Michael Urie Defends Gay Sex On TV: “If It’s Too Much For You, Change The Channel”

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Actor Michael Urie is defending the current state of  gay sex on television. And he’s in a unique position to do so, having played out characters on both ABC’s Ugly Betty and CBS’ Partners.

The subject has become something of a hot topic of late: In October Shonda Rhimes famously slayed a Twitter follower who complained about all the “gay scenes” on Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. Just last week Billy Crystal was accused of homophobia in a statement about same-sex intimacy on television, saying it went “a little too far for my tastes” and he hoped people didn’t “shove it in our face.”

Later clarification revealed Crystal was talking about sex on the small-screen in general, but he still complained that “when I feel it’s a cause, when I feel it’s ’You’re going to like my lifestyle’ no matter what it is, I’m going to have a problem.”

Urie, appearing in the upcoming web series What’s Your Emergency, says there’s a simple solution to Crystal and other people’s “problem”: Don’t watch.

“I don’t think it’s overexposed. If gay sex on TV is too much for you, change the channel and don’t watch it, it’s not for you,” he told NewNowNext. “I think there is far too much football on TV. But I’m not going around saying they should take football off the air; I’m changing the channel.”

That reminds us—isn’t this weekend the Super Bowl?