As the Washington Blade reports, media executive Sarah Kate Ellis will become the next president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
She sounds like a savvy media pro, but do we really need GLAAD to remain a “media watchdog”? I’d prefer to see GLAAD return to its long-abandoned roots and actively engage and debate with those who don’t support gay equality. Instead, it either nitpicks at the networks for (still) not having enough LGBT characters, or issues press releases supporting the progressive agenda—denouncing the Supreme Court ruling that timed-out parts of the Voting Rights Act and the Trayvon Martin verdict, etc. To paraphrase snarkily, Give us money so we can keep sending out press releases and holding big fundraisers with our Hollywood celebrity friends.
We’ll see if Ellis intends to move GLAAD beyond the limited role it has set for itself over the past decade in order to become, once again, a serious organization, like the Anti-Defamation League on which it was modeled. Or if GLAAD instead continues to be just another liberal bandwagon with few actual accomplishments.
More. One of GLAAD’s low points. As I noted earlier this year, Fox News anchors were courted by GLAAD to attend the group’s annual media awards hoop-la, and when they did, GLAAD issued a stinging denunciation of Fox News and its anchors for, among other things, attending the event. If the anchors hadn’t shown up, I suppose GLAAD would have issued a stinging denunciation. Which is all the more pathetic, since the views expressed by Fox News anchors and commentators aren’t monolithic and are becoming better on gay issues. No thanks to GLAAD.
Furthermore. Reader Jared123 comments, perceptively:
Groups like GLAAD attract LGBT progressives who want to work to advance a partisan left-liberal agenda. Unfortunately, when your message to conservatives isn’t “we think you should support civil equality and social inclusion of gay people,” but rather, “we think you’re wrong about everything and should become liberals,” you’re not going to accomplish much, although your fellow progressives will invite you to their parties and tell you that it’s wonderful you’re advancing the cause (of progressivism).