Preach it: Billy Crystal says graphic gay sex on TV has gone 'too far' and that the industry mustn't 'shove it in our face'

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Daily Mail: Actor Billy Crystal has said graphic scenes of gay sex on TV have gone too far, and the industry must take care not to ‘shove it in our face’. Crystal, who became one of network television’s first gay characters on comedy show Soap in the 1970s, said contemporary programs are ‘pushing it a little too far’.
He declined to cite any examples, but implied that intolerant attitudes he struggled with while playing Jodie Dallas from 1977 to 1981 have now swung the other way.
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According to The Wrap, he told an audience at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California: ‘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.’
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He had earlier described how audiences were slow to accept openly gay moments in Soap while it was being aired on ABC – particularly when he was interacting with on-screen boyfriend Bob Seagren, who played Dennis Phillips.
He told the audience: ‘It was very difficult at the time – 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.’
‘I did it in front of a live audience and there were times when I would say to Bob, “I love you,” and the audience would laugh nervously. ‘I wanted to stop the taping and go, “What is your problem?”‘
However, Crystal later rowed back on his comments and said: ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have said anything today’.
In a discussion reported in a blog on Xfinity, Crystal first blasted the today’s culture of taking offense, then expressed his regret over speaking out at all. He said: ‘We live in a very scary time in many ways. You can’t say this, you can’t say that, you can’t offend this group, that group. People come up to you and ask if you were offended. I don’t understand that. I understand it why everyone is watching out for the other person. That’s offensive to me.’

Welcome to our world Mr. Crystal...

Welcome to our world Mr. Crystal…


He also said that his comments apply to heterosexual sex scenes as well as gay ones. He said: ‘When it gets too far either visually…now, that world exists because it does for the hetero world, it exists, and I don’t want to see that either.’
Lena Dunham (aka "I was raped by a republican") displaying her "acting" skills in Girls.

Lena Dunham (aka “I was raped by a republican”) displaying her “acting” skills in Girls.


He and fellow star Josh Gad later referenced HBO’s Girls as a show which features large amounts of gratuitous sex scenes.
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0 responses to “Preach it: Billy Crystal says graphic gay sex on TV has gone 'too far' and that the industry mustn't 'shove it in our face'

  1. Thanks, DCG, and amen, Billy Crystal.

     
  2. And now we wait for the demonization of Billy Crystal. Good thing he’s 66 with a net worth of $45 million, because he’ll probably never get work in Hollywood again.

     
    • I’m not so pessimistic, Dr. Eowyn: Billy may be controlled opposition here, like sticking his finger into the wind. Whatever: Maybe he’s trying to apologize, indirectly, for being just about the first major star to portray a gay character in a sit-com.

       
      • I thought he played a Homosexual!!!

         
        • He did. In his own words, “…that’s what they call acting, after all, it was a comedy.” And there was once a time when making fun of a character playing gay WAS funny to me as well. It’s not funny any more. Being “gay” is rammed down our throats as though there was a gay person in everyone’s life on the planet, which just isn’t true.
          These days, you don’t see an actor doing a “bit” where a gay is projected as being “funny” any more. That would be considered “insensitive”. But that is only because the USA has suddenly been over run by “Politically Correct” police. They seem to be everywhere, and they are a great annoyance to say the least. They are also starting to become very costly, and they are eroding our family unit. (sorry, didn’t mean to get on a rant)

           
  3. We used to watch Billy in Soap and it was handled in a much different manner. It was more behind the scene and done in a funny way. He is right, they are pushing blatant sexual scenes that are way over the top down our throats.
    So called comedies these days don’t even warrant our attention. The only one we tune in is the GoldBergs.
    Maybe all this sex on TV has something to do with Jarrett going to Hollywood and demanding more sex and gay, etc. Since there seems to be a huge upswing on TV and in movies?

     
  4. OK, call me naive, but I don’t ‘get it’ as I was living in the bush back then, and had no access to TV for 13 years or more. Is Billy Crystal actually gay and an early ‘outer’ or did he simply act the role? If he was/is honestly gay, then I take his remarks to mean that he has a range of moral and ethical stances, and this is one such.
    If however he was/is hetero and was simply ‘acting out’, then does this mean he sees today’s actors as being offensively aggressive in their posturing? Either way it sounds to me that he’s made a statement of his personal values/morals/choices.
    I think I’ve lived in the bush too long… or not nearly long enough! Eo is well aware that I make many a faux pas in my writing, mostly out of ignorance.

     
  5. Of course they shove it in our face. They have to in order to normalise it for the masses. It was just announced today that Ireland is having a referendum in May to legalise same-sex marriage.
    …I guess it works!😢
    My country needs much prayers.

     
  6. First of all, I got rid of my television over 20 years ago! What a time-killer! (Although I sometimes miss Channel 13 here in New York). I am very tolerant. I drive a yellow cab in New York, and I have to pick up gay men and women every night. Many of them are my best customers.
    Of all the people who’ve made out in my cab, every last couple was a straight male/female couple. I’ve never had a gay couple make out in my cab. (That being said, I cannot tolerate seeing even two lesbians kiss. To me, it’s sickening. Does that make me a homophobe?)

     
  7. That depends which ‘homo’ we are considering: the Greek or Latin root word. If the Greek ὁμός (homos) is used for Lesbians, then I guess you could be a Lesboshomosphobe!
    This jest no doubt will get me stoned in public if I go to downtown Vancouver, BC, which may be why I’ve not gone back to the mainland since 1993, and will most likely die here on the Island, with no stones unturned….
    I have a great sense of gallows humour, but it’s killing me!

     

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