Senate Candidate and current Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is concerned about the state of American TV. Following weeks of whirlwind coverage of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s win and the (very gay!) 2019 Emmy nominations, Merrill has apparently had enough.
At a campaign stop in Fort Payne on Tuesday, Merrill said that America’s moral core is disintegrating due to TV shows featuring “homosexual activities” and “people trying to date on TV.” Merrill said that American TV is not biblical enough, because it doesn’t always promote a nuclear family with two opposite-sex parents and children and instead tries to “mess” with the traditional family structure.
“We’re too interested in seeing how this family’s finding a way to mess on this family or to see how people are trying to date on TV, or having wife-swapping on TV,” John Merrill said. “That’s what we watch.”
Of particular concern to Merrill is the recent coverage by the “national media” of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team and their “sexual orientations” after the team, which features several openly queer players, brought home a historic fourth world cup victory earlier this month.
”We need to be trying to build our country up, not to introduce things that separate us,” he said to USA TODAY.
Merrill believes showing LGBTQ characters or reporting on the Women’s National Soccer Team contributes to “the basic breakdown of the moral fiber of our nation.”
What would Merrill rather see on TV? He would be content to go back to a time when TV featured almost no diverse characters of any sort.
”There are no more good TV shows on like ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘Bonanza,’ ‘The Virginian,’ ‘Andy Griffith,’ ‘I Love Lucy,’” John Merrill said in his speech. “We don’t have those shows anymore. We’re too interested in homosexual activities.”