Archive for the ‘Glee’ tag
Glee star Jane Lynch said that she was unsure when, if ever, gay actors would land romantic leading roles because of the profit imperative in the film industry.
Lynch expressed her doubts in an interview with AfterElton.com that was picked up by outlets including The Hollywood Reporter.
“I don’t know when or if that will ever happen,” said the lesbian actress, according to THR. “…This is a business of projection and desiring people from afar … so there has got to be some truth to it, in terms of, ‘I could see myself with that person.’ Because the leading man and lady are the person we want them to fall in love with, and most of the audience is straight. So for right now, we can only use straight actors.”
This is kind of weird. I mean, all Jane Lynch has to do is look across the set at two of her openly gay co-stars who are regularly stalked (and one was once held hostage in an elevator by young women) to see that people will still become infatuated with an actor who is not perceived as available to them.
Maybe that’s all new. Bring on the future, and let’s stop letting the stupid past ruin everything.
This is possibly the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard. It’s an audio interview with Gayle King, and Chris (who plays Kurt on Glee) talks about how his family have simply accepted him, without the need for a big announcement. He also talks about the bullying he experienced in school.
And I’ve been wondering for a while, because I’ve read very early pieces where Chris’ parents say that they didn’t know if he was gay or not, that it’s not something they’d all discussed just yet.
There was later some confusion over comments he’d made, since he’d never actually announced he was gay, that maybe he was “back in the closet.”
He’s not trying to keep it a secret, he said it on Chelsea Lately and allowed Ryan to big him up for it at the GLAAD awards thing etc, but he does not actively volunteer the discussion without being prompted by the interviewer and even then, he doesn’t expand much on it nor does he invite further questioning. He does tend to keep those discussions steered towards his character rather than himself. Now this doesn’t bother me one bit and I actually quite respect him for it because I understand he would want to focus on his new career he’s been dreaming about his whole life rather than becoming a poster child for a cause. He’s still very young and very green and it’s not his responsibility to represent every member of a very diverse community, but that has not stopped some people from complaining about it and interpreting it as a lack of pride or a failure of his responsibility to the gay community.
Is it every famous gay’s responsibility to represent us loud and proud? I’d say no, but when some of them (and I’m talking the older, settled, comfortable queers here) dismiss their influence and ability to motivate the community, I’m saddened by how little they want to be seen as a representative of the community. And I always burst with admiration for those who do decide to step forward.
*I found the discussion because they linked to the post about Mika. Thanks guys!
I’d moved to LA and there was so much they didn’t know about me.
I wrote them a letter, saying: “This is what I am, let me know how you feel.”
They were wonderful about it. It made me wish I hadn’t worried about it for so long.