After tackling the heavy topics of religion and life threatening emergency, Glee is rumored to be airing an episode in up and coming weeks regarding gay suicide. There has been much talk on this topic since, Tyler Clemente, a gay man who was taunted on social networks, jumped off the George Washington Bridge in order to end his life. It was a tragic story, which touched many lives and has many speaking out.
Perhaps the most meaningful voice in recent weeks to meet the subject head on was comedian and talk show host, Ellen Degeneres.
On the Ellen Degeneres show, the host, who has been a long time advocate of gay rights, openly condemned the acts of the bullying college students who sent Clemente into a tail spin ending in his death. “This has to stop” she said and was visibly emotional and teared up during the live broadcast. This show gained national attention for this type of virtual bullying of gay and straight victims.
Ellen has had a long and celebrated career in the television and movie business. She started out as a stand-up comedian in the 80’s and by the mid 90’s she had a lead roll in a television series. She “came out” on the Oprah Winfrey show and shortly thereafter her sitcom was canceled. In the early 2000’s she started a celebrity talk show and since then has won Emmy’s for the show. Her intent when coming out was not to be a gay advocate but to show that it’s ok to be gay and famous. Others Stars like Rosy O’Donnell and Ricky Martin have followed suit, and become a voice for the Gay community.
With rumors of another tear jerking Glee, voices like Ellen singing the importance of the topic, and even talk of new laws to police bullying on the web, there is the chance that this sort of thing won’t happen again. There is definite power in the voices of millions.
DeGeneres and Glee Voice Out on Gays in America
07 Oct, 2010 View Comments
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