US conservative group: Glee’s ‘World’s Gayest High School’ an ‘insult’ to President McKinley

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a pink background.

A conservative research group in the US has called television show Glee’s William McKinley High School an “insult” to the former US president it is named after, as it is “The World’s Gayest High School”.

Andrew Collins of the conservative Media Research Center, wrote an article which cites the history of President William McKinley, and accuses the television programme of pushing “a gay agenda”, “mock[ing] the Bible”, and including a “large dose of gay”, in its most recent episode.

Collins writes: “Pity William McKinley. Our 25th president was a Civil War hero who successfully prosecuted the Spanish-American War and presided over a booming economy. For his trouble, he was assassinated. Adding insult to injury, he’s the namesake of The World’s Gayest High School.

“It’s no secret that ‘Glee’ frequently and flamboyantly pushes a gay agenda. So many characters play for the other team it’s hard to believe that there’ll be any future generations of McKinley High students to mock the Bible and cheer on transgendered [sic] performers. But as this season prepares to wrap up this week, things are heating up on ‘Glee.’ Last week’s episode featured a particularly large dose of gay.”

He goes on to claim that, in one scene, the character Rachel is “intimidated”, by two gay men, and in another, characters Blaine and Kurt “more-than-subtly flirt” with each other, when Blaine says “you look cute today”.

Collins continues: “And finally, in the most overt display of all, Blaine asks Kurt’s father for his son’s hand in marriage. His father is all in favor of the institution, those who support gay marriage are on the right side of history, he says.

He concludes by writing that the fact that Kurt’s father turns down the request is a comment about equal marriage efforts in the US.

“However, he says no because, like most parents these days, he believes high school is a bit too young for someone to be proposing. If anything, his refusal builds the legitimacy of gay marriage even more because he emphasizes the seriousness and permanence of marriage.”

Evangelical Christian group the American Decency Association, previously attacked the television show, saying that it “promotes homosexuality”, and “illicit sexuality”.