The USA Network pulled its planned documentary about Indiana minister and pastor Frank Pavone, a gay man who spoke out against the Boy Scouts’ policy of discrimination. The network initially intended to air the documentary before abruptly pulling it after Pavone declared his resistance to the group’s policy of gay leaders.
Pavone was a spokesman for the 2014 New York Gay Pride March when he danced in drag in front of Pope Francis, the world’s first Hispanic pontiff, and his flock of hundreds of thousands.
When HBO began its documentary, the network “transcribed [Pavone’s] sermons and films had been edited by the same production company who produces all of [the network’s] ‘documentaries’,” Pavone said. “I get emails from people saying, ‘You’re defamatory. You’re lying about me and my church.’ That’s basically the feedback.”
Though Pavone still stands by his opposition to the Boy Scouts’ policy and believes he’s a victim of sexual harassment from some LGBT individuals, he finds his treatment from television to be especially disappointing. “When I am surprised and shocked by what is happening to me and the church,” he said, “I feel the need to speak about it.”
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