Magazine article Variety

How Mitch and Cam Have Helped Change Audience Perceptions

Magazine article Variety

How Mitch and Cam Have Helped Change Audience Perceptions

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"Modern Family" is a game-changer, isn't it?

I love the show so much. In the pilot, you're meeting Mitch and Cam when they're becoming fathers for the first time. And that's the most interesting thing about them; their gayness is about sixth on the list of their qualities. They're fathers, they're sons, they're a lawyer and a teacher - they're also gay, but the series does not lead with that. That was progressive and bold, even though it shouldn't be. "Modern Family" has become a pop-culture touchstone, an easy and safe way to expose audiences to many different relationships in a way that doesn't feel threatening.

And the characters have built over the years...

Last season, having Mitch and Cam get married, but having Jay (Mitch's father) not be OK with it - that was so smart. I was really impressed that in the sixth season, the writers could still do something that felt energized and electric with these characters.

What's next after the Supreme Court decision?

We know from other civil-rights movements, people's attitudes don't change overnight. There's still a lot of work to be done in terms of helping to change perception. I think the hardest work is with kids, to remind the next generation that we have to make sure everyone is treated with respect and dignity. …

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