Thursday, June 03, 2004

from the sydney morning herald

Gay Play School backlash
June 3, 2004 - 12:01PM

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There's a gay pair in there - and federal Children's Minister Larry Anthony is not happy.

The ABC's popular children's show Play School on Monday aired a story of a girl called Brenna going to a fair with her two mothers.

"I'm Brenna. That's me in the blue. My mums are taking me and my friend Meryn to an amusement park," the little girl says over images of her two mums smiling and waving.

Mr Anthony today criticised the program for reflecting the views of a minority.

"As a parent I am concerned that the ABC are putting on these types of programs," Mr Anthony said.

"When it comes to my children, when I want to explain about same-sex couples, it should be up to parents, it should be up to me, not the Australian broadcaster."

Mr Anthony said he feared the ABC was becoming too politically correct.

"I think I'm representing the majority of Australian parents," he said.

"My kids watch Play School, I think it's an excellent production.

"But I think it's important for those program producers to ensure that they are not just responding to minorities.

"There is a responsibility to parents and I don't think it's appropriate.

"I think Play School has been an excellent program but I wouldn't like to see it become politically correct."

An ABC spokeswoman said the Through the Windows segment reflected the contemporary world.

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