That familiar phrase is gonna be everywhere in the next news cycle.
Gary Coleman died this morning in a Utah hospital after suffering a coma. Like so many of us who grew up in the 80’s, I have fond memories of Diff’rent Strokes and Coleman’s wise-cracking little kid. Such a strange, misguided, yet eminently addictive show about a rich white family adopting two black kids from the hood. Gawker compiled a feature with clips spanning Coleman’s television career.
Coleman was 42.
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Can we just take a moment to relish the wonder that is Betty White? And the five decades–five decades!–that she’s graced our television screens? And the mounting anticipation of her hosting gig tomorrow night on Saturday Night Live?
By now, it’s old news that White’s helm of SNL began as a Facebook campaign. White is surely a comic genius. Here’s hoping her appearance on Saturday matches the hilarity of her Golden Girls days.
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It was great to learn a while back that the gays’ best friend, Kathy Griffin, would make a guest appearance on Law & Order: SVU, one of the most highly-ranked series on network TV. Griffin has been a staunch supporter of LGBTQ rights, in addition to just being wicked funny.
Equally surprising to learn, then, that the scene in which Griffin’s character crushes on a woman was edited to exclude an already filmed same-sex kiss. Harkens back to just a few years ago when there was a big brouhaha on Will & Grace over two male characters smooching.
Come on, people, this is 2010. Does a same-sex kiss on television equate with the beginning of the end? Is this sight doomsday for impressionable children (rather than an ordinary, healthy occurence)? Placed beside the number of male-female kisses flashed before us every day, would one lesbian kiss bring down NBC’s viewership to zilch?
Or is NBC–and other networks that censor out musician Adam Lambert and the myriad of representations of homosexuality–merely looking at the bottom line: loss of advertisers’ dollars?
Filed under: gay life, television, kathy griffin, law and order, lesbian, mariska hargitay, same-sex representation, svu, television