At this point, we’re no strangers to outrage being directed at Glee: the too-sexy-for-my-TV thing, the too-unrealistic baby-drama thing, the “shoving the gay thing down our throats” thing. So were we surprised about the uproar caused by the news that the primetime show would feature two couples — one straight and one gay — getting it on for the first time? Uh, no.
The ultimate result of Season 3, Episode 5, “The First Time,” was actually rather “sweet,” as Chris Colfer described it prior to its airing. But that didn’t matter much to the Parents Television Council, who started taping together their picket signs at the mere thought of teens — gay or otherwise — getting hot and heavy.
The Culture and Media Institute, however, makes no secret of their disdain for Glee’s only openly gay couple, Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss), accusing the show of “pushing the boundaries of what’s acceptable on broadcast TV” with this week’s episode.
Not that Ryan Murphy has a problem with pushing boundaries. The fiercely outspoken show creator defends his decision to depict both couples’ first times, telling Entertainment Weekly, “Everybody has seen a straight couple losing their virginity, but has anyone dovetailed the gay and straight stories together and given them equal weight? That seemed like an exciting choice and a new thing.”
Despite the outrage, Murphy remains hopeful and steadfast in delivering one big message through same-sex relationships like Klaine and Brittana. “I think what it says to a lot of young gay people who are confused and ashamed is that you can get love and are worthy of love.”
Source: EW, EW
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