ABC has had an increasing amount of ties to anti-gay talking points and organizations. Most (in)famous was the 20/20 special which attempted to rewrite the tragedy of Matthew Shephard's murder and give sympathy to his killers. Next came last spring's accepting a primetime ad for extremist theocrat group Focus on the Family even though earlier in the year the network refused to air a pro-gay ad from the United Church or Christ. In August, daytime talk show "The View" had a lengthy interview with ex-gays from Exodus International, a major lobbying group which has strong ties to Focus on the Family. And now the popular series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is featuring Focus on the Family in their October 2 episode. In FotF's own words:
"There is nothing more rewarding than helping others, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a great example of this principle in action," says Jim Daly, President and CEO of Focus on the Family. "We at Focus on the Family are honored to participate in such a worthy cause."
ABC seems to want stronger and stronger ties to a group that has declared war against "tolerance" and "diversity".If you want to ask Endemol, which produces Extreme Makeover Home Edition, why they want to associate with this kind of hate, here is the contact information:
Endemol USA 9255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 1100 Los Angeles, CA 90069
Telephone: +1 310 860 9914 Fax: +1 310 860 1417
Management: David Goldberg, President
The contact information for ABC:
ABC Media Relations: Alison Rou (818) 460- 7798
You might think that your words won't make a difference, but those who have called Endemol reported that the person on the other end of the line was not very happy with FotF's self-promotion, and that a photo of Pennington which once appeared on the FotF site has now been taken down.
Please let them know that you do not tolerate hate or attempts to put a fuzzy, warm puppy in place of what is really a rabid dog. ABC continues to give credence to one of the most hostile and influential hate groups in America. Tell them you won't put up with it anymore.