In a deleted scene from last season
released this week, Naya Rivera's closeted character on the Fox
musical-comedy Glee comes out gay.
Rivera's Santana Lopez was outed to the
entire school in the show's third season. But by then most of her
inner circle was aware – and accepting – of her sexuality.
The one-minute-nineteen-second scene
was deleted from the I Kissed a Girl episode.
In the scene, Santana addresses her
fellow Cheerios, which includes girlfriend Brittany.
“It's no secret that Brittany and I
are together,” Santana says. “At first I thought it was a phase.
You know, just a fun thing that would eventually go away. But I
guess what I've realized is that I am gay. It's who I am.” (The
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Writing at lesbian
entertainment blog AfterEllen.com, Dorothy Snarker lamented the
“[I]ncluding this short one minute
and 19 seconds scene could have made a world of difference,”
Snarker wrote. “Instead of being the passive passenger in her own
coming out, Santana could have been the assertive captain of her own
destiny who has no problem cutting a bitch.”