The public sphere enables individuals to express their concerns and beliefs on issues that are relevant in today’s society. It is evident that our media is a vocal point for the general public on issues that are paramount in today’s world. The media has gone beyond the point of purely being information and entertainment, making it a leading force towards individuals having their thoughts and experiences recognised.
A prominent topic amongst today’s society is gay marriage and the implications it entails. As a civilisation we cannot seem to make an educated decision on the matter, and the media is taking advantage of our concerns, thus “Modern Family”. The comedy based sit-com revolves around three completely different families that blur the lines between classic and contemporary. The particular family that has caused outrage is Mitchell and Cameron, two loving gays who adopted a young Vietnamese girl. For some this is far from average. Bryan Fischer declares the show as “Poison” due to its portrayal of a gay home being a loving and stable environment. Fischer states it is “designed to make you think that same-sex households are wonderful” , reiterating this preconceived notion. Although Modern Family is a successful show, we as a society are still unable to accept gay marriage.
Only three months ago two gay, black fathers posted a picture on Instagram which caused a global outrage. The two fathers (depicted below) posted an image brushing their daughters’ hair with a small caption which stated their typical day. The photo is harmless, but it did inflict on individuals generalised beliefs. The problem is we are uneducated and cannot comprehend the modern society unfolding. This is reiterated in MusedMag which states “Are we that sheltered from black gay couples that the general public doesn’t think they exist? But, can you blame them? There is hardly an image of “gay” love that features people of colour.”
If we as individuals are going to overcome our preconceptions of gay marriage the public sphere needs to create more awareness amongst our current society.