A Vanity Fair writer has apologized for using a slur to describe the gay characters played by Chris Colfer and Darren Criss on the Fox musical-comedy Glee.

In his weekly Gay Guide to Glee column, Brett Berk used the term “fag” to describe the show's gay characters.

“Nice singing,” Berk wrote. “But how can having girls in the audience make these cartwheeling, foam-party fags straight-sexy?”

The comment didn't sit well with several bloggers and gay media watchdog the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), who called on the magazine and its contributor to apologize.

In apologizing for his gaffe, Berk, the self-described “fun and faggy” editor of Vanity Fair, also defended his word choice as a sort of linguistic reclamation for the gay community.

“I would like to apologize sincerely to anyone I offended with the use of the term 'fag' (now removed) in this Gay Guide to Glee column. As an openly gay writer writing in an overtly overblown style, my intent in using the word in this offhanded way was to continue my consistent efforts to confront and challenge stereotypes, to unpack the way in which language works, and to deconstruct the clever gender politics at play in the scene I described: teasing out the purposeful incongruity of this (foamy) attempt to make the conspicuously gay Dalton Warblers seem 'sexy' to females. Anyone with even a whiff of familiarity with my writing will know that I am, and have long been, a tireless agitator, here at VF.com and elsewhere, for gay rights, as well as a huge supporter of everything Glee has accomplished in advancing a meaningful dialogue about homosexuality in our popular culture – and in our youth culture in particular.”

Writing on the controversy at Mediaite.com, Michael Triplett notes that Berk stumbled when he assumed he had a meaningful connection with his readers.

“Berk assumes that people know him and know his writing, so people should understand the context,” Triplett wrote on Monday. “There are, however, few writers who have the kind of following that allows them to use the term 'fag' without raising some eyebrows.”

Vanity Fair, at the prodding of GLAAD, also issued an apology: “We recognize that the column caused genuine offense to many readers, and we apologize unreservedly to them.”