“It’s wrong to call people dopey,” he says. “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.”
Newell was responding to comments O’Reilly made about his transgender character, the first transgender teen character in the history of American TV: “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,” O’Reilly said on his show last year.
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