With Christmas fast approaching and the jolly merry spirit that goes along with it, there are a few scrooges here and there beating down the Tiny Tim’s of the world.
After Hallmark was criticized for not featuring a single LGBT+ character in a leading role in any of the 40 Christmas movies it was planning on releasing in this year’s holiday season, an executive told The Wrap that they were “looking at pitches for LGBTQ movies.” As of last week, the CEO of Hallmark said the company is “open” to LGBT+ representation.
Of course, a few critics came out against Hallmark. LifeSiteNews, a Catholic anti-abortion news outlet, started a petition against any future films featuring LGBT+ themes under the guise to “keep sex and sexual practices–including the promotion of homosexuality, transgenderism, etc.–out of their movies.”
The petition continued: “Hallmark would be offending Christian viewers and Christian parents BIG TIME, by experimenting with homosexual themes, and, or cooperating with the LGBT indoctrination agenda, at all… Hallmark should also know that if they give-in to the LGBT agenda, the LGBT activists will never be satisfied.”
Well, that was certainly a mouthful. It’s really funny because, you know, I’ve been watching cisgender movies all my life with protagonist like Karin, Susan, Marie, John, Charlie, and Joe Shmo, and I’ve never felt a tiny sprinkle of heterosexuality in my entire body. But wait! There’s more.
The aforementioned petition, which went viral, garnered “more than 25,000 signatures in less than one day.” LifeSiteNews commented, “As this viral petition demonstrates, there is very little demand for Christmas movies with an LGBT theme. Quite to the contrary, there is significant opposition to the idea.”
There was just one little thing they left out.
According to Out, “people (or bots) are able to sign the petition as many times as they want, as long as they use a different name and email address, meaning that the numbers are likely to have been ‘grossly inflated.’”
Truthfully, compared to the viewership I’m sure Hallmark racks in yearly, especially during the holiday months, 25,000 really isn’t a lot. But to find out that number is significantly lower than 25,000? Yes, very lame. Very lame indeed.
Someone should start a petition FOR LGBTQ+ Hallmark Christmas films. We bet they’d get a lot more legitimate signatures.