Prominent Conservative groups Family Research Council and Media Research Center have united to form a national campaign calling for the cancellation of a new Disney/ABC sitcom based on the life of controversial LGBT activist Dan Savage.
According to the Huffington Post, Disney ABC will soon air the pilot of a show based on Savage's life, titled "Family of the Year." Hollywood Reporter notes that the show "centers on a picture-perfect family that is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real."
Savage, who famously teamed up with the Obama administration to raise money for the pro-LGBT campaign "It Gets Better," is known for his outspoken hatred of Christianity and flagrantly liberal worldview.
Explains a report from Newsbusters, "A perusal of Dan Savage's work reveals a career built on advocating violence - even murder - and spewing hatred against people of faith. Savage has spared no one with whom he disagrees from his vitriolic hate speech."
The news source compiled a list of several of Savage's controversial remarks, including calling for Christians at a high school conference to "ignore the bull**** in the Bible" and proclaiming that "abortion should be mandatory for about 30 years" to address overpopulation concerns.
Because of this, Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center (MRC), and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), wrote a letter Ben Sherwood, president of the Disney/ABC Television, asking him to reconsider his decision to air "Family of the Year."
"We can only assume you are unaware of Dan Savage's history of over-the-top obscenity, his radical hate speech, and his venomous anti-Christian bigotry," they wrote in the letter. However, MRC says their request was never acknowledged by Sherwood, causing them to publicly denounce the project and call for its immediate cancellation.
"Disney ABC's decision to effectively advance Dan Savage's calls for violence against conservatives and his extremist attacks against people of faith, particularly evangelicals and Catholics, is appalling and outrageous. If hate speech were a crime, this man would be charged with a felony. Disney ABC giving Dan Savage a platform for his anti-religious bigotry is mind-boggling and their silence is deafening," Bozell asserted.
"By creating a pilot based on the life of this hatemonger and bringing him on as producer, Disney ABC is sending a signal that they endorse Dan Savage's wish that a man be murdered," he added.
Perkins echoed Bozell's concerns, writing, "Does ABC really want to produce a pilot show based on a vile bully like Dan Savage? Do Dan Savage's over-the top-obscenity, intimidation of teenagers and even violent rhetoric reflect the values of Disney? Partnering with Dan Savage and endorsing his x-rated message will be abandoning the wholesome values that have attracted millions of families to Walt Disney."
"Family of the Year" is slated for release sometime in 2015.