From Breaking Amish to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, TLC has built an entire network on voyeuristic glimpses into alternative lifestyles. But while they've attracted controversy before, the outcry has never been as loud as it is against the one-hour special My Husband's Not Gay, which tells the stories of four Mormon men, married to women but attracted to men, who do not identify as gay.
"This show is downright irresponsible," said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement on the organization's website. "No one can change who they love, and, more importantly, no one should have to. By investing in this dangerous programming, TLC is putting countless young LGBT people in harm's way."
The controversy has not altered TLC's plan to air My Husband's Not Gay on Sunday. "The individuals featured in this one-hour special reveal the decisions they have made, and speak only for themselves," said a representative for the network. --Scott Meslow