Rocky Horror creator slams Glee

16:00, Dec 02 2010
Rocky Horror Show
The cast of Rocky Horror perform onstage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.
Rocky Horror Show
The cast of Rocky Horror perform onstage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.
Rocky Horror Show
The cast of Rocky Horror perform onstage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.
Rocky Horror Show
Richard O'Brien performs onstage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.
Rocky Horror Show
Richard O'Brien performs onstage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.
Rocky Horror Show
Richard O'Brien performs onstage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.
Rocky Horror Show
The cast of Rocky Horror perform onstage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.
Rocky Horror Show
The cast of Rocky Horror perform onstage at the Civic Theatre in Auckland.

Rocky Horror show creator Richard O'Brien is disappointed that TV show Glee chose to "dilute down" the themes of the musical.

The episode, which pays tribute to the cult musical, airs on TV3 in New Zealand tonight.

O'Brien, who is currently starring as The Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show in Wellington, said he didn't realise that the hit TV show was going to "dilute" his creation.

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DO THE TIME WARP: A scene from the Glee Rocky Horror Show episode.

"It's very odd. They couldn't use the word 'transsexual' for some reason or other and I couldn't work out the thinking there.

"I don't understand how that word could be misinterpreted. It's just a term, like saying a girl or a boy."

"Janet Jackson's nipple shows in a video and the country falls apart. Uproar! Shock! Horror! There's this strange morality," O'Brien said.

In the US the episode was slammed by the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), who criticised  the show's use of the word "tranny" to describe cross-dressing character Dr Frank-N-Furter.

"The word 'tranny' has become an easy punchline in popular culture, and many still don't realise that using the term is hurtful, dehumanising and associated with violence, hatred and derision against transgender people - a community that is nearly invisible in media today." GLAAD said in a statement.

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