Sad Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, is obsessed with a television show — The O’Neals. The reasons that Donohue is obsessed with O’Neals is that the sit-com is loosely based on Dan Savage’s teenage years and Dan Savage has a production credit. This is just too much for Bill to handle. He has attempted to shame every advertiser. That has not worked. Bill, a divorced man, wants network executives to know that renewal was a bad decision (Bill has become an expert you see):
The “O’Neals” consistently performed
poorly against its competitors on CBS (“NCIS”) and NBC (“The Voice”),
though they are one-hour shows; it also consistently lost hundreds of
thousands of viewers following the ABC half-hour show that preceded it,
“Fresh Off the Boat.” But it drew a modest-size audience nonetheless.
And he doesn’t like Dan Savage who, by the way, is Catholic:
The Catholic League’s objections to the
show center less on its scripts—they have uniformly appealed to those
with a juvenile sense of humor—than with the decision to base the show
on the life of a morally destitute, and relentlessly anti-Catholic, man,
Dan Savage (he is also an executive producer). It just goes to show,
once again, what Hollywood thinks of practicing Catholics.
Donohue claims some odd influence over Hollywood script writers. Sure Bill:
It must be noted, however, that our
campaign has not been without effect: the scripts were rarely of a
blatantly anti-Catholic nature, and Disney/ABC silenced Dan Savage. That
they dumbed-down the content—fearful of provoking a backlash—is
indisputable. It is equally clear that Savage was ordered not to engage
me; we previously clashed on many occasions.
Actually, Donohue admits that his obsession was pointless from the very beginning. He just doesn’t like Savage. Blowhard Bill Donohue has a problem.