Comedian Billy Crystal says ‘Stop Shoving Gay Sex Scenes in My Face’ – Risks the Wrath of Gay America

Uh-oh.

Famed comedian Billy Crystal may be in a spot of trouble that he likely did not expect.

Crystal who became a household name playing one of TV’s first openly gay characters, Jodie Dallas on the show Soap, way back in the 1970s, has just earned the ire of the gay community. The obviously not-bigoted comedian was speaking at the Television Critics Association when he mentioned that gay scenes weren’t “to his taste.”

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He went on to add

“Sometimes I think: ‘Ah that’s too much for me’… Sometimes, it’s just pushing it a little too far for my taste and I’m not going to reveal to you which ones they are. I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face to the point where it feels like an every-day kind of thing.” 

The hateful and spiteful left quickly responded with Tweets like these…

 

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This is kind of knee jerk reaction the left usually exhibits to comments like these – but to pretend that Billy Crystal might be homophobic or bigoted is simply ridiculous.

The real issue is that he is right.

Listen, gay (not just gay but LGBT) America makes up about (at most) 3% of our population. Yes, I said less than 3%! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) found just over 2% of Americans were gay, lesbian or bisexual.

(So why have LGBT issues become such a hotly debated and caustic topic in American culture and politics? The saying “the squeaky wheel gets the oil” comes to mind.)

I think that the CDC’s stats on the number of LGBT people in America speaks to what Crystal was really trying to get at. What popular TV show today does not regularly exhibit an LGBT character? Why is homosexuality (and bisexuality) such a central piece of the storyline to so many of our shows and movies? Why are homosexual and bisexual characters so abundant (some would say even more numerous than minority characters) when they are so few in our actual society?

Furthermore – as sexuality on TV has become more pervasive and more risqué, so too have the presence and severity of scenes depicting gay sexuality. When 97% of the country is heterosexual – it stands to reason that most of your possible viewers don’t particularly want to see gay sex in their entertainment. That’s not bigotry or homophobia… that’s just reality.

Don’t punish Crystal for speaking truth in an honest and respectful way. There’s just no reason for it.

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