The actor, who played on of TV's openly gay characters, said his quotes were taken 'out of context'. Billy Crystal issued a statement saying that his remarks about gay sex on TV being "too much" didn't reflect his beliefs. Talking to the Hollywood Reporterthe actor said: "What I meant was that whenever sex or graphic nudity of any kind gay or straight is gratuitous to the plot or story it becomes a little too much for my taste.
Billy Crystal was one of the first actors to play a gay character on television, but that doesn't mean he isn't wary of some of the gay content that ends up on the small screen. The beloved comedian opened up about his feelings regarding the nature of gay scenes on television while speaking at a panel for the Television Critics Association on Sunday in Pasadena, California, the Independent reports. Crystal spoke about the role on Sunday, ET Canada reports :.
By now it seems fairly clear that the comic actor Billy Crystal did not intend to single out gay sex scenes in his reply to a question this weekend about how uncomfortably graphic some television has become. The scolds of the Internet, always on alert, did the rest of the work. The preposterousness of that is baffling enough; if anyone in the history of the cathode ray deserves the benefit of the doubt, it would seem, it would be him.
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Billy Crystal thinks TV writers are "pushing it" when it comes to gay storylines, and is wary of seeing same sex relationships shoved "in our face. Musing about playing an openly gay man on the '70s sitcom "Soap," Crystal told an audience at a Television Critics Association press event Sunday that some shows today contain gay storylines that are "too much for me," The Wrap reported. Later, he added, "I hope people don't abuse it and shove it in our face… to the point where it feels like an everyday kind of thing.
So certain were select religious groups that bringing up such subjects, even in a satirical manner, would be harmful to prime-time viewers that a letter-writing campaign resulted, demanding ABC cancel the comedy before its scheduled premiere in September of Of course the network was thrilled with the advance publicity, which turned Soap into the most talked-about new program of the fall season and a ratings winner. Certainly one key aspect that curious viewers tuned in to see was just how a prime-time series was going to deal with the inclusion of a young gay man among its cast of regulars.
I'm Terry Gross. The second episode airs tomorrow night. In the first episode, Crystal is on his way to a meeting with FX Network executives.
By Kieran Corcoran For Dailymail. Actor Billy Crystal has said graphic scenes of gay sex on TV have gone too far, and the industry must take care not to 'shove it in our face'. Crystal, who became one of network television's first gay characters on comedy show Soap in the s, said contemporary programs are 'pushing it a little too far'.
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Comedian Billy Crystal, who played one of the first openly gay characters on television - Jodie Dallas, a character on ABC's 'Soap' from the late 70s - has had enough of the extent of gay relationships being shown on prime time television these days. He did not identify the shows he was referring to but told journalists at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in California; "Sometimes I think: 'Ah, that's too much for me. Crystal told the panel of that role, " It was awkward and it was tough.