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July 22, 2010

CBS closets Sara Gilbert's family in press release about new show

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Dana Rudolph over at Mombian uncovered a gem of PR homophobia over at CBS. In a press release about a talk show about “topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of mothers” that actress and lesbian mom Sara Gilbert is participating in this fall, her family is closeted!

That’s right, all of her co-hosts — Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini, and Marissa Jaret Winokur — have descriptions about partners/spouses and family members in the PR, but look at what they say about Gilbert:

Julie Chen . . . lives in New York and Los Angeles with her husband, Leslie Moonves, with whom she has a son and 3 stepchildren.

Holly Robinson Peete . . . and her husband of 15 years are the proud parents of four children. They currently reside in Los Angeles.

Sharon Osbourne . . . lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Ozzy Osbourne. They have three children.

Leah Remini . . . lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Angelo Pagan, and daughter and three stepsons.

Marissa Jaret Winokur . . . and her husband, comedy writer Judah Miller, reside in Los Angles [sic] with their son Zev.

Sara Gilbert . . . lives in Los Angeles with her family.

In a separate entry on the CBS News site her family is mentioned, as opposed to the release above, which is the one sent out widely to media across the country. Dana muses about the discrepancy.

CBS News’ Web site just ran a post about the show, and said, “Gilbert is a lesbian mom, raising two children with partner Allison Adler.”

I still think it’s worrisome that the main press release about the show hid the fact that Gilbert has a same-sex partner. This might reflect some interdepartmental differences in approach at CBS, perhaps-CBS Entertainment, which ran the press release, vs. CBS News? Just a guess.


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