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Chris Colfer: Complaints of Glee’s Bias Against Gay Romance Are “Absolutely Right”

Ever notice how gay couples on Glee, like Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss), don’t get to kiss nearly as often as straight couples like Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele)?

Plenty of fans have noticed, and the issue often feels like one of their biggest complaints about Glee Season 3. Last week, creator Ryan Murphy defended the lack of gay PDA, saying he sympathizes with the fan reaction, but maintaining that there’s only so much he can show on network TV at 8pm.

Now, actor Chris Colfer is speaking out with his thoughts on the issue, too.

“They’re absolutely right,” the Glee star tells Gold Derby in a new video interview, “but that’s how it is in America. There are more heterosexual couples that can show affection freely in schools than the gay couples can. That’s just our show imitating life.”

So while Chris will freely own up to Glee’s bias, he’s clear that it’s a reflection of how things are, and not how he and many others wish they could be.

Plus, though Kurt and Blaine may not have kissed at prom (or after winning nationals, or at graduation), Chris reminds us that Glee hasn’t exactly held back when it comes to showing gay romance in the past.

“You really do have to give Ryan credit, because he put two gay boys losing their virginity to each other on national television, and that’s unheard of.”

Considering that, Chris said his feelings on the issue are sort of mixed.”I understand the frustration, but it also frustrates me, as well, because I know we’ve done so much on the show,” he says. “There’s maybe moments when you kind of have to reflect life, and the fact that these gay characters still are not 100% accepted and are still a little cautious about showing public affection for each other is very, very real.”

Source: Gold Derby

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06.20.2012 / 11:51 PM EDT by Beth Douglass
Related: Glee, Character Relationships, Chris Colfer, Kurt Hummel

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