'Glee' claims Diversity Award

Fox’s popular new musical-comedy, Glee, has won a Diversity Award from the Multicultural Motion Picture Association. Variety reports that the show’s cast will be celebrated as television’s favorite new ensemble at a ceremony on Nov. 22. Other honorees will include the casts of NCIS: Los Angeles, Parks and Recreation, Lincoln Heights, and actors Taraji P. Henson and Masi Oka.

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  • mscisluv

    Just so we’re clear on this, they’re defining diversity as “not white,” right? Because I love Glee, but the only characters with any storyline at all are the white ones.

    • Chichi

      I was coming here to say the same thing. And it is a shame. Tina has been collecting dust, they might as well use a cardboard cut out of her.

    • Brooke

      Yeah, from that list, it seems to turn a blind eye to how the not-white characters are being USED. Which for Glee and P&R and Heroes – the answer is “not very well”. P&R just had a “ha ha, thinking fat black women are sexy is funny” episode. Masi Oka’s Hiro is just one more funny child-like Asian man who for some reason was denied actual character growth into the dark-Hiro we saw in s1, and Glee’s non-white and disabled characters are sort of stereotypical side props (sassy black woman? check) injected seemingly just to show some non-mainstream faces.

      How ’bout some diversity that includes seeing minorities as full people that don’t fit into the stereotypical boxes Hollywood has always carved out for them? Grey’s has always been a decent example of that, and despite Bailey starting off as a sassy black woman, she has depth and stories and a full range of emotions.

      • John

        Tom on Parks and Rec is one of my favorite characters on TV; definitely doesn’t fit in an easy stereotype box (well, maybe he does, but not because of his ethnicity).

    • Q

      When “Santana. Wheels. Gay kid. Asian. Other Asian. Aretha. Shaft.” is the most memorable moment for most of those characters, maybe it’s a bit premature for the diversity award. It’ll be great if each of them gets an episode that follows them a bit (like “Preggers” with Kurt on the football team and coming out), but without that they’re all still pretty much.. well, Santana, Wheels, gay kid, Asian, other Asian, Aretha and Shaft.

  • RLS

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed that the non-white characters on this show are little more than window dressing. The black girl is such a finger-snapping, neck-twisting stereotype that she’s hard to watch at times.

  • Cee

    I agree with the poster about Grey’s Anatomy–I have always appreciated the diversity on that show, and how they show that no matter what your race/sexuality/gender, you can still be a competent doctor.

  • Rob Grizzly

    Wow, I’m actually in agreement with the posters here. I like Glee, but it’s a good point to how these minority characters are used on that show. Even Community gives their minority characters more to do.

    I’m surprised they aren’t honoring Modern Family. Latinos Gloria and Manny and the gay couple have both been a breath of fresh air for the sitcom genre.

  • jack hart

    by the way .. who’s the black guy on glee? sue sylverster called hin “shaft” lol

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