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POLL: How Well Did ‘Glee’ Cover Bullying?

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Last night, the usually effervescent FOX hit Glee tackled the serious topic of bullying.

I don’t want to put any Glee spoilers out there, but suffice it to say Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer) deals with bullying, standing up for himself, and a has his first kiss.

(If you haven’t yet seen it, you can catch the episode – “Never Been Kissed” – online courtesy of FOX.)

Of course, this isn’t really the first time Colfer has taken on the issue of bullying. Back during the summer, Colfer appeared on The View and offered advice for people being bullied in real life, and made his own YouTube video for the “It Gets Better” campaign.

The New York Times ran a two-part interview with Glee creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy regarding “Never Been Kissed” (Part 1 and Part 2), and during the second part, Times writer Dave Itzkoff addresses the idea that some of what happened during the show (Kurt finding a “mentor,” the bullying football player actually turning out to have his own sexuality issues) might have been a bit too convenient.

Other reviews of “Never Been Kissed” are varied. MTV writer Jim Cantiello feels there was too much going on for just one episode. On the other hand, writer Tim Stack raved:

[…] Chris Colfer once again proved he’s a real talent last night. The Kurt/bullying storyline felt so real and so painful. Kurt’s role in this entire season is so socially important, and I give props to the Glee gurus (Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan) for tackling bullying in school but also showing there’s no simple solution.

Now that the dust of “Never Been Kissed” has settled, what did YOU think of the episode? Sound off in the survey, and if you need more room, take over the comments!

POLL: How Well Did ‘Glee’ Cover Bullying?

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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