Family Research Council Blasts Golden Globes For Promoting Tolerance
At the Golden Globes this weekend, Glee star Chris Colfer won an award for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel, an openly gay student tormented by a bully. In his acceptance speech, an emotional Colfer thanked "the kids that our show celebrates that are constantly told no by people in their environments, by bullies in their school, that they can't be who they are or have what they want because of who they are." He concluded: "Well, screw that, kids!" Watch:
But the Family Research Council wants you to know that Colfer is wrong. The group is outraged that the Golden Globes celebrated Glee and The Kids Are All Right — the story of a lesbian couple raising two children — for "advancing a liberal political agenda," even though the "wholesome" and "family-friendly" Toy Story 3 was a bigger hit at the box office.
As in past years, the Globes proved that studios are far less concerned about entertaining people than they with indoctrinating them. Last night's awards were a celebration — not of America's values, but of Hollywood's. Projects like The Kids Are All Right, Black Swan, "Glee," and others were rewarded for pushing the cultural envelope or advancing a liberal political agenda.
That may be how Hollywood defines "success," but it certainly isn't how audiences do. Neither of those films cracked the top 49 in last year's box office. In fact, The Kids Are All Right, which is the story of two lesbians raising a family, came in 113th in ticket sales. Toy Story 3, last year's box office winner, made 21 times more money than Kids did.
For what it's worth, Toy Story 3 also had a production budget 50 times greater than The Kids Are All Right ($200 million vs. $4 million), though that's beside the point. The gay-bashers at FRC seem to fundamentally misunderstand the purpose of art, preferring that it simply confirm the attitudes of the masses. Meanwhile, the existence of FRC and other organizations dedicated to discrimination proves that the Kurt Hummels of the world still have much to overcome.