Glee, which received the GLAAD Media Award last year for Outstanding Comedy Series, raised the bar for diversity on network television again last night, when it introduced a new character named Unique, a transgender African American student and performer in rival glee club Vocal Adrenaline. – Glee Introduces Its First Transgender Character
Cue the culture warriors, who actually believe it’s about kids wanting to experiment with their gender, instead of grappling with what they’re being told from the inside about who they are as people.
>Bill O’Reilly decided to opine on things he’s clearly not educated enough to be discussing. No humility or questioning that he doesn’t understand, but just judgment without any inquisitive thinking to discovery what he doesn’t know.
O’REILLY: Here’s the problem with a show like this, though. If you make the behavior of these people … if children hear it, unsupervised children, okay who don’t have parents watching their — they might go out and experiment with this stuff.
PIRRO: Do you really think that this is the kind of thing that’s contagious?
O’REILLY: I don’t know.
PIRRO: That if kids see this, that they’re going to say ‘gee, I want to be a girl even though I’m not going to wear my mom’s high heels tonight.’
O’REILLY: When I was a teenager and I saw James Dean smoking, it made me want to smoke.
CARLSON: I don’t think that watching Glee is going to suddenly make kids want to be transgender or suddenly make them wake up one morning and say that they’re going to be –
OREILLY: Experimentation. Experimentation.
CARLSON: But experimentation. I’m with you on this Bill because I wholeheartedly believe, in today’s society, that kids are experimenting with homosexuality. We see it in celebrities who maybe just do it on the side, and it may be drug-fueled. [...]
O’REILLY: If you make it glamorous in a program like Glee, which is undeniably a good program… a lot of these dopey kids are confused about who they are. They’re confused.
This is just embarrassing.
Confusion is one thing, but there’s nothing “dopey” about it. Deciding to “experiment” with gender is not a choice. It’s about an inner drive and longing, because something is hard wired inside a person that pushes him or her to discover what it is and why they don’t seem to fit in by being the individual they see in the mirror.
Why would any person choose to serve themselves up for derision by Bill O’Reilly, whose got the biggest ratings among the cable infotainment shows, if there was a choice?