But here’s the thing, “Glee,” what you do doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You can’t say, outing is so terrible and so wrong and so tragic and so possibly suicidal one minute, yet just three months earlier say outing is A-OK if the popular hero quarterback dude does it to a kinda bitchy mean girl and then makes her sit awkwardly in front of him as he sings a song about girls wanting to have fun. Granted, sure, everyone’s experience is different. But you can’t really have your cake any way you want it. Otherwise the message is: Boy outing is super bad, girl outing is super helpful. Not cool.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject, what the actual fuck with Kurt lecturing Quinn on how she should feel about Karofsky’s suicide attempt? What kind of my minority issue is more important than your minority issue speechifying is that? No. Uh-uh. Not cool. This isn’t the Ism Olympics. This is a silly little show about a Midwestern glee club that can, at its finest, provide crystalline moments of emotional resonance. And other times, they just sing and dance really well, and stuff.
I thought the handling of Kurt’s bullying, Santana’s outing, Karofsky’s outing and subsequent bullying was actually pretty amazing. Kurt and Santana had support at home, and if you want to know why other bullying comparisons are not valid to LGBT issues, that’s one of the big reasons why. If you’re bullied because you have freckles, chances are your parents love you just the same. If you’re bullied because you’re a redhead, again, you’re unlikely to be targeted at home because of that. But if you’re bullied because you’re queer, chances are still pretty good that the bullying happens at home, too.
And if your parents are the kind of people who think that “gay is a disease”, it’s likely you think, or at least feel, the same thing.It’s hard to get that shit out of your head if you’ve been taught it all your life. And so at school people bully you. And you come home and your mother looks at you with disgust. And in your head you hear that you’re weak, and diseased and wrong. And sometimes, you sneak into a gay bar, but the only other person your age there says you’re fat and ugly, so you’re not even feeling the love from the community either.
I really don’t think that Glee was endorsing Santana’s outing. It was painful for her, and the consequences of that hallway argument were far larger than they should have been. But Santana’s parents were good, and accepted her, and she has glee club, and Brittany. She may not have her abuela right now, but that’s one person.
Kurt was accepted by his father and by glee club. And then Dalton provided the escape he needed from the brutal halls of McKinley.
Dave Karofsky was accepted by Kurt, who he then made very uncomfortable by asking out, and he lost the only person he felt was on his side. He felt totally alone. And he thought the only escape from his life and his mistakes was to die by suicide. Remember when Will wanted Dave to join glee club? He should have joined glee club.
All in all, I think Glee‘s choices make sense.
Issue number 2: When Quinn said that she couldn’t imagine wanting to end it all, I thought “How nice for you.”
It was an ugly fight yeah, but Kurt’s been there, of that I’m absolutely certain after this epsiode. Quinn was essentially saying “It’s stupid to feel the way you have and Dave did, and wow, the poor families.” Fuck Dave’s family. Seriously? His mom told him he has a disease and can be cured.