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LGGT Glee?

13 Nov

Glee can be silly at times, it can be stupid at times, and it can be wrong at times-but even knowing that, I am sometimes still shocked by some of the things the characters say on that show, and get away with. Obviously characters are dynamic and not perfect, so it’s not a reflection of the writers when they say offensive things; but when the characters are not portrayed in a negative light because of what they said, or no one points out what was wrong with it, it comes across as an okay thing to state.

Glee has always been known to have a pretty harsh view towards bisexuality; an openly gay student (Kurt) stated that it was merely a transitional phase for gay students too afraid to come out fully, and was never corrected. Brittany, the first and only bi character on the show, was never fleshed out fully and her sexuality was more of a plot device than character development. But I was beyond appalled by the second episode of this newest season, 5, and more than that, I was appalled by the lack of response to it I saw in the general community.

In the episode, several comments were thrown around about bisexuality when Santana mentioned her past girlfriend, Brittany. This included her love interest stating how she thinks Santana could use a “100%…goddess”; so are bisexuals incapable of being in same-sex relationships because they are not ‘100%’ gay? Not a minute later, Santana states how nervous the new girl makes her, because she’s only ever been with bisexuals or girls looking for a fun experiment; note how bisexuals are compared to people exploring their sexuality or even just looking for a fun fling. It’s heavily implied that being with a lesbian will be the real deal, a stronger type of relationship, than one that could ever be possible with a bisexual.

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For those of you who know of Tumblr, you know how fans enjoy practically tearing the show apart whenever they find something dis-satisfactory or offensive (a gross generalization, I know). So I was surprised when all the negative stigmas Glee was portraying towards bisexuality were not even mentioned; I saw not a single post addressing this issue.

I thought the offensive bisexual stuff was over with long ago, but I was disappointed with how none of the things the characters stated were ever contradicted or addressed. Glee just has an overall offensive and superior view towards bisexuals, and I’m really disgruntled by how few people have commented on this.

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Straight Until Proven Gay

18 Aug

The other day I was sitting on the couch with my mom when she turned to me and said, completely out of the blue, “Is your friend gay?”

I was extremely taken aback but without hesitation I replied, “Yes…”. She followed it up with, “Does he have a boyfriend?”, to which I responded no. She then asked me this:

“Then how does he know he’s gay?”

I smiled a bit (although I don’t think she realized it was a bitter smile) and responded as boldly as I dared. “No one ever says that to straight people.”

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a very long time. The idea struck me right around when I was re-watching season 1 of Glee, when I realized just how problematic one of the things Sue says is. She tries to lecture Kurt on sexuality when he claims that he is gay, and one of the things she says is, “You see, that’s the problem with your generation. You’re obsessed with labels.”

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Screen-cap via netflix.com

The problem I had with her speech was that that line is very true. Many people are obsessed with labels, and it’s not beneficial for all of the different shades of gender and sexuality that exist out there. But the fact that the line was included in her ‘speech’ gave the impression that everything else she was saying is also true. Here’s what I want to know. Does Sue walk around her high school every day and find straight couples making out, and say the same thing to them? Did she ever reprimand Quinn for her boyfriend, because she’s never kissed a girl and therefore can’t be sure she’s not a lesbian?

The core of the advice, don’t be too quick to judge, is lost in the fact that the only person Sue decides to tell this to is the one kid who dares to claim that he’s gay. Sure, 16 years might be too young to decide on sexuality (for some, not all). But you know it’s complete BS when people only decide to share this ‘wealth of knowledge’ with people who have decided on any sexuality that deviates from the norm, which is heterosexuality. Apparently you’re only allowed to “not know what you are” if you want to be anything other than straight.

And the other point she tries to bring up is how someone could know that they’re gay if they’ve never kissed someone of the same sex. Bypassing the obvious (which again is, no one ever says this to straight people) this kind of ideology just doesn’t make sense to me. Sexuality isn’t the same thing as, for example, saying you don’t like a meal before you’ve even tasted it. People have eyes. It’s insulting to tell someone that they can’t know who they’re attracted to until they’ve had some sort of physical, sexual interaction with them.

The bottom line? It’s no one’s place to decide or even make statements on another person’s sexuality or preferences. It’s a personal decision. If you think they’ve ‘chosen wrong’, it’s not your place to comment on it. They will figure it out on their own and experience that journey themselves.

Thoughts Regarding Cory Monteith

15 Jul

This post is going to address the passing of Cory Monteith and my feelings about it; I know the topic is very sensitive still so please read with your own discretion. This blog has always been about venting my own emotions, never just commenting on recent events to get more views, so as a huge fan of Glee this post is likely to be all over the place.

As others have said before over and over again, it just doesn’t feel real. I’ve read about his death and I’ve seen the phrase “rip cory” probably hundreds of times by now, but the lasting implications of what that means is just impossible for me to grasp right now. I’ve gotten used to thinking, oh, he’s dead, but does that mean that from a week from now, he’ll still be dead? A year from now, still dead. Fifty years from now, still forever known as 31 years old, never to have married or had kids or become an even bigger star. The fact that he will forever and always be trapped in this week is inconceivable right now. And as this is my first glimpse of grief, I guess this is just a normal phase. If I think about the finality and truth of the situation, I break down. Just like I did when I found out, while still in a cloud of my dazed shock and disbelief.

And that might be another thing people have trouble with. Why am I so devastated? Well to anyone who may have been teased or met confusion for sobbing over a celebrity, here’s the thing. It’s okay to be upset. Being sad for a week or even month may seem ‘reserved’ for people you actually know, but celebrities and idols are people who are loved and adored. Just because they are a celebrity and you are a fan doesn’t mean that there’s a rift in the universe where you aren’t both just humans. There has been an actual death concerning an actual person. There are losses and we all feel them. We feel for his family, his friends, and his girlfriend. We feel for his work, his passions, his achievements, his sense of lighthearted humor, and his love of life. Gleeks, we are a family and we have lost one of our own. It’s okay to just not be okay right now, because he’s not just an actor.

To any of my irl friends who didn’t know yet, I have been devastated by the news since I heard yesterday afternoon. I’ll probably be depressed for a couple of weeks at the least as the truth of it really sinks in, and yes I’ll feel this way because a celebrity died. He was young and he had a wonderful life full of opportunities to live. But now all I can hope is that where he is now is at least as wonderful as he is.

Struck By Lightning Book Review

3 Jan
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3.5 stars

So, as a huge fan of Chris Colfer, I forced myself to read the book very objectively. And hooray, because I did! In all honesty, I thought the book was…okay. It was nice. Not stupendous. Just a good read.

Struck By Lightning is a book where the character, Carson Phillips, is a senior at a very conservative town Clover in California, and he desperately wants to escape to the college of his dreams, Northwestern. He is the head of a dead school newspaper and writer’s club, and when his counselor tells him his college application needs more sparkle, he decides to start a literary magazine. But the only way he’ll get submissions from his unwilling peers is to blackmail them-and that’s just what he does.

Schematically, the book was extremely short. Its girth may look decently novel-sized, but the font is very large, and it can be easily read in about 2 hours, if that. The main thing I noticed is that it lacked a middle, probably because of the short length. There was a very lengthy build-up of the exposition (the blackmailing didn’t begin until half-way through the book, which was the whole premise) and a lengthy end. What I desperately wanted was a middle-a growth.

Carson as a character didn’t really change until the end. There was some attempt at the whole ‘hey, maybe I don’t actually hate all these people!’ but it was never explored. In fact, nothing really was explored; the book was very tell, not show. Obviously it’s supposed to be a journal so that’s kind of expected, but the development was lacking. The whole emotional journey where perhaps the blackmailed students and Carson could get along occurred through perhaps four conversations and then a simple statement that hinted at change within Carson. Even at the end, Carson’s personal growth takes place over two pages and is just a whole lot of “I’m never gonna let any situation be a bad one, I will always fight for success and happiness”.

Chris Colfer, the author, is an extremely busy guy. And this book was hurriedly written AFTER the movie was created, and it was based on the screenplay. And it shows. It reads rather like a script, with the bare minimum in regards to fleshing out emotions and other character’s depth. And I think that’s where the movie comes in. The book is the supplement, not a stand-alone. The movie is the real star. Normally I stand on the opposite side, saying the book is usually better then the movie. But in this case, since the movie was in fact the original, it is sure to have a lot more to offer than the book; even based on the commercials, it gives us the emotions the book lacks, where small facial cues make up for words. And the ending will work much better with a movie perspective-not to give anything away, however.

All in all, the book was the bare minimum of what I’m sure is a spectacular story. I can’t wait to see it really shine in the movie version, where it can really come to life.

By it’s very definition, glee is about opening yourself up to joy

10 Dec

In the interest of writing about Glee for academic purposes, I decided to write a short blog post to gather my thoughts about that insufferable show, its addicting qualities, and why, at the end of the day, I’m still hopelessly in love with it.

Well…where do I begin? Perhaps with what drew me in at the very beginning-the love. The show starts out with a group of kids who are all completely different, from different interests and social “cliques”; they don’t even share a common love for music at first. But by the end of  even the first season, they realize that all of them have similar problems and feelings, and that they’re each important. They acknowledge that they’re not so different after all, and become friends despite what their school and society is telling them about right and wrong. And mostly, they rise up against shunning from everyone, and decided that hey, maybe this stupid glee club is worth so much more than superficial high school life could ever be. It’s a bit like The Breakfast Club, with a lot more music and melodrama.

But what really gets me is the raw emotion of the show. When Kurt’s dad is in the hospital and he sings a solo at Glee club about it, I cried along with his friends. When Quinn gets pregnant and she cries as her father kicks her out the house, I feel as much anger and indignation as her boyfriend. When the glee club belts out the last note of Don’t Stop Believing at Regional’s to represent where they started and where there are now, my heart soars alongside theirs.

Glee may be a comedy, if you want to look at technicalities. And the humor is a glorious part of the show as well-it keeps things light and refreshing, and is the perfect compliment to all the pathos going on. But at the end of the day, every time I turn back to Glee, it’s because it lays everything bare and simple. Humans, being humans, making human mistakes, and feeling human emotions. A group of kids, coming together against all odds and creating a family for themselves, shaped out of nothing but pure love.

Glee may include a lot of things-unnecessary drama, bad characterization, and cheap plot thrills, to name a few. But every time I watch a group number where all the theatricality is laid aside, and they’re simply doing what they love-singing together and feeling pure joy-I feel the exact same thing.

Pure joy.

Glee Review – Dynamic Duets (And Blaine/Kurt Commentary)

23 Nov

Let me just start by saying that there’s always some good and bad aspects of every Glee episode-but by gosh, this one had twice as many hits than misses compared to the rest. It was funny and ridiculous and adorable and stupid and over-the-top, and…perfectly imperfect.

The episode opened up with one of the lightest and most comedic aspects of Glee we haven’t seen in a LONG time, and goodness was it refreshing. The superhero club has apparently gained much popularity at McKinley and the leader, Blaine, (sorry, sorry-Nightbird) helped everyone really get into character. The entire opening was filled with funny one-liners (despite a quick stab in the heart for klainers everywhere), culminating with a dramatic video from the Warblers.

Next we see Finn trying to spearhead the Glee club, and miserably failing, while sass-master Blaine decides that he’s going to head off to get the stolen Nationals trophy back from the Warblers. For the few out there, fan-girl squeals could not be contained at the reappearance of Sebastian (Grant is back!). The Warblers reveal that they want Blaine back on their choir, and we learn that with Blaine, no means no, unless everyone around him starts singing back-up vocals for his inevitable solo. The entire Warbler scene was over-the-top hilarious and I just…I love Glee.

Alas, new-kid drama could not be avoided but like every episode has been proving so far, despite those Glee fans out there refusing to fall in love with all of the newbies, Ryan Murphy and his gang of writers prove that no one can resist their charming new characters. We learn that Ryder is dyslexic (so now he is apparently a complete mix of Finn and Sam) and Jake gets bullied for his mixed-race (by none other than Cookie from Ned’s Declassified…). Ryder and Jake, and Kitty and Marley, seem to be on much better terms by the end of the episode, and all of them seem to genuinely like each other except for Kitty. That chick is hiding something, and there better be a good reason for why she’s being such a manipulative jerk to Marley (the writers have been known for making girl characters mean to each other for stupid, petty reasons). Also both of the new-kid duets were spectacular! Darn you, RIB!

Finally, we reach the Blaine/Klaine drama. Sigh. Here’s where I shall announce that this aspect of the show made me a little upset. You should probably know that I’m a Kurt-staner. Living on internet filled with Blaine-staners. So I tend to get frustrated by most of the other opinions I see online. You see, this episode shows Blaine’s side of the story. He cheated on Kurt (yes, to you hopefuls out there, he DID sleep with Eli, not just make-out or something) and he’s been beating himself up this entire time, and wants to transfer to Dalton because he feels more welcome there. After hearing his story, Sam comforts Blaine by basically saying something along the lines of ‘You messed up, but you’re not a bad person. You’re one of the good guys.’ While I don’t think that Blaine is a terrible person either, and that one mistake defines a person, I still can’t forgive him that easily yet. I just don’t feel comfortable doing that. The show is mostly from Blaine’s aspect right now, not Kurt’s, because of the school being the central point of the show. Because of that, we’re only seeing how sad and guilty Blaine has been feeling, and he looks kind of like a sad puppy dog-adorable and heartbreaking. But just because Blaine feels bad about cheating doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. It doesn’t mean that he didn’t throw away his relationship and shatter the trust they had because of his own insecurities and loneliness. And when I see people going “poor baby Blaine” all the time, now even on the show itself, it irks me a little bit because he. still. cheated. I’m not saying I’ll never forgive him, but I’m going to need a little bit more redemption other than “look how sad and heartbroken and guilty baby Blaine feels”. And that redemption obviously has to involve Kurt; I don’t know about you guys, but I wouldn’t mind some groveling for forgiveness on Blaine’s part!

Just on the break-up story line in general; it kind of made me sad. Not because of klaine, but because of the blatant favoritism that made itself apparent after it happened. Because guess what-if Kurt has cheated on Blaine, people would have lost their minds. They would have spent weeks blaming Kurt for making Blaine sad. They would have pitied Blaine. But even when Blaine is the one who cheated-they still pity Blaine.

I love Kurt and Blaine, don’t get me wrong-but I think cheating is a very serious offense when it comes to relationships. It’s going to take time to build from that, and  to earn forgiveness for Blaine-I just hope that others will consider this too (even you, Sam!).

But to break up the angst, there were a few key moments that screamed pure Glee, by it’s actual definition-joy. The painting scene-it made me want to curl up into a ball and scream (the happy kind of screaming, that is). The moment when Blaine and Sam stole the trophy back; unfortunately my mom was the room when it happened, but if I had been alone I would have cried from how perfect it was and how happy it made me. And the ending performance. I don’t know if they freaking purposely did the outfit parallelism between Some Nights and the pilot rendition of Don’t Stop Believing (red shirts and all), but it was ridiculously nostalgic and heart-warming and oh gosh, when Glee does group numbers, IT FREAKING BLOWS YOUR EMOTIONS OUT OF THE WATER.

Few more little things:

Finn was adorable. I remembered why I like him, even though he can be ridiculously offensive and hurtful at times.

Puck is back! And doling out such-ahem-most insightful advice to his half-brother Jake.

Tina is the voice of the entire fandom-by the way, I’m still frustrated that the new kids have been getting so many solos compared to her.

All of the music this episode was spectacular!

Eli had only like two lines, but one was frustratingly hilarious because everyone had been commenting on the lighthouse profile picture beforehand.

Kitty and Marley are hot-I smell a new “faberry”-esque ship beginning.

And it is now canon that Blaine smells like raspberries. That is all.

What did you guys think of the episode?? I’d love to hear your thoughts- let me know! Also sorry I haven’t written a post in a while. I suck, I know.

Glee Review: On My Way

21 Feb

This episode of Glee was predicted to be extremely controversial and many fans expected to hate it before they had seen it, suspecting that Glee would not be able to handle the issue of suicide delicately and appropriately. I believe that they did an adequate job with it. Warning! Spoilers ahead and possible trigger warning.

The show starts off with students at Karofsky’s school calling him ‘fag’ and bullying him (in real life and via internet). There was a montage of his depression leading up to him attempting suicide. I felt that the whole scene was a bit rushed and could have delved a bit more into actual emotion; Kurt suffered through such things for a year (and it should be said that Karofsky himself did them to Kurt) and Karofsky broke after one day. They could have developed more on why.

The next few scenes are where the controversy grows. Everyone at McKinley proceeds to grieve and feel remorse for Karofsky. The teachers say that they should have noticed his struggles that were evident from his bullying. Kurt feels that it’s his fault because he rejected Karofsky and ignored his phone calls.

Many advocate the next statement, and it is one hundred percent true: You can’t blame the victim of bullying for not helping their bully. That in itself sounds wrong. Kurt had no moral obligation to reach out to a boy who harassed and emotionally/physically/sexually harmed him. I believe that Glee didn’t do a good job of emphasizing this until the hospital scene, where of all places you hear Karofsky himself tell Kurt that he didn’t deserve kindness for all the terrible things he had done. That scene was commendable, and in a way makes up for anything Glee hadn’t addressed beforehand. In fact that scene was very well-done in my opinion. I love that they both understand that Kurt doesn’t need to help Dave, but he still does because he is the bigger person; he is a kind and compassionate person with a HUGE heart.

Also, the auditorium scene was VERY well done, and simply for the subject they touched on; everyone who ever wants to commit suicide has a reason. And their reason may sound stupid or completely insignificant, but you never realize how much that one thing got to them or meant to them. A mean comment from a parent might be the one thing that sets them into a depression they can’t get out of; a person in a normal state of mind might say ‘suck it up’ or ‘it was just one stupid comment’. But different things affect people in different ways. If a person really feels like committing suicide, their reason is never stupid to them; and that’s the point. It’s THEIR reason; they want to take their life because something made them feel sad.

Lastly, one line really hit me; when Emma said “Then whose job is it?” It’s basically saying, yes, Karofsky was a bully. It was no one’s job to be nice to a bully, and no one expects you to. But they are still human, and one aspect of being a kind human is always helping others. Karofsky’s actions can never be justified, but can your actions be justified when you ignore a person in need because of the past?

I think that covers all the controversy that I wanted to address; now random things as I remember them will go below! Overall, the episode was obviously not perfect but they did a decent job with such a touchy subject.

~Sebastian; no apology can make up for the things he’s done but it’s never too late to redeem yourself. I love that Glee is always going back to the message of supporting others and putting the past behind you. And he had a scene with Dave; oh my goodness!!! That was terrible (the things the character said, not the scene) but I never thought I’d ever see those two interact so that was cool.

~Blaine and Santana rapping together. That is all.

~Darren and Vanessa are two of the best background actors; hugging/imitating vampires? Made my day.

~I love that they went through with giving the Trouble-Tones their own performance. You know that that’s something they could have easily ignored. By the way, all the regional songs were excellent (although the Rachel solos are getting old).

~Klaine holding hands ^_^

~Tina saying she needs songs, tumblr being mentioned…good job Glee 😉

~Le Roy and Hiram are still awesome and hilarious; the fake seizure, Carole’s feminine wiles  ^_^

~Quinn 😦 she’ll be fine though, this is Glee

I think that’s all! Thanks for reading this long post 🙂 Please comment because I love to hear what readers think!

P.S. Happy One Year Anniversary to Klaine! 🙂