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Boo! Florida Family Association Boycotts Degrassi Due To Gay/Transgender Characters

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NOT cool!

Back in November, we were VERY disappointed to learn that Kodak had pulled its ads from airing during Teen Nick's popular series, DeGrassi: The Next Generation.

At the time, we heard that Kodak has received a slew of emails from the Florida Family Association (FFA) for supporting a show that "targets teens with gay propaganda and other immoral behavior." The FFA seems to REALLY have it out for the show because there's not only gay characters, but a transgender one as well.

We were pleased to learn that Kodak is once again advertising on the show, but NOW the FFA is at it again, and they're continuing to harass Degrassi show sponsors, including Penguin Viking, Verizon, Colgate, and Hewlett Packard.

Here's what FFA founder David Canton had to say about his issues with Degrassi:

"How many high schools have a gay first-string quarterback who becomes lovers with someone else on the team? This relationship is extremely unlikely and they shouldn’t open this to dialogue, and I think that it is statistically improbable that you will have a female-to-male transgender who is in love with a lesbian or bisexual in a school setting."

Here's what a spokesperson for Teen Nick had to say about the FFA's impact on advertisers:

“There has been no impact and no advertiser has pulled any money off of Teen Nick."

We continue to thank you for supporting an important cause and helping spread awareness/understanding about gay and transgender issues, Teen Nick!

As for the Florida Family Association, we can only hope that one of these days they'll come to their senses and realize that they've been acting out of ignorance. Such a shame!

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31 comments to “Boo! Florida Family Association Boycotts Degrassi Due To Gay/Transgender Characters”

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    that is a xtra old pic of degrassi, you do kno tht there is a new cast now

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    The organization has just as much right to be active against homosexuality as you do to be active for it. You can't have it just your way, Mario, and they have the right to take a stand on the fact that some shows seem to promote a lifestyle they believe is wrong. Disapprove as much as you like, it's called EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL. And you can't be against that, dipshit, since it's what you preach and demand for your gay self.

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    Vile idiots. Are they really protecting their children by censoring how people really are? Is it protecting their children if they make them believe that gay is wrong…and if they then turn out to be gay they will hate themselves

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    Re: La Garse – bigot.

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    It is immoral. Good for the FFA for standing up for what's right.

  7. 7

    Re: MarioMonjack – if you hate gays so much why are you on a gays website. hypocritical homophobe.

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    Yeah for free speach and the freedom to decide what you do and do not want your children exposed too.

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    Finally, a vendor who will not be manipulated by those who engage in abnormal activity. The homosexual movement cannot debate their issue; legitimize in any debate. The only avenue they have to engage in hate speech against those who do not accept the abnormal activity or speak out against it.

    Case in point - blahblahBLAHxo response to La Garse. Rather than debate the issue or defend it, name calling….what grade are you in blahblahBLAHxo?

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    If you don't want your kids exposed to it….easy solution…..DON'T LET THEM WATCH IT!!!! Your TV has more than one channel, so change it. I think that too many people out there think that this doesn't happen in real life…guess what it does. When I went to high school many many moons ago ( I graduated in '94 from a very small town of 2500), not only was there gay kids in my school, GASP, the captain of the basketball team was gay and one of the girls in my class was a lesbian and a transgender. It's more common than you think. We also dealt with teen pregnancy, drug abuse, and all sorts of other problems. This was a small conservative religious town in the middle of nowhere.

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    Re: Canukgrl – Wow! I agree …..Geez, I didn't know that perverts and sicko's are now kids in school? While I understand the organizations stand and they do have a right to it, the world no longer has to leave by the outdated rules like once was pushed down our throats.

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    Re: hoochpit – Did you think about that AT ALL before you typed it? It's ass backwards.

    Frankly, I'm sick and tired of these groups and associations deciding what THEY think everyone should watch. You have to be some kind of arrogant, holier than thou, self righteous doucher to think you have the authority to make viewing and listening decisions for thousands of families.

    If the goal is to protect kids, it's already a failure ten times over. The more you try to shield a kid from something, the more they want to see or do it. Human nature 101. Everytime my mom told me not to say a "bad word" when I was kid, it made me want to say it SO much more…I just waited until she was gone and my friends were around. Everytime I tell my daughter not to touch something, she waits until she thinks I'm not looking and does it on the sly ANYWAY. The rebel factor is apart of us from the get-go.

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    Censorship wouldn't be necessary if parents did their job with discipline, paid more attention, and quit being so chicken shit about dialogue concerning things like sex and nudity. Be frank and honest about these things and stop giving them SO MUCH POWER. Your kids WILL be exposed to them one way or another. Censorship is trying and failing to prolong the inevitable in the most cowardly way possible. And in case you haven't noticed the current state of the US, it ain't solving any damn problems either. Also, your kids love to say "fuck" the second you leave the room : )

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    Re: Canukgrl – you sound like a liberal

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    If you watched the show, they barely show the gay relationship and they do nothing but explain how the transgender feels like..which is inspiration for anyone that is going through that.
    Re: MarioMonjack – I wouldn't want my kids exposed to your ignorance moronic attitude either. I'd rather have my kid accept people the way they are then be hateful towards a certain group of people. Just because I tell them to have respect doesn't mean my kid is going to want to be transgender or homosexual.

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    Re: blahblahBLAHxo – Liberal loser. A bigot would be against something for no legitimate reason, stupid. I'm not against gays or for the group against them. If you want to be six years old and call names, go look at MarioMonjack's post. I find that people who label others aren't smart enough to formulate a response that creates an intelligent and meaningful dialogue. You are definitely among that group. Your stupidity is showing … again. I suppose you're used to it.

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    Re: Desideratum – ROFL … you're dead on the money. But then again, you obviously have a brain. I don't have anti-gay opinions, but I am definitely against morons who call names instead of stepping up and saying something intelligent. That guy's a total loser.

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    That's it, keep trying to shove these preversions down our throats. The backlash is building.

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    So if they don't want their kids exposed to it… why are they not keeping track of what they're children are watching? These are the same people who will blame video game violence if there's a school shooting… despite the fact that violent video games have a rating system that clearly state it's not appropriate for children. *face palms*

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    I'm all for free speech but this is taking it to far. If you don't like the show then don't watch it, but who are you to say "well since I don't agree with it, no one can watch it" These people need lives! With all that's going on in the world I don't think the issues of a teen drama show is all that serious… GET OVER IT!

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    Being Canadian I grew up watching DeGrassi, starting with The Kids Of Degrassi Street which later grew into Degrassi High they have always been known to try to tackle subjects that some ppl feel are taboo bc they wanted to try to keep it as true to real kids as possible. I personally would rather my children watch a show that contains gay teenagers as well as transgender ones in main roles and a positive light, then watching 1/2 dressed 15 yr olds having sex driving cars that cost more then most ppl make a yr and where mom and dad are too stupid to know whats going on but thats ok bc they're rich and their problems are all solved within the 60 min time slot.

  22. 22

    Re: MarioMonjack – you have no knowledge of the lgbt community and for every perverted transgender or gay there's a preverted hetrosexual .

  23. 23

    I for the life of me can not figure out why the people on here who claim to be against homosexuals so much and consider them perverts, then why are you on a gossip site that is ran by an openly (sometimes over the top) gay person? That really makes no sense to me this isn’t the only gossip site out there. Not only did you decide to come here and create a profile, but on top of that you decide to come back day after day… That leads me to believe that some of you are trolls who just come here to make homophobic comments just to see if you can get a reaction.

  24. 24

    OMG. DON'T mess with my DeGrassi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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    Re: AliasFan47 – Yeah, this is old. I haven't seen the new degrassi tho so these are my favorite characters.

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    You spelled our bigots name wrong, it's Caton.

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    The gay linebacker (sadly) hasnt been around at all this series (unless I blinked) - and the transgender is so boring, he/she cant be winning many fans.

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    Re: MarioMonjack – One word: opinion, as in you're opinion. It's your opinion that theyre perverts, and your opinion that it "sick." The way I see it, Its better to have them learn that these people exist and learn to accept them than trying to hide them from it and eventually have them be hateful (like you).

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    Re: SadieG – Please explain to me what makes it immoral? Because I would love to know…

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    Ha, I remember this episode. In the freeze frame picture theyre all shouting "GO HOME LAKEHURST!" Anyway, I don't see what Florida Family's issue is, though Ive had a problem with them for a while. I dont know what century they live in, but in this day and age there is thing called a remote. With this rectangle object with bottuns that we call a remote, you can change the picture (though the proper word is channel) on the picture box with a simple click of this remote. Or, if you want to take it one step further, this remote can *GASP* BLOCK CHANNELS AND TV PROGRAMS! Can you believe that? Okay, on a serious note, if they honestly find the material that offensive, that is when it's their job as a responsible parent to either block the channel and not let them watch it, or sit down and watch the program with their children and then talk about it afterwards (instead of living in an ignorant little bubble where if you try to pretend it doesnt exist, it'll simply go away). "Family" my brothers grave.

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    Re: La Garse – Im all for freedom of speech and equal rights and everything, and this is basically me reciting what Re: the1 u luv 2 h8! – in verbatim, but she/he is right. This is just taking things too far. The main problem with FFA is they have the attitude, "Because I don't agree with it, no one can watch it." No one has the authority to decide whats appropriate and watchable for millions of other families across the country. If they dont want their children exposed to it, then just block it instead of sending emails to advertizers telling them to stop their ads in order to try to get the show cancelled altogether, ruining it for everybody else.