Kurt Hummel is one of the most beloved characters of Joythe musical comedy-drama that was incredibly popular in the early 2010s. Performed by Chris ColferKurt’s exit scene in episode 4 of season 1 of the show, “Preggers” was one of the most heartfelt moments in the history of the television series at a time when LGBTQ + representation was rare. Joythe creator ryan murphywho is a gay man, reportedly used his own personal experiences to his father as inspiration for the moving scene.
The scene shows Kurt telling his father “I’m gay”. To which Burt replies, “I’ve known you since you were three years old. All you wanted for your birthday was a sultry pair of heels. Guess I’m not totally in love with the idea, but if that’s what you are, there’s nothing I can do about it. And I love you just as much. Alright?” Although Burt loves sports, cars and beer and Kurt loves musical theater and fashion, the two eventually grow up and Burt overcomes his awkwardness around the idea of Kurt’s sexuality and learns to embrace and support him wholeheartedly.
Ryan Murphy ended up being a successful showrunner and he wanted to show that gay people can find happiness and success. According to Screen Rant, Murphy said in an interview (via the LA Times) that gay characters so rarely get happy endings, and even more rarely their sexualities are treated with dignity. The producer thought it was just as important (if not more important) to see happy and fulfilled gay characters. Murphy told the Guardian he was “someone who couldn’t sell a script and was told everything I did was too gay or too extravagant”. But that didn’t stop him. “I only wrote or created shows that I really wanted to watch, so they inevitably had gay characters, trans characters, and minorities,” he said. “And I made them protagonists instead of sidekicks, because that’s what I’ve done in my own life.”
Chris Colfer ended up winning a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Kurt on Joy. The 32-year-old star reflected on her time on the show, calling her relationship with her on-screen dad truly memorable. He told EW, “To date, I think one of the best things the show has done is portray the relationship between me and Mike O’Malley — the relationship between Kurt and Burt. I’ll never forget , when I first got the script and saw that he accepted Kurt for who he was, I got so upset because I was an actor and I was like, ‘No! I want a scene where I get fired and I cry! And I’m so emotionally distraught! that’s what I want ! I didn’t know it was good for humanity.”