Thursday, May 8, 2008

Grey's Anatomy

Anyone else shocked by the 2 gay soldiers on Grey's Anatomy tonight???
I'm all about supporting gay rights and trust me if one of my children are gay I will proudly raise a rainbow flag infront of our house!

However, I thought it was somewhat ungracious to have the actors portray gay soldiers - one of which was in uniform. The military has a strict 'don't ask, don't tell' policy. It is a clear violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and is grounds for discharge.
Anyway, I just thought it was a little inappropriate for the gay lovers to be soldiers - that's all I'm saying.

Chris of course thought of it differently. He was concerned about Calvin seeing 2 men kissing on television. It's something that 10 years ago we didn't really have to worry about. Up until now, I will honestly say that I haven't been the best at screening Calvin's t.v. I mean, I haven't let him watch South Park... ;-)

Tonight's Grey's Anatomy opened my eyes - I will start monitoring the television shows Calvin is allowed to watch - even if it means I have to watch Grey's Anatomy on my computer after he goes to sleep (we don't have tivo).


StewNWT said...

Did you not think that was the point though? Gay soldiers should be allowed to serve openly, and tonight's episode showed what extreme hardship the grotesquely discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy puts couples through. I thought it was very relevant to today, particularly when the US military is desperate for soldiers and they are discharging perfectly qualified ones who WANT to serve their country just for being gay.

(PS - your kids get to stay up late enough to watch Grey's? lol lucky, my parents put me to bed at 9 ;) And re: what they see on TV, you could just say, some guys like guys and girls like girls, some people are different - and leave it at that. There's no need to delve into the minutiae of it for young kids.

Rebekah said...

What? NO SOUTH PARK?? poor Calvin!

Christina said...

Stewnwt, You bring up some really good points. I guess I never thought about it like that. Grey's Anatomy touched on a tough topic. And you're right, we are begging people to sign up for the Army... I could go on and on...
I guess my feelings on the whole "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is this: I was in the AF for 4 years and learned that there are rules that you have to follow. I think that someday the policy will be different. But, while it's a rule it should be enforced. Does that make any sense?
Oh - and Grey's is on at 8 where I live... so yeah the kiddo is up. I will admit that we live in a sheltered Mid-West town... I want him to know what's out there and accept it.
ANYWAY - good to see I have a new reader. I'll check out your blog later today. :-)

Major Mom said...

I will go out on a limb as a serving military member and concur with "stewnwt" regarding whether the Army can be as discriminating now as it used to be.

The Army continues to lower their standards -- lower ASVAB requirements, relaxed high school diploma standards, and even their policies for failing drug tests right before enlistment are much more relaxed than for entry into the USAF.

My bottom line opinion is: We need to give Americans the perception that we military members follow the rules. I understand that ABC has the liberty/license to diverge from that, I simply wish they hadn't.

Ya know, foreigners watch "Grey's" too and their perceptions might be a bit altered from this.