Ryan Murphy, the creator of two beloved American TV shows, “American Horror Story” and “Glee,” has been mocked by TV executives for having a “gay” voice.
‘I never thought that my voice was gay until he repeated it back to me, but I literally was stunned into silence. He was just being really, really brutal to me.’
That didn’t stop Murphy. He carried on, despite the obstacles.
‘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?’
‘Then two things happened,’ he added. ‘It just sort of made me mad, so I just sort of leaned into it and, you know, I wrote a bisexual character. I started to write about lesbianism … I had gay characters. I would say, “No. I won’t do it. Why do you want it taken out?”
We’re glad Murphy persevered. His writing has given us some of our favorite characters.