Scott Mendelson: Equal rights means e...

Scott Mendelson: Equal rights means equal responsibility ...

There are 6 comments on the www.huffingtonpost.com story from Jun 1, 2010, titled Scott Mendelson: Equal rights means equal responsibility .... In it, www.huffingtonpost.com reports that:

Equal rights means equal responsibility. Why Glee's 'breakthrough gay scene' succeeds as drama but fails as a teachable moment.

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Since: Nov 08

Roanoke, VA

#1 Jun 1, 2010
So off in this article. And since when did Huff Post become "our" source???? This article SUCKS! Just like Huff post and its both sides of the fence posturing for profit!

“ reality, what a concept”

Since: Nov 07

this one

#2 Jun 1, 2010
I don't consider the Huffington Post "our" source, but I agreed with what this writer had to say, which is why I chose to post it. I have no idea why you say that the article "SUCKS", other than to guess because that it paints the gay character on the show in a less than positive light, but I agree with that assessment. While "Kurt's" motives may have been naive, his actions have been less than positive and he is at least partly to blame for WHY this scene happened on the show.
Leftatalbuquerqu e

Toronto, Canada

#3 Jun 1, 2010
We live in a world where a man is expected to come on to a woman and either be rejected, rebuffed/put off for a time, or welcomed.

A woman can ask a man to dance, or to go out, and it is USUALLY seen as a welcome thing by a male.

Here is a male coming on to another male and being soundly rejected, then having to part company with the prospective romantic interest due to not having the power of determining his own living space - he's still a minor at home with his father.

I welcome ALL viewpoints on this topic - I think it's great that we see a gay youth attempting to court someone he's interested in, even though we the audience know it will not turn out well.

At least Kurt is asserting himself as any person interested in another would do, especially if encouraged by society.

What are the possible outcomes in a perfect world where violence would not be part of the equation?

"No, thanks, but I appreciate the thought!"

Whether it's the paranoid fear of gays imposing themselves in the military or in str8 culture, or just the reaction of the uninformed, isn't the lesson here that ALL of us deserve to ask ANYONE out?

Let the world be a different place than what is, namely, where str8 kids come through high school experimenting with dating and romance, but gay kids have to remain hidden and developmentally delayed until college or university, then rush to play catch-up.

We should ALL be able to hold hands in the hallway and learn how to kiss, or accept simple honest rejection at the same time as our peers.

Let not MY PAST of trying to hide my crushes and being ashamed of my attractions have to repeat itself!!

Since: Nov 08

Roanoke, VA

#4 Jun 1, 2010
I say the article sucks because in my opinion it does. Not because it paints a gay character in a less than positive light. The character of Kurt obviously has issues. As do many his age. Seems you and the author expect a high school student to have the same emotional and relationship skills as one your age.
From what I read seems Mr Mendelson found a soap box and climbed on and got your support. Yes equal rights means equal responsibility. But you and Mendelson confuse reality and theatre. If you wish to make the point of the title of this article why not deal with reality? Plenty out there. Lets see as an example; M. Etheridge getting what her second divorce? Ah then there is Sean Hayes who while portraying a gay character on Will & Grace raged he was straight. Now he comes out and thinks we owe him? I could go on but I think you get the point. Our community needs a reality check not more GLAAD style crap about what is on TV. This Glee episode is a teachable moment, sorry you and Mendelson cannot or choose not to see that. The anger portrayed by Kurt's dad was I agree to some degree guilt. He pretty much admitted that. But you and Mendelson need to realize that in life that scene would probably be pretty close. If indeed a good dad was in play. I have always respected your posts Rick, still do. But you missed the boat here badly and the tone of your condescending response is inappropriate and unappreciated.
Rick in Kansas wrote:
I don't consider the Huffington Post "our" source, but I agreed with what this writer had to say, which is why I chose to post it. I have no idea why you say that the article "SUCKS", other than to guess because that it paints the gay character on the show in a less than positive light, but I agree with that assessment. While "Kurt's" motives may have been naive, his actions have been less than positive and he is at least partly to blame for WHY this scene happened on the show.

“Choose wisely!”

Since: Jul 07

Los Angeles

#5 Jun 1, 2010
Rick in Kansas wrote:
I don't consider the Huffington Post "our" source, but I agreed with what this writer had to say, which is why I chose to post it. I have no idea why you say that the article "SUCKS", other than to guess because that it paints the gay character on the show in a less than positive light, but I agree with that assessment. While "Kurt's" motives may have been naive, his actions have been less than positive and he is at least partly to blame for WHY this scene happened on the show.
I have to agree with you Rick on this. Both Finn and Kurt acted poorly in different moments in time, both betraying stereotypes each group, gays and straights, have toward one another. In this however, the Glee episode IS a teaching moment for all.

As to Huffingtom post being "ours", it is not, but nor is it "theirs". Huffington Post remains as it has, outside, above and beyond.

Eric

“STFU”

Since: May 07

Atlanta, GA

#6 Jun 1, 2010
OutVoice wrote:
I say the article sucks because in my opinion it does. Not because it paints a gay character in a less than positive light. The character of Kurt obviously has issues. As do many his age. Seems you and the author expect a high school student to have the same emotional and relationship skills as one your age.
From what I read seems Mr Mendelson found a soap box and climbed on and got your support. Yes equal rights means equal responsibility. But you and Mendelson confuse reality and theatre. If you wish to make the point of the title of this article why not deal with reality? Plenty out there. Lets see as an example; M. Etheridge getting what her second divorce? Ah then there is Sean Hayes who while portraying a gay character on Will & Grace raged he was straight. Now he comes out and thinks we owe him? I could go on but I think you get the point. Our community needs a reality check not more GLAAD style crap about what is on TV. This Glee episode is a teachable moment, sorry you and Mendelson cannot or choose not to see that. The anger portrayed by Kurt's dad was I agree to some degree guilt. He pretty much admitted that. But you and Mendelson need to realize that in life that scene would probably be pretty close. If indeed a good dad was in play. I have always respected your posts Rick, still do. But you missed the boat here badly and the tone of your condescending response is inappropriate and unappreciated.
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I agree with you. I think the author of the article completely got it wrong and missed the entire point of the scene.

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