Glee star Jane Lynch has come out in defence of the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, insisting that he meant no offence in the recent episode which featured a high school shooting.
Last week’s US episode of Glee saw One Direction students hiding in fear when gun fire began raining down on their school. The Glee club leader, Will Schuster (Matthew Morrison) tried to keep his students calm, whilst telling them to text and tweet people on the outside to alert the authorities. The students were then later seen recording messages to their loved ones if the worst should have happened to them, before the area was cleared by swat teams.
This isn’t the first time that the hit US teen musical drama has tackled controversial issues, with the cast having already covered sexuality, depression and domestic violence.
However, some people believed that this particular episode had taken things a tad too far, with some parents of the recent Newtown, CT shooting have widely criticised the show for dramatising the storyline without seeking proper input from them to ensure sensitivity and accuracy was carried out.
But, like her outspoken character Sue Sylvester, Jane Lynch has come out to defend the episode, commenting on Access Hollywood Live on Monday April 15th:
“We’re always rather topical and rather current on the show and I think it means a lot to [writer] Ryan Murphy that we comment on anything that, especially things, that affect kids,” the Emmy winner explained.
“I’m glad he wrote the episode and it was shocking. I was really surprised about the feedback. A lot of people were upset about it.”
The Emmy award winning actress went on to explain how it is never the shows intention to cause offence whilst tackling its more controversial storylines, explaining:
“That I feel horrible about. If we added to anybody’s pain, that is just certainly not what any of us wanted,” she said, adding: “Guns do come in to schools and they shouldn’t be there and mistakes happen.”
“People come in with the intent to hurt and to harm… it’s in Congress, it’s very current and we really need to look at it and we really need to protect the kids. People are allowed to have guns and people who aren’t very stable are coming into schools with guns and that’s a terrible, terrible thing.
“I think we are going to offend people… I never do anything artistically worrying, ‘Who are we going to offend?’ There is a truth to it. There is a truth with someone with a mental illness or intellectual challenge who is given a gun and it’s very dangerous and why should that not be in our art?”
Watch the full, intense shooting scene in the clip below and let us know if you think the matter was dealt with appropriately in the comment box below: