Sharing Out's new dual covers with Portia de Rossi, Ryan Murphy ranks fourth on the magazine's annual Power List of influential gays and lesbians.
“I don’t go into a project thinking I’m a groundbreaker or a pioneer,” Murphy tells Out. “But all my work has a gay voice and gay characters and always will. I do feel with Glee, since it skews so young, the gay characters do transmit a certain message: You are not alone. You don’t have to harm or hate yourself.”
But no matter what you think of Glee or the TV mogul's other creations, including American Horror Story, The New Normal, and Nip/Tuck, don't refer to his work as "camp."
“I hate that word," he says. "That description could not be more wrong... To me, Showgirls is camp. That’s a movie where the creators clearly thought they were making All About Eve. They took it super seriously and lost the tone along the way. I don’t think my tone ever really gets away from me — it’s all deliberate. I just think ‘camp’ is an easy blanket term, and it’s not accurate for me or a lot of other gay people.”
Oops. Sorry 'bout it.
“I mean, I get it,” he continues. “I think there’s an outlandishness, a flamboyance, and a heightened realism to my work, but camp is an umbrella I don’t particularly like or agree with.”
Read the full interview with Ryan Murphy on Out.com.