As one of the most diverse and progressive shows on television, "Glee" has combined serious topics with witty humor to bring a very unique message. And in light of the recent suicides, including the death of Tyler Clementi, a gay 18-year-old student at Rutgers University, show creators are speaking up.
Ryan Murphy made the following statement about bullying and suicide in the gay community:
"[Tolerance] is a very powerful thing to write about because this week alone three gay teenagers have killed themselves and committed suicide, and we just got asked today to do a PSA on it because it's becoming such an epidemic because of the bullying."In addition to a new PSA, Ryan plans on tackling the subject with the character of Kurt, starting with this Tuesday's episode. He explains:
"The core of the show is really about tolerance. I think that's the legacy of Glee more than anything else. So as we began the year we were very conscious of that. Last year the throughline was about teenage pregnancy. And the throughline this year is really about Kurt (Chris Colfer) and his feelings about tolerance, not only in high school and in the world, but also the ripple effect it has on everybody around him."
Chris Colfer, the actor who plays Kurt Hummel on "Glee," recently responded to a Twitter request to get involved. Colfer was asked:
He responded by tweeting:
What are your thoughts on the topic of teenage suicide in the gay community? Do you think the entertainment industry is doing enough to get involved and stop the bullying?
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"Yes, one is in the works."
"In light of the recent suicides, would u make a video for gay youth?"