Victoria Jackson and the Kiss Heard Round the World
Poor Victoria Jackson. She’s completely distraught over the recent Glee episode and the not-so-shocking gay kiss between Blaine and Kurt.
Unfortunately for Ms. Jackson, her shock and awe is as outdated as her celebrity status. Her stint on SNL ended in 1992 after six years as a revered cast member, often playing blond bimbos whom I don’t recall as being distinctly “moral”. During that time (1988), she also made a raunchy comedy called Casual Sex with Lea Thompson. It was hardly The Passion of the Christ of its time.
Ironically, her comedic works in that era must have kept her so busy that she failed to see the emergence of gay and lesbian culture as a widely-broached topic on network TV at the time. In 1991, L.A. Law featured the first American recurring homosexual character (a lesbian) on network television and the first kiss between women.
That was followed by Sandra Bernhard’s regular portrayal of a lesbian character on Roseanne in 1992. In 1996, on ABC’s Relativity, we saw the first openly acknowledged lesbian kiss on primetime network TV, one year before Ellen made it par for the course in her 1997 season. In 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005, we witnessed (if we chose to watch) homosexual kisses between male characters on Will & Grace, Dawson’s Creek, Boston Public, Joan of Arcadia, and Desperate Housewives. These are just a few examples of televised depiction of gay and lesbian relationships as a real part of our American existence.
Fast forward to 2011 and Victoria’s rebirth as a self-acclaimed Tea Party spokesperson, conservative blogger, and hater of all things left-leaning, so that we can understand her recent rants against Glee, the liberal media tuning kids gay, and muslims hating god. I’m really not sure how to connect those things aside from some very twisted version of the Kevin Bacon Six Degrees of Separation game, but if you want to see how she connects them, read it here.Continued on the next page