ABC pulls Welcome to the Neighborhood

ABC’s forthcoming series Welcome to the Neighborhood won’t air. The series “had drawn criticism from groups claiming it risked fostering prejudice,” according to the AP.

It’s concept seems innocuous enough: “white and conservative” families in Austin select a new neighbor; their choices were “families that are black, Hispanic and Asian; two gay white men who’ve adopted a black child; a couple covered in tattoos and piercings; a couple who met at the woman’s initiation as a witch; and a poor white family.”

The AP says that in one episode, “one man makes a crack about the number of children piling out of the Hispanic family’s car and displays of affection between the gay men provoke disgust. The series’ producers had said it was intended to promote a healthy and open debate about prejudice and people’s fear of differences.”

Both GLAAD and the Family Research Council had problems with the series. GLAAD said “it’s dangerous to let intolerance and bigotry go unchallenged for weeks at a time,” while the AP reports that the Family Research Council “said it was worried evangelicals would be made to appear judgmental and foolish.”

ABC pulls controversial reality series [AP]

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