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Wed 16 Mar, 2011
By Sam Bristowe

Nice singing. But how can having girls in the audience make these cartwheeling, foam-party fags straight-sexy?

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A Vanity Fair writer has outraged many after his derogatory comments used in his article about popular show Glee where he referred to two of the characters as “fags”.

People from all backgrounds have been left angry and dumbfounded following writer Brett Berks comment in his article "The Gay Guide to Glee: Season 2, Episode 15, 'Sexy,' where he called Glee characters, Kurt and Blaine, “fags.”

Discussing one of the scenes that recently aired in the US, Berk said: "Nice singing. But how can having girls in the audience make these cartwheeling, foam-party fags straight-sexy?"

Berk released a public statement apologising after he received a high-level of backlash from many readers, his response read:

"I would like to apologize sincerely to anyone I offended with the use of the term 'fag' (now removed) in this 'Gay Guide to Glee' column.

As an openly gay writer writing in an overtly overblown style, my intent in using the word in this offhanded way was to continue my consistent efforts to confront and challenge stereotype, to unpack the way in which language works, and to deconstruct the clever gender politics at play in the scene I described: teasing out the purposeful incongruity of this (foamy) attempt to make the conspicuously gay Dalton Warblers seem 'sexy' to females. Anyone with even a whiff of familiarity with my writing will know that I am, and have long been, a tireless agitator, here at and elsewhere, for gay rights, as well as a huge supporter of everything Glee has accomplished in advancing a meaningful dialogue about homosexuality in our popular culture—and in our youth culture in particular.”

Vanity Fair as a whole responded to the comments made and released a statement saying:

"With so many genuine homophobes stirring up trouble these days, the gay community doesn’t need any agita from an ally like, so we are eager to set the record straight about the use of the word “fags” in Brett Berk’s latest 'Gay Guide to Glee' column. Brett, who has repeatedly referred to himself as’s 'fun and faggy editor' (a title the editors have declined to endorse), writes from a humorous and explicitly gay perspective, and his invocation of this complicated word was meant to critique the notion that the gay characters of Glee should feel obliged to 'play straight' on stage. That said, we recognize that the column caused genuine offense to many readers, and we apologize unreservedly to them."


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