Proximity survey #1: 301 “The Purple Piano Project” - 310 “Yes/No”

We were asked to look at the proximity of the couples in choir room scenes to determine if the double standard we’ve noted in public displays of affection and public versus private scenes persists in this metric too.

We tried to place Finn & Rachel, Mike & Tina, Kurt & Blaine, Brittany & Santana in every choir scene in which it was possible to actually see and capture them. The results pretty much speak for themselves.

Three of the four couples have their days when they’re snuggly and their days when they’re on opposite ends of the choir room. Some have more snuggly days than others. Draw your own conclusions there.

The sole exception? Kurt & Blaine. To the point that the double standard isn’t just glaring, it’s *ridiculous.* Blaine sits closer to Rachel than he ever sits to Kurt. Kurt sits closer to Sam than he ever sits to Blaine. Finn-Kurt & Puck-Blaine sit close and hold hands openly in a way Kurt & Blaine were never allowed.

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Statement from the GEP

A few days ago, an open letter to the GEP was posted on Deconstructing Glee. This is our response.

We at GEP are pleased that our campaign is prompting people to ask their own questions. We welcome all contributions and feedback for our campaign, and have no qualms if people choose not to support us. We believe in what we’re doing, however, and we believe we’re on solid ground with our views and our campaign.

The gifsets, picture montages and videos on our tumblr, facebook and twitter represent our beliefs. We carefully considered each one and stand by them on the basis of what Glee has shown us on-screen.

The basis for all of our content is cold, hard facts from data collection and observations of season 3. We restricted ourselves to season 3 to keep the task manageable for our volunteer data recorders and analysts, but also to provide what we felt would be a fairer picture as there were established, canon straight and LGBT couples throughout that season. Including data from earlier seasons where there were not as many pairs would have skewed the statistics and made the inequality look even worse than we believe it is. We’re campaigning for equality, but we don’t want to mislead anyone.

Our research and observations fall into three streams.

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Signal boost!

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Thursday, July 19th, at 7 PM EST/4 PM PST/12 AM GMT tweet and include the phrase <Glee Writers Offend Fans>

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It ain’t easy being Blaine Anderson.

Glee has a tendency to skim lightly over the surface of Blaine’s issues with his sexuality. Sometimes, he seems to sing more than he talks.

Have you written FOX yet?

Kevin Reilly
FOX Broadcasting Company
10201 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Santana Lopez: ‘Journey’

In her time on Glee, Santana Lopez has journeyed from the girl who had sex ‘without feelings’ to a young woman in love, increasingly comfortable and confident in her identity & sexuality, and proud of her relationship with best friend, now girlfriend Brittany Pierce.

Have you written FOX yet?

Kevin Reilly
FOX Broadcasting Company
10201 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Kurt Hummel: ‘Fighter’

At Comic Con, executive producer & writer Brad Falchuk confirmed to Hollywood Reporter that Kurt’s “hard life - shattered NYADA dreams, bullying and more” and his “resilience" in the face of adversity would continue to be explored.

“Kurt really did nothing but lose last year, so I’d like to see him win something,” Chris Colfer said in his newjersey.com interview. “He didn’t get the school play, didn’t get president, and didn’t get into his college. He didn’t get anything. So I’d like to see him get something that makes him happy.”

Let’s recap the “interesting…tough spots" the writers have put Kurt in so far…

Have you written FOX yet?

Kevin Reilly
FOX Broadcasting Company
10201 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Want to Use Twitter to Make Your Voice Heard?

Signal boost!

glee-equality-project:

Here we announce our first attempt to get a phrase trending on Twitter. Read on for full instructions of how not to have your tweets dismissed as spam.

Thursday, July 19th, at 7 PM EST/4 PM PST/12 AM GMT tweet and include the phrase <Glee Writers Offend Fans>

To make it trend more easily and have more impact, here are some general guidelines:

*Use one phrase per tweet - do not use multiples as it counts as spam
*Do not RT; tweet your own original tweet using the phrase
*Do not use hashtags in front of what we are trying to trend
*Please do not use this phrase before the time allotted as it can hurt our attempt

*Please do NOT tweet the actors
*Additional content is important to avoid your tweets being written off as spam - feel free to tweet to any and all names from the following list, too - how about a tweet per name? We do want to let them all know! Tailor the tweets to the recipient if you like - say what you have to FOX and then say what you have to Brad - This means that it is not spam; instead we use our punch line and we get our message across.

@BFalchuk
@GLEEonFOX
@GLEETV
@FoxBroadcasting
@hitchmichael

*You have more than one thing to say? Use separate tweets, while repeating our trending phrase and eliminating the spam danger!
*Please stay respectful.

Please re-blog this so that all who want to take part can do so. Thank you.

Want to Use Twitter to Make Your Voice Heard?

Here we announce our first attempt to get a phrase trending on Twitter. Read on for full instructions of how not to have your tweets dismissed as spam.

Thursday, July 19th, at 7 PM EST/4 PM PST/12 AM GMT tweet and include the phrase <Glee Writers Offend Fans>

To make it trend more easily and have more impact, here are some general guidelines:

*Use one phrase per tweet - do not use multiples as it counts as spam
*Do not RT; tweet your own original tweet using the phrase
*Do not use hashtags in front of what we are trying to trend
*Please do not use this phrase before the time allotted as it can hurt our attempt

*Please do NOT tweet the actors
*Additional content is important to avoid your tweets being written off as spam - feel free to tweet to any and all names from the following list, too - how about a tweet per name? We do want to let them all know! Tailor the tweets to the recipient if you like - say what you have to FOX and then say what you have to Brad - This means that it is not spam; instead we use our punch line and we get our message across.

@BFalchuk
@GLEEonFOX
@GLEETV
@FoxBroadcasting
@hitchmichael

*You have more than one thing to say? Use separate tweets, while repeating our trending phrase and eliminating the spam danger!
*Please stay respectful.

Please re-blog this so that all who want to take part can do so. Thank you.

"Kurt hates PDA." — Executive Producer & writer Brad Falchuk, Glee Comic Con panel, 14 July 2012

Wow. Okay. It’s Kurt’s fault. The boy who was desperate to walk hand-in-hand down the hallway with a boy he liked or slow dance at his prom. Okay, then.

Only…if Kurt hates public displays of affection, what is wrong with private displays of affection for Kurt & Blaine? What’s preventing Brittany & Santana having a conversation in private?

Beats us. Really. It’s somehow not an issue Glee writers have for the straight characters or couples, or even Team Gay, provided they’re not with their significant other for the scene…

Don’t leave me out of Tongue Tied…

"In one day, we had 50 actors on stage, 800 background (extras), and we did 100 different shots on that day,” he recalled. “There was certainly no intention to exclude everybody. There are just times where we have to remind ourselves it’s a television show and we have to make it in eight days… It becomes almost an impossible task to service them all. It’s never an exclusionary moment. Every episode, you disappoint somebody. Where’s so-and-so?’ They’re coming next week. We’re cognizant of being equal opportunity: offending, and representing… Overall, as an aggregate, I think we should give ourselves credit for being a pretty diverse show.”

— Executive Producer Dante DiLoreto, Glee Comic Con Panel, 14 July 2012

"Falchuk reinforced this notion, saying that no one at Fox is demanding less gay kissing."

— Executive Producer & writer Brad Falchuk, EW.com, Comic Con, 14 July 2012

You know, we might buy this line of spin if Kurt & Blaine hadn’t been the only ones excluded. And if the boys had in fact been ‘coming next week’ to have their kiss in the season finale. Oddly, it was Rachel & Finn [again] who kissed, along with Quinn & Puck [not a couple]. So.

Also…Glee managed 17 episodes straight in which Kurt & Blaine didn’t kiss but it’s not “exclusionary”? Alrighty then.

But credit where credit is due. Glee is a very diverse show. We’ve seen straight couples kissing in almost every conceivable situation and location, yes? Take it away for the GEP, Santana!

Don’t Bug the Actors!

We just wanted to give a final reminder that we do not want anyone to solicit support of any of the actors; speak to them about the GEP or ask questions and address complaints about GEP issues to the actors at Comic Con or at any other fan event. 

Brad Falchuk is representing the creative team and, as a producer, it is his job to take questions like this on behalf of that team and FOX. 

Please don’t embarrass the actors by asking them about things that they have no authority to change. Thank you.

For the GEP: Julia’s letter to FOX

heyerchick:

On behalf of Julia:

Dear Mr Reilly,

Treatment of LGBT characters in Glee

I’m a 23 year-old woman from England and I’m writing to you as a fan of Glee. I watch the show; I download the songs; I discuss the show online on Tumblr and message boards. There are many things I love about Glee, that have kept me watching for three years, but I also have my concerns and that’s why I’m writing to you today.

Being gay myself, I think it’s wonderful that Glee has such an array of LGBT characters; few shows can boast similar numbers. It’s so rare to find my experiences reflected on TV, so when I do discover a character like Santana Lopez, I treasure her. It was a joy to watch Santana’s journey in season two as she came to terms with her sexuality; the writing was sensitive and thoughtful, and Naya Rivera’s performance was nuanced and moving.

I had high hopes for Santana’s storyline in season three, but unfortunately I found it disappointing in almost all aspects. It is no exaggeration to say that episode 3x07, I Kissed A Girl, was the most offensive hour of television I have ever watched.

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