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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Can reality television help gay rights?

"Reality shows are inescapable... and not even the most ardent enemy of the genre can deny that reality television’s mindboggling popularity warrants some inspection. Can reality television help gay rights?" writes Andrew Belonsky. "The well-oiled boys from Jersey Shore appeared on the cover of the Village Voice’s Queer Issue. Although they were caught off guard by the context, the gents didn’t seem to mind... Someone somewhere is listening to what reality stars have to say, and they’re hearing about a world where sexual barriers are not as rigid as people like to imagine. If Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino, can accept gays, why shouldn’t an impressionable fan?... And perhaps Jersey Shore fans will rethink their own thoughts on gay people." READ MORE

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