Billy Crystal Says Gay Scenes on TV Are ‘Pushing It’ (Yahoo TV)

yahoo tvFrom Yahoo TV,

Billy Crystal, who played one of television’s first-ever gay series regular on the comedy “Soap,” said today’s portrayal of LGBT characters is, at times, gratuitous.

“Sometimes I think, ‘Ah that’s too much for me,” the comedian told the audience at the  Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena during a panel discussion for his new show, “The Comedians,” which premiers in April on FX.

Crystal played Jodie Dallas on the ABC comedy “Soap” from 1977 to 1981.

“It was very difficult at the time,” said Crystal. “Jodie was really the first recurring [gay] character on network television and it was a different time, it was 1977. So, yeah, it was awkward. It was tough.”

“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.”

Really Billy?  As one commenter suggested, if you are offended by too much sex on prime time, call it sex, but don’t call it gay. Another commenter said Billy’s age is to blame. Excuse me, but he’s 68 – that’s the Stonewall generation. I’m sick of people forgetting how many of us were living out and proud before 2010.  There’s no excuse for this kind of public mistake unless you’re really a bigot.

For more on this topic, check out Towleroad’s Charles Pulliam-Moore’s article, Why is It So Hard to Get Away with Gay Intimacy on Network Television?

Hat tip to Towleroad for the post to the original Yahoo TV article.

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