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Most high school set TV shows tackle sex at some point, whether it's Buffy losing her virginity to Angel or Angela Chase deciding not to sleep with Jordan Catalano. Hell, Glee itself tackled the topic in its very beginning, getting prim cheerleader Quinn pregnant even when she was the head of the celibacy club. But Glee has always been masterful at drumming up controversy even when there's none to be had, so the show is managing to tackle sex again and still get headlines. This time they're expecting an outcry because the show's lead gay couple, Kurt and Blaine, is planning to have sex for the first time on this Wednesday's episode-- and as Kurt himself, Chris Colfer, explains it, he "absolutely expects" to hear from outraged TV watchdog groups.
But Colfer also says that normal people really, really shouldn't expect to be shocked by the episode. As he told Entertainment Weekly, it's pretty tame even by TV prime time standards:
“It’s funny, I always go into this instant panic state whenever they tell me about upcoming episodes because we always do so many delicate situations on the show. But then I get the script and we shoot it and it’s always handled so well that I never really had any reason to worry about it.”
Colfer added that people might be "expecting this big, raunchy, suggestive brainwashing storyline, when really it's very sweet." I'm not sure who he thinks is expecting something raunchy and suggestive-- while Glee has always toed the line with its double entendres and plotlines, the scenes themselves are generally pretty tame to meet broadcast standards. But people behind the show are apparently so worried about an outcry that they're sending Colfer out for interviews, even going to the point of spoiling the scene entirely: "I think the love scene was all physical. We don’t say anything. We kissed and rolled around a bit.” Well there goes that surprise!
Kurt and Blaine won't be the only teens doing it for the first time on this week's Glee-- Finn and Rachel will also be getting between the sheets together. But of course, Glee knows that the gay sex will be what gets peoples' attention, and that's what they're promoting in the days leading up to the show. Say what you will about the show and its inconsistent quality, but one thing Ryan Murphy and co. always know how to get is headlines. Like this one. Yes, we're playing right into their scheme.