Another One? New Christian Character for New Directions

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June 2, 2010

Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy recently confirmed that we’ll be seeing a new character next season that’s…Christian. While we’ve got more of an inside look into Quinn’s character and her conservative home life this season, the idea for next season is to create an entirely different sort of conservative character:

“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!’” he said. “If we’re trying to form a world of inclusiveness, we’ve got to include that point of view as well.”

It’s most likely that this new character will be part of the three new cast members gathered from the online auditions. Kurt’s boyfriend, anyone? Ha.

What do you guys think? Too many characters for Glee? What about including a more Christian viewpoint? I want to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Source: BuddyTV

  • Ashley

    I’m all for everyone being represented. We need to realize that stereotypes extend to everyone, that a belief in a higher power doesn’t make you a closed minded person. Acceptance goes both ways and I know plenty of people who believe in god and equal treatment for everyone regardless of race, religion, or anything else. I would like to see a character who believes in some kind of religion but is also open to learning, other view point, different concepts, and as I said equal rights for all.

  • Ashley

    I’m all for everyone being represented. We need to realize that stereotypes extend to everyone, that a belief in a higher power doesn’t make you a closed minded person. Acceptance goes both ways and I know plenty of people who believe in god and equal treatment for everyone regardless of race, religion, or anything else. I would like to see a character who believes in some kind of religion but is also open to learning, other view point, different concepts, and as I said equal rights for all.

  • Rhesa

    I was really worried when i first saw this. I love Glee and at first i thought “Oh great, another dig at Christians” I particularly dislike the heading that its a conservative Character – im not American and my christian faith is not conservative – in fact its radical – in the best sense of the word i.e love those who are difficult to love, care for those in need, forgive people, try to make the world a better place , there’s more to life than money, type radical.

    Quinns parents weren’t Christians as I know them, they were hypocrites.

    But as I read on i was delighted to see that Ryan Murphy is taking a more opened minded approach, and is actually planning to try and present someone who is a positive presentation of a Christian. I applaud him. I love that the heart of this show, is its acceptance and inclusion, Im so pleased that Ryan Murphy is willing to extend this to Christians. Now i really hope he can create a character that’s as dynamic, interesting and well rounded as the rest of the Glee characters!

  • Rhesa

    I was really worried when i first saw this. I love Glee and at first i thought “Oh great, another dig at Christians” I particularly dislike the heading that its a conservative Character – im not American and my christian faith is not conservative – in fact its radical – in the best sense of the word i.e love those who are difficult to love, care for those in need, forgive people, try to make the world a better place , there’s more to life than money, type radical.

    Quinns parents weren’t Christians as I know them, they were hypocrites.

    But as I read on i was delighted to see that Ryan Murphy is taking a more opened minded approach, and is actually planning to try and present someone who is a positive presentation of a Christian. I applaud him. I love that the heart of this show, is its acceptance and inclusion, Im so pleased that Ryan Murphy is willing to extend this to Christians. Now i really hope he can create a character that’s as dynamic, interesting and well rounded as the rest of the Glee characters!

  • Amy

    I totally agree with Rhesa…I was a bit annoyed with Quinn’s parents…they were definitely the ‘typical’ Christians that everyone would expect to see when they find out their perfect little daughter is pregnant…

    But it seems like Ryan Murphy is trying to be open minded about it and that is amazing! Every show I know of that has tried to deal with ‘religion’ always leaves Christians looking like hypocritical, egotistical bigots and, while I admit there are definitely many of those types of Christians out there…there are also those of us who try to not be like that.

    I hope they keep up the same sentiment with this character that they have shown to all the others so far…to start out as a stereotype and then dig into the meat of the character…we’ll see how it goes! Here’s looking to season two…make us Christians proud Ryan Murphy!!!

  • Amy

    I totally agree with Rhesa…I was a bit annoyed with Quinn’s parents…they were definitely the ‘typical’ Christians that everyone would expect to see when they find out their perfect little daughter is pregnant…

    But it seems like Ryan Murphy is trying to be open minded about it and that is amazing! Every show I know of that has tried to deal with ‘religion’ always leaves Christians looking like hypocritical, egotistical bigots and, while I admit there are definitely many of those types of Christians out there…there are also those of us who try to not be like that.

    I hope they keep up the same sentiment with this character that they have shown to all the others so far…to start out as a stereotype and then dig into the meat of the character…we’ll see how it goes! Here’s looking to season two…make us Christians proud Ryan Murphy!!!

  • Tanya

    Wow, thanks for all the well thought-out comments everyone! It’s so refreshing.

    I agree, though at first I was like you, Rhesa – worried. But I’m thinking that this really could be a good thing for Glee. We see a lot of the, as Amy put it, “typical Christians”, but never really a solid perspective from the other side of it. So I’m glad too that Ryan Murphy is willing to dive into season 2 with a character like this. And it really would fit in with the “diversity” aspect of the series (plus, it would be so fun to watch Kurt possibly butt heads with somebody other than Rachel). And Ashley, you’re totally right about acceptance going both ways. I find a lot of people have trouble seeing that (all the more reason to include it, right?).

    Oh, and @Rhesa – thinking about it now, I agree with you about the heading. That is a little presumptuous, especially now knowing what Ryan Murphy has planned. I just got it stuck in my head after reading the BuddyTV article. So I went ahead and changed it to “Christian” here at Spoilers Guide because I felt that was more appropriate. :) Thanks for your insight.

  • Tanya

    Wow, thanks for all the well thought-out comments everyone! It’s so refreshing.

    I agree, though at first I was like you, Rhesa – worried. But I’m thinking that this really could be a good thing for Glee. We see a lot of the, as Amy put it, “typical Christians”, but never really a solid perspective from the other side of it. So I’m glad too that Ryan Murphy is willing to dive into season 2 with a character like this. And it really would fit in with the “diversity” aspect of the series (plus, it would be so fun to watch Kurt possibly butt heads with somebody other than Rachel). And Ashley, you’re totally right about acceptance going both ways. I find a lot of people have trouble seeing that (all the more reason to include it, right?).

    Oh, and @Rhesa – thinking about it now, I agree with you about the heading. That is a little presumptuous, especially now knowing what Ryan Murphy has planned. I just got it stuck in my head after reading the BuddyTV article. So I went ahead and changed it to “Christian” here at Spoilers Guide because I felt that was more appropriate. :) Thanks for your insight.

  • Rhesa

    Thanks for the response guys, and Tanya i see were you got the title from, since its mentioned in the article, so i don’t think you were being presumptuous :)

    I also like and agree with what Amy says about characters starting out stereotypical and then delving into the meat. One of my favourite examples of this is Kurts dad. I just love him! He seemed like the typical blue collar, red neck type who wouldn’t be able to cope with his gay son. Yet how wonderfully loving and supportive he is of Kurt. Yes he takes a bit of time to ajust, but he completly loves and supports his son unconditionally. I adore their relationship, i pretty much cry every time they have a scene together lol.

    I so hope this Christian character has that depth and reality behind the initial stereotype!

  • Rhesa

    Thanks for the response guys, and Tanya i see were you got the title from, since its mentioned in the article, so i don’t think you were being presumptuous :)

    I also like and agree with what Amy says about characters starting out stereotypical and then delving into the meat. One of my favourite examples of this is Kurts dad. I just love him! He seemed like the typical blue collar, red neck type who wouldn’t be able to cope with his gay son. Yet how wonderfully loving and supportive he is of Kurt. Yes he takes a bit of time to ajust, but he completly loves and supports his son unconditionally. I adore their relationship, i pretty much cry every time they have a scene together lol.

    I so hope this Christian character has that depth and reality behind the initial stereotype!

  • xXBrdwayBabeXx

    I think it would be ironic….and rather deep…..if this new guy started out the stereotypical Christian (all-American football player!) but later became Kurts BF….I know that’s kind of cliche…but oh well!

  • xXBrdwayBabeXx

    I think it would be ironic….and rather deep…..if this new guy started out the stereotypical Christian (all-American football player!) but later became Kurts BF….I know that’s kind of cliche…but oh well!

  • Dennis

    I hope that this Christian character is not a way to ridicule or make fun of Christianity. I am Christian myself, really devoted, but I’m not conservative. I just hope that this new character will break the many stereotypes people have of Christians. We’ll see what happens. God Bless :)

  • Dennis

    I hope that this Christian character is not a way to ridicule or make fun of Christianity. I am Christian myself, really devoted, but I’m not conservative. I just hope that this new character will break the many stereotypes people have of Christians. We’ll see what happens. God Bless :)

  • Stephanie

    I hope he becomes kurts boyfriend

  • Stephanie

    I hope he becomes kurts boyfriend

  • Marie

    wtf? one of my favourite things about glee is that none of the characters are jesus freaks.Tv shows should not show any particular favouritism for one religion.

  • Marie

    wtf? one of my favourite things about glee is that none of the characters are jesus freaks.Tv shows should not show any particular favouritism for one religion.

  • 6464MiniDiceofRandomness

    Yes! It would be great to have a christian character who is not stereotyped for a change. I’d like him to be Kurt’s boyfriend, because that would go completely against the stereotype.

  • 6464MiniDiceofRandomness

    Yes! It would be great to have a christian character who is not stereotyped for a change. I’d like him to be Kurt’s boyfriend, because that would go completely against the stereotype.

  • Tanya

    Ha, @Stephanie, @6464MiniDiceofRandomness – I would just love it if this character were Kurt’s boyfriend. I have the feeling that they’ll end up being cast as separate characters, but I agree, it would totally twist the stereotype around, which is something Ryan, Brad, and Ian as the writers are great at doing. If you really think about it, every character is a stereotype – but a stereotype that’s been twisted around. I think casting a character like this as the boyfriend of the “gay guy” would make sense.

  • Tanya

    Ha, @Stephanie, @6464MiniDiceofRandomness – I would just love it if this character were Kurt’s boyfriend. I have the feeling that they’ll end up being cast as separate characters, but I agree, it would totally twist the stereotype around, which is something Ryan, Brad, and Ian as the writers are great at doing. If you really think about it, every character is a stereotype – but a stereotype that’s been twisted around. I think casting a character like this as the boyfriend of the “gay guy” would make sense.

  • Anya

    I am very proud of Ryan Murphy’s decision to put in a more modern Christian character, breaking many stereotypes in the process. However I think that Jewish characters are also a bit misrepresented and a Jewish character of the same mold should be developed as well.

  • Anya

    I am very proud of Ryan Murphy’s decision to put in a more modern Christian character, breaking many stereotypes in the process. However I think that Jewish characters are also a bit misrepresented and a Jewish character of the same mold should be developed as well.

  • Tanya

    @Anya – I agree, it would definitely be interesting to see a Jewish character represented on Glee. I would love it mainly because, we’ve had Jewish characters in TV comedies before (The Nanny, The Big Bang Theory…), but Glee has a lot of heart to it too, and it would be interesting to see it done the “Glee” way. Who knows? Maybe down the road, that’s a real possibility.

  • Tanya

    @Anya – I agree, it would definitely be interesting to see a Jewish character represented on Glee. I would love it mainly because, we’ve had Jewish characters in TV comedies before (The Nanny, The Big Bang Theory…), but Glee has a lot of heart to it too, and it would be interesting to see it done the “Glee” way. Who knows? Maybe down the road, that’s a real possibility.

  • Janice

    Christian and conservative are not the same. Quinn’s parents were conservative but not Christian in their actions. I would like to see the Christian character presented as one with strong beliefs who is loving toward those who the character believes to be wrong. The character should not be a sterotype nor a homosexual.

  • Janice

    Christian and conservative are not the same. Quinn’s parents were conservative but not Christian in their actions. I would like to see the Christian character presented as one with strong beliefs who is loving toward those who the character believes to be wrong. The character should not be a sterotype nor a homosexual.

  • Lucy

    you have all this cultures and religions and a good diversity of people you wanna connect with through the show but what i really wanna know is why dont you try to add someone that is hispanic? im a big fan of this show since day one and i come from a mexican background, personally i would love to please add someone that i can relate to. just to let you know you do have a big amount of hispanic and mexican people that LOVE GLEE!!

  • Lucy

    you have all this cultures and religions and a good diversity of people you wanna connect with through the show but what i really wanna know is why dont you try to add someone that is hispanic? im a big fan of this show since day one and i come from a mexican background, personally i would love to please add someone that i can relate to. just to let you know you do have a big amount of hispanic and mexican people that LOVE GLEE!!

  • Jack…Just Jack

    Agreed.  :-)

     

    It also just makes me wish that more people were aware of
    the fact that — tons and tons and tons of religious-scholars have repeatedly
    PROVEN that NEITHER God, the Bible NOR the true ‘Christian’ faith
    “condemns” homosexuality or anyone being gay.

     

    These very same scholars have SHOWN that those few verses in
    the Bible that some rather unlearned people MISTAKENLY think/thought are/were
    speaking of “homosexuality” … ARE/WERE (in reality) actually
    REFERRING TO … the horrific and condemnable practices of EITHER:

    —– 1) Rape (i.e. Sexual-Assault);

    —– 2) Pederasty (i.e. Child-Molestation) AND / OR

    —– 3) Pagan-Temple Sex-Rites (i.e. Religious-Brothels) …
    most of which involved the used of “Catamites” (i.e. ‘Child-Prostitutes’)

    [Also – there are some comments at the ‘Chris Colfer /
    Trevor Project’ and ‘Max Adler / It Gets Better’ YouTube videos that also
    discuss this is much greater detail.]

     

    As is well-known, in their efforts to become a
    hate-mongering power-elite, the so-called “Religious Right”(RR) have
    chosen to continually LIE both to and about the gay-community for decades
    (hoping that no one would dare research the RR and expose them and their lies).

     

    (What’s interesting about all of this is that most members
    of the RR will constantly quote from the King James Version (KJV) Bible in an
    effort to unfairly attack gay people.

     

    What’s ironic about that is the fact that most of the
    members of the RR are clearly UNAWARE that their beloved KING JAMES (of
    KJV-fame) was an openly GAY man — and one of the main reasons he commissioned
    the KJV, said the be the ‘most accurate’ of all Bible versions, was to prove to
    the world that God loved and accepted gay people.

     

    This also refutes the widely believed myth that the KJV is
    homophobic — when, in reality, it was the post-KJV versions that attacked gay
    people – while the KJV did not attack being gay.)

     

    So anyway — I agree and I wish that more
    people were informed that NEITHER God, the Bible NOR the true ‘Christian’ faith
    “condemns” homosexuality or anyone being gay. =D