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Pretty Little Liars Thrown Stones Because Of Lesbian Character

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This is pretty ridiculous.

After Pretty Little Liars debuted their first 'out of the closet' moment with Emily Fields, the Florida Family Association launched an anti-gay campaign.

The campaign called out to advertisers, asking them to pull their sponsorship because the show's romantic woman on woman relationship correlates "irresponsible imagery."

The FFA didn't stop there, they continued, saying:

[They're] using salacious and glamorizing scenes portraying young, pretty women as lesbians, sends the wrong message to these young girls, a message that reinforces and legitimizes this homosexual lifestyle in a manner that could affect these young girls' sexual identity for a lifetime.


We all knew they were homophobes, but that first line about "portraying young, pretty women as lesbians" makes us think they don't even believe pretty women can be lesbians. That's just downright ignorant.

Since the petition began, REMAX Realty has pulled their ads as well as General Mills.

In an email from General Mills to the FFA, Director of Consumer Services Jeff Hagen wrote:

We have investigated this matter and confirmed that our advertising did air as you have reported. We have informed ABC Family Channel and our agencies that Pretty Little Liars is not a program that we will sponsor. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Ugh. Well there goes our love for Cascadian Farm cereal!

While we don't think the popular show will go off the air because of this mess, it's still a sad situation.

You're going to throw a fit over a lesbian? Really, Florida Fam? THAT's the part of this show you don't want influencing your children?

Ooooh, goodness! These parents have no clue, do they?

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26 comments to “Pretty Little Liars Thrown Stones Because Of Lesbian Character”

  1. 1

    I'm so tired of the GAY this, GAY that. I'm all for gays, always have been since birth, but this is fucking ridiculous!

  2. 2

    I think I would be a little more worried about the teacher/student dating storyline.

  3. 3

    Re: Merideth – thats just what i was going to say!!! that or the blind girl that wanted to sleep with her BROTHER!!

  4. 4

    This show is awesome- the lesbian storyline is innocent. Oh no, she kissed a girl. It's not graphic. Conservatives just don't want to face the reality that there are gays everywhere and they need role models to look up to. Gay youth have always had problems because they've been ashamed to be who they are and never had great examples to make them feel good about themselves. Let them be and have positive models.

  5. 5

    Yeah, the lying, the cheating, the killing is not a problem. It's the lesbian storyline. This isn't about morals. It's about money. They pick the issue that they can get others behind them wiht money. They bible condems eating shelfish yet you don't see any of these individuals protesting in front of Red Lobster.

  6. Bria says – reply to this


    I just wrote General Mills a letter about this because I'm so disgusted. Pretty Little Liars is a good show and the storyline with Emily has been done with taste. If ignorant people like the Florida Family Assosication think that kids will turn "gay" from watching a tv show, they're nuts.

  7. 7

    Good for you Remax and General Mills, keep up the good work and hopefully others will join in……….Beebs so you want a gay role model to look up to…so sad that this is the only choice available and as for Bria, yeah right you wrote a letter, give us a break.

  8. 8

    This disgust me. I do not watch Pretty Little Liars but I have read about the story lines and have seen clips. The storyline is innocent. What about the cheating and teacher/student relationships? Because they are straight its OK? I do not get that. I know when I was in high school I wished I had more gay characters in movies/shows I could relate to.

  9. 9

    I"m completely sick of the 'gay' thing. Why does there have to be a queer in EVERYTHING!!!???

  10. 10

    Once again, embarrassed to be a Floridian. Live and let live people!

  11. 11

    They are following the character in the books!
    btw….let's not throw stones…I'm a Republican…who read the books, bought them for my neices, and have no problems with gay marriage.

  12. 12

    This association is filled with ignorant, haters and close minded people. They don't have a life for themselves so they get busy harassing other people. I feel sorry for them.

    p.s. Shelah, there are a lot of gay characters on tv because there are a lot of gay people in real life. That's why!

  13. 13

    Ignorant is the understatementof the year!!!! People need to get over themselves. Why are they afraid of GAY???? Get over yourself and pull you head outta your ass. Gay is good. Lesbian is good. Straight is becoming WACK how about that….sounds kind of dumb doesn't it well that is how you anti-gay people sound… FUCK ALL OF YOU….everyone is EQUAL get over your god damn self already you righteous son's of bitches!!!!!

  14. 14

    I don't really care if someone is gay or straight. But… PLL is exaggerating a bit. The scenes are shot in a way I think it's just about being sexy, and not love between two teenagers.

    It feels like they just want to make a statement… or even just 'shock' (the way the scenes are filmed) to get more publicity

  15. 15

    Re: Bria – I sent them a letter as well refusing to buy their products til they change their ways.

  16. 16

    I guess what I'm still trying to figure out though…is why is it okay for people to support gay lifestyles and gay marriage but not okay for people to have an opinion otherwise? I vote for gay rights actually but my parents do not and they have every right to their opinions and beliefs. I'm fine with Perez being upset when he feels gays are nit being treated equal but being hateful towards people isn't solving a thing.

  17. 17

    I love this show Pretty Little Liars! But I feel that no one should throw a fit over a gay character. Its not a sin to be gay I have a cousin and a friend who is gay and another friend who is bisexual and they are very good people. But I feel like if anyone has anything to scream about to ABC Family about this show it should be the fact that Aria and her teacher Mr.Fitz are having a relationship and the show is making it look like its an okay thing to do. Even if Ezra is teaching at a different school I still don't think its okay! They're still in an illegal relationship. And I have a feeling Arias mom knows her daughter is having a relationship with Ezra and shes acting ike she thinks its Spencer who is having the relationship with the teacher!! I also feel the father knows too in away because he doesn't like this guy! I mean young girls are watching this show and they are going to pursue a relationship with these teachers!!! Thats not right!

  18. 18

    Just because someone doesn't support gay marriage doesn't make them homophobes. This is almost as bad + annoying as people pulling the racist card. Get over yourselves.

  19. 19

    You people are VERY dense when he comes to gay rights. We keep getting held back. We should BE able to marry just like anyone else, that isn't fair. I was BORN THIS WAY and am who I should be who the fuck should be able to tell me I can not marry the person I love. I have been with the same person for 6 years now…more than any of my straight friends….so WHAT THE FUCK? Get over your gay hatting self for one second and THINK about it. I am sick of Gays being forced into a cornor….and YES Maayehm this is similar to pulling out the RACE card but we are even respected as much as any race so again WHAT THE FUCK?????

  20. 20

    I wrote both companies e-mails stating how disappointed I am in their Short-Sightedness and that they should be ashamed of themselves

  21. 21

    the people that turn up their nose at gay news by saying things like "it's like pulling the race card" or "people are entitled to their opinions" it's the people like you that make me the sickest. sorry us gays are not "lucky" like you straight, white, christians. NOT EVERYONE IS THE SAME. There are minorities in this country in case you weren't aware, and the times are changing! you should feel lucky that you don't have to face hatred on a daily basis because of something that you can't help. open your eyes people. it's hate! you are entitled to your opinions but just know that you're opinions are close minded. don't fool yourselves

  22. 22

    can we please take all the pretty straight people off the tv as well then….it may alter my sexual orientation to see that

  23. Laura says – reply to this


    I got to start watching this show

  24. 24

    First off many of you need to get over yourselves. Being gay isnt a disease and watching two females on tv in a gay relationship will not turn young teenage girls gay. Just like how watching straight relationships on tv doesnt turn gay people straight. I do agree that people should be more worried about the teacher student relationship or the blind girl wanting a relationship with her brother OR on top of it all that the show is surronded by a plot line of death and black mail, when it comes down to it, it seems like many of you think that the youth of today does everything that they see on tv. Which isnt necessairly true at all. Most teens have more brains then what they are given credit for now-a-days. And people having a problem with gays now-a-days is a joke, look at the date its 2011, get it straight (no pun intended), gay is normal, get with the times. (just an fyi this is also coming from a straight female)

  25. 25

    … "portraying young, pretty women as lesbians, sends the wrong message to these young girls, sends the wrong message to these young girls, a message that reinforces and legitimizes this homosexual lifestyle in a manner that could affect these young girls' sexual identity for a lifetime… " I think FFA shouldn't stop there - they should put a stop to young, pretty, female characters entirely because they could make some innocent female viewer have lesbians feelings towards these kind of characters. Why not put a stop to women on TV all together just to be on the safe side?

  26. 26

    I've spoken with REMAX in emails and it was NOT them involved in this. General Mills on the other hand, I have not heard from.

    "Second, we did not pull our advertising from the program. In fact, RE/MAX ads regularly appear in a variety of program types, some containing mature and gay themes, but only when the audience is deemed appropriate.
    Third, at our direction, our media buyer selects programs for ad placement based mostly upon the demographic of a program's audience. Because this particular program is on the Family Channel and directed primarily at adolescents under the age of 18, it clearly does not fit our home buyer-seller demographic"