The cable network changes its stance on playing a “gay commercial” and it leads to bad-tidings.
It has become an annual holiday tradition in this country: The cable network The Hallmark channel releases an avalanche of Christmas-themed movies and various reactionaries have to come out with contemptuous commentary about these offerings. They have been accused of being Red State pandering agitprop, of being Trumpian nightmare fantasies, and — of course — inherently racist entertainment.
The amusement rests in all of these outrages managing to invalidate themselves in the process. As the LA Times notes, as it strives to say the ratings reflect the electoral college map, “The channel’s programming is politically agnostic.” While Slate strives to paint the network as a dystopian MAGA metropolis, the writer invalidates his claim by noting, “These movies offer giddy, predictable escapes from Trumpian chaos.” Even the charge of a white-washed white Christmas falls apart once you crunch the numbers; despite complaints as to how few POC performers appear in the films, the numbers are actually slightly higher than the national census figures.