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Billy Crystal Says Homosexual Scenes on TV Are 'Pushing It'

Billy Crystal Says Homosexual Scenes on TV Are 'Pushing It'

Billy Crystal and Josh Gad hit the stage for The Comedians panel during the FX Networks portion of the Television Critics Association press tour held at the Langham Hotel on Sunday (January 18) in Pasadena, Calif.

Also at the TCA panels were Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll stars Denis Leary, Elizabeth Gillies, and John Corbett, LouisLouis CK, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Charlie Day, Danny DeVito and more, and Man Seeking Woman‘s Jay Baruchel, among others.

At the panel, Billy created some controversies with his views on homosexual interaction on television.

“Sometimes I think, ‘Ah that’s too much for me,’” Billy, who played television’s first openly gay character on the 1970s sitcom Soap shared. “I did it in front of a live audience and there were times when I would say to Bob [Seagren], ‘I love you,’ and the audience would laugh nervously. I wanted to stop the taping and go, ‘What is your problem?’”

“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,” Billy added.

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  • VanityInsecurity

    pushing it? this is 2015 .. it’s called equality. If people of all races can be on television then people of all sexual preference can be as well.

  • Lee

    he makes no sense

  • Barb

    I think “all” sex scenes are unnecessary. Hetro and Homo

  • kellyf

    Settle down, he didn’t say they shouldn’t be on TV. Did you even read the article? He played TV’s first openly gay character.

  • Choanito

    Bravo, Billy! The homosexual agenda in Hollywood is out of control! The number of gay characters in today’s sitcoms and dramas is ridiculous. If someone wants to live a gay lifestyle that is totally his/her choice but why constantly bombard us with it?

  • Sandy McFarlane

    ………..right but hetero sex scenes are NOT pushing it? We get these shoved down our throats all the time, this dude makes no damn sense. educate yourself please.

  • Tricia

    I totally agree

  • fleur

    ^ ^ Don’t feed the troll

  • fleur

    Lol the fact that he played TV’s first openly gay character means he can do no wrong? People are inconsistent.

    If he just means TV these days pushes all sex scenes too far for him (hetero/homo/other) then that is down to personal taste – if he’s saying there’s something inherently inappropriate about gay sex specifically, then he’s a bigot.

  • Jay

    If your telling a story about real life. Sex scenes are necessary.

  • kellyf

    I’m saying that if he had a problem with gay characters on TV, then why in the world would he have been the first to play one? Also, I don’t think he implied that his statement was anything OTHER than his own taste. In fact, “for my own taste…” is a direct quote from what he said.

    People throw the word “bigot” around far too easily these days, and it’s basically used as a label for someone who dares to disagree with them. That word LITERALLY means an obstinate belief in the superiority of one’s own opinion, and in that respect, wouldn’t you be one too? In fact, by that definition, almost everyone in America is these days (myself obviously included in that too). Plenty of people are prejudiced against the gay community, but I’ve seen plenty in the gay community who are, for example, prejudiced against religious communities. So maybe everyone should settle down.

  • Mike1288

    He never said they should not be on tv. He was talking specifically about the sex scenes. Idc one way or the other. I just want gay characters to do something on tv or shows other than just be gay. It should not be the only defining trait but it is most of the time. Anyways that was off topic. He should ateast admit that all sex scenes now a days are to shock. I think that is the problem but it sells. Look at 50 shades

  • fleur

    Nah mate, you can’t excuse homophobia/ racism/ sexism as ‘personal taste.’ Personal taste is how graphic (or not) you like your sex scenes on TV. Being OK with graphic hetero sex but not graphic gay sex is homophobia.

    And I’m feeling pretty settled down, cheers!

  • kellyf

    I don’t disagree with you, I just feel like you’re assigning homophobia where there isn’t any. He didn’t say that there shouldn’t be homosexual sex scenes on TV, he said that for his taste, they go a little too far.

  • Cruizin1960

    He didn’t comment on hetero scenes, therefore do not assume that he does not also have an opinion on them.

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    you must be gay: it’s hetero clownface

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    we dont need the gay agenda on TV
    we’re sick of it

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    no it’s the male gay sex scene that push it down your throat.

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    yes let’s not feed you

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    Exactly. It’s ALL about the gay agenda.
    Glad to see finally liberals like Crystal are sick of this garbage.

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    No, it’s still called the gay agenda.
    Doesnt matter what year it is
    Abomination is not about equality

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  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    No normal person wants to see two dudes having sex

  • Jilli

    I would rather see sex than violence any day. But most of tv is not kid friendly so I use my parental lock a lot.

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    people like to be represented in the TV they watch … have characters they can relate to … we are not going to erase LGBT people from TV because you are a bigot and don’t like it. TV is for everyone … not just you.

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    I think he was trying to be humorous … lighten up everyone.

  • tina

    TV changes with the times. You didnt get the same type of show in the 50′s as the 70′s. its called evolving. deal with it people. its not going away.

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    That’s a bunch of BS.
    And you are trying to spread the gay agenda.
    Obama is gone soon
    Watch the gay agenda disappear.

  • Jay

    Lol, ‘gay agenda’.
    You mean the fight for equality.
    All people want is equal treatment.

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    You gay agenda queens ALWAYS come back with the fight for equality when you are already equal

    You are as phony as a three dollar bill

    Lose your worn out playbook and be honest — you’re just a militant activist who no one likes
    FAIL

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    Using your logic we should also be representing pedophiles on TV.

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    Like pedophiles

  • http://eternalozzie.com/ eternalozzie

    if you hate personal freedom so much you might want to leave the states

  • Sarah-Julia Karbowniczek

    please enlighten me, but what is the gay agenda?

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    If you are a gay rights activist you are against personal freedom. The only freedom you are interested in is yoru own. Anyone who disagrees needs to be destroyed.
    FAIL

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    That’s a BS question.
    Everyone knows what the gay agenda is.
    If you don’t then you are retarded

  • Sarah-Julia Karbowniczek

    nope – but your answer is total bullshit.
    There is no such thing as a gay agenda

  • TheTruthAsIKnowIt

    Of course there is, retardo.
    Good luck on the short bus denying the obvious.
    FAIL

  • Susan Bellwood

    I cringe at some of the straight sex scenes on tv let alone the gay ones. I like to think less is more. That includes nudity. It’s what you don’t see that makes it sexy.