The idea didn’t sit well with a new homeschooled student, who conveniently fit all the stereotypes liberals have of homeschoolers (the unsocialized, barefoot son of a Bible salesman who listens to talk radio but doesn’t own a TV).
Predictably, by the end of the episode, the homeschooled student saw the light, declaring “love is love” and singing for the lesbian cheerleaders.
The episode was full of “Glee’s” usual instances where the gay lifestyle was pushed on viewers, featuring lesbian kissing in the hallways and a student coming out that he was gay. Lesbian cheerleader Santana complained: “All I want to be able to do is kiss my girlfriend, but I guess no one can see that, because there’s such an insane double standard at this school.”
In a singularly ironic way, she’s right. There is an insane double standard at that school – in favor of the homosexual lifestyle.
Sometimes I have to read these things to remind myself of how the other side sees what I see.
I don’t mind the “stereotypes” of the people who are like me. I quiet like the fabulous (quiet, wise, beautiful, stronger than anyone) gay, the fabulous-but-passing-without-his-bowties (who is kind in a way most people aren’t) gay, the angry (super perceptive, speaks the truth) lesbian, the secretly gay football player (who is just like everyone else, except he tortures himself), the bisexual cheerleader (whose strength is self-respect). I like all these stereotypes. Mostly? Because I don’t hate my culture or who I am. I’m not embarrassed. I’m proud.
I was once on the God Squad. Like, in a big way. And yeah, there was a guy in our group we called “Jesus”. He had long hair, and was sort of spacey for a Christian (mostly a button-down collar kind of world) but he loved God, and we all figured that’s what mattered, right? He was also very attractive in all the right ways.
I lived a double life. I had my Christian things then I had my at-home things (try living a double life in a town of 2000 people; it’s a real accomplishment). So did he, really. We met at several parties. One time he contemplated flying from my roof when he was on acid.
So, I didn’t get the stereotype of Joe. I looked at him and thought “Hey, he’s more complicated than just Christian Boy #2″. The Bible bashers look at him and think “I’m ashamed of this image of my culture.” That’s sad, people.
For the record, my home-school stereotype comes from two local sociopaths whose parents were presumably required to home-school by court order or something.
As for the “insane double standard”. Perhaps these people didn’t notice that while Figgins was elongating the words “Teen lesbians” intolerably, there was a cheerleader eating the face off a letterman jacket behind him.
But hey, that’s Christian.
I saw something on my Tumblr dash last night about real equality being perceived as inequality. Like, if a group is 50% women, it’s seen as “mostly women”. So if Glee has a handful of queer characters, it’s “mostly gay”. I think it’s a fear thing. If I walked into a room and there were a handful of spiders in it, I’d run out and tell everyone the room was full of spiders. It’s because I’m afraid of them. It’s because I believe they don’t belong where they are. It’s because I want someone to get rid of them so I can relax.