Apparently it seems Michele Bachmann and her family are big fans of Glee and of one character in particular, Chris Colfer who plays Kurt, an openly gay teen. Bachmann was at Time Magazine Party earlier this month where she posed for pictures with Darren Criss, another openly gay teen on Glee and sought out Colfer during the party but couldn’t find him. Or maybe he just didn’t want to be seen with her. And FYI, Glee was created by Ryan Murphy, an openly gay man. Bachman was quoted as telling the New York Magazine, “We don’t watch TV, generally speaking. But the kids were thrilled. What kids don’t watch Glee?”
“It’s just a show.”
“What does it matter what the message is? It’s a television show.”
No, no it’s not just, and it matters so freaking much.
I was brought up in a conservative town, in a conservative household. Told regularly that homosexuality is wrong. But I remember Degrassi Junior High addressing the subject and learning, in some way, that people felt differently than that. It may not have changed my mind at the time, but it set me up to be able to change my mind later on.
Like, when my best friend in university told me he was gay. Or, later, when it finally occurred to me that I was. I was able to take a deep breath and examine other points of view.
Hopefully the same will apply for the young Bachmanns, and other young, conservative kids who need another perspective.