Major Controversy Erupts Over Potential LGBTQ-Inclusion in Hallmark Christmas Movies

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It's our favorite time of year, and by that, we mean it's Hallmark Christmas movie time! Who doesn't love a good story about a high-powered, big-city girl, going back to her snowy hometown, where she meets the handsome lumberjack whose Christmas tree farm is about to be taken over by her corporate boss? Of course she rediscovers the magic of Christmas and small-town living, they save the farm in some spectacular fashion, fall in love, and start making out as the credits roll. 

These movies are consistent if nothing else (and we're still going to watch them all), but there's one thing that may be about to change in a big way -- we may start to see LGBTQ representation in coming years when it comes to our beloved Hallmark Christmas Movies. 

  • According to Hallmark Channel chief executive Bill Abbott,  the company is "open" to making movies with gay lead actors.

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    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter's TV's Top 5 podcast, Abbott was asked about including the LGBTQ community in Hallmark Christmas movies. One of the interviewers on the podcast inquired, "I'm gay. Where are the same-sex movies? Have you talked about incorporating stories about same-sex couples at Christmas?"

    Abbott responded, "We're open to really any type of movie of any type of relationship in any space."

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  • The interviewer lamented that she hasn't seen any other couples like her and her wife "reflected" in Hallmark's Christmas programming.

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    She said that when she and her wife visit family during the holidays, the Hallmark Channel is on nonstop. She said, "My wife and I are not reflected on anything you guys are doing. It would be really cool to broaden out and have our nieces see a version of us on TV, or see a version of anything else besides Christmas with, you know, white leads."

    Abbott responded, "In terms of broadening out the demographic, it's something we're always thinking about, always considering."

    It's not a firm answer that the company will include same-sex couples in future projects, but it's not a refusal to do so, either. But even mentioning it has people in their feels on social media -- on both sides of the issue. 

  • Some people think it would be a bad idea to have a gay couple in a Hallmark Christmas movie.

    It would be a huge shift away from the company's traditional programming. Abbott said himself that Hallmark "differentiates itself from its competition" because it airs content that is "relentlessly positive, family friendly, always appropriate for all members of the family."

  • Others mentioned Christian family values.

    Is the Hallmark Channel really a "Christian" brand though? Abbott said that he believes part of the appeal of the movies is that they're "religiously ambiguous." He explained, "We don't look at Christmas from a religious point of view, it's more a seasonal celebration ... I think Christmas has become almost a secular type of holiday."

  • Other people are totally on board, though. 

    And would be happy with even a supporting character being gay! 

    Honestly, we wouldn't be surprised to see a Hallmark Christmas movie in the future with a gay couple as the leads. And considering how clean and "family-friendly" the heterosexual movies are, we expect nothing less from a gay one. There's always a solution for people who don't want to watch a same-sex couple fall in love -- turn the TV off.