Glamorizing Alternative Lifestyles: Glee, Bill O’Reilly, and My Kid
I try to equivocate Fox News, and I’m not a fan of Bill O’Reilly. Anyone who has review anything I’ve created on The Huffington Post is substantially not astounded by possibly of those facts. But as a mom of a self-identified happy 7-year-old son who has a vanquish on Glee‘s Blaine, a many new media debate involving Mr. O’Reilly held my attention.
In his uncover on Thursday, Apr 19, Mr. O’Reilly and his guest discussed a new partial of Glee portraying a transgender teen, and how a uncover as a whole was enlivening teenagers to examination with “alternative lifestyles.” Oh, where to begin?
Being happy is not an “alternative lifestyle.” Are a infancy of people gay? No, of march not. The infancy of people don’t have immature eyes. The infancy of people aren’t left-handed. The infancy of people aren’t double-jointed. But we don’t know of any organizations clinging to forcibly implanting permanent brown-colored contacts or disabling left hands to make people scrupulously right-handed, or special therapy grown to make a double corner perform in a unaccompanied manner. Being happy is not something a chairman does though a partial of who he or she is, only as many as eye tone or anything else.
Mr. O’Reilly and his colleagues done a explain that Glee “glamorizes” being LGBT to a indicate that kids competence start perplexing it out. If this is occurring, so what? Teenagers experiment, generally when it comes to romance. Very few people marry a initial chairman they ever kiss, their initial beloved or girlfriend, or even a initial chairman they get down and unwashed with. Being a teen is all about perplexing to figure out who we are. Sometimes, a person’s tour isn’t on a beaten path. There can be twists and turns, many unexpected, that lead immature people to learn themselves. Hopefully, a subsequent era of adults will know that adore isn’t firm by a infancy or amicable norms. As prolonged as teenagers are deferential of themselves and their partners (including practicing safer sex) as they “experiment” with their possess identities, afterwards some-more energy to them. When they figure it out, they will substantially be many some-more gentle and assured than a era before them.
And afterwards there was a description of a transgender teen on a uncover in question. One guest on a show, Gretchen Carlson, complained, “Now we get to explain this to my 8-year-old, if i wish her to see a good family uncover with some good music.” we found this quite funny, since when we write about my son and his vanquish on Blaine, one of a many common criticisms we accept is that Glee is inapt for my 7-year-old child. Well, we agree, it can be. That’s since my child never watches a uncover though my father and me screening it first. We confirm what he is and is not authorised to watch. It is partial of a pursuit as parents. In this partial we motionless a son could watch an edited version. (The storyline concerning a filming and recover of a sex fasten involving dual students wasn’t in his version. But for relatives of teenagers, this would be a good event to speak about this issue. A lot of kids were doing this before Glee mentioned it.) Our son was authorised to watch a tools of a partial concerning a trans character. Why? Because there is zero inapt about a existence of transgender people, and no reason that they should be dark from him.
We even had to have a review about it:
Son: Why is that child dressed like a girl?
Me: Well, some boys like to wears girls’ garments since they consider it’s fun. And some boys, like this one, feel like they are girls on a inside, so they are some-more happy and gentle in girls’ clothes.
Son, after thinks for a minute: I’m a child on a outward and a inside.
Me: That’s great, baby, though some people are different, and that’s great, too.
Son: OK. [After a minute] Mom?
Me: Yeah, baby?
Son: Do we have any cookies?
If that is a horrific conversation, afterwards we am going to cruise by his teenage years.
I know that some people might see my possess son as an instance of how immature people are being shabby by Glee. After all, his vanquish is on Blaine. Well, a few months ago we had a pleasure of vocalization to Michelangelo Signorile (the editor-at-large of HuffPost Gay Voices) on his Sirius OutQ 108 radio show. He spoke of his vanquish as a immature child on Davy Jones of The Monkees. Last time we checked, The Monkees didn’t have any happy characters or glamorize anything other than child bands in a ’60s. But that didn’t stop Michelangelo from meditative Davy was flattering damn cute.
It seems like a idea of those like Mr. O’Reilly is to make certain as few people are happy as possible. They seem to consider that a reduction people know about being a happy person, a fewer people will be gay. But that doesn’t make any sense. The same series of people will be gay, no matter what they see on television. Hopefully, a some-more common and three-dimensional LGBT characters are in a media, a some-more secure and gentle all people will turn with who they are. we don’t consider that’s a bad thing.
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