‘Modern Family’ Star Offers Her Understanding Take On Ann Romney
11:30 am, November 14th | by Laura Donovan
When Ann Romney said earlier this year that “Modern Family” was her favorite show, sitcom creator Steve Levitan found a way to mock the conservative figure for her remark, tweeting, “Thrilled Ann Romney says ModFam is her favorite show. We’ll offer her the role of officiant at [gay couple] Mitch & Cam’s wedding. As soon as it’s legal.” Though the program head was quick to use Ann’s fandom against her and the Romneys in a passive manner, “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen recently offered a more understanding approach to the former prospective first lady, an attitude seemingly unheard of among liberal Hollywood types who took pleasure in criticizing Ann during the election.
“I think that’s also Ann Romney’s way of letting us know she had to say and do things she doesn’t really believe for the election,” Bowen told Metro UK. On the fact that both Michelle Obama and Ann Romney have applauded “Modern Family,” Bowen said, “I think it’s great that two such diverse groups of people watch the show. I think that having Jay [Ed O'Neill] in the show gives people a set of eyes to watch with, particularly those who are more conservative or old-fashioned. It gives Ann Romney her way into the show. Yes, his son is gay, yes, his son has a partner and they have a child – he accepts it but was it his first choice? No. Does he love it if they are touching each other? No.”
It was easy for Levitan to swipe Romney’s team as a whole when Ann voiced support for “Modern Family,” but Bowen took the high road by recognizing that there’s more to Mrs. Romney than her husband’s campaign and political stances. Why did it take so long for a celebrity to see that? Thank you, Julie Bowen, for realizing that Ann isn’t simply a mouthpiece for her spouse’s career, and not stumbling over yourself to trash her.