Conservatives fuming over Lady Gaga ‘Glee’ episode

Musical television program “Glee” has angered conservatives again with its latest episode, which deals with gay bullying and incorporates unconventional pop artist Lady Gaga’s song about embracing differences and diversity.

“This is [‘Glee’ creator] Ryan Murphy’s latest depraved initiative to promote his gay agenda,” Media Research Center Vice President for Business and Culture Dan Gainor told ABCNews.com.

The episode, which aired Tuesday, revisits the issue of gay bullying when openly gay student Kurt Hummel comes back to the school and faces his former bully, a closeted football player. He receives an apology and the show’s cast of glee club members sing Lady Gaga’s gay pride single, “Born This Way.”

Calling the show’s high school “the gayest high school in the history of mankind,” Gainor added about the program, “This is clearly Ryan Murphy’s vision of what growing up should be, not most of America’s,” said Gainor. “It’s a high school most parents would not want to send their kids too.”

Last month, comedienne Victoria Jackson slammed “Glee” for airing an episode of two young men engaging in a much-anticipated kiss.

“And, besides shoving the gay thing down our throats, they made a mockery of Christians – again! I wonder what their agenda is? Hey, producers of ‘Glee’ — what’s your agenda? One-way tolerance?” Jackson wrote in a WorldNetDaily column.

“Glee” creator Murphy has been open about the show’s unfavorable approach to the GOP. Last year, Murphy told TV Guide, “We’ve taken a couple jabs at the right wing this year. So what I want to do with this character is have someone who Christian kids and parents can recognize and say, ‘Oh, look — I’m represented there, too!’ If we’re trying to form a world of inclusiveness, we’ve got to include that point of view as well.”

In February, comedienne Kathy Griffin guest starred on “Glee” as a Tea Party character inspired by former Alaska gov. Sarah Palin and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. A frequent critic of the Palin family, Griffin’s contribution was viewed by many as a means to mock conservatives, as she wore glasses and Palin’s trademark red outfit. A gay rights advocate, Griffin seemed to make fun of those who don’t support same sex marriage.

“Well, boys shouldn’t do a duet,” Griffin’s character said. “The last thing we need to do is send a message to children that gay is okay. I am a politician and when I lost my last election — and there will be a recount — I didn’t go around singing about being a loser, I Twittered that Obama is a terrorist.”

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  • tombt

    I got tired of the moralizing week after week. Two guys going at it is repulsive and a turn off – which is exaxtly what I did with Glee.

  • lukuj

    They are not only trying to send a message that gay is ok, they are sending the message that gay is preferable and gay people are better, kinder, smarter, more sensitive than anyone else, especially those nasty old conservative Christians who think that the ACT of homosexuality is wrong. If gays succeed with their agenda and the percentage of gays increase, they may find they defeat their own purpose as procreation decreases even more and there are fewer people to BE gay. Why can’t they just be happily gay and stop pushing their agenda and leave the rest of us alone. I don’t try to force anyone to be heterosexual or ask for heterosexual history or heterosexual studies.

    • thephranc

      Gays dont breed gays just like hetros don’t breed hetros. Hetros breed gay people. Thats how they were born. Ya dig?

    • earthlingdave

      Where to even begin here. Glee aside, the desire to be represented in society, to be EQUAL, is not sinister. As for Glee, the show is obviously not catering to you, just like I don’t watch ESPN or FOX News. The show has a specific audience. What does it matter if that specific audience enjoys the show? Did watching YEARS of heterosexual-themed television make me straight? To be frank, most gays are EXACTLY like you and worry about more pedestrian day-to-day issues. And another shocker for you, I’m gay AND Christian! Because I regard the old testament as myth, not fact. I’m sure you eat shrimp, wear mixed fabrics, and have never stoned an adulterer. (I hope!)
      Homophobia is just fear and ignorance (and assumptions) of the unknown, all to often wrapped in religious doctrine.

      • lukuj

        I truly like and respect the gay people I know, yet I feel the gay sexual act it wrong. I don’t want gays harmed in any way or kept from any job or ostracized. I think everyone needs to know that and treat gays as they treat everyone else. But young people are being led to think it is preferable to be gay, or at least that is what the parents and young people I come into contact with tell me. I think that is wrong – when kids who aren’t gay try to be because it is cool and in. Believe me, that is the message that kids are getting from the way gayness is thrown at them on TV and in movies – yet gays, if my memory serves me, are less than 5% of the population.

  • TimMcG74

    So called “conservatives” who worry about nonsense like this are no better than liberals. Until the Christian right wing of the Republican Party gets beyond its obsession with imposing their own agenda driven, warped version of morality on the rest of us they will continue to struggle to attract and retain true Constitutional conservatives. Silliness like this is going to get Obama re-elected.

    • emem

      Pretty much. The christian right’s drumbeat of my way or the highway shows such strong intolerence, with a hint of hypocrisy. Just as the CPAC dropouts over the GOProud!

      Far left/far right – same horse – different color!

  • ramp59

    I don’t like the anti-right slant the show has and I certainly could have done without the gay kiss, but, I only watch for the music so now I DVR the show and watch only the musical numbers. Ryan Murphy runs the risk of alienating a large portion of the viewing audience and with ratings as important as they are, that doesn’t seem like a good idea.

  • thephranc

    If you dont like it dont watch it. I don’t dig the music but that Sue Sylvester is one smoking dame.