Bullying? “Screw that,” says Chris Colfer

On Sunday, Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt on “Glee” won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a series, miniseries or television film. “Glee” certainly has its flaws, but Colfer’s Kurt is one of its brightest spots.

Colfer, who is openly gay and has spoken about how important it is for young LGBT folks to have representation in pop culture. He has been working with The Trevor Foundation for the last few months, especially since “Glee” started fleshing out the storyline about Kurt being bullied for being gay. Colfer used his acceptance speech as a chance to thank “Glee” viewers who are going through something similar:

Most importantly, to all the amazing kids who watch our show and who our show celebrates, who are constantly told “No” by the people in their environments, by bullies at school, that they can’t be who they are or have what they want because of who they are. Well, screw that, kids. Thank you.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

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