Glee vs. Homophobia

26 May

This week’s episode of Glee was maybe the best and most inspiring episode so far. No, it’s not because it was the Lady Gaga episode. It was the episode where Kurt (the token gay character)’s father took a stand against homophobia and in doing so showed the world the appropriate response to prejudice against the LGBT community. What happened: Kurt and Finn moved into the same room after their parents decided to move in together. After much cruel teasing from his teammates, Finn loses it with Kurt and starts attacking him for being “faggy.” Enter Kurt’s dad, Burt. Burt berates Finn for being so closed minded and biggoted as to call his son a fag. “I thought you were different. I thought you came into this world knowing things it took me years to figure out.” He tells Finn that he can’t live under his roof if he’s going to treat his son like that.

This is a touching portrayal of a father defending his gay son, something we don’t get to see too often. Parents are there to defend and protect their children for the most part, however gay youth fear that their parents will stop being there for them after they come out. Kid’s shouldn’t be afraid of being themselves. Having Kurt’s dad defend him so fiercely should be a model for parents of LGBT youth. It’s heart warming to see on a hit show like Glee. Bravo!

One Response to “Glee vs. Homophobia”

  1. Tamara May 26, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    I was also really touched by that part of the episode. Something that stood out to me was the fact that Kurt’s dad was defending him even though Finn was saying the blanket and the lamp were faggy, not straight up calling Kurt a fag. I liked that the show included that you don’t have to directly call someone a fag in order for the statements to be ignorant and homophobic, because it seems like many people are under the impression that if the statements are indirect (“thats so gay”) then they are somehow less offensive. Yay Glee 🙂

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