Thousands are now calling on the Hallmark Channel to keep the network free of LGBT Christmas content after the cable network was called out for not featuring any lead gay characters in any of their holiday programming.
“Hallmark Channel is rolling out a total of 40 original holiday-themed movies across Hallmark and its sister network Hallmark Movies & Mysteries — not one of which features an LGBTQ character taking center stage,” The Wrap reported last month.
The criticism prompted a response from Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming for Crown Media Family Networks, which owns the cable network, to respond. Vicary said they were looking to introduce new content to address the omission.
“We are continuing to expand our diversity,” Vicary told the outlet. “We are looking at pitches for LGBTQ movies … and we are looking to expand and represent the United States as a whole.”
More than 23,000 people have signed a petition from One Million Moms calling on the network to keep the content conservative.
“The Hallmark Channel has always been known for its family friendly movies. Even its commercials are usually safe for family viewing. But unfortunately, that is not the case anymore,” the petition states.
“Recently, One Million Moms received concerns about Hallmark airing a commercial from Zola.com in which two lesbians are shown kissing at the end of their wedding ceremony. Similar concerns from regular viewers are posted on an online complaint board for the Hallmark Channel,” it notes.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair