Opinions on the forced outing of Naya Rivera's lesbian character on the Fox musical-comedy Glee vary widely on the Internet.

On this week's episode, titled Mash Off, Rivera's Santana Lopez was forced out the closet before she had the opportunity to tell her parents that she is gay.

Santana, who is known for delivering insulting one-liners, pushed Finn Hudson (played by Cory Monteith) too far on Tuesday's episode.

In one scene, the pair trade insults as Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris), Santana's love interest, looks on.

“Hey, Santana,” Finn calls out. “You look like an ass-less J-Lo.”

“Is that really all you can come up with?” Santana rhetorically asks. “You seriously think you can out-insult me? I'm from Lima Heights. I was raised on insults. It's how mi abuela put me to sleep at night. And she is not a nice lady. You know, she tried to sell me once. And it wasn't until I got to kindergarten that I learned my name wasn't garbage face.”

During a later altercation that takes place in a crowded hallway, Santana rips into Finn as she delivers a fake apology: “I'm sorry you sing like you're getting your prostate checked, and you dance like you've been asleep for years, and someone just woke you up.”

As she triumphantly walks away, Finn calls after her, “Hey, Santana. Why don't you just come out of the closet?”

The outing hit a nerve with gay fans of the show who took to social media to express their disapproval.

“Finn Hudson, all lesbians are going to kill you tonight in your sleep,” said one tweet.

“Dear Finn Hudson, We're coming for you. Signed Brittana fandom and #gaysharks,” another wrote.

Lesbian entertainment website AfterEllen.com said Santana's insults did not justify Finn's actions. “I am not happy with Santana in this scene, but right now I never want to see Finn Hudson's face again.”

But Entertainment Weekly came to Finn's defense, writing: “I know that this will be divisive because he essentially outed her, but I don't think it was done out of meanspiritedness (yes, Finn is still the complicated 'hero').”

Gawker agreed, saying the closet had turned Santana into “an evil bitch” and “she got what she had coming.”

The debate is certain to escalate when the show returns in two weeks.