Trigger warning. Because it seems these days, we’re all about the blangst, and blangst is triggery.
People are asking and writing a lot about Blaine at the moment. I suppose with “Big Brother” imminent, there was bound to be some speculation, but I’m not sure we’ve ever explored another character in Glee with this much fervor.
Mostly, people are doing an excellent job of answering: What is wrong with Blaine Anderson?
How about a roundup?
But there are so many things about him that read so femininely to me, or are just weird little narrative clues — the Sadie Hawkins thing for one. And I think in college he may go through a big, long, possibly messy questioning phase…
Letters from Titan Tumblr
So we see him want to bury whatever it was that was bothering him and just do something else. But then we get the song choice, which is meant to be “inspirational,” and this is where Blaine gets really weird.
“Cough Syrup” is about someone who is drowning, who’s completely out of control; it’s about someone finding solace in getting high off of drinking cough syrup. Why is that “inspirational”? Of course Blaine has made completely odd choices about songs before. If he was thinking about “Cough Syrup” as a competition number, then we can compare it to his equally-strange choice of “Candles” for regionals last year, when he just started dating Kurt. Just like “Cough Syrup,” “Candles” served the role of providing commentary on others’ issues, but in canon, the song is still selected by Blaine because it’s “emotional.” Does he just not know how to interpret lyrics? And why does he pick such wrenching songs—such depressing ones—for a competition venue? The other characters don’t seem to make bizarre choices like this. So what’s going on there?
So Thinky (emphasis mine)
I think the gender stuff is so interesting because I see it in Kurt. But then Blaine comes along and he’s so often more feminine than Kurt ever was, but in strange, tiny ways that almost don’t matter but totally do. Like, in the things-you-can-list-on-paper ways, Blaine is a b-o-y boy. He hangs out with the boys when Kurt is with the girls (most of the time). He dresses in a masculine (albeit queered) way. He gets angry and hits a heavy bag. But then there’s Sadie Hawkins and,well, Blaine, a lot of the time just feels feminine.
But the one thing everyone seems able to agree on is that something is wrong with Blaine Anderson. Is he depressed? Does he have PTSD? Was he showing a history of self-harm or suicidal ideation when he rubbed his wrists while Mr Schuester was talking to the club about suicide? Are his parents as unsupportive as he thinks they are? Is he puzzled about his gender identity and feeling unable to explore that like when he had a peek at bisexuality last year? What’s his brother going to be like?