Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer highlighted “Glee’s” gay pride and empowerment episode, which paid tribute to Lady Gaga, but conservatives fumed in the (right) wings over the show’s content.
Colfer, who played Kurt, returned to his old school, and a closeted gay football player apologized for bullying him. The cast sang Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which urges acceptance of homosexuality.
But conservative media critic Dan Gainor told ABC news the show was nothing more than producer Ryan Murphy’s “latest depraved initiative to promote his gay agenda.”
“This is clearly Ryan Murphy’s vision of what growing up should be, not most of America’s,” he said. “It’s a high school most parents would not want to send their kids to.”
Critics are most perturbed because Fox bills the show as “family friendly.” But it routinely deals with controversial issues such as teen sexuality.
On an episode last month, Kurt (Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) engaged in a long, passionate kiss for the first time on the show.
“‘Glee’ has raised the bar of what it means to be inclusive on TV, and viewers are tuning in by the millions, sending a clear message to networks that Americans not only accept gay and lesbian characters, but they are beginning to expect them,” GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said at the time.
On an earlier episode, Glee cheerleaders Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera) revealed that they are more than just friends.
That led Gainor to call the show “a disgusting gay teen sex romp.”
But last night’s episode was really about more than gay acceptance. It dealt with accepting oneself no matter what.
Rachel, (Lea Michele), for example, fretted about getting a nose job and Tina Cohen-Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz) deals with changing the color of her eyes.
Or how about weird, puffy pyramid nipples?