Irish Eye on Hollywood:
The Real O’Neals

The Real O'Neals.
The Real O'Neals.

By Tom Deignan, Contributor
June / July 2016

In other TV news, for better or worse, ABC has renewed the sitcom The Real O’Neals. The show looks at what some have called a typical Irish Catholic family – whose son has just come out as gay. While ratings for the show – based in part on the life of advice columnist and author Dan Savage – were good enough to grant it a second season, the show had a number of critics. Some charged it was peddling stereotypes about Catholics. In an ad in the New York Times, president of the Catholic League Bill Donohue said Savage’s “maniacal hatred of Catholicism is so strong that it would be as though David Duke were hired to produce a show about African Americans.” Meanwhile, a group calling itself One Million Moms called Savage an “anti-Christian bigot.” ♦

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