I don't like to step up on a soapbox here too often but here we are. I'm just gonna keep this brief.
A petition is circulating - thousands of people have signed - to beseech TLC to cancel "19 Kids and Counting" because the Duggars are homophobic.
I immediately remembered one of my all-time favorite movie monologues (Aaron Sorkin is just a genius) from The American President:
"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free".
When HGTV cancelled the Benham Brothers' show for the same, I felt... well, almost the same. Frankly, I think those guys are douchebags and far too uncontrollably outspoken so I didn't mind as much when they got screwed. But let's be rational about this.
You know the real way to send a message that you don't want these people on your TV? Don't watch. Don't talk about them. When they're on the Today Show, change the channel. Do not give them the attention and platform to proselytize they are seeking.
Where do we draw the line? Think about all the opinions you disagree with. Think about the people you don't like. Would you ban everything and everyone from TV that did not line up with your own, personal ideals? When you send a message that only one opinion is allowed, only one voice should be given opportunity, you make yourselves just as guilty as they are. You become a gang, a bully, and you validate their argument. There are better ways to do this, guys. These people deserve our sympathy and our pity, but not our hate-speak and not our valuable time. They deserve to be ignored, not martyred.