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Ryan Murphy Talks Recent Gay Teen Suicides & The Evolution Of Glee's Kurt!

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There is no denying that Glee has become a huge force in the industry. That's why we are so proud to know that when it comes to gay and equal rights issues, creator Ryan Murphy is at the front line.

In light of the multiple gay teen suicides this week, Ryan is making it a point in his show to showcase the beauty of tolerance and how it affects the youths of today. In a new interview he explains:

"[Tolerance] is a very powerful thing to write about because this week alone three gay teenagers have killed themselves and committed suicide, and we just got asked today to do a PSA on it because it's becoming such an epidemic because of the bullying."

But along with the PSA (which we are so thrilled they are doing, BTW), Ryan intends on tackling the subject with the character of Kurt, starting with this coming Tuesday's episode. He explains:

"The core of the show is really about tolerance. I think that's the legacy of Glee more than anything else. So as we began the year we were very conscious of that. Last year the throughline was about teenage pregnancy. And the throughline this year is really about Kurt (Chris Colfer) and his feelings about tolerance, not only in high school and in the world, but also the ripple effect it has on everybody around him."

Good because sometimes people forget that those poor teens they torment have siblings and fathers and mothers and friends who feel their pain every bit as much as they do. It's so important to respectful of one another, no matter who they are or what they believe.

And on a lighter note, Ryan does dispel some of the rumors surrounding Kurt's rumored new boyfriend. He finally lays to rest the rumor that the lucky guy will be newcomer Chord Overstreet, but as for the other newbie, well, not so much. Ryan explains:

"It's definitely not Chord. It's not Chord. And the new character [Darren Criss] is certainly an option. I'm not sure how soon I want to [reveal] that information. because it's such a big storyline of the year—I want there to be some surprises. But Darren has a major, major arc. He sort of becomes Kurt's mentor and then maybe love—he had to leave his own school because of bullying and goes to an all-boys academy and finds acceptance because that school has a no-bullying, zero-tolerance policy. So Kurt really admires him and respects him. He plays someone who's one year older than Chris' character, so he's the old pro."

An old pro? That could be a great storyline to watch unfold!

We just can't commend Ryan and his team enough! They really are taking the show in a direction that we think everyone will be able to relate to and enjoy!

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15 comments to “Ryan Murphy Talks Recent Gay Teen Suicides & The Evolution Of Glee's Kurt!”

  1. 1

    wow, the irony of this article and perez touting "tolorence" is he is the most intolerent individual there is. Have you ever cut anyone any slack perez!! Really dude look in the mirror!

  2. BonsD says – reply to this


    He's lied before when things were leaked too early (IE: Mendez not being Rachel's mom… but then ended up being!) maybe he's doing that with this too!

  3. 3

    There was another student yesterday at Johnson & Wales University Providence who sadly killed himself and he too was gay. this is just a sad trend that needs to stop, we need more prevention programs and more people no to come out against this.

  4. 4

    Yesterday there was another student at Johnson & Wales University in Providence that sadly killed himself and he too was gay. This is a sad trend that needs to be stopped, no one should ever feels the pains of being that alone and feel that it is the only way out. I hope the University and other schools around the country can join together and help stop this trend. R.I.P Ray

  5. 5

    Love Glee, love the tolerance message.

  6. 6

    Perez, you are a hypocrite as far as gay teen suicides go. You and the rest of the gossip bloggers, outing celebrities against their will - what are you teaching people? That it's OKAY to out people? Embarrass them? Who cares, right? It's fun, right??? Well, it wasn't fun for Tyler. Shame on you Perez - stop outing celebrities. Take a stand.

  7. 7

    i am thankful that ryan takes such a lead role in a very scary situation that is unfolding with the phobes and bigots in our country.
    that show has the demos of the people that are directly connected with the current influx of teen bullys and potential kids contemplating the worst.
    they are way ahead in shouting to be day/date with this issue but any acknowledgement leading to prevention is paramount for gay teens and those who
    perpetuate the situation.
    (gee, someone with a brain making a comment)

  8. 8

    love glee and ryan murphy for everything he's doing, but i feel sorry for you perez because your a bully too. STOP PICKING ON EVERYBODY!!!! geez

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  10. 10

    'Tolerance' isn't the right word to be using here - we don't want to be 'tolerated', i.e. 'put up' with - it's ACCEPTANCE honey's!!!!!

  11. 11

    Hm, well why don't you try taking your own advice, Mario? Seriously, biggest hypocrite EVER!
    .."It's so important to respectful of one another, no matter who they are or what they believe." Mario, those are your own words.

  12. 12

    Perez seems to think only gay people are treated wrong in this world…

  13. 13

    I was so heartbroken to hear about these recent suicides as the result of bullying. I can't believe someone would hurt someone so much as to cause them to want to take their life. No one should ever be so cruel to someone and bully them because of their sexual preference. That would be like bullying someone over their race or gender or having a disability. Contrary to what those conservative, right-wing nutjobs would have you believe, sexual preference is something that is not chosen; you are born who you are. And people, STOP SAYING THAT GAYS ARE "RECRUITING" CHILDREN TO BE GAY!!! That is so insanely ridiculous. You people sound so ignorant and insane! We need more love in this world! Stop the hate!!!

  14. 14

    Sorry Perez, but this Ryan Murphy fellow has suicide blood on his hands and here is why: when one offers a false representation of how "accepting" society is to a young gay youth such as Kurt in Glee, then one is creating a false sense of security in coming out for gay youth. The raw violent reality of bullying, emotion terrorism and physical brutality is never explored with full force in this show. then the makers of this show are inadvertently luring young impressionable gay youth into a dangerous situation. While I admire the intention, the reality on TV is far different then the reality in small town America. It is completely irresponsible to offer young gay men and women a follhearty false hope.

  15. 15

    Love this guy and his message.