Fox’s ‘Glee‘ is prepping its gigantic spotlight to illuminate a heartbreaking issue our culture is facing today: gay teen suicides. The U.S. has been shaken by a recent series of self-inflicted deaths of teenagers who were victims of bullying and harassment because of their sexual orientation.
“[‘Glee’ creator] Ryan [Murphy] wants to do an episode about it, which I think is very smart of him,” Matthew Morrison (Will) tells E! Online. “Ryan is very current with staying on the times, so I think it would be this season if it were to happen.”
While organizations across the country can stage vigils and support meetings, thematic episodes are the easiest way for people in charge of TV shows to try and make a difference.
“I think being in our position and Ryan taking that on is great,” says Kevin McHale (Artie). “Hopefully we can move the general public and let the kids and the parents watching the show know that everybody deserves to be loved.”
Jessalyn Gilsig (Teri) hopes the ‘Glee’ episode will grab the attention of the show’s more grown-up audience members, so that they might steer their progeny to never bully others, for any reason.
“It’s the adults who have to start taking responsibility and managing this behavior and educating youth on acceptance, empathy, and compassion,” she posits. “In a sense, I can’t even demonize the children as much as I do the families that need to know.”
Do you think this episode of ‘Glee’ is a small but positive step toward keeping this important topic in the national conversation?