Friday, May 29, 2015

'Glee' adoption storyline draws some fire

Another day, another set of people who aren't so gleeful about Fox's "Glee."

'Glee' adoption storyline draws some fire

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Idina Menzel and Lea Michele on "Glee" Mike Yarish/Fox

Another day, another set of people who aren't so gleeful about Fox's "Glee."

Not surprisingly, perhaps, this one consists of adoptive parents who don't  think the Ryan Murphy show's reflecting their reality in a storyline in which Quinn (Dianna Agron), having given up her baby for adoption, is now vowing to get the child back.

They're also not too pleased with how the show's treating the uneasy reunion of Rachel (Lea Michele) with her birth mother (who's played by Idina Menzel, whose character, conveniently, also happens to be the woman who adopted Quinn's baby).

Personally, I object to these plot points more on the ground that like so much that happens on "Glee," they grow less out of the individual characters  than out of the writers' increasingly desperate need to make stuff happen, however outlandish, between the song-and-dance numbers that are the only reasons many of us still watch the show at all.

So far, more than  750 people have signed a petition, posted by adoptive mother Amber Austin at, to ask Murphy to produce a public-service announcement "that helps to separate fact from fiction about adoption, and points viewers to resources for finding out more about how adoption really works."

Which sounds like a great idea, until you consider that they're asking the guy who made "Glee" and "Nip/Tuck" and most recently "American Horror Story" to explain how something really works.

And then, of course, there's, which sent out a press release today to tout both the online petition and its own status as "the world's fastest-growing platform for social change."

If this is an example, I'm thinking change will come sloooowly.

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