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‘The Fosters’ credits negative attention from One Million Moms for strong season

Friday, January 17, 2014
ABC FamilyStef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) in a scene from "The Fosters." The season finale, aired Aug. 5, 2013, featured the first gay characters to say “I do” since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) in a scene from “The Fosters.” The season finale, aired Aug. 5, 2013, featured the first gay characters to say “I do” since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.

PASADENA, Calif. — The people behind the ABC Family show “The Fosters” say that criticism from the group One Million Moms contributed to it getting off to a strong start for the cable network.

The show, which premiered last summer and returned to the schedule this week, features a biracial lesbian couple with a household of foster children.

One Million Moms, affiliated with the conservative American Family Association, urged its followers to contact ABC Family last fall to stop the show when it was a pilot and the network had yet to pick it up. The group has said it objects to the show’s redefining of marriage and family.

“A stamp of disapproval from One Million Moms is like a critic’s pick,” said Peter Paige, executive producer of the show along with Jennifer Lopez, on Friday. “I’m incredibly grateful for their attention.”

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Teri Polo, who plays one of the moms, said the criticism contributed to “The Fosters” getting more attention when it started than it otherwise might have.

The show attracted 1.9 million people on Monday and was cable’s top show among females aged 12 to 34, its target audience, the Nielsen company said. The show gained in viewership throughout last summer, a strong sign for a new show, and has already been renewed for another season.

On its website, One Million Moms said that foster care and adoption is “a wonderful thing, and the Bible does teach us to help orphans. This program is attempting to redefine marriage and family by having these two moms raise these children together.” Attempts to reach a representative for the group on Friday were not immediately successful.

Paige said he had received a tweet of approval from Rosie O’Donnell, who said that she binge-watched several episodes of “The Fosters” with her daughter and asked if she could appear on the show. Paige took her up on the offer.

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  1. good keep it up abc tell OMM to stuff thier negativity up their arses they probably arent even real mothers at all they are probably closeted self hating

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:18am
  2. I was wondering where it went – thought it got the axe

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:18am
  3. But what did they say when “FULL HOUSE” was on T.V. with three dads, basically?

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:18am
  4. and that show my 2 days.. and what about wil and grace and there was another one

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:39am
  5. they weren't an organization at those times

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:05pm
  6. One Million Moms against everything

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:18am
  7. I agree. They be called One Million Moms Not Getting Any.

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:24am
  8. Awesome show!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:18am
  9. OMM can shove their negativity up their vaginas

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:19am
  10. I love how the page “one million moms” has no where near one million moms. LOL

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:19am
  11. Fosters just came back on from the holiday break new season started last week. I look forward to Monday night’s because of this show. Way to go Fosters!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:20am
  12. I love that show!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:20am
  13. I havnet seen this show but ill have to watch it

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:20am
  14. ❤️ the Fosters!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:21am
  15. One Million Moms needs to focus on teaching their own children empathy and respect, lest they raise a generation of One Million Bigots.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:22am
  16. AMEN!!!!!!

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:46am
  17. Seconded!!!

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:48am
  18. teaching their own children empathy and respect, has nothing to do with forcing our children to except your lifestyle just so you can feel justified to live free of critizem

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:42pm
  19. Wow, Cheryl - you are a true model citizen with a strong command of the English language. Our children are forced to accept YOUR "lifestyle"...ignorance must be bliss!

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:47pm
  20. I agree with you, but there's only about 40,000 members in that organization so its more like a generation of 40,000 bigots

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:58pm
  21. One Million Mons, ha ha ha, people have other personal issues to keep focus, work, family and relative. The other let them be happy!

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:32pm
  22. All the one million moms have to do is as I do when it’s something I don’t want to watch like the bachelor and the bachelorette, I watch another channel. Without complaint or petitions.✌️

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:22am
  23. Of course it does….One Million Moms is against EVERYTHING THAT BREATHES!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:22am
  24. I adore this show. There’s so much love and acceptance in this family, which this whole world needs more of.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:22am
  25. PS, I love The Fosters!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:23am
  26. family is family and love is love. Ignorance needs to die out already..

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:23am
  27. Love that show!!! OMM can take their negative hum drum and shove it where the sun don’t shine!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:23am
  28. If one million moms put more effort into having better schools than trying to destroy the lives of people they don’t know, I think God would be happier with that. Of course I wouldn’t know. I’m atheist.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:23am
  29. LOVE that show!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:24am
  30. Make it hoooot take it home and make it steaming hot! :-p

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:25am
  31. i just started watching and i love it

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:25am
  32. Hey give those Million(or 100?) Moms credit where credit is due! I never would have heard of and binge watched The a Fosters if not for them. Also they got tons of folks to shop @JC Penny’s even though there clothes are not that great! I know I spent my fair share there after the dust up over Ellen and the LBGT family ads!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:25am
  33. Everyone is going to have opinions and own thoughts about alot of topics. People need to get over being sensative. Family isnt always blood, family isnt about sexuality. Its about sticking together thru good, bad and ugly times. I was a foster child whom happens to be a lesbian.. its ok its my lifestyle not anyone elses!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:25am
  34. love the show.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:25am
  35. Its really nice to see a interracial couple I would like to see more of this on T.V. because the bigotry within the lesbian community is a brewing.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:26am
  36. One Million Mom doesn’t even HAVE 1 million.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:26am
  37. Keep teaching your children hate moms!! See how that works for them as adults. GROW, EVOLVE, EDUCATE YOURSELVES. (And not with the bible or Fox News!!!)

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:27am
  38. It’s a great show ,my girlfriend turned me onto it and coming from a kid who didnt have their real parents in their life it effects me extra hard . Those omm’s needs to put their husband’s Di(? Back in their mouth and stfu with all that hate…

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:27am
  39. At least, they were good for something.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:27am
  40. I love the show

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:28am
  41. It was a wonderful show…will watch it…

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:29am
  42. Good for ‘The Fosters’! Attacks from the bitches at 1 Million Moms is a badge of honor. Wear it Proudly!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:30am
  43. FYI One Million Moms membership is about 1000… Just a thought…

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:31am
  44. i love love the fosters

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:31am
  45. One Million Moms, always have something to bitch about .

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:31am
  46. All lesbians are not white females and not all women of color are straight. Some are straight, some are Bi-sexual, some are queer, some are transgendered and some are lesbian just like everyone else.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:32am
  47. One Million Fucktards can shut the fuck up. Fosters is an amazing show. Gets me all excited about gay becoming more and more the social norm. Bc the fosters is a perfect example of how my life will be someday. Beautiful wife, kids

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:32am
  48. I love it when hate backfires

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:32am
  49. I mean come one one of my favorite tv show lines is from the fosters and it says; “DNA doesn’t make a family ,love does.” So come on now how can any one hate that show when its all about love ,they need to come off it. Ne way I can’t wait for next weeks episode. :-)

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:32am
  50. haha good times

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:32am
  51. One million moms Facebook page was melting the screen off my laptop it was so filled with hate. They had 6200 or so likes and I bet some of their kids are LGBT. I sickened me to even spend 30 seconds on that page.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:33am
  52. Congratulations. James. xxxxxxx

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:34am
  53. one million moms need to work..too much time on mommys hands…tramps!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:35am
  54. Classic Streisand effect in action. When will people learn…? :-)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:36am
  55. There will always be negativity in this world. I am happy to see this show take off. The show is scarily close to our family dynamic. It’s like someone was following us around and taking notes… Jill Castlecorn

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:36am
  56. Love this show!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:40am
  57. We love this show! Two successful, loving, committed adults taking in children from bad situations and raising them in a home filled with respect, acceptance and love…what’s more family than that????

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:44am
  58. And you know....they are raising some critical thinkers who SERIOUSLY know how to deal with life and its issues in constructive ways! Love it.

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:49pm
  59. Forget those women.. It’s worth it to put a true new to the era show on that’s non discriminatory!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:44am
  60. Luv the show

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:45am
  61. 61,770+…. If nothing else, this has caused one million moms to gain popularity and membership. And that’s sad.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:45am
  62. One Million Moms is still a thing?

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:47am
  63. dumbasses lol thats why your plan back fired. When we see shows like this. WE JUST SEE LOVE. Most of the shows coming on now has atleast 1 gay person in it or lesbians. America is changing everyday embrace it or move simple as that. #ByeFelicia

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:49am
  64. More like one million morons.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:49am
  65. Haven’t watched it but I will now haha

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:50am
  66. aiguien podria orientarme sobre que se necesita para casarse

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:51am
  67. and all those One Million Moms have never had any help from a non-relative female to help with their kids. I’m a single mom of 4 boys that are 3 years apart and if it wasn’t for some of my female friends, that I did not sleep with, I don’t know what I would have done. They helped me because I was a mom and didn’t judge me because I came out of the closet with 4 small children. So boo on One Million Moms thinking they have it all figured out.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:52am
  68. I love the show!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:55am
  69. This show is phenomenal and amazing! !!! Let them spew bs all over who are they to define love and family

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:56am
  70. Im watching season 1 on netflix right now!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:59am
  71. Sooo one million moms are against children missing a opportunity to live in a loving home.shame on all you

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:01am
  72. I love the Fosters

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:02am
  73. I used to follow One Million Moms just to see what was worth supporting. If they hated it, I supported it. Oh sure, Good Christian Belles burned me, on that plan. But by and large, a good plan. Write emails to thank, and shop at, any store they hate. Check out the shows they claim are evil.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:04am
  74. Lol one million moms is up to about 61k. They’re 6% of the way to their goal and it’s only been…. like ten years!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:04am
  75. i love the fosters..its a amazing show…one million moms ..i dont even know what to say about them..hopefully there children are smart enough to see past there parents hatefulness

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:09am
  76. Finally, a well portrayed show about a mature, normal lesbian lifestyles. This show is so well done and will educate so many, I love, love, love this show!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:16am
  77. Love that show.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:24am
  78. That show is pretty fn amazing. Haha, and then there’s duck dynasty, 3.3 million down HAHAHAHA hate doesnt pay!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:40am
  79. Love that show.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:42am
  80. Africa needs food from us! Shut the fuck up and eat !!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:48am
  81. Love the show Foster is a great family show. Hope to see season Two .

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:48am
  82. Love this show… Thanks JLO

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 5:58am
  83. It is about time there is a show expressing such a wonderful love between two souls that have more than enough love to foster and adopt children.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:04am
  84. What about Uncle Bill and his gentleman’s gentleman Mr. French? They raised three kids in the 60s and they all turned out just swell.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:12am
  85. yeah bigotry is passed on don’t teach your children to Hate others that is wrong and bad parenting no matter what your faith is

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:34am
  86. live happy lives if your happy so be it don’t let anyone change that. And that One Million Moms thing and take a long walk off short peer, worry about your kids and not adults living their lives

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:38am
  87. you go girlz .. happy happy happy..

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:38am
  88. Love the show

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:47am
  89. My daughter and I are glued to TV every time its on.. she even gets to stay up past her bed time so we can watch it together.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:57am
  90. The delicious Irony ! Homophobes promoting homosexuality! Maybe GLAAD can have a special award for the most successful promotion of a homosexual tv series by a homophobic group!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 6:59am
  91. My son and I love The Fosters. It wasn’t hard to determine which character we each were like. I’m Steph and he’s a mix of Jesus and Jude.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:15am
  92. That’s pretty funny. You know you’ve got a hit when the One Mill. Moms disapproves of it. I wonder if they realize what a help they’re being.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:20am
  93. I love The Fosters. Ugh, I despise some people.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:36am
  94. This group called one million moms is just a handful of prejudiced, bigoted, gray old men, they should go to WBC.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:50am
  95. You would think they would wise up and stop objecting to everything when it has the opposite of their intended effect.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:18am
  96. Thank you one million moms for getting this show A LOT of attention :D Their hate backfired.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:26am
  97. I wonder if it ever burns their ass that instead if hurting us and our causes, they quite often help us?! Lol

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8:43am
  98. I love “The Fosters” “The L Word” “True Blood” “Modern Family” “Pretty Little Liars” and “Queer as Folk”.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:06am
  99. They’re not even close to a having a “million”…

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:19am
  100. Great Show

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 9:38am
  101. I love it.

    Bigotry helps this show & hurts a certain duck show’s ratings!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:00am
  102. the country is falling behind in education – something that is truly detrimental to our future, and this is the focus for these so called “one million moms”? they should be ashamed

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:33am
  103. Self-goal!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:49am
  104. Winter Bayliss is this the show you like? x

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:01am
  105. Yeah, the show that gives the most realistic look as same sex marriage on tv. One Million Moms (who aren't actually a Million Moms) need to find a different hobby. I suggest couponing or knitting.

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:30am
  106. It is a badge of respect to get any of these “Family” organizations to hate your show

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:30am
  107. I love this show. It’s a mix of a lot of great things :)

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:39am
  108. love this show……so nice to see a family show where its abobfut love and ups and downs of raising a family! The fact they are both woman shouldn’t even be an issue……its about the trials and tribulations of being a parent.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:46am
  109. was not aware of this show. thanks for pointing it out, I’m going to watch it tomorrow!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:58am
  110. I love this show!!!! Screw the small minded people, that have nothing better to do !!!! Kids today should be shown love and equality, not shown and taught hate!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:03pm
  111. I would like to thank One Million Moms for introducing me to one of my favorite TV shows. :)

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:13pm
  112. Mental illness in its truest form. One must pity the gay

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:29pm
  113. They should say 1700 Moms which is a number closer to their actual membership. Who actually cares what they think? Glad their attention helped the show though! I’ll bet they’re not pleased with this article!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:30pm
  114. Awesome!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:30pm
  115. This is an awesome show. Exceptional…

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:31pm
  116. I would love to see a Hollywood I can thrive in and work all the time.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:39pm
  117. Why dnt we get ths in the UK? we get constant repeats of judge judy and dog the bounty hunter , and not a lot for the gay catagory x

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:44pm
  118. Love this show my children and I watch it often !

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:04pm
  119. Then “The Fosters” must be something right!! My daughter loves that show.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:05pm
  120. How to use negativity in a positive way.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:06pm
  121. No Mr Edwards, Bigotry is human degradation in its truest form. I dont think you can fix that because people like you are BORN a hateful ball of wasted flesh.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:08pm
  122. As a 2 mom – 2 adopted kids family we LOVE the Fosters and are excited to see it return. It’s the only night we allow the kids to stay up past their bedtime….lol.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:14pm
  123. I believe it is only about 40,000 brainwashed moms. Who cares what they have to say.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:07pm
  124. Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:26pm
  125. They are not even One Million! Even their facebook page is like 50,000 not even close! I have not watched the series, just not a fan of ABC Family shows but OMM just needs to go the hell away!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:30pm
  126. Let’s see….if approximately 10% of the population is gay, that means those 1,000,000 moms will have around 2,500,000 kids between them (assuming 2.5 kids per family), and that makes 250,000 of them GAY, by the estimates…so what are those 1,000,000 moms going to do – reject and cast out their 250,000 kids?

    Before you judge someone else, you better walk a mile in their shoes, Million Moms! Stop being such lemmings and THINK for once! The biggest deficit in this country is the ability to THINK CRITICALLY. Clearly you aren’t doing it….what a disservice to your KIDS!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:54pm
  127. I really relate to this show being foster parents. And gay

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:02pm
  128. I guess they believe that Honey Boo Boo and all that other crap is better and more relatable to the modern family.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:06pm
  129. HAHAHAHA!! Love it. I’ve never heard of the show, but now I’m going to check it out.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:14pm
  130. I love this show ..

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:21pm
  131. Suck it one million moms.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:26pm
  132. One Million Mons, ha ha ha, people have other personal issues to keep focus, work, family and relative. The other let them be happy!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:32pm
  133. Love that show not just because of the strong same gendered marriage and relationship but it is hard hitting and very well written:)

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:32pm
  134. Just means they are doing something right!

    Love the girls that got married in front of westboro baptist church this summer!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:36pm