Jayma Mays / Dot-Marie Jones Round-Up

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jayma @ The Rooftop Sessions
   

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Interview
They talk about Glee and life

Dot-Marie Jones Talks ‘Glee’ Bullies, Ryan Murphy


Despite rumors that “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy is “tormenting” the cast, Dot-Marie Jones, who plays Coach Beiste, says that’s just not the case. Jones blames the rumors on something the characters at William McKinley High School are far too familiar with: bullying.

“It’s the bullies putting the [criticism of 'Glee'] out there,” Jones tells me, denying that any disharmony exists between the show’s cast and creator. “There’s something special about the show, and it’s Ryan. … Everybody tries to shoot it down.”
She knows a lot about what it’s like to be an outsider, says Jones, because she was 5’6″ going on 6’1″ in the eighth grade. “I’m sorry I can’t hide 6’3″. I didn’t fit into the norm or what people assume as norm. I’m bigger than my three brothers,” Jones explains.

But according to the no-nonsense actress, bullying is only getting worse.
“I think that it’s gone way beyond [what] it did 30 years ago, when I was a kid,” Jones says. “Because of the extent of the bullying — it’s so persistent, there’s the Internet, it’s cyber, it’s persistent! These kids, no matter where they are, they cannot get away from it.”
She added, “A lot of parents are saying, ‘Well, I was bullied too. You’ll get over it.’” But according to Jones, tough love is not the answer here.

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