This is truly touching news.
In response to the recent string of gay teens who have committed suicide over the past few weeks, the smash series Glee plans to bring awareness to the issue by focusing an entire episode on bullying!
And it seems that a majority of the cast is thrilled to use the show as a platform to promote tolerance and equality!
Matthew Morrison reveals:
"[Show creator] Ryan [Murphy] wants to do an episode about it, which I think is very smart of him. As a cast I don't know much we can do. That's why I think an episode would be great… Ryan is very current with staying on the times, so I think it would be this season if it were to happen."
Heather Morris continues:
"I just found out today about the episode, and I think that's amazing. I just saw the tragedies on the news the other night. I think people need to be aware of what the internet is doing for so many people. Yeah it's good, but people are putting up other people's private movies? It's disgusting."
Says Kevin McHale:
"It's sad that it's taken these past few weeks and horrible tragedies to really let people know what's going on. I think being in our position and Ryan taking that on is great. Hopefully we can move the general public and let the kids and the parents watching the show know that everybody deserves to be loved."
And Jessalyn Gilsig closes with:
"What's unique about Glee is we have this audience of kids and adults. Just as it's important to send this message to the kids about bullying and the effect it can have, we have to send it to the parents. We have to send it to the teachers. It's the adults who have to start taking responsibility and managing this behavior and educating youth on acceptance, empathy, and compassion. In a sense, I can't even demonize the children as much as I do the families that need to know. Parents and the administration need to take responsibility."
Wonderful! And completely true!
We're very excited to hear that Murphy and the Glee crew are taking these tragedies so seriously! We think a lot of good will come from this!
Thank you guys for taking a stand! We're sure there are a lot of lonely and confused young people out there who will be eternally grateful for your compassion!
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