WBEZ | Modern Family http://www.wbez.org/tags/modern-family Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Modern Family' actor pushes for gay marriage in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/news/modern-family-actor-pushes-gay-marriage-illinois-104653 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/bowtie_Ivan McClellan (1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Advocates of gay marriage in Illinois are getting a boost from a television star from ABC&#39;s &quot;Modern Family.&quot;</p><p>Jesse Tyler Ferguson is openly gay and plays Mitchell Pritchett on the show. He&#39;s launching a &quot;Bow Tie Lobby Day&quot; in Springfield Thursday. It symbolizes<a href="http://www.facebook.com/TieTheKnotOrg" target="_blank"> tying the knot</a>.</p><p>In Chicago on Wednesday, Ferguson said he struggled with coming out but having a president who <a href="http://www.wbez.org/obama-voices-his-support-gay-marriage-98984">supports</a> gay marriage gives him hope.</p><p>Lawmakers have reconvened in Springfield and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/lawmakers-close-debating-gay-marriage-104662">plan to consider a proposal</a> legalizing gay marriage.</p><p>Supporters say momentum in other states will work in their favor. They&#39;ve received support from top business executives, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and some clergy members.</p><p>However, some religious groups aren&#39;t on board. Chicago&#39;s Cardinal Francis George has <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/cardinal-george-urges-catholics-oppose-same-sex-marriage-104637">urged parishioners</a> to let legislators know they oppose gay marriage.</p></p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 13:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/modern-family-actor-pushes-gay-marriage-illinois-104653 What Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama can learn from television http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/what-mitt-romney-and-president-barack-obama-can-learn-television <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/romney-2012-cleareyesbracelet.jpg" style="float: right; height: 300px; width: 300px; " title="(Photo from store.mittromney.com)" />Being the leader of the free world doesn&#39;t leave a lot of free time, but President&#39;s still manage to participate in the great American past time of plopping down in front of the television and being whisked away to a fantasy land.</p><p>Along those lines,&nbsp;&quot;I think it&#39;s pretty funny that Barack Obama loves combating terror so much that even when he goes home at night, he watches a show about it,&quot; said <em>New York</em> magazine television critic Margaret Lyons at <em>The Paper Machete</em>, on the President&#39;s admitted love of Showtime&#39;s <em>Homeland</em>. However, Lyons thinks Mitt Romney might want to&nbsp;check out <em>Parenthood </em>to &quot;examine his white privilege.&quot; And both candidates should reevaluate their love for <em>Modern Family</em>, because &quot;I&nbsp;hope they don&#39;t think that&#39;s an average family.&quot;</p><p>Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>Mitt Romney came under fire[last week] for co-opting the </em>Friday Night Lights<em> slogan &quot;Clear eyes, full hearts, can&#39;t lose.&quot; If you&#39;ve ever watched </em>Friday Night Lights <em>you know that it&#39;s completely antithetical to everything Mitt Romney represents. And another person who knows that that&#39;s true is </em><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/friday-night-lights-creator-accuses-378606">Friday Night Lights</a><em><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/friday-night-lights-creator-accuses-378606">&#39; creator and executive producer Peter Berg</a>, who came up with the motto &quot;Clear eyes, full hearts, can&#39;t lose&quot; and wrote a letter to Mitt Romney this week begging him to stop using it.</em></p><p><em>In the letter, Berg compared Mitt Romney to one and only one character in the show, Buddy Garrity, who is like the weird gregarious villain of the series; he&#39;s a car salesman who cheats on his wife and is horrible.</em></p><p><em>But it made me think a lot about what </em>Friday Night Lights<em> can teach us, and what lessons I wish Mitt Romney could have learned from watching </em>Friday Night Lights<em>. The whole show centers on coach and in the first few seasons, they live and teach in Dillon. The football team gets a huge fancy stadium and they have a jumbotron and they travel on luxurious buses, even though they&#39;re high school students. And all of that is supported by Buddy Garrity and his team of Panther boosters. It&#39;s all privately funded and great! </em></p><p><em>Mrs. Coach, in the first few seasons, is the school guidance counselor, and she&#39;s unable to provide services to a lot of her students who are poor because the school is publicly funded.&nbsp;</em><em>So this tells us that when people get to donate their money to whoever they want, they might get to donate it to football jumbotrons; they probably will not donate it to drug counseling available to late literacy learners in high school.</em></p><p>Friday Night Lights<em> focuses on the idea of group responsibility: no one of us is more important than the team. That&#39;s the message of Smash Williams, who is a great football player, but he&#39;s not better by himself, he needs everyone. That&#39;s the message of QB1 Matt Saracen, the hero of our show, who grows from nerd to quarterback with the help and guidance of those around him.</em></p><p><em>If anyone seems like Mitt Romney on </em>Friday Night Lights<em>, it&#39;s probably JD McCoy. He&#39;s the evil dad of the sad quarterback who&#39;s a jerk (because of his evil dad he becomes a jerk. I think that&#39;s how the world works, I&#39;m pretty sure. Also he looks exactly like Mitt Romney).</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 pm., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/what-mitt-romney-and-president-barack-obama-can-learn-television