During a recent interview with Rob Marciano of Entertainment Tonight, Jennifer Lopez revealed that her upcoming ABC Family television show highlighting lesbian moms, “The Fosters,” which she executive produces, is an homage to her late lesbian aunt.
The Bronx born actress, singer and producer explained to Marciano that the series is about complex contemporary families. “Although [the script] was about a non-traditional family and had some newer themes, it had some really basic themes as well about family and love and what’s really important in life,” said Lopez. “And life can be complicated and messy sometimes and not simple. It was really a true depiction of family in this day and age.”
Lopez attempted to hold back tears when she began speaking about her aunt who recently passed from cancer. The “If You Had My Love” singer said she thought of the plight her aunt faced while deciding to take on the executive producer role.
“I had an aunt who was gay. I lived with her and I loved her. She just passed away from cancer. I thought of her often when I was thinking about taking on this project and the prejudices that she faced.”
Lopez, who has played a lesbian character in the past, has frequently spoken out about her love for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the past. In a 2010 interview with The Advocate she stated, “When it comes to gay marriage, I just believe in love. I believe that when two people find each other and love each other, they should be able to spend their lives together.”
One Million Moms tried to kill it before it even aired, but it looks like ABC Family’s new drama The Fosters is a go: The network has just launched a new promo for the Jennifer Lopez-produced series, which debuts June 3.
Following in the footsteps of Modern Family and The New Normal, The Fosters follows the lives of a same-sex family: Vice-principal Lena (Sherri Saum), her police-officer wife Stef (Meet the Parents’ Teri Polo) and their three children. Also in the mix: Stef’s ex-husband and current partner, Joe (Danny Nucci).
The show’s press site gives a little more detail:
The Fosters is a compelling, one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster (Teri Polo), a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams (Sherri Saum), a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon (David Lambert), and their adopted twins, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus (Jake T. Austin).
Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie (Maia Mitchell), a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie into their home thinking it’s just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found.
Jennifer Lopez’s latest TV venture has been targeted by conservative campaigners over its focus on a lesbian couple raising children.
Lopez is an executive producer of new small screen series “The Fosters” with her Nuyorican Productions company, and the show stars Teri Polo of “The West Wing” and Sherri Saum of “Rescue Me.” However, its focus on same-sex parents raising kids together has angered activists at One Million Moms, who have urged members to complain to the network behind the show, ABC’s Family Channel.
The post reads, “ABC Family has approved a series pilot from Jennifer Lopez’s production company, Nuyorican, about a lesbian couple and their diverse family… Because of family being part of the network’s name, we thought a warning should still be sent out for anyone who continues to watch the channel. A premiere date has not been set, but One Million Moms wanted to sound the alarm about this new series. It will be airing on the network soon unless we do something about it…
“While foster care and adoption is a wonderful thing … this program is attempting to redefine marriage and family by having two moms raise these children together. … None of this material is acceptable content for a family show. … Let’s stop this dead in it its tracks.”
Jennifer Lopez’s lesbian drama, The Fosters, just got picked up by ABC Family—meaning we could be looking at (at least) four shows this fall with queer relationships at their core.
Executive-produced by J-Lo, Bradley Bredeweg and Queer as Folk‘s Peter Paige, the Fosters follows two mommies—a cop and a teacher—who are raising adopted twins and a biological son.
Obviously, the runaway success of Modern Family has gotten networks in a tizzy to launch the next breakout hit with a gay relationship. In addition to The Fosters, NBC is launching the New Normal—about a gay couple and the surrogate carrying their baby—and CBS has Partners, about two architects (one gay, one straight) and their signifcant others.
For our sake we hope they all do well—if one crashes and burns, we’ll hear the shouts that “America’s not ready for it!” and it’ll be another decade before we say a gay kiss on a prime-time series
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