Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Update on Glee and "Sneaky Gays"

The character Kurt (Chris Colfer) may find a romantic interest this Spring on Glee.

I've written a lot about Glee which has some great new episodes coming up, and here's a delightful promotional video to help get the next installments off to a rousing start. It has Sue Sylvester complaining how difficult it is to fit people in boxes these days.

Glee has one gay character the fourteen-year-old Kurt, played by Chris Colfer. Originally written so as to imply his being gay without actually saying the word, you can tell, just the way you can tell that Vin ("I come from the Harrison Ford, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino code of silence") Diesel is most likely straight.

Word has it that the new Glee episodes will find Kurt being more specifically gay as he enters into a relationship.

Meantime all is not a bowl of cherries as far as gay characters on tv. As few and far between as they are, they could get rarer still as the whacko right continues to punish equal treatment through whatever means they can. In Florida there is an effort to remove tax credits from films and tv productions in that state that feature homosexual characters. Half the world away, Malaysia is finally allowing the depiction of gays in films as long as they go straight before the film ends.

So it goes. The battle for equality is far from won.

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