Wounds are still fresh for Newtown, Connecticut.
The hit Fox television series Glee has received backlash for their newest episode “Shooting Star,” because it depicts a school shooting almost identical to the Sandy Hook massacre.
Parents are outraged that the show, usually praised for taking on controversial issues, premiered the episode four months after the massacre without notifying the Newtown community.
Local parent Andrew Paley reportedly told Fox, “We’re going through a healing phase right now and without giving us any kind of warning, it’s going to open up wounds we’re trying to close right now.”
The local superintendent, Janet Robinson, advised others via email to use their discretion watching the Glee episode, as it shows students and faculty frightened and trying to survive a shooting.
The email reads, “I want to make you aware that the show Glee is featuring what could be a disturbing plot tonight and I want you to be aware so you can make an informed choice about watching this. According to entertainment blog TVLine, tonight’s episode includes shots in the halls ‘that rips the frothy high-school musical off its foundation and transports it to a dark and harrowing world’.”
Glee is known for tackling touchy subjects in good taste. The show’s creator Ryan Murphy, allegedly said the school shooting episode will be “the most powerful emotional Glee ever.”
No reports have been made in reference to Fox responding to Paley or if an apology was made.