicide. Right now in Utah, there are numerous LDS young people taking their lives, and people who knew them confirming that they were LGBT, but their obituaries do not mention it.

Even if you believe homosexuality is a sin, I think Christians do a major disservice to young people when they teach them that LGBTQ people do not deserve to live as every other person on this earth.

So What is Wrong with the New Muppets TV Show? Besides the Pilot Not Being that Funny.

MuppetsWell, it isn’t Speculative Fiction Saturday yet, and honestly, I’m not certain I can really count a Muppet film or TV show as speculative fiction. Then again, just check out what I reviewed last week. Anyway, I had a chance to check out the new Muppet TV show, simply known as The Muppets.

I suppose that this article is a response to the One Million Moms who released a statement on their website saying that the series is “perverted”. This raises a few questions: First, are there really one million moms in this organization? If so, did they think of the name first and then try and find one million moms with identical viewpoints. That would be difficult.

Second, “perverted” compared to what? I watched the show, and yes, I found that there was references to sexual contact amongst the Muppets. There is a line where Kermit says that he “cross-promoted” with his new pig girlfriend. I’m sure there is more that I missed, but the rating before the show began was TV-PG.

Personally, I think the jokes could probably get a little more edgy, and honestly, I don’t think The Muppets should be entirely for a young audience. From what I remember of The Muppet Show from the 70’s and 80’s, it was a parody of variety shows, which were popular at the time. It had a bit more of an edge to it more than say, Sesame Street.

And still, even with that edge, the Muppets never seemed to stray over it. The issue is that times have changed, and kids can understand relational difficulties, which was about the deepest subject matter touched on the new TV series. Yes, it seems made for adults, because those who watched The Muppet Show have grown up, and so have these characters.

Still, I wasn’t sold on the pilot. The issue is it uses that mockumentary format seen on such shows as The Office and Modern Family. Even The Muppets admits it is a lazy way to get characters to talk about their feelings on issues, but I’ve always felt that the Muppets often loved on going behind the scenes.

In this case, The Muppets has a new show that isn’t The Muppet Show, but really should be. Instead, it is a talk show staring Miss Piggy. It is an interesting way of getting her on a major role on the show, but it just doesn’t feel right. I just can’t imagine someone with Miss Piggy’s grumpy personna having a successful talk show. Please do not take this as too much of a comparison, but Roseanne once had a talk show to compete with Rosie O’Donnell. It didn’t last long.

There have been comparisons made with The Muppets to 30 Rock, but it bears a stronger resemblance to The Larry Sanders Show. That is, it goes behind the scenes of a talk show, with all the drama that happens.

The issue that I have is that it uses the type of comedy that I can’t stand these days, with celebrities playing themselves. The pilot episode had Elizabeth Banks and Tom Bergeron being them, and that was the joke. Then Imagine Dragons was on, because…yeah, there wasn’t a good reason.

In fact, the show felt crowded, as there was a story with Fozzie dating a human girl and meeting her parents. Then Miss Piggy had a diva tantrum because she didn’t want Elizabeth Banks on the show, and it had to do with her recent breakup with Kermit.

One of the issues that I had with this show is that I didn’t really laugh much. That’s not a good sign, and the ending joke didn’t even make sense. I mean, I’ve seen pilots that just didn’t work, but they shouldn’t be used to judge the series as a whole. As of now, The Muppets could suffer the fate of short-lived Muppets efforts like The Jim Henson show and Muppets Tonite.