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'Glee's' Gay Kiss: What It Means for TV

by PopEater Staff, posted Mar 17th 2011 3:00PM

Although Tuesday's 'Glee' saw the New Directions winning regionals after hitting the stage with a pair of original songs -- a first for the series -- that isn't what anyone was talking about yesterday. After months of hints and winks, fans of Fox's hit musical finally got what they've been waiting for: The characters of Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) kissed for the first time. And it wasn't a peck. It also wasn't overtly sexual or desperate, it wasn't rushed or clouded with turmoil, and it certainly wasn't played for laughs, the way many kisses between men are on TV. It was perfect.

"It's hard to overstate the significance of the kiss between Kurt and Blaine on 'Glee' last night," Michael Jensen, editor of Logo's AfterElton.com told the editors of TV Squad sister site PopEater. "Even better, it wasn't the sort of kiss we saw back in the 1990s where the guys pecked each other on the lips -- or worse, the camera cutaway -- but this was a real kiss that hinted there is much more to come in this relationship. If we still needed proof how far gay characters have come on network TV, 'Glee' just gave it to us."

"'Glee' has raised the bar of what it means to be inclusive on TV, and viewers are tuning in by the millions, sending a clear message to networks that Americans not only accept gay and lesbian characters, but they are beginning to expect them," GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios told PopEater. "It's stories like Kurt and Blaine's that continue to remind gay youth everywhere that there's nothing wrong with being who you are."

The characters portrayed by Colfer and Criss, who is nominated for Logo's annual NewNowNext Awards 2011, which honors what is up-and-coming in popular culture, in the Brink of Fame: Actor category, are arguably the highest-profile gay characters on television right now, and, as the LGBT community continues to recover from the wave of bullying-related suicides late last year, it is especially important that Kurt and Blaine represent a pair of openly gay teenagers comfortable with who they are and seemingly on the verge of a real romantic relationship grounded in mutual respect.

"The two most recent episodes have represented queer youth and coming of age in a way I've never seen on broadcast television before, let alone one of the most popular shows in the country, with a mostly young audience," AfterElton's Christie Keith wrote in her recap of 'Original Song.' Keith is also referring to last week's 'Sexy,' in which Santana (played by Naya Rivera) confessed her love for Heather Morris' character, Brittany. Also on last week's episode, Kurt's father Burt (Mike O'Malley) sat his son down for a straightforward discussion about sex, providing him pamphlets and telling him, "This is gonna suck for both of us, but we're going to get through it together, and we will both be better men because of it. ... Kurt, when you're ready, I want you to be able to do everything, but when you're ready I want you to use it as a way to connect to another person, don't throw yourself around like you don't matter."

Since its debut, 'Glee' has been lauded for its inclusiveness, with characters representing myriad ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations. Last year, GLAAD honored 'Glee' with the GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Comedy Series, and the show is again a nominee this year. Colfer is set to attend this year's GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 10.

For how often the show delights in being over-the-top, these recent storylines have been grounded in a way that can only benefit 'Glee's' millions of young LGBT viewers, who rarely get to see themselves represented as fully formed, multi-dimensional characters and not stereotypes on prime-time network television. The show has been dealing with the issues they deal with daily directly and with great care, and it's heartening to know that in Fox's 'Glee,' a generation of young gay teens has been given something no generation of LGBT persons has had before them -- a group of peers to relate to.

Watch 'Original Song' here (kissing scene begins at 17:30):

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DSBsky

All I can say is shes right and you all should be ashamed of yourselves for not being able to admit it. your just a bunch of dumb **** kids if you think a gay kiss is anything more than a comedy skit. I'm an *******? OK.. What do you tell your male dog when you see him trying to hump another male dog? YOU TELL IT TO FUKING STOP YOU DUMB ******* HYPOCRITES! being gay is NOT ok... PERIOD....It's a short circuit in your ******* brain that made you a dumb **** ***********. It's the way you were raised and the gay ass people you hung around that made you believe it is ok..Your a failure in the genetic pool and you should be drinking Chlorine.. dumb ass morons.. stfu already you gay ass dip *****.. Go die..

March 23 2011 at 2:35 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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alexxa

Let me tell you what I have to say. It's homophobes (and supposed "human beings") like you that the world is as crappy as ever, and getting worse as I type. There is absolutely nothing wrong with homosexuality, ¿want to know why? BECAUSE IT'S NOT HURTING ANYONE!!! You only think it's so wrong because you were raised by a bunch of hill billies Christians (No offense the the REAL Christians who actually practice what they preach) that believe in the word of the Lord and continue to to practice hypocrisy at your "houses of worship" a.k.a the place were hypocrites congregate. If that is not the case then you are one of the many, MANY, disturbed "men" out there who try to cover up their own latent homosexuality by saying that guy on guy action is nasty. Sweetheart, it's not. It's FANTASTIC, it's FABULOUS! No offense to women, because women are great, but I would take a dick up the ass (or any place it can possibly be put, than pretend that I like vagina for the sake of societies approval. You're probably repressing years and YEARS of pent up sexual frustration that you feel towards guys that you can't express because you're afraid of what people will think. Get a life you worthless slime! If there's anything wrong here it's men like you that pretend to be straight (and hate guys) that use women like tools so that your little friends won't suspect that what you really want is big hard d*** in your mouth. The only failure in the gene pool are f***ing idiotic, close-minded bastards like you who have enough hate in them to turn nothing into the worst thing imaginable; people like you remind me of Hitler. Not only are you a horrible, HORRIBLE person but you're also a hypocrite. So before you start talking crap about something you wish you had tried, actually try it before you judge it. Wannabe c*** sucker!

March 29 2011 at 7:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Coreyrc

I seriously think I just fell in love with you for that above rant.

GAYS 1
HYPOCRITE PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN DOUCHEBAGS 0

April 22 2011 at 12:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
Coreyrc

Now that I look at this, I can't help but feel this guy could just be a troll.

May 08 2011 at 12:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Thomas Sia

What I really love about glee is that they are not afraid to experiment on things and I believe that is the reason why more and more people are drawn into it. I for one do not fail to watch the next episode, even though I am at work I still able to watch it thanks to tvhod.

March 22 2011 at 2:35 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
VTMike

This neglects to mention Glee's inclusiveness of physical and mental disabilities as with the characters of Artie and Becky respectively.

March 20 2011 at 7:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
VTMike

This neglects to mention Glee's inclusiveness of physical and mental disabilities as with the characters of Artie and Becky respectively.

March 20 2011 at 7:26 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
VTMike

This neglects to mention Glee's inclusiveness of physical and mental disabilities as with the characters of Artie and Becky respectively.

March 20 2011 at 7:26 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
tburk

Would love to thank Adam Lambert for doing his man on man kiss during the Grammy Awards. If it was not for that and the fall out from it, this Glee episode would have never happened.

March 19 2011 at 4:39 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
nidesola

So agree with all the above. Glee's done a nice job of developing this romance & the father-son relationship.

March 18 2011 at 8:33 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
a pop star

mens vs men is not cool

March 18 2011 at 10:07 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
mchl105394065

Yeah, one of the main reasons I like Glee is it's one of the first show's (that I've seen) to deal with a gay individual in a sincere manner. To be fair, Kurt began as a stereotype (just like all the characters were stereotypes), but he's been fleshed out ever since. One of my favorite episodes was where he was kissed by the football bully, and how it highlighted the different experience gays have in high school--for most of them, high school is a lonely experience, and most don't get to have their first kiss, or first dance, or go to the prom like straight people do in their high school years.

So, yeah, I'm glad they're being sincere about those differences, and also showing how good parents of gay children are (cred. to Mike O'Malley). And it's as popular as it's ever been at the same time--which is incredible. Normally, gay characters have a negative impact on ratings (see Desperate Housewives after the Dana Delaney late-in-life lesbian storyline).

March 17 2011 at 4:20 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Scottie O'Hutcheson

The biggest surprise coming from this episode is the lack of outrage from the christian (small C) right. I've not heard a single howl of protest from the most likely candidates. No AFA boycotts, no Focus on the Family screams. Hell, not even Lou Sheldon said anything.

Five years ago there would have been sponsor boycotts left and right. Now, just crickets.

March 17 2011 at 3:59 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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