TV officials mocked Ryan Murphy for ‘sounding gay’

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The Glee and American Horror Story creator says that unfortunately homophobia still exists in TV industry and he faced it personally when the executives told him he had a too gay voice (whatever it might mean) and feminine gestures (although he usually don’t use any specific gestures. And he never thought that the gestures could be gendered). It made him stunned in silence because he did not expect such a rude attitude. ‘I was very pained by it. I never understood it. But right from the beginning of my career, interestingly enough, I did feel homophobia and I did feel “No.” And I remember one of my early agents was fired for being gay. This was in the mid-90s if you can imagine,’ he said. And as for LGBT characters, they almost don’t exist because the TV officials see extra ‘gayness’ even in those characters which are straight. He added: ‘I didn’t dare even start off writing gay characters, but I had sort of outlandish characters in there and I would get notes literally from executives saying, “Can this character dress less gay?” Even if it was like a straight woman. Or, “The language coming out of this character’s mouth seems very flamboyant, which we think is too gay and will offend some of our viewers. Can you take that out?’

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