Glee School Shooting Episode Upsets Newtown Residents
Glee is known for addressing hot-topic issues — bullying, homophobia, texting and driving — but the latest episode's subject matter may have been too hot for the show to touch.
The installment, entitled "Shooting Star," saw McKinley High under lockdown after gunshots ring out in the school.
But residents of Newtown, Conn., are frustrated that the episode aired so soon after the December 2012 tragedy at the town's Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which a gunman killed 20 students and 6 staff members.
The Newtown Bee reports that Andrew Paley, a resident of the town, heard about the episode from a journalist friend and "thinks it’s a little soon for the subject to be covered by a show with such a young fanbase, including many residents of Newtown."
"I think it’s terrible that the writers and producers of that show didn’t think to contact someone in Newtown to let us know this was coming," Paley says. "A lot of people watch that show. They shouldn’t be upset by it."
Indeed, the Newtown Action Alliance released the emailed the following warning to its members on the day of the episode: "I would suggest if you do watch this TV show to either not watch it tonight or watch with caution."
What do you think, Gleeks? Was it too soon to portray a school shooting on TV, or was Glee trying to add its voice to the gun control chorus? Was the episode insensitive or incisive? Cast your vote with the blue buttons below.