In light of the recent teen tragedies of individual cases of gay suicide, show creator/executive producer, Ryan Murphy is intent on tackling the issue one way or another. And while the cast has rallied together to fundraise for causes before (like the Rape Treatment Center), what better way to bring the cast and crew together to raise awareness than by doing an episode?
“Ryan wants to do an episode about it, which I think is very smart of him,” says Matthew Morrison (Will). “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.”
The rest of the cast agrees wholeheartedly, including Heather Morris (Brittany) and Kevin McHale (Artie). But Terri’s actress, Jessalyn Gilsig has a very dead-on take of what’s going on here, socially:
“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 in 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.”
I think it’s awesome that Ryan is leading the front to get the word out there about this serious issue. What would be even more awesome is if the episode centered on not just gay suicide but also teen suicide in general (and the idea of bullying because it’s definitely out there). And of course with a character like Kurt (and upcoming recurring character, Blair), the separate issue of gay suicide would just fall right in.
How do you guys think an episode like this should play out?
Source: E! Online