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Glee’s Kurt – Too Gay?



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There is no denying that Glee is a phenomenally successful TV show. As well as top ratings, the show has grabbed Golden Globes and other awards. But, as with anything successful, someone will always knock it.

There is on the internet and in other media at the moment a bit of an anti-Glee backlash which says that the TV program plays into stereotypes and reinforces them, rather than challenging them.

Much of the latest criticism focuses on Chris Colfer’s portrayal of gay character Kurt Hummel: a role for which he has won a Golden Globe.

Kurt is supremely fashion conscious, has a scrupulous skin care routine and sings falsetto with limp-writed stage presence. So, it has been put forward: is Glee’s Kurt too gay? Would he be a more interesting character if he was not such a stereotype and was, for instance, great at sports?

One TV blog, Remote Patrolled, would like to see exactly that. What about Kurt on a bad hair day? Do we want a character who is amazing on the football pitch but just also happens to be gay? Maybe a conservative dresser popular with the ladies who they don’t know is gay? Or are we happy with Kurt in all his overt gayness?

I’m perfectly happy with Kurt as he is (I rather like him and I adore Blaine). Just had to make that clear that I’m disagreeing with the likes of Remote Patrolled, since some folks won’t get that. But what really matters is what YOU think…

Should shows like Glee have a responsibility to its audience members and provide a faithful and positive representation of a young gay man in the 21st Century or should it remain pure entertainment? Is Kurt fine just the way he is?

21 Responses to “Glee’s Kurt – Too Gay?”

  1. Chris C. says:

    Kurt is not TOO gay, he IS gay! I accept that fact and am exttremely happy for him!

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  2. Joe says:

    I like Glee. But I’m on this site because I was trying to understand that I’m attracted to Kurt, though I’m otherwise a straight man. Apparently its not too uncommon and it doesn’t mean I “gay” or “bi”, but it is what it is. I like him. I feel silly for having confusion, but this was new to me so I needed to figure it out. I hope my post maybe helps some one in a similar situation.

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  3. Jessica says:

    Hmm ya know what stereotype I’m tired of seeing on young adult/adult TV? The gay but not gay character. Kurt is gay, gay, gay, gay, GAY! And I don’t see anything wrong with him being a little ditzy and or flamboyant because there are some gay men that are like that. Has Remote Patrolled not seen the men that preform in drag shows, or perhaps talked with a large group of gay men? My boss is 45, Jewish (by blood and faith), gay and guess what he is just a finicky about his skin/clothes/hair/physique/living space as Kurt is. True my boss also goes to the gym every day (to bicycle and use the work out machines), and no he doesn’t squeal about musicals but ya know what I bet if he loved musicals the way Kurt did he would! Another thing I’d like to point out, if Kurt were a girl character instead of a gay young man they’d be complaining that he lives up to the stereotype of the overly bubbly girly girl. Here’s the thing, STEREOTYPES EXIST FOR A REASON!!! I knew a few guys like Kurt in high school, and when Glee came out they LOVED having someone like them on TV for once, it made them feel represented and accepted. For all the haters out there I say this; LEAVE MY UNICORN ALONE!!!!

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  4. Aly says:

    The whole point of Kurt being flamboyantly gay is to send a message of universal acceptance. Many young men who share Kurt’s persona are constantly put down and bullied for being who they are. Kurt’s “overt gayness” is an inspiration to people who are oppressed because he doesn’t let any of it get to him. He loves himself for being who he is.

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  5. Rinny says:

    There is a gay football character, and if Blaine didn’t already tell us he was gay, I may have that he was straight. He doesn’t have a ridiculously high voice, and isn’t totally flamboyant. Kurt is the only stereotypical “gay” character on that show. Santana is going through a lot and is now a lesbian which no one thought of until lately when she expressed so. People can hide it well. These people need to actually watch the show and not make automatic assumptions like this

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  6. Emily says:

    @CutieKitty183: yeah I love Dave and I think this entire article is offensive and badly written. The person who wrote it clearly doesn’t know much about the show or Kurt if they forgot about Dave Karofsky. Plus, Kurt is good at sports and is pretty flexible. He was kicker of the school’s football team and a member of the cheerios. He just doesn’t like sports. Oh and Blaine likes football.

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  7. Kitto says:

    Glee’s Puck – Too Straight?

    Puck is not at all fashion conscious, has no skin care routine and sings rockabilly with manly swaggering stage presence. So, it has been put forward: is Glee’s Puck too straight? Would he be a more interesting character if he was not such a stereotype and was, for instance, fantastic with interior design?

    What about Puck with a fantastic hair day? Do we want a character who is amazing on the football pitch but just also happens to be straight? Maybe a fabulous dresser popular with the dudes who they don’t know is straight? Or are we happy with Puck in all his overt heteroness?

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  8. Lucie says:

    This is ridiculous. ‘Preggers’ showed that Kurt was an amazing kicker, and Chris Colfer can’t help that he has such a high range. That’s just naturally how he sings. The character is just showing that it’s okay to be who you are, and if that means that he comes across as too gay, then maybe that’s just him being proud of his sexuality.

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  9. Zhi Xian says:

    So my gay uncles not liking football makes them too gay? Am I, as a woman, too straight for disliking sports in general? Saying that Kurt would break the stereotype by being great at football(while he was good at it) is a stereotype in itself. Kurt, the way he is, is rather realistic to a young homosexual man that is comfortable with himself. And doesn’t his father, Burt, break the stereotype of the typical dad of a gay boy? Yes, the show is very stereotyped, but there are certain realisms there, like bitchy/slutty cheerleaders and large black girls that can belt it like no ones’ business. So why is Kurt the big problem? Sounds like homophobia from where I’m typing.

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  10. Lauren says:

    This article is terrible. Aside from the underlying homophobia pervasive in its wording (“Limp-wri(s)ted stage presence?” REALLY?) it enforces the idea that a man can only be a viable gay man if they have enough masculinity for the sake of those made “uncomfortable” by people who break gender barriers. Kurt is a man. A man who likes fashion, takes care of his skin, wears sweaters from the women’s rack, and loves his boyfriend. And that makes him no less of a man than any other.

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  11. Fred Conwell says:

    I’ve put in a lot of years socializing in gay men’s bars. Kurt’s type is a rarity. I tend to cringe but treat them equally anyway. Are they putting on this nelley persona as an act? Who are they trying to attract – straight men? As a male homosexual, I am attracted to other men, not people who I need to undress (sic) to discover the truth.

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  12. Kate says:

    @Emily:
    I’m, personally, fine with his flamboyancy. However, I do agree that he would be a more interesting character if he was more multifaceted.

    Emily, I understand your problem with the concept of “too gay,” but when they say that, they’re not being homophobic. They’re speaking to the singular way that Kurt is portrayed, in that he is very, very stereotypically flamboyant. I think your response takes too much offence to that and implies a malicious ulterior motive. They’re not saying they “don’t know how to react” to a character that challenges gender norms. They’re simply introducing the (correct) opinion, that Kurt is portrayed as having a single defining trait that dictates his actions and reactions to everything.

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  13. Debz says:

    What exactly is meant by “too gay?”

    I have known more than one man who was very flamboyant, quite similar to Kurt’s character. In the celebrity world, compare him to Carson Kressley. Is Carson “too gay?” Heaven forbid!

    As pointed out by others, Kurt is not the only gay character on Glee. Karofsky, Blaine, Santana and others…each of them are unique personalities.

    Maybe we should be worried that they aren’t “gay enough?”

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  14. Jake says:

    The show also has Blaine Anderson and David Karofsky, who are both pretty far off from the stereotypical gay character.

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  15. Jena says:

    The question is offensive and effemaphobic. I don’t even think Kurt is really so flamboyant. Yes, he has some crazy fashion choices and a love for female Broadway roles (it’s what his voice is suited to), but really that’s about it. And it’s not like Glee is saying there’s only one way to be gay – there’s also Blaine, Karofsky, and now Sebastian, all of whom are very different from one another.

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  16. Chelsea says:

    Glee has numerous gay characters.

    Kurt is yes stereo typically gay, his boyfriend is still into glee but not quite as fabulous.
    Karofsky I think his name is is a football star, who is the complete opposite of Kurt.
    I don’t remember his name but there was a new character who took the first two to a gay club and he was a very smooth-cool kind of character.

    As for females, Santana is a lesbian who is a very tough cheerleader as well as we have a bi sexual Brittany who is also a very athletic and capable dancer and cheer leader.

    We also have Sue who has stood up for Kurt when he was being bullied for being gay, his father who is supportive and tries very hard to understand his son and his step brother Finn who had to work past some issues.

    Sure there are stereo types but with there being so many it would be impossible to avoid them, but I think glee is purposely choosing them to give an oppurtunity to show that there’s more to the fabulous gay, to the angry lesbian and dumb blonde.

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  17. Jacqui says:

    “Maybe a conservative dresser popular with the ladies who they don’t know is gay?” What about Blaine? he had to turn down some girls who offered their numbers in the episode sexy.or the new charater Sebastian?

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  18. proffarns says:

    Whoever wrote this article needs to go home and rethink their life.
    I fail to see how Kurt isn’t providing a faithful and positive representation of a young gay man in the 21st Century. I don’t agree with stereotyping people, but that doesn’t mean some gay men don’t exist who may match common stereotypes more than they differ from them. No such thing as being “too gay.”

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  19. True says:

    The whole show is gay.

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  20. But doesn’t Glee also have another gay character, David Karofsky? Who is good at sports?

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  21. Emily says:

    He’s good at football. Remember season 1? Anyways, there is nothing wrong with being into fashion and beauty products. I think of Kurt as being a wonderful blend of masculinity and femininity as everyone is, but he is more courageous in showing his femininity. i.e. wearing a kilt. I take offense at the term “too gay”. To be gay one has to like the same sex, not act any specific way. I think the problem that people have is that they don’t know how to react to a character that challenges gender norms. Kurt bypasses these norms and I love him for it. What isn’t positive about Kurt? Just because he likes scarves and singing girl songs he isn’t ‘positive’? Kurt is lovely and wonderful.

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