Ryan Murphy's NBC comedy, "The New Normal" has faced its share of controversy since premiering early last fall. The show has also proven not to be afraid to tackle controversy. According to Zapit.com on Thursday, "The New Normal" has dedicated an episode to the Boy Scouts and the current issues surrounding the organization's ban on gays.
Dedicated may not be the word, but by exploring what the Boy Scouts represent through the two leading characters, David and Bryan, will be reflective of what the Scouts have represented and how the organization have been perceived lately. In the episode David and Brian, who are expecting a child through surrogacy, explores the issue with two different opinions.
Andrew Rannells who plays Bryan spoke about the episode:
"Justin [Bartha's] character, as a child, had been a Boy Scout. He feels very strongly about it. Bryan was not a Boy Scout and he doesn't feel that he'd want his son involved in an organization like that. It's a really powerful episode. It's not super funny. It's very smart, very well-written episode about that topic."
The Boy Scouts will soon be voting on whether or not to lift its ban on gay scouts and troop leaders. The organization has already lost major sponsors and recently pop singing star Carly Rae Jepsen and pop rock group Train pulled out of performances at this year's Jamboree because they disagreed with BSA's stance when it comes to gay membership.
Co-creater of "The New Normal" told Zap2it that as a mother, the show touched her personally.
"I'm a mom with an 8-year-old...I have another mother that is co-parenting my children and I don't think the Scouts are excited about that."
This isn't the first time the show has taken on controversy. Back in October, the show gave a shout out to anti-gay group One Million Moms, a group that protested and called for a boycott of the show deeming it as inappropriate.
"The New Normal" airs Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.