So I'm just sitting here watching Friends on a Friday night, laughing at some mildly funny jokes, when I start to notice a pattern. Homophobic jokes. Now, don't get me wrong, I understand that homophobia is just now starting to become socially unacceptable. But Friends is from the 90s, which really isn't that long ago, and they don't make racist jokes. And the saddest part is, I laugh automatically when I hear those jokes. It really says a lot about our society's stance on homosexuality: we should be nice to gay people, but making fun of them is fine. It's like we've all been programmed to think that being gay is funny.
I'm not saying gay people should never be the funny characters; I'm just saying TV could learn to be respectful. Hopefully my kids will live in a time when people just frown and look confused when someone makes a gay joke. Because the worse thing we can do is to people it's OK to be bigotted--even when it's well-meant.