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Ellen Barkin hits back at 'New Normal' critics: 'It's not offensive'

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Ellen Barkin has hit back at critics of her show The New Normal.

The programme - from Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy - follows a gay couple who decide to have a baby via a surrogate.

It has sparked anti-gay protests in the US, with NBC's Utah affiliate KSL-TV refusing to air the series.

Actress Ellen Barkin

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The New Normal

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"It is their right to ban something, but I do think it's a form of censorship," TV Guide reports Barkin as saying.

"I don't understand why a show that I happen to love, like Law & Order: SVU... is acceptable, but a show about a very loving, committed same-sex couple wanting to raise a child... is explicit and offensive," the actress argued.

"I hope everyone starts maybe opening up a tiny bit and are able to redefine what normal is."

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) recently condemned KSL-TV for refusing to air The New Normal, suggesting that the station is "deeply out of touch... with the rest of the country."

The New Normal will air on Tuesday, September 11 at 8.30pm on NBC and has been picked up by E4 for UK broadcast.

> Pretty Little Liars star joins Ryan Murphy's The New Normal

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