Oh Ryan Murphy – What say you now?
Ryan Murphy is being honored by the Paley Center for Media for his contributions to the medium.
The man who set back equality for lesbians, bisexual women, hell all women, was awarded by the Paley Center for Media as being a revolutionary show creator. Ryan Murphy is not only the creator of Glee, but also The New Normal, American Horror Story, Popular, and Nip/Tuck.
His shows have certainly been revolutionary, and the words the host used to describe his work included those buzz words, like social change and equality. Yet, in the current season of Glee alone, his show has done more damage than good to the queer female community.
In the montage at the beginning of the presentation, showing footage from all of Ryan Murphy’s shows, there were feature clips showing Klaine and Finchel from Glee, but as usual, Brittana was absent. Already, this is shaping up to be another parade of inequality… for queer female fans.
I am interested to hear what he has to say, especially if they go towards the controversy swirling around Glee, Brittana and their continued determination to pretend there isn’t a problem.
Recently where Glee is concerned, I put up my walls and get ready to be angry and I try to avoid as many interviews as possible. I was very torn about this one, because of the continued problems, but luckily, there was no mention of any of those things in what Ryan Murphy discussed. The conversation mainly centered around Ryan Murphy’s career, and many aspects of what he had to say were incredibly inspiring. (One of my favorite lines was about using story and characters to “fix” parts of your life through writing.)
What struck me the most in his interview was that he said in creating his shows, he gets the most fulfillment out of making other people’s paths easier. Ryan Murphy described having a hard time growing up, and when he gets feedback from the people who watch his shows, telling him they feel better about their lives or themselves, that is what gets him through the harder times. This tells me three things.
1. Ryan does read his tweets.
2. Ryan does have a heart.
This is why it continues to baffle me that Ryan Murphy now allows the double standards and erasure of lesbian romantic relationships from Glee. Glee is no longer the show it’s most vulnerable fans fell in love with, which makes the new reality even more frustrating.
3. Ryan doesn’t seem to intentionally set out to hurt any of his fans.