'Glee' actress responds to school shooting episode controversy

As TV Rage reported last week, Fox's "Glee" ignited controversy following the airing of an episode centering on the panic caused by a student bringing a gun to school. Many felt the episode came too soon after the Newtown tragedy, with victims' family members not notified of the subject matter before it aired. In a recent interview with Access Hollywood Live, actress Jane Lynch responded to the backlash.

Jane Lynch

Lynch insisted that the episode, written months before the tragedy, simply "Glee" and creator Ryan Murphy's goals to tackle hot-button issues of the day. "We're always rather topical and rather current on the show and I think it means a lot to [writer] Ryan Murphy that we comment on anything that, especially things, that affect kids," the Emmy winner explained.

She continued, "I'm glad he wrote the episode and it was shocking. I was really surprised about the feedback. A lot of people were upset about it."

The actress apologized for any ill will that the episode may have caused some viewers, stating it was the last thing the cast and crew intended. "That I feel horrible about. If we added to anybody's pain, that is just certainly not what any of us wanted," she said. "I think we are going to offend people... I never do anything artistically worrying, 'Who are we going to offend?' There is a truth to it. There is a truth with someone with a mental illness or intellectual challenge who is given a gun and it's very dangerous and why should that not be in our art?"

What did you think of last week's episode?

- Glee
- Jane Lynch
- Ryan Murphy

Written by: kyleiam
Apr 16th, 2013, 11:18 am

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