Main | Wednesday, January 13, 2010

HomoQuotable - Michelangelo Signorile

"At the heart of the controversy is a simple fact: GLAAD solicits money from networks and entertainment companies and then hands them awards for what the organization deems positive media representation of the LGBT community. (In 2009, ABC actually led rival networks with its number of nominees.) Media companies receiving the awards—many of which often engage in or perpetuate the very bias and defamation that GLAAD crusades against—sponsor the celebrity-strewn benefits and underwrite the performances in return for branding opportunities and choice tables.

"This fund-raising dynamic developed over time and, according to former staffers, accounts for a large percentage of the group’s money—sort of like a drug habit it just can’t shake. And also like a drug habit, this setup enormously compromises the group: What kind of effective watchdog takes money from the industry it polices? Imagine the ineffectiveness of a congressional watchdog group taking money from House and Senate members." - SiriusXM host and activist Michelangelo Signorile, writing about GLAAD's handling of the ABC/Adam Lambert controversy for the Advocate. By coincidence, today GLAAD released their 2009 Media Awards nominations, in which ABC gets the most nods.

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