The group claims that viewers "feel betrayed by Hallmark" after the channel's proposed plans for LGBTQ content.
Yahoo readers react to recent controversy over a series of ads rejected by The Hallmark Channel featuring same sex couples kissing. Hallmark has since reversed its decision.
The Hallmark Channel is apologizing and reversing course after it had pulled four commercials for the wedding planning website Zola that featured a same-sex couple kissing during their marriage ceremony, saying Sunday night that it hopes to reinstate the ads.Hallmark CEO Mike Perry said in a statement:“Earlier this week, a decision was made at Crown Media Family Networks to remove commercials featuring a same-sex couple. The Crown Media team has been agonizing over this decision as we’ve seen the hurt it has unintentionally caused. 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 for this purpose is not who we are. As the CEO of Hallmark, I am sorry for the hurt and disappointment this has caused.Hallmark is, and always has been, committed to diversity and inclusion – both in our workplace as well as the products and experiences we create. It is never Hallmark’s intention to be divisive or generate controversy. We are an inclusive company and have a track record to prove it. We have LGBTQ greeting cards and feature LGBTQ couples in commercials. We have been recognized as one of the Human Rights Campaigns Best Places to Work, and as one of Forbes America’s Best Employers for Diversity. We have been a progressive pioneer on television for decades – telling wide ranging stories that elevate the human spirit such as August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and Colm Tóibín’s The Blackwater Lightship, both of which highlight the importance of tolerance and understanding.Hallmark will be working with GLAAD to better represent the LGBTQ community across our portfolio of brands. The Hallmark Channel will be reaching out to Zola to reestablish our partnership and reinstate the commercials. Across our brand, we will continue to look for ways to be more inclusive and celebrate our differences.”Also Read: Zola Cuts Ties With Hallmark Channel After Ads of Lesbian Brides Kissing Are PulledGLAAD’s reaction to the news was swift.“Victory!” GLAAD’s president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, said in a statement. “The Hallmark Channel’s decision to correct its mistake sends an important message to LGBTQ people and represents a major loss for fringe organizations, like One Million Moms, whose sole purpose is to hurt families like mine. LGBTQ people are, and will continue to be a part of advertisements and family programming and that will never change. GLAAD exists to hold brands like The Hallmark Channel accountable when they make discriminatory decisions and to proactively ensure families of all kinds are represented in fair and accurate ways.”Hallmark Channel had pulled four of six commercials for the wedding planning website that feature a lesbian couple celebrating their nuptials with a kiss after the conservative group One Million Moms called for a boycott of the network. The two women’s “public displays of affection” violates the channel’s policies, a spokesperson for Hallmark told The New York Times. An account representative at Hallmark’s parent company, Crown Media, also told the NYT that the channel did not accept ads “that are deemed controversial.”In response, a representative for Zola said in a statement Saturday that it would pull all of its advertising from the Hallmark Channel “for the foreseeable future,” saying, “We stand behind this commercial 150%. We want all couples to feel welcomed and celebrated and we will always feature all kinds of love in our marketing.”You can see one of the four ads by clicking here.Read original story Hallmark Reverses Stance on LGBTQ Zola Ads Under Pressure, Looks to Reinstate Them At TheWrap
Openly gay country singer Chely Wright, whose song appears on the network, criticized Hallmark over its rejection of an ad featuring a lesbian kiss.
So much for making the yuletide gay. Hallmark Channel is rolling out a total of 40 original holiday-themed movies across Hallmark and its sister network Hallmark Movies & Mysteries — not one of which features an LGBTQ character taking center stage.And Lifetime, the network’s closest competitor in the made-for-TV holiday movie space, has a similarly poor track record: Out of 30 new original Christmas movies, none feature primary storylines about LGBTQ couples.LGBTQ characters have appeared in Hallmark and Lifetime movies past and present — this year, Lifetime has four movies which feature queer relationships in supporting positions — but none have carried a holiday movie of their own as the co-owners of a candy cane company or lovers in Dollywood or whatever the premise may be.Also Read: A Christmas Competition: Inside Netflix-Hallmark Battle for Holiday ViewersNetflix, which has also moved into holiday programming with films like “The Knight Before Christmas” and the “A Christmas Prince” franchise, offers far fewer seasonal originals than Hallmark or Lifetime, but only one of its six new holiday movies for 2019 features an LGBTQ storyline: “Let It Snow.”Based on a 2008 young-adult novel billed as “‘Love Actually’ for teenagers,” the movie adaptation of “Let It Snow” adds a queer love story that wasn’t in the book, between Dorrie (Liv Hewson, who is nonbinary) and Kerry (Anna Akana) — one of several teenage couples who find onscreen romance.Executives at Hallmark parent company Crown Media and Lifetime say they’re aware of the omission — and hope to remedy it in the future. (A rep for Netflix declined to comment for this story.)Also Read: Here's Your Guide to All 40 of Hallmark's 2019 Holiday Movies“We are continuing to expand our diversity,” Michelle Vicary, executive vice president of programming for Crown Media Family Networks, told TheWrap. “We are looking at pitches for LGBTQ movies … and we are looking to expand and represent the United States as a whole.”In other respects, Hallmark and Lifetime have made a concerted effort toward inclusion over the past few seasons. Hallmark’s 2019 slate features multiple movies starring people of color and at least two films centered around Hanukkah instead of Christmas.Nearly all of Lifetime’s originals feature at least one non-white character in a major role.“As Lifetime has a diverse group of people working behind the scenes, we’re always looking at the environments we create with our holiday movies to ensure they are reflective of the world we live in,” said Meghan Hooper White, senior vice president of original co-productions and acquisitions for Lifetime and sister network LMN. “We want to see ourselves. While we are proud of the great strides we have made in having many inclusive and diverse storylines … we can always continue to expand.”Also Read: LGBTQ Series-Regular Characters Hit Record High on Broadcast TV, GLAAD Report SaysGLAAD’s annual “Where We Are on TV” report, published earlier this month, found that LGBTQ representation hit at an all-time high in 2019, with 10.2% of series regular characters in the 2019-20 broadcast television season falling under the non-straight umbrella. Cable saw a similar increase year-over-year. However, GLAAD also noted in the report that 20% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 identify as LGBTQ, and the scripted TV landscape has yet to meet that proportion.“I think that we are making great strides,” Vicary said. “And we are, [but] like the industry, there is a lot of work to be done to catch up in that area.”Read original story Hallmark and Lifetime Have 70 New Holiday Movies – None With an LGBTQ Main Character At TheWrap
Kathie Lee Gifford says America has been missing out on "wholesome, beautiful stories."
Lori Loughlin has long been a staple on the Hallmark Channel, with the show "What Calls the Heart" and the "Garage Sale Mysteries" movies for years. Not anymore.
Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley opens up about the heartbreaking struggle and stigma her late mother experienced with dementia and her mission to help others.
Hallmark Channel clarified exclusively to TheWrap on Friday that there were no complaints about Mark Steines’ behavior on or off the set of “Home & Family” before it abruptly cut ties with the veteran anchor after six years.
It's Meow Madness on the Hallmark Channel, and announcers Mary Carillo and John Salley keep the cat puns running on all fours throughout the experience.
Premiering Feb. 14, it stars Amy Smart as Mary Landers, a woman whose fiancé breaks off their engagement because he needs someone more adventurous. One day on the train, James Fielding (Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier) catches her eye.
Hallmark’s annual Countdown to Christmas movie marathon continues with “A Heavenly Christmas,” starring Shirley MacLaine as an angel. It premieres on Nov. 26.
Yes, Hallmark Channel’s annual Countdown to Christmas starts tonight at 10 p.m., bringing viewers round-the-clock holiday movies — including 19 new ones filmed for 2016.
Hallmark Channel is known for its holiday movies, and now Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will be too. Yahoo TV has your first look at I’ll Be Home for Christmas, an original film starring, produced, and directed by James Brolin, premiering Nov. 27.
August 5 marks the opening of the Olympics in Rio, and the premiere of the Kitten Summer Games. Get to know some of the tennis hopefuls.
Hallmark favorite Danica McKellar announces the return of the programming event in this exclusive video shot on on the set of her new film, 'Wedding Bells,' which kicks things off June 4.
Romance is typically a part of any Hallmark Channel holiday movie, but Nov. 8’s Charming Christmas, starring Gilmore Girls’ David Sutcliffe and Dexter’s Julie Benz, adds a little something extra. Related: First Look at Mariah Carey’s Hallmark Holiday Movie, ‘A Christmas Melody’ Sutcliffe stars as a man who plays Santa in a family-run department store that could, if the business-minded daughter (Benz) gets her way, soon be going national. It’s a scene in which his character, Nick Klaus (!), tells Benz’s, Meredith, all about the pickle tradition. If you think we’re crazy, wait till you see the scene in which Nick takes Meredith shopping for his Christmas tree.
It was good to see that Tom Selleck’s Jesse Stone TV-movies have found a home again, as Sunday night’s Jesse Stone: Lost In Paradise moved from CBS to the Hallmark Channel with a strong entry in the series. It’s been three years since that last Stone movie, and two years since Selleck’s Stone has visited with his therapist-pal Dr. Dix, played by William Devane.
Consider this a PSA for anyone impatiently awaiting the start of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas" and the 17 new original movies it will bring: the network’s doing its first-ever “Fall Harvest” throughout the month of October. Related: Watch the Trailer for Hallmark’s ‘Northpole: Open for Christmas’ First up was Oct. 3′s Autumn Dreams, which repeats this Saturday at 5 p.m. It stars Something Borrowed’s Colin Egglesfield and Teen Wolf’s Jill Wagner as former high school sweethearts in the Midwest whose annulment never actually went through. This Saturday, Oct. 10, also brings the 9 p.m. premiere of Harvest Moon. It ups the Fall Factor by being centered around a pumpkin farm.