‘Glee’ Star Answers Bill O'Reilly's ‘Dopey’ Transgender Comments (Video)

'Glee' Star Answers Bill O'Reilly's 'Dopey' Transgender Comments (Video)

Alex Newell: “This is what they feel on the inside, there's nothing dopey about it.”

“Glee” star Alex Newell takes issue with Bill O'Reilly saying his transgender character might encourage “dopey” kids to “experiment” with their genders.

“It's wrong to call people dopey,” Newell told Fusion's Alicia Menendez on Thursday. “When it's something this poignant and such a big part of the society, you can't call kids dopey because this is something that they're actually going through, this is what they feel on the inside, there's nothing dopey about it.”

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O'Reilly said on his show in April 2012 that “Glee” might lead to gender-based experimentation the same way seeing James Dean smoking made him want to smoke.

“If you make it glamorous in a program like Glee, which is undeniably a good program… a lot of these dopey kids are confused about who they are. They're confused,” said O'Reilly.

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Newell, 21, who came to the show by way of “The Glee Project,” said he enjoys feminine fashion and makeup because “it's fun,” but is not transgender.

“Some people don't understand that I do play a character,” he said. “I must be doing it well if they really think that I'm living my character's life,” he said.

Watch the interview with Newell:

And O'Reilly's original segment:

  • Stuart W

    The Wrap chasing something said by Bill O'Reilly 19 MONTHS ago (April 2012) and responded to by Cory Monteith November 22, 2013. Time elapsed 19 months! Did you lose Cory's original rejoinder, or is The Wrap

    particularly slow news-weekend? Whatever happened to the proposition “…there's nothing older than yesterday's news? (1968) FYI have no reason read Monteith's text, nor review O'Reilly's out of time and/or context tape. Thanks!

  • MrChicken

    O'Reilly is right.

  • David

    Bill O'Reilly is the problem with society. Not a talented actor portraying a gender-questioning teen. Transgendered people are real, amongst us everyday whether we know it or not, and, most importantly, worthy and deserving of our respect, acceptance, or at the very least our tolerance. Get educated, get to know someone who is transgendered, especially a teenager- talk with, listen to and attempt to understand instead of worrrying about the “effect” their existence may have on those not dealing with this issue. I doubt O'Reilly gives a crap about kids if it doesn't have to do with something he personally finds “icky”.

    • oneclearthinker

      Transgender people are real, but what they believe is a delusion. You should respect them, but we should not be forced into believing their delusion. They should be respected the same way we respect other people with a mental illness and get them mental health treatment for their delusion, not play along like we believe their delusion. Delusion is defined as an unshakable believe in something that is demonstrably untrue. Why is society forced into believing someone's delusion? Why should a man who has a delusion about their gender be allowed to use the woman's locker room? There are 30 people in a woman's locker room. One is a delusional man who does not feel comfortable using the men's locker room. The other 29 are women who are uncomfortable because they see a man's penis hanging out in a WOMAN'S locker room. What about the rights and comfort level of the 29 women in the WOMAN'S locker room? I wish no harm to transgender people, but instead of forcing society to believe in and accept their delusion, we should be getting them mental health treatment for their delusions.

  • oneclearthinker

    Delusion is defined as an unshakable believe in something that is demonstrably untrue. Why is society forced into believing someone's delusion? Why should a man who has a delusion about their gender be allowed to use the woman's locker room? There are 30 people in a woman's locker room. One is a delusional man who does not feel comfortable using the men's locker room. The other 29 are women who are uncomfortable because they see a man's penis hanging out in a WOMAN'S locker room. What about the rights and comfort level of the 29 women in the WOMAN'S locker room? I wish no harm to transgender people, but instead of forcing society to believe in and accept their delusion, we should be getting them mental health treatment for their delusions.