The ABC Network cancelled the "Welcome to the Neighborhood" series, the latest entrant in Reality TV. Good thing...The show featured seven families competing for a rather nice house in a cul-de-sac of $350K + homes in Austin, TX. The unofficial Texas capital motto is "Keep Austin Weird," but even this city had limits.
To win, the candidate family had to be accepted by the current families living in the neighborhood. Losers would be brutally voted off the premises each week. The show had something to offend everyone... featuring a homosexual couple; a black couple; a Hispanic couple (with lots of kids); an Asian couple (who owned a restaurant); a white couple (country-comes-to-town); a devil-worshiping witch (kid you not); and a Republican couple with tattoos.
Ah, yes, how offensive: gays, blacks, Hispanics, Asians- they're not like "regular Americans," according to the organization whose head has no problems getting access to David Duke's rolodex.
Now when will the religious right walk denounce Tony Perkins and his band of bigots?
(Liquid List, via Atrios)
As an American of European descent married to a Chinese woman I find this kind of talk Unamerican, divisive, and repugnant.