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Glee: Stereotype Me!

Why the introduction of a stereotypical Christian character on the popular show Glee could be reason to celebrate.

When Glee creator Ryan Murphy announced that the popular TV show would add a female Christian character in its second season, a "Carrie Underwood" type, I worried that she might be just another outrageous caricature representing the worst people think of us. But in the hands of a show like Glee, which combines choreographed musical numbers with high school drama and teenage self-discovery, this might just turn out to be a good thing.

"We've taken a couple jabs at the right wing this year, so what I want to do with this character is have someone who Christian kids and parents can recognize and say, 'Oh, look—I'm represented there, too!' If we're trying to form a world of inclusiveness, we've got to include that point of view as well," said Murphy. He insists that the character will "speak her mind and be listened to and respected" while refusing to accept one character's homosexuality and the glee club's sexually suggestive dance numbers.

Each of the characters on Glee is an intentionally ...

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