The editor of the gay-oriented website AfterElton.com has called upon others in the gay press to go easy on Glee cast member Chris Colfer (or, as he puts it, "zip it and cut the kid some slack") on disclosing his sexual orientation. The 19-year-old actor plays a character struggling with his sexuality in the hit new series. In an editorial appearing on the AfterElton website on Thursday, Michael Jensen observed that the senior gay publication The Advocate had inferred from a comment that Colfer had made in an interview that he was openly gay. (Asked whether he was "out" in high school, Colfer replied, "Oh, no. People are killed in my hometown for that."). However, Colfer later told USA that he wished to keep his sexuality "private," explaining, "As much as I give away of my personal life, the less people will believe me as other characters." Jensen commented that such questioning by interviewers is inappropriate when it comes to persons under 21 and noted that Colter's remarks had triggered "some very unpleasant comments on other sites." Reporters, Jensen said, were "out of bounds" for "putting that much pressure on someone so young -- someone who might very well not have yet dealt with their sexuality."

13/11/2009