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    Hallmark Channel Stands by Same-Sex Wedding Ad, Promises LGBT Characters in Programs

    I had just read the other day before I saw this rticle that the LGBT were pressuring Hallmark to do an LGBT movie.
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    The Hallmark Channel on Sunday stood by commercials depicting same-sex couples and said it would work with a gay media group to "better represent the LGBTQ community" in its programs – although one day earlier, the network had pledged to pull the ads.

    On Saturday, a Hallmark spokesperson said the channel would pull Zola commercials depicting two women kissing, telling a reporter, "We don't want to generate controversy; we've tried very hard to stay out of it." Hallmark was responding to a petition from One Million Moms opposing the ad. It garnered 30,000 signatures.

    But the decision to pull the ad sparked its own controversy, including opposition from talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who tweeted, "Isn't it almost 2020? @hallmarkchannel, @billabbottHC ... what are you thinking? Please explain. We're all ears." DeGeneres is lesbian.

    Actor William Shatner also got involved, tweeting that his "2.5 million" followers "and my friends" would oppose Hallmark's move. One Million Moms, he said, was "NOT a majority here."

    "Both me and my followers watch your shows ... Do the right thing," he wrote.

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    Shatner also urged his followers to purchase American Greetings cards instead.

    On Sunday, Hallmark reversed its decision and stood by the Zola commercials.

    "The Crown Media team has been agonizing over this decision as we've seen the hurt it has unintentionally caused," Mike Perry, president and CEO of Hallmark Cards, said in a statement. "Said simply, they believe this was the wrong decision. Our mission is rooted in helping all people connect, celebrate traditions, and be inspired to capture meaningful moments in their lives. Anything that detracts from this purpose is not who we are. We are truly sorry for the hurt and disappointment this has caused."

    The statement also promised to put LGBT characters in programs and movies.

    "Hallmark will be working with GLAAD to better represent the LGBTQ community across our portfolio of brands," the statement read. "The Hallmark Channel will be reaching out to Zola to reestablish our partnership and reinstate the commercials."

    GLAAD is an organization that works to increase LGBTQ presence in movies and TV shows.

    "Across our brand, we will continue to look for ways to be more inclusive and celebrate our differences." Perry said.

    The Hallmark Channel calls itself the "country's leading destination for quality family entertainment" and is popular for its clean romantic movies that are free of coarse language, sexual situations or nudity.

    The Hallmark Channel's Facebook page was filled with comments from disappointed fans. As of Monday morning, the statement had drawn more than 3,200 "angry" reactions, 1,300 "love" reactions and 18,000 comments.

    "You are going to lose by doing this. Your base is Christians," the most popular comment read.

    "Hallmark was the one channel that I could watch with my family. Now I no longer have that option," another comment read.

    Others, though, supported Hallmark.

    "While others are jumping ship, my family and I will continue to support Hallmark," one person wrote. "We watch it religiously. As a Christian, I am teaching my young son to be open-minded, tolerant and non-judgmental. Love is love. Period. Politics are ruining this country. Ugh."

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    Hallmark. It's the new Disney.

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    Others, though, supported Hallmark.

    "While others are jumping ship, my family and I will continue to support Hallmark," one person wrote. "We watch it religiously. As a Christian, I am teaching my young son to be open-minded, tolerant and non-judgmental. Love is love. Period. Politics are ruining this country. Ugh."
    Compromising Christianity that moves away from the Bible towards compromise is what is ruining this country. Ugh!

    Hollywierd is becoming such a cesspool of sin. My wife is pushing me to go with her to have our cable cancelled this weekend (we barely watch it anyway so we are wasting money).
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    Quote Originally Posted by victoryword View Post
    > My wife is pushing me to go with her to have our cable cancelled this weekend (we barely watch it anyway so we are wasting money).
    Comcast tried that on me. They told me I had to return the devices in person. Not so. They have an agreement with UPS, just take the devices to any UPS store where they scan them and you walk away, no charge. You don't need to return them in person at Comcast, it is just a ploy to "retain" you as a customer.

    I also filed an FCC complaint on them after spending hours on the phone with Sanjay and "Susan" who gave me the runaround and intentionally delayed my cancel date($). After filing the complaint I got a very nice call from a genuine Susan who backdated the cancel, etc, etc. but man those people were abusive.

    But yeah, that Hallmark thing and William Shatner? You'd think these older peeps who are close to eternity would at least shut up, now I don't know if I can watch Star Trek again.

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    I also filed an FCC complaint on them after spending hours on the phone with Sanjay and "Susan" who gave me the runaround and intentionally delayed my cancel date($). After filing the complaint I got a very nice call from a genuine Susan who backdated the cancel, etc, etc. but man those people were abusive.
    Comcast has a reputation for that. They make it hard. I remember a story within the past several years in the news about some customer service guy not letting somebody cancel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuego View Post
    Comcast has a reputation for that. They make it hard. I remember a story within the past several years in the news about some customer service guy not letting somebody cancel.
    Yep. They just spin you in circles.

    The first lie: You must return your equipment to a Comcast store.

    Anyway, the only way you can fight back is to lodge a complaint with the FCC, at which point you will be contacted by an American service rep who will actually cancel the service.

    I think they know that once a customer cuts the cord with Comcast they are NEVER coming back so they play a lot of games with you.

    Here: Submit a request – FCC Complaints

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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    Comcast tried that on me. They told me I had to return the devices in person. Not so. They have an agreement with UPS, just take the devices to any UPS store where they scan them and you walk away, no charge. You don't need to return them in person at Comcast, it is just a ploy to "retain" you as a customer.

    I also filed an FCC complaint on them after spending hours on the phone with Sanjay and "Susan" who gave me the runaround and intentionally delayed my cancel date($). After filing the complaint I got a very nice call from a genuine Susan who backdated the cancel, etc, etc. but man those people were abusive.
    Yeah, we went through that same issue with COX (which I think is a subsidiary of Comcast). I gave in and took their equipment back to them since I was just fed up with their lousy service. We are actually going to go to Verizon (our current cable company) because we still want to keep the internet service. Unfortunately Verizon has the monopoly on decent internet service here in Rhode Island. I wish they had other companies that could compete and I certainly will not go back to COX.

    But yeah, that Hallmark thing and William Shatner? You'd think these older peeps who are close to eternity would at least shut up, now I don't know if I can watch Star Trek again.
    I was thinking the exact same thing. For some reason I thought that William Shatner was more conservative. If nothing else, I never took him to be a social justice warrior. I guess that demon spirit in hollywierd has taken possession of the old and young alike - Clint Eastwood seeming to be one of the few exceptions.
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