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Ryan Murphy disses “Modern Family” on lack of gay kiss: “Why aren’t these characters kissing? Don’t they have a child?”

Ryan Murphy -  © David Gabber / Photorazzi

He didn’t mention Modern Family by name but there’s no mistaking what show Glee creator Ryan Murphy was talking about Monday when he said: “I hate it on TV shows, and there’s one show that I won’t name right now, where it’s like ‘Why aren’t these character kissing? Don’t they have a child?’ That’s ridiculous to me. I don’t understand it.”

Modern Family has come under criticism because its gay couple, Cam and Mitchell [Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson], have yet to share an on-screen kiss while other couples on the show have.

A Facebook page titled Let Cam & Mitchell on Modern Family currently has more than 13,500 followers.

Added Murphy: “If I did it on my show, I would just have them do it in every scene and not have a big deal about it. I don’t think that you have to announce a very special episode. Weren’t they doing it back on Roseanne? It is just so outdated and archaic to me and as a gay man, I would never do that. I would make it very organic and do it several times and not make it a stunt.”’s remarks came while talking to reporters informally after a session at the TV Critics Association Press Tour and were in response to a question about an upcoming same-sex kiss on Glee for Santana (Naya Rivera) and Brittany (Heather Morris).

“I’m directing the episode where they’re going to kiss a couple of times. The key is to do it a couple times so it doesn’t seem forced.”

FILE UNDER: Controversy, Television


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11 Remarks

  1. I don’t know how much room he has to talk considering how many times GLBT characters were the victims of violence on Nip / Tuck.

  2. I agree with Josh. Kurt on Glee is a victim of a hopeless attraction to a straight male, let alone to constant bullying. I applaud Modern Family for Cam and Mitch, who are nuanced characters in their own right. Ryan Murphy needs to look at his own work and make some better character decisions that don’t take the gay rights movement backwards.

  3. The point of Ryan Murphy showing Kurt being bullied and in love with a straight male and the LGBT characters of Nip/Tuck being attacked is to shed light on society of today. His characters allow the LGBT to relate with these characters rather then forcing them to watch a perfectly accepted gay couple because unfortunately today they aren’t accepted in too many places. I’m a gay male and I know that I have been bullied and fallen in love with a number of straight males. So, I think Ryan Murphy is doing a great job portraying LGBT characters and there current situations.

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  6. Yeah, I don’t know, Abhi, Nip/Tuck is a pretty sensationalistic show. A lot of the scenes of violence against gays made me uncomfortable.

  7. “Added Murphy: “If I did it on my show, I would just have them do it in every scene and not have a big deal about it.”

    No, you just make a big deal about it by talking about it in public. Focus on fixing your train-wreck of a show instead of focusing on other shows. Or maybe someone is bitter another show dethroned Glee?

  8. It truly is brave to show two female teenage cheerleaders kissing.

  9. Oh James, that makes sense! Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest comedy of all? and what have you.

    It’s a shame that Murphy has to be so petulant. Dude’s got talent coming out his ears, and a touch that can be neither fabricated nor duplicated, but it’s a big turnoff that he seems to be a dude who can’t take it, but loves to dish it out.

    I second James, Ryan! Focus on the show. “Glee” was one of the most incredible things in the world when you weren’t focusing on image and being “streets ahead,” and were just making a great show with a great cast and great music. It’s still there, just go back to that. IMHO of course TM Patty Chase.

  10. Abhi i think you mean just the G of LGBT in he is doing a great job, becuase the L & B is non-existent and boarderline offensive in S3.

    I just want S1 Glee back becuase after the season that shall not be named and the train wreck of s3 so far, i doubt im going to keep watching. Even Naya and Lea can’t keep me watching this double standard, sanctimonious and chauvinistic drivel any longer.

  11. It’s funny because the only characters who get on-screen kisses on Glee are Finn and Rachel. I think we’ve had maybe five to ten, at the very very most, whereas Finn and Rachel snog each other every single episode.
    At least the characters on Modern Family are able to show that they love one another without having to kiss all of the time. They’re a married couple with a small child; I know that my parents didn’t kiss a lot when I was growing up. There are different ways to show affection.

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