Target: The Director of Glee, Ryan Murphy
Goal: Applaud Director Ryan Murphy for creating a popular show that celebrates diversity
Glee, an American TV show that attracts a significant number of teenage viewers, does a good job in inspiring teenagers by celebrating diversity and offering useful advice to them on how to stay true, confront outside forces and embark on their own paths.
Glee describes the epic rise of a group of high-school underdogs, who were previously ignored by the general crowd, after joining Glee Club, a show choir that urges them to unleash their full potential and be proud of being different. The four desirable qualities that Glee Club undeniably embodies are diversity, solidarity, communication and cooperation. The show deals with sensitive issues that may still appear as ‘taboos’ to most teenagers, and encourages them to stand up for themselves, even if they are ridiculed or bullied against for their looks, sexual orientation, nationality and family background. Glee defended the ‘weak’, those teenagers who keep belittling themselves just because they don’t feel valued as much as the ‘sharp ones’. This show sends out inspiring messages to teenagers around the world who are stuck in their personal struggles, wondering whether to reveal their true colors or succumb to the ‘norms’.
As a TV director, Murphy has used media as a channel to promote positivism and inspire teenagers worldwide. By signing the petition below you applaud Murphy for creating a worth-watching show that celebrates diversity and encourages teenagers to be themselves.
Dear Mr. Murphy,
TV shows inspire people and Glee is no exception. In fact, with each aired episode, more and more teenagers are inspired to stay brave, stay true and stay different. I thank you for creating a show that actually fulfills the preliminary and also perennial function of media, that is, to promote positivism and cultivate other educational values.
Shows these days are mostly tainted by vulgarism, excessive sexual content, inappropriate language and callousness. A show like Glee is indeed a true inspiration to baffled teenagers, lost in the search of self-identity, by showing them the right way to success and life-fulfillment.
Standing up for the ‘peripheral groups’ is no easy job, not even on television. You may have received complaints or even individual threats for supporting the LGBTQ population and other marginal parties so publicly on the show, but your courage is deeply admired by us, people who desire for change. I want to thank you for your outspokenness and determination to make the world a better place to live in.
[Your Name Here]
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