Glee Tackles Gay Bashing In Upcoming Episode – See the Spoilery Photos (Beloved Character Gets Hurt)

When Glee fans heard that Episode 15, set to air on April 8, was titled “Bash” it set fear in the hearts of fandom. Bash? As in gay bashing? Understanding that co-creator, Ryan Murphy LOVES to tackle hot button issues like bullying, school shootings, domestic abuse, texting and driving and more, it seemed like a pretty safe bet that the title wasn’t referring to a party (Maybe it was, but certainly not only.)

And as new stills from yesterday’s Glee set reveals, people are hurt, including Kurt (Chris Colfer). One may even be dead–or at least his life will hang in the balance.  New photos from a shoot for Episode 15 have the New York Glee gang, including Kurt, Rachel (Lea Michele), Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Blaine (Darren Criss), standing around a makeshift memorial for a man named Russ.

You’ll notice, in the candlelight vigil photos, Kurt isn’t bruised. He is hurt, later, when he intervenes on a man being attacked (GleekTo).  Kurt is beat up and left laying on the ground, while the man he was helping gets away.  Later, as you can see from the photos, an obviously injured Kurt and Blaine visit the makeshift memorial where the vigil had taken place.  Kurt’s dad (Mike O’Malley) will also be part of the storyline.

We’ll find out in April the exact nature of the violence that goes down in “Bash.” I’m already anxious, just looking at the photos….

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Kurt, Rachel and Sam gather around the memorial at the Candlelight Vigil

  • Check out this video. Rachel, Sam and Kurt sing at a candlelight vigil for. Reportedly the song is “No One is Alone” from the Broadway musical Into the Woods.



The memorial is for this man, reportedly named Russ:

Also, reportedly, the same actor appeared in a scene with Kurt in a NYADA acting class, so he could be Rachel and Kurt’s classmate, hence how they know him.


According to fans who were at the shoot, Kurt tries to help as he witnesses a mugging

via Klaine News, StaceyThings

  • According to fan reports, Chris was hurt filming the scene. He wizzed by them with an ice pack to his face.




Kurt clearly has a split lip and a swollen swollen cut under his eye.


After Kurt is hurt, he and Blaine Mourn Together at the Memorial



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  • Axxxel

    this must be hard for Blaine because he was gaybashed before he met Kurt and this has not really been discussed and handled on Glee… so hopefully this will be a meaty episode for Darren Criss (Baine)…

    ETA: nice to see Kurt being the “strong one” ..

  • newinNM

    If you look closely the balloon at Blaine’s feet says “get well” I hope there is not another death on the show so soon after Cory. Even with an unknown character, it just seems a bit to soon for that. It can still be a moving episode without having the young man die.

  • Ronnie D

    This is really hitting home for me. There is a gay couple in a town near where I live in northern NY, and they are getting harassed. BB bullets coming through their windows, graffiti ect. I think a lot of people need to see this episode.

  • Montavilla

    I remember seeing some articles last year about a rash of gay bashings happening in midtown Manhattan. This does feel timely.

  • Mark

    Oh, hard for Blaine, but for Kurt, who was bullied constantly, both physically and verbally, over a number of years, to the point of being driven away from his school, and who is the one in the episode who obviously gets hurt, he is just being the ‘strong one’?

    This, I would imagine will be hard for both Kurt and Blaine as they have both experienced ‘hate’ for their sexual orientation, but for Kurt, actually being beaten, I would imagine it would really bring home some very nasty memories for him especially.

  • Kristenas

    Kurt has always been the strong one, Darren can’t do “meaty”, and of course let’s make something bad happening to Kurt all about Blaine, because you guys didn’t get enough of that after Blaine cheated on Kurt.

  • Porfivor Nixon

    A terrible reality- it’s a scary and sad planet at times.

  • supersonic

    I don’t trust this show and these writers with this story. No.

  • Axxxel

    Yeah, me neither… so I have to see first before I believe… :like that episode in which Max tried to commit suicide… the car crash with Quinn was a bit too much to put in the same episode as the suicide attempt… should have been two episodes…

  • Axxxel

    LOL… I am still not over that cheating event…… By the way I am a Kurtsie but I would love to see story lines being completed once (wishful thinking I guess)… One of the only times Glee completed a storyline was when Finn died in season 5 (the storyline about the fight in the basement between Finn and Kurt and Kurt’s father in season 1 and was slightly touched upon in season 2 episode 4 by the same characters)…

    ETA: I do agree that Darren is more suitable for the fluffy stuff like Blam.. but who knows…miracles can happen…

  • Axxxel

    Yeah not much fun for Kurt being thrown in the dumpsters by Puck, Finn and his friends… Blaine was beaten in his former school before he entered Dalton.. but the storytellers only touched slightly upon it.

  • jeffreyd95821

    In the top picture Kurt has facial cuts. But in the memorial picture they’re gone. Either time goes by or somebody forgot to go to makeup.

    This will be an ugly one. If the victim dies and it could have been Kurt……….Blaine will be a mess. Over-protective and smothering, not wanting to let Kurt out of his sight. Blaine doesn’t handle adversity as well as Kurt does.

    And no I am not making this about Blaine. I just know someone will accuse me of that.

  • Axxxel

    So how many times has Chris Colfer been injured during the filming of Glee ? The only 3 times I remember is that first he broke his toe when they filmed him being thrown into the dumpster and second while doing a backflip jumping on a mattrass he hurt his neck and third he was once also injured during a dance scene on a table .. I hope he has a good insurance policy…

  • Axxxel

    So Chris Colfer gets injured but his hair is still ok.. I wonder how much gel they have used… or how many scenes are cut…

  • Guest

    what a homofest!

  • simple solution.

    Ya done by orthodox Jews, and blacks… Bet Glee won’t touch that! Yep I was right, they portrayed the attackers as WHITEs.