When It Comes to Showing Gays, CBS Fails

The network of How I Met Your Mother and Neil Patrick Harris received failing marks for gay and lesbian “inclusivity.”

CBS scored a 7 percent on Glaad’s — the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation — annual “Responsibility Index,” which ranks how well the networks represent gays and lesbians in their programming (the release explains the nuts and bolts behind the numbers). From The New York Times:

Glaad also chided the network for failing to mention in a news release that Sara Gilbert, a co-host and executive on the as-yet-unnamed CBS talk show, has a lesbian partner, while it cited the husbands of the show’s other co-hosts.

We wonder if Mr. Harris, whose charater Barney is “ludicrously straight” (unlike Mr. Harris, who we spoke with in May), was part of that 7 percent.

How did other networks do? Fox (30 percent), ABC (26 percent) and NBC (13 percent). MTV became the first network to ever score an “excellent” ranking (42 percent).

When It Comes to Showing Gays, CBS Fails