The mid season finale of ‘Glee’ dealt with some fairly heavy issues, including teen suicide and cyber bullying, two serious problems that seems to be on the rise in North America, but fans of the show were happy that the producers of ‘Glee’ decided to address these issues and talk about them in a way that younger viewers could really relate to.
Last week’s episode focused on Dave Karofsky (played by Max Adler) who was a former bully, who attempted to end his life after students at McKinley High discovered that he was gay and began bullying him at school as well as on social networking sites like Facebook. ‘Glee’ is one of the first shows to focus on the social networking side of bullying, which has become very prevalent in today’s society.
The episode also included a PSA for ‘The Trevor Project’ – a national organization that works to prevent LGBT suicides. After last week’s episode aired, the official website for ‘The Trevor Project’ received a boost in traffic resulting in record numbers for the site. Co-founded Peggy Rajski said that the traffic volume went up 300 percent after the ‘Glee’ episode. She said;
“What was great about the show is that they worked in conjunction with us so we knew in advance that there was going to in all likelihood be an increase in volume. What happened was the volume went up about 300 percent, but we were ready. On average, our site probably attracts about an average of 1500 visits a day. Tuesday we got 10,000. There’s the power of network TV.”
Rajski added that they also received triple the number of calls because of the episode. ‘Glee’ stars, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Max Adler and Darren Criss are all big supporters of the organization and if you are looking for a way to get involved you can find more information at www.thetrevorproject.org.