Glee is about to take on one of the biggest issues to have swept the nation recently: bullying.
The hit show is now reportedly planning an episode solely dedicated to addressing the recent number of gay teen suicides as a result of being bullied. Cast members reacted to Ryan Murphy’s recent decision to create an entire episode around it.
Heather Morris: "I just found out today about the episode, and I think that's amazing. I just saw the tragedies on the news the other night. I think people need to be aware of what the internet is doing for so many people. Yeah it's good, but people are putting up other people's private movies? It's disgusting."
Kevin McHale: "It's sad that it's taken these past few weeks and horrible tragedies to really let people know what's going on. I think being in our position and Ryan taking that on is great. Hopefully we can move the general public and let the kids and the parents watching the show know that everybody deserves to be loved.”
Jessalyn Gilsig: "What's unique about Glee is we have this audience of kids and adults. Just as it's important to send this message to the kids about bullying and the effect in can have, we have to send it to the parents. We have to send it to the teachers.
"It's the adults who have to start taking responsibility and managing this behavior and educating youth on acceptance, empathy, and compassion. In a sense, I can't even demonize the children as much as I do the families that need to know. Parents and the administration need to take responsibility."
Many of the cast members hosted a benefit over the weekend to raise money for The Rape Treatment Center. In addition, cast member Chris Colfer created his own video to urge gay youth to call the Trevor Project when in need.
Amazing work, Gleeks. Check out Colfer’s video below: