Debates Over 'Modern Family' Gay Kiss Surface

Debates Over 'Modern Family' Gay Kiss Surface

While Perez Hilton said it was 'disappointing' to see only a little peck, Jesse Tyler Ferguson defended that his co-star slipped his tongue in.

"Modern Family" finally answered to fans' demand of the gay kiss on Wednesday, September 29 episode. As soon as it went to air, reactions and debates surface over whether it was satisfactory or lackluster. For a fact, the producers exposed the kiss between Cam and Mitch on the background.

The Emmy-winning show was criticized last season for not giving the gay couple a chance to have a kiss on the lips while heterosexual couple Phil and Claire embraced each other in that way. Producers decided to give in, and the awaited action was featured on the episode aptly called "The Kiss". However, unlike the hype surrounding it, the kiss can be easily missed.

Openly gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton noted, "We didn't expect or want anything gratuitous or out of character, but to have a PECK in the background? A little disappointing!" The New York Times also said it was "blink-and-you-missed-it peck in the corner of the screen, unassuming and unobtrusive."

ABC has not responded to the complaints but Jesse Tyler Ferguson aka Mitch has. He wrote on Twitter, "Reading debate about the kiss being perfect vs. not enough. Today's theme is 'U can't please all'! FYI, @ericstonestreet slipped me tongue."

In a funny way, "Modern Family" is also due to answer another demand and this time it comes from Oprah Winfrey. The talk show host who talked to the cast via a satellite, advised them to "make some black friends".


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    Dec 05, 2010

    This is just like segregation. It was to be horrible, people used to be cruel, and lots of blacks were killed and terrifyingly heartless things were done. People will be who they are, but that era of hate passed, and this one involving homophobia will too. That's a beautiful kiss.

    Girl from Ontario
    Oct 19, 2010

    "My young kids are watching this" So I guess you cover their eyes every time a heterosexual couple kisses on TV? I guess you don't ever kiss your wife in front of your children? No, because only gay kisses are immoral. It's not my place to tell you how to raise your kids, but I will say that you are projecting your own discomfort with gays onto your kids; there's nothing about gay affection that inherently upsets or offends children. They learn to be offended from their parents.

    Oct 14, 2010

    Alright, they kissed again on this last episode. Two in a row. That's enough. My young kids are watching this. I am have stopped them and I will stop soon if I have to keep seeing these men kiss.

    Oct 01, 2010

    On HGTV, gay couples on various shows embrace and kiss... and civilization hasn't crumbled.. they're ahead of the pack and they know it.

    Oct 01, 2010

    Kiss not needed for me to think this is a great show. Probably will not continue and will miss this great comedy, brilliantly written and great. "The Kiss" too much for me. Too Modern Family in primetime for my tastes. The gay relationship was funny and acceptable but "the kiss", just had to do it.

    Oct 01, 2010

    Great episode.The idea of having the characters kiss in the background (and not make a big deal of it) was completely perfect. A great episode for Jay and Alex's character development as well.

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