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Glee‘s Blaine Is Not Bi (But That Doesn’t Mean He Won’t Explore It)

So that gay male television character who’s going to experiment with bisexuality is not, Glee creator Ryan Murphy insists, Darren Criss’ Blaine. “Blaine is NOT bi,” says Murphy. “He is gay, and will always be gay. I think it’s very important to young kids that they know this character is one of them.” Oh, but what’s this about Murphy giving another interview where he says “Blaine will openly question whether bisexuality is real. I think that some people will love that discussion and some will not love it.” Everyone, I know exactly how to solve this mystery about whether Blaine will dabble in the ladies: Watch Glee, and then find out.

By:           Max Simon
On:           Feb 14, 2011
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  • 29 Comments
    • Ethan
      Ethan

      Right. And those bisexual kids? Fuck them. BLAINE ISN’T ONE OF YOU.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jaxson
      Jaxson

      This is just another example of the actor playing the part getting cold feet. They should have cast a gay man in the part. When straight actor are put out of their “comfort zone” the whole “bi” storyline is dragged ouot and it’s tired! This Darren guy needs to give the role up to a gay man and be done with it!

      Feb 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alejandro
      alejandro

      @Jaxson: your joking right. darren is such an ally. he was born in san fran and has been very vocal of his support for us.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Randall Ellison
      Randall Ellison

      Wow, the director of Glee actually made the statement “I think it’s very important to young kids that they know this character is one of them”?

      What is that supposed to mean? Kids who are bi and watch Glee don’t deserve a role model? Or does he mean that bisexual kids don’t even exist? You know, I’m really getting tired of gay people constantly trying to dismiss bisexuality as a myth.

      When I was 5 years old I got excited when I saw pretty girls and I got excited when I saw cute boys. I am now 34 years old and the only thing that has changed is I now get excited when I see hot men and I get excited when I see hot women. There’s no question, it is not an experimental phase. I am bi. I am proud. And I am real.

      But instead of using this remarkable opportunity to teach gay kids about tolerance and respect — that is, it can be “cool” to be bi, just as it is cool these days to be gay, he drops right back into the “gay comfort zone” where bi means that you are just on the path to becoming gay. It’s too outrageous of a thought to educate people that bi is a legitimate sexual orientation, so let’s replay the stereotypes instead.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Right Wingers Are Socioptahs (John From England)
      Right Wingers Are Socioptahs (John From England)

      @alejandro: So what? He’s still straight and wants to be seen as straight. He has also been really weird about plating a gay part.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Right Wingers Are Socioptahs (John From England)
      Right Wingers Are Socioptahs (John From England)

      @Ethan:

      WTF? How do you know?

      Weirdo!

      Feb 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James Davis
      James Davis

      @Randall Ellison: You are kidding right? He meant here is this character who was introduced as gay and very comfortable with being gay so why would they change this character who the gay kids identify with. If anything I’d expect to see one of the straight guys involved in the bisexual storyline.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • michael
      michael

      Way to be ignorant about bisexuals

      Feb 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • justiceontherocks
      justiceontherocks

      @Right Wingers Are Socioptahs (John From England): He has been “weird about plating a gay part”? How? He seems to be having the time of his life on one of the top-rated shows in the U.S.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kenny
      kenny

      Ive never and never will understand why SOME key word SOME gay americans hate or have no tolerance nor respect for people who are bisexual.Its ridiculous childish and hypocritical period. Darren has been an extremely vocal ally he genuinely loves and cares about the LGBT community allies and people like him give me hope for this world.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TheRealAdam
      TheRealAdam

      @Randall Ellison: Yes, you keep telling yourself that, and we’ll keep believing.

      @kenny: Because it’s not possible. Sorry. Either you want the penis or the pussy. There’s no legitimate in-between. Bi-curiosity is one thing, but there is no such thing as a bisexual.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sam
      sam

      @Randall Ellison: Wow. Very missed the point there didn’t you.

      How many times has a gay (or straight character who “turns” gay) gone back to straightsville for an experiment, an explore or heck, even a relationship?? If say, Teddy on 90210 went back to a girl having just ahd his first gay r/ship, that’d be morbidly offensive and distressing to younger homos watching it and thinking “wtf”

      Yes, bisexuals exist. That’s obvious. Yes, they need to get represented. But harping on what was probably just a poor choice of words, a quote cherry picked out of a larger context to make it sound like he’s “bi-phobic” is ridiculous and over-sensitive.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Zefyros
      Zefyros

      @Randall Ellison: I think that that is one way to see it.
      On the other hand, if the not feminine gay turns bi then it will send other messages, right?

      Feb 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • soakman
      soakman

      @Randall

      There already are bi kids on the show…Brittany and Santana. And neither of them are dating girl, but Santana is single. Also, that shouldn’t be an issue because they are bi. That means sometimes they like to date the opposite sex.

      It has been made VERY clear that Brittany and Santana have bedded each other. If you’re just upset because there’s not a bisexual male on the show, you should probably just either find a show that already does, or wait and hope like the rest of everyday television watchers that the show you are watching will eventually introduce a character that bisexual men (you?) can relate to.

      Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I’m sure if they had a bi male character who dated another boy, people would be up in arms about the fact that they already HAVE gay characters.

      Bisexuality is tricky business to demonstrate visually unless you challenge monogamy. And if they did that, people would trounce on them for perpetuating the bi = promiscuous stereotype.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion
      hephaestion

      Bisexual kids deserve role models, but don’t make Blaine bi.

      Make Charise’s character bi. Or Sam. ANYONE but Blaine.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • glasshouses
      glasshouses

      Hell, I’m bi and I want Blaine to stay gay. His “flipping” over to bi-ness doesn’t thrill me and I just have this feeling it’s going to end up coming off as cheap and not very “B” inclusive.

      Honestly, I thought Sam was going to come out as bi. In the meanwhile, Santana and Britney are cool by me.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • glasshouses
      glasshouses

      PS: Lauren would be the best bi-diva in history.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      I know a lot of 60 year old straight people. I know a good amount of 60 year old gay people. I have never met the 60 year old who identifies as Bisexual.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • glasshouses
      glasshouses

      Fitz:

      I’m almost there– the age part, not the bi part– and I doubt that I’ll be changing any time soon.

      Yea, I have never met you and I’m still a few years short, although not sure why that would make a difference. When one gets to this age: A) “age” becomes relative, and B) one just stops giving a shit when it comes to justifying one’s identity.

      Feb 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kevininbuffalo
      kevininbuffalo

      I’ll be 56 in a few months and I’m Bi and will still be bi four years from now! Open your mind for chrissakes!

      Feb 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DJ Randall Ellison
      DJ Randall Ellison

      @James Davis: No, not kidding. And comfort is the very issue of import here.

      People can discover their sexuality at any point in their life. Perpetuating the belief that young people are always locked into just one sexuality, and that young people should oppress feelings that might deviate from their previous sexual inclinations is absurd.

      There is no preset timeline for anybody to “come out”. If in fact after thorough realization Blaine identifies as bi, and that disappoints a lot of people, then perhaps it’s a much needed reality check. He’s being who he is regardless of other people’s “desires”. While I appreciate his role model status, the reality is NOBODY else matters when it comes to proving who you are. And that’s the way it should be — a lesson more young people should realize.

      –Randall

      Feb 15, 2011 at 4:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DJ Randall Ellison
      DJ Randall Ellison

      @Fitz: To be totally honest, a lot of bi people don’t come out of the closet because bisexuality is so highly stigmatized in the United States. And depending on the generation, the acceptability as portrayed in the media and numerous other forms of social conditioning can be a significant deterrent to ever coming out. (I still don’t tell most of my friends that I’m bi, because many of them are gay and they would disown me as a friend if they knew the truth.)

      –Randall

      Feb 15, 2011 at 4:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DJ Randall Ellison
      DJ Randall Ellison

      @soakman: I hate to say it, but bi girls don’t count because the media loves to paint girls as “always experimenting” (that’s another sorry stereotype of bisexuality). I agree it is a tricky business. But perhaps the solution is just to simply have characters who ARE cleary bi throughout the entire story arc, instead of always playing the “turning bi” card. Why after all, can’t anybody simply be bi? Why do they always have to be straight or gay, and then they suddenly “become bi?”

      You are either born gay or your are born straight. But you can always be bi. That’s the other one of ten thousand “bisexuality myths” that just drives me up the wall :)

      –Randall

      Feb 15, 2011 at 4:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kenny
      kenny

      @DJ Randall Ellison:

      Thats a sad statement for your friends then.Ive seen videos on YT also about gay guys hating guys who are bi which makes absolutely no sense to me.We’re supposed to be brothers and sisters in this community we need to love one another any gay guy who judges turns on or persecutes someone who is bisexual is a hypocrite.The gay community knows what its like to be judged therefore they should know better then to judge others especially those within their OWN community or family.For what its worth id be more then happy to have you as a friend I have plenty of friends who are bi and they are wonderful people.

      Feb 15, 2011 at 10:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greenmanTN
      greenmanTN

      Glee isn’t my type of show, but I appreciate these characters being role models for LGB youth. (So far as I know, no Ts have been represented.)

      For purposes of them being role models I think it’s important to keep the gay characters gay. From the standpoint of character development it might be appealing to have their roles less defined but I think it’s more important not to confuse the audience, particularly the youngest ones. Like it or not, a character who previously identified as gay suddenly becoming interested in the opposite sex plays into old myths about being gay as a “phase,” something that’s not real or valid.

      You want more bisexual characters introduced or further exploration of those who are already bi? Fine. Great. I’m all for that. But having gay characters go bi isn’t the right message to send.

      Feb 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Max the Communist
      Max the Communist

      I don’t have a good feeling about this. I predict that the writers will simply rehearse the same old negative stereotypes about bisexuals and whether Blaine ends up identifying as bi or not, a whole community will get thrown under the bus on national television.

      I’m not looking forward to it. Just anticipating it makes my head hurt.

      Feb 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rosie
      Rosie

      I think it’s Sam that’s should be bi.

      Feb 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      So acording to Glee..bisexual is just a drunken state of being??Ryan Murphy can go to he…….

      Mar 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      also Ryan…..Queens aren’t the only gays out there….

      Mar 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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