“Vanity Fair” bosses have been forced to apologize for a website column written about the hit TV show “Glee,” which was said to contain slurs on gay people. Ironically, the article was written by regular columnists, Brett Berk, who is himself gay.
Berk was criticized for his use of the abbreviated homophobic term “f**s” (you know what I mean!) in his review of a recent episode of “Glee”, a show with many openly homosexual characters. The remarks sparked outrage, with a series of complaints from readers of the “Vanity Fair” magazine.
By way of saying sorry, the magazine issued a statement which said that “with so many genuine homophobes stirring up trouble these days, the gay community doesn’t need any agate from an ally like Vanityfair.com, so we are eager to set the record straight.”
To do that, “Vanity Fair” bosses tried to explain how Brett Berk used the term in an attempt as critiquing the idea that “Glee’s” gay characters should feel obliged to “play straight” on stage. “That said, we recognise that the column caused genuine offence to many readers, and we apologise unreservedly to them.”
In his regular column, “Gay Guide to Glee”, Brett Berk often refers to himself as VanityFair.com’s “fun and f**gy editor”, which editors have not supported nor rejected. His writing offers a humorous and explicitly gay perspective, so perhaps Brett Berk was surprised by the outcry at his use of this particular f-word, but should he have been? Who is at fault here? What about Brett Berk’s idea that “Glee’s” gay characters are made to “play straight”?