WTF? In the 1st Season, the pictures of her dads included a BLACK father??? Were there no BLACK actors in Hollywood able to play one of the dads? I get that the show is a hit, and they could afford to attract bigger stars, but why change the BLACK dad to WHITE? They already got rid of one of the original Black cast characters, Mike?! It doesn't seem right...
Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Jan 19, 2012 6:23:10 PM
One of her dads was definitely black! What the hell does Murphy think he's doing? How dare he! We want a mixed race gay co-parenting relationship on GLEEEEE!
Posted by: Say whaaaaaaaaaat? | Jan 19, 2012 6:25:26 PM
Brian Stokes Mitchell *is* African American, and one of Broadway's most accomplished actors (not to mention many TV credits and the occasional film role). Is he not black enough for you?
Posted by: Marty | Jan 19, 2012 6:28:22 PM
How embarrassing to fly off the handle without realizing Brian Stokes Mitchell IS black. If his skin is not dark enough to count, maybe they went to him because Tracy Morgan politely turned it down?
Um, dudes, Brian Stokes Mitchell, one of the best voices on Broadway for years, IS black..."Brian Stokes Mitchell says [that] his [African-American] 'Ethnicity' has been a Mixed -Blessing for him as an actor."
And they call themselves gay...
Hope they have him sing on Glee.
Posted by: jim | Jan 19, 2012 6:30:50 PM
The real question is, will there be kissing? I wouldn't mind seeing Goldblum in a makeout scene with his hubby. I used to kinda like him back in the "Thank God It's Friday", "The Big Chill", and "Earth Girls are Easy" days - though "The Fly" kinda grossed me out... lol
He isn't black, he's of mixed ethnicity. In any case, have we stooped so low as to have to rely on an awful show for our shout-outs? My, how we've fallen.
Posted by: jason | Jan 19, 2012 6:42:30 PM
I'm just disappointed because both fo the dads in the pilot photos were quite young and adorable looking, which gave me the vibe that her folks were sort of the young, hipsterish, fun sort of parents raising a high strung girl. Nothing against Goldblum or Mitchell, but this gives it a sense that they're more the mature, well-to-do gay men of leisure raising kids.
Posted by: luminum | Jan 19, 2012 7:18:56 PM
If Rachel is appx 18 and her parents adopted her as an infant, it's not unreasonable for them to look and be 40-something now.
Posted by: Rich | Jan 19, 2012 7:41:50 PM
Among other leading roles on Broadway, Brian Stokes Mitchell has played Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly's Last Jam, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the original production of the Ragtime musical, and the title role in August Wilson's King Hedley II. He also played a supporting part in the all-black production of Oh, Kay! Unless he did them all in blackface, he's African-American.
Posted by: Sancho | Jan 19, 2012 8:21:54 PM
What amazes me is the number of people who remember a photograph! The outrage/disappointment is pretty amazing, too. Had you been around when they switched Darrens on "Bewitched," I can't imaging your surviving the coniption fits. It's just a show, people!
Posted by: TJ | Jan 19, 2012 8:29:25 PM
Wow I hope they sing on the show at least
Posted by: JEFFUWS | Jan 19, 2012 8:33:34 PM
@Rich: These two guys aren't forty-something; they're turning 55 and 60 this year. But there's nothing wrong with that; they're at a totally believable age to have an 18-year old daughter whose birth was planned with a surrogate.
@Luminum: I think these two dads look even more "fun and hip" and every bit as "adorable" as in the pic from the pilot.
It would also be unrealistic for them to be anything but financially very comfortable, and I can't see why you'd think that would make them any less fun. I've never known any gay couple who planned out the arrival of a new baby without first getting to a certain age and level of financial comfort.
I'm glad Glee has cast established and respected actors who can sing, and would have been disappointed if they'd just gone with the two faces that hammed it up for a 2-second-long sight gag from three years ago.
We're getting Ricky Martin and then Rachel's dads. I can hardly wait for these episodes!
Posted by: GregV | Jan 19, 2012 9:58:24 PM
It's a shame such talented actors will be on the same screen with such a grating, annoying, over-acting individual such as Lea Michele.
Posted by: LincolnLounger | Jan 19, 2012 10:22:33 PM
@Jason - fact check. Mr. Mitchell's mother was one of the first African American members of San Diego police force. His father was a Tuskeegee airman. So any mixing happened generations before he came along. Suffice it to say, if Rachel and her curly haired dad don't tear the roof off with an amazing duet (with her other dad on piano) then the show will have jumped the shark, pure and simple.
Posted by: BayBelle | Jan 19, 2012 11:16:14 PM
Now really! What kind of a mammal of any form or color would marry Jeff Goldblum?
Posted by: uffda | Jan 19, 2012 11:50:38 PM
You can identify as mixed race AND African-American despite the shade of skin tone. Many African America people in the United States that are descended from slaves are technically mixed race due to both rape and consensual relationships. Being very light skinned doesn't make someone NOT "black" if they have African American ancestry and choose to so self identify. Objectifying someone as "too pale" is just as racist as saying they are "too dark".
What? Were there no gay actors available to play these roles?? Obvious aging actors trying to revive their careers. Glee...I'm disappointed.
Posted by: typical | Jan 20, 2012 1:11:17 AM
When Jeff Goldblum volunteered his sperm in the Big Chill and was rejected, I always felt afterwards that he'd be a great gay ally because he understood what's it like to be told NO, an not even with a thank you. Seriously, I always thought he's too intelligent to be a homophobe. I really hope the writers consider his input to the role. I just know he'd give Eric Stonestreet a run for his money!
Sounds like excellent casting to me. I'll be watching.
Posted by: John | Jan 20, 2012 7:49:49 AM
What a lovely family. Such a racist thread….
Posted by: Dave | Jan 20, 2012 9:18:25 AM
Maybe their characters are younger, but just LOOK older from the stress of raising such a demanding, high-strung daughter as Rachel... ;-)
Posted by: JSH | Jan 20, 2012 12:28:30 PM
This is a clip about Brian Stokes Mitchell. He is African-American. We come in all shades and colors of the rainbow. Brian Stokes Mitchell (b. 1957), actor and singer. The dashing African‐American baritone was born in Seattle and grew up in Navy bases in Guam and the Philippines. Mitchell made his New York legitimate theatre debut in 1986 and became a Broadway star with his passionate performance as the piano player‐turned‐radical Coalhouse Walker in Ragtime (1998), then showed a lighter side of his talents as the boastful Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate (1999). Mitchell was also lauded for his performances as the ex‐con King in King Hedley (2001) and Cervantes's Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha (2002). He is an old‐style musical theatre star in that he may be the focal point of the production but he approaches each role as a distinct character with no recurring characteristic flourishes.
Posted by: THurts | Jan 20, 2012 12:33:50 PM
Don't have ESTHER ROLLES as the Mom in the pilot, then turn around and cast LISA BONET (MOON RIVERDANCE WHAT HAVE YOU) as the Mom when the show becomes popular. They might both be black, but they sure as hell don't look the same!
From the picture above, I couldn't tell that one of the dads was black, when in the pilot it was obviously clear, which is where my comment came from. Of course, it doesn't seem to be a problem to go from DARK to LIGHT in Hollywood, (The Moms on Fresh Prince of Bel Air for example, but never the other way.
Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Jan 20, 2012 12:58:03 PM