This morning I got into a bit of a tiff with another Tumblr person over Marley.
I couldn’t adequately explain why I disliked her. There was just a disconnect between the princess-pretty girl who smiled her perfect teeth all the time and the “underdog” idea of Glee. I couldn’t put it together. There was the fact that her struggles didn’t remotely resemble the struggles of my best friend in junior high who was most definitely picked on because of her being poor. But that was because she looked poor. She was malnourished. Her hair and nails and skin were bad. She didn’t go to an orthodontist. I’m pretty sure she didn’t get her recommended number of dental check ups either. Her clothes weren’t washed as often as other people’s so sometimes they smelled a bit (not a lot; never a lot). Oh, and once, she got scabies. I got them too. Our class had to be told. The kids called us “scabies babies” for years.
So, you know, her last worry was that someone would know her clothes were from Walmart. Or what her mom looked like.
But I know they’re not going to show a character like that on Glee. So I couldn’t figure out why I had an instant hostility towards the character.
I mean, I loved her mom. She was fantastic. Great character.
But Biuyti managed to put it together exactly.
The lunchlady storyline really, really, really irritates the fuck out of me. Especially not when we had *two* fat actors, one a member of the glee club, and never once did the writers a) treat them with adequate dignity or b) let up on their relentless fat hatred. So, now they decide to make it an special du jour only to highlight the impact that fatphobia and shaming as on the *daughter* who is skinny? Fuck. This. Shit. Zizes shoulda stayed and maybe they could have done something interesting and meaningful, instead of having her eating food every other scene.
They’re using her fat mom as Marley’s wound. Fuck. That. Shit.