After a week of relentless attacks on Glee's 90-minute Born This Way episode, gay media watchdog GLAAD has come to the show's defense.

By Glee standards, Tuesday's Lady Gaga-inspired episode included an extra dollop or two of gay storyline for good measure, but by network television standards it was off-the-charts gay.

In the episode, gay student Kurt Hummel, played by Chris Colfer, returns to McKinley High after closeted football player Dave Karofsky, played by Max Adler, is blackmailed by Santana, played by Naya Rivera, to stop bullying Kurt. Santana confesses to Dave that they play on the same team. An emotional Kurt agrees to leave the Dalton Academy Warblers – and his new-found boyfriend Blaine Anderson, played by Darren Criss – after Dave caves in to Kurt's demand for him to organize a chapter of PFLAG.

Blaine sends off Kurt with an emotional rendition of Somewhere Only We Know. And wearing a t-shirt that says “LIKES BOYS,” Kurt steals the show's final and pivotal Born This Way number.

The episode prompted Dan Gainor, vice president of conservative media watchdog Media Research Center to fume to ABC News: “This is [creator] Ryan Murphy's latest depraved initiative to promote his gay agenda.”

Bryan Fischer of the Christian conservative American Family Association (AFA) called the show “product placement” in an appearance on Houston's Fox affiliate.

“[A]dvertisers purchase time on television programs because they know that what people see on television influences their behavior and influences their choices,” Fischer said. “We should not glamorize it [gay relationships] anymore than we would glamorize intravenous drug use.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios defended the show's content.

“Fair-minded Americans are tuning in by the millions to inclusive shows like Glee and Modern Family because they don't care whether someone is straight or gay – what they care about is seeing characters and stories they can relate to. Most Americans today support full equality for their gay and lesbian friends, family and neighbors. That anti-gay critics continue to be out-of-touch with the majority and can't see that fact is no surprise.”