In the second episode of Glee’s new season, “I Am Unicorn,” Kurt’s character loses the romantic lead in the school musical, West Side Story, to his more masculine boyfriend Blaine. The episode was both fascinating and confounding because instead of interrogating masculinist gender hierarchies, usually one of the show’s great strengths, the show affirmed them, making the argument that Kurt could not sufficiently turn on women because he was too “delicate,” “fragile,” “too much of a lady” and “not Rock Hudson gay, but gay gay.” The adjective “feminine,” was oddly never employed, although it would have been much more suitable for describing Kurt than “delicate,” especially given that the character had just performed an audition that displayed considerable upper body strength.
Really interesting piece with some odd stuff. I’m kind of on the run right now but thoughts:
1. I think that the Glee writers chose the word “delicate” intentionally… to be wrong. It is so obvious that of all the characters, Kurt is probably the least delicate of them all. Psychologically, physically and even his personality — he’s a strong person.
2. There is a later mention that is just a bit jarring given the context of the article. The author refers to Todrick Hall as gay and more masculine than Chris Colfer. To my knowledge, Todrick Hall has never spoken publicly about his sexual orientation, and I’m not very sure he’s actually perceptibly more masculine than Chris Colfer, unless we’re going on voices only. So yeah, weird to make this assumption based on — what? — in an article about assumptions based on (presumably) the same kinds of things.
3. Despite his voice, Chris Colfer does not strike me as effeminate, but Kurt does.