Extra Credit: We Need to Talk—Tina’s Crush

Hi! I’m Jacq, founder of Deconstructing Glee (my official title now is Class President). I’m taking a break from this at the moment, but this seemed important enough to break my silence. I’ve been asked by a few people now if I’m going to write about this, so I’m going to write about this.

What can I say? A girl likes to be asked. And that’s sort of what I want to talk about too.

I’ve always found it interesting that Tina and Blaine became friends. Partly because of how they’ve been gendered throughout their time on Glee

Tina has often been left out of the girl group things (not a Cheerio, not buddies with Kurt, Rachel and Mercedes) and in “Never Been Kissed,” she’s grouped with the guys in using a mental image of Shannon Beiste to “cool off” when she’s making out with Mike. She was the only girl depicted this way.

And because Blaine has often been positioned in a feminine way, they make interesting friends. Especially when it get sexual.

I think we need to back up a bit and look at two other relationships:

Blaine and Sam and Kurt and Blaine.

When Blaine had (has?) a crush on Sam, he worries he’ll be seen as predatory (because he’s gay), and keeps his (emotional/physical/sexual) distance, without denying his feelings. He knows Sam’s not interested. He values Sam’s friendship and respects his boundaries.

And yes, we can talk about Blaine and Kurt in the car outside Scandals—Blaine didn’t listen to Kurt, and continued to touch when it wasn’t wanted. He didn’t listen. And while it doesn’t make it right, this is partially mitigated by them already being in an intimate relationship. Blaine at least has a context for thinking things might progress to something more intimate. Fortunately, Kurt was conscious, and able to express his lack of consent.

An unconscious person doesn’t have that power.

If I were to wake to my wife coughing and struggling to breathe in her sleep, and unbuttoned her shirt to apply some VapoRub, I’d be taking my life in my hands, but I would not be violating any kind of consent or boundary. I have, after years of intimacy, a certain amount of consent I can run with.

Tina’s relationship with Blaine is, in reality, entirely a friendship and entirely platonic. Tina is also presenting it that way, even if she feels differently and tries in roundabout ways to change it. She’s hoping she can manipulate him into giving her what she wants, without considering that he continues to insist he is only attracted to men. She is waiting on him hand and foot (to the point of being creepy and inappropriate) under the guise of being his closest friend, but she’s expecting more to come of it. When she yells at him, she seems to resent having done the things for him that she has, just because he hasn’t fallen in love with her yet. She seems gratified when he suddenly asks her to be his date for the wedding.

She got what she wanted. After she pretended to be Blaine’s best friend in order to gain access to a possibly romantic relationship, and then yelled at him for not going along with it. After she did something really creepy and non consensual when Blaine was unconscious and when she knew fully he would not have let her continue if he had been able to express himself.

There are two frames fandom can see Tina in right now: either she’s fandom or she’s a “nice guy”.

Fandom joked when Tina first started crushing on Blaine that she was fandom incarnate. It’s hard to argue that now, the way she is mirroring the worst excesses of fandom. Over a year ago, I wrote about several incidents where Darren Criss and Chris Colfer’s personal safety was put at risk by fans.

The “nice guy” meme has been doing the rounds on the internet for a while now. The whole idea of it is that there are guys out there who think that their female friends owe them sex because they behave like friends to them.

Tina is being portrayed as a “nice guy”. She made him soup; she wants more than him feeling better again. A friend should be happy he’s feeling better again, not wondering why they’re not fucking right now.

It’s creepy, and it’s wrong and Glee isn’t going to drop this story. I expect the creepy to be made more explicit. But really, it shouldn’t have to be.

People’s bodies are their own. You alone determine who is allowed to touch you, when and where and how and for what purpose. There are relationships where we take small amounts of licence in order to move forward or try something new, but we only do that when lines of communication are open.

If the person is not able to consent, the answer is no.

Please, people who are arguing that assault only exists when physical harm happens, and people who are saying that they would have kissed him too—please understand that harm can be done that is not physical. How would you expect someone would sleep if they knew they’d been handled all night by someone they thought they could trust?

Screenshot-Glee.S04E13.720p.HDTV.X264-DIMENSION.mkv-8There was an interesting ask on Racheline’s Tumblr about Blaine being like Sleeping Beauty when he was asleep—and a reference to how Sleeping Beauty was woken up (it wasn’t with a kiss) in the original story.

Blaine’s not great at boundaries, and he’s not great at saying no.

Kurt and Rachel may engage in healthy confrontation, but neither Blaine nor Tina know how to do that.

This is going to be weird and ugly.

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27 thoughts on “Extra Credit: We Need to Talk—Tina’s Crush

  1. While I really, really buy your assessment of Tina as the “nice guy” wondering why all the sweetness isn’t getting her what she wants (A+), I’m still having a hard time believing that the story is going to get a full treatment from the writers. But I think that is my general disillusionment with the show talking, so I’m absolutely going to tune in and hope I’m wrong.

  2. I’m very glad you expanded on the “Tina is a Nice Guy” thing, added in all the gender stuff, explained very well the differences in relationship/friendship dynamics and how they affect the probability of consent and didn’t shy away from pointing out that we can’t in one week squee over how Tina is fandom when she ogles Blaine’s ass and then disavow that notion the minute she crosses a very, very obvious boundary (or try to argue away that she did so) because that makes us uncomfortable to see ourselves (as a group) mirrored like that.

    Yes, this is a deeply uncomfortable story either way (and the two stories don’t exclude each other anyway), and it’s MEANT that way. My feeling is that there will be a third act to this story, and that it won’t be pretty. My hope is that Glee will take a stand and have someone trustworthy (Kurt?) explicitl state that Tina’s behavior wasn’t okay, but I’m not entirely sure Glee will do that.

  3. I think the idea of Tina as nice guy makes a lot of sense. Something else that occurred to me today with this crush is the comparison factor. There’s a general perception that a gay guy crushing on a straight guy is creepier by default than a straight girl crushing on a gay guy. I think the creators of the show were stunned that Kurt got as much flak as he did for the Finn crush because everything he did was pretty minor in comparison to what a lot of people do on this show toward a romantic interest. In this case, they deliberately made Blaine’s crush on Sam the maturely handled one (while having Blaine use the phrase “predatory gay”) and put TIna’s crush on Blaine into full-out creepy territory. So now Tina’s actions could be described as further along the predatory path than a lot of what’s happened on this show, and everything about Blaine and Sam’s interactions in those few episodes was entirely sweet. I think they had her go so far over the line to make a point about how actions by different characters get perceived differently.

  4. Someone on Tumblr made a really good catch that the next episode is called “I Do” which makes it possible the consent theme is picked up and possibly confronted there. I live in hope. I’ve got upset before about things where Glee was simply playing the long game, so I have a policy of chilling on these things.

  5. I agree with most of this except for the writers realizing the seriousness of this issue. I think you’re being critical about all the right things, but I don’t think Glee will explore this. At least not much.

    Ryan tweeted to someone upset about Tina’s behaviour this storyline; “It’s not creepy. It’s sad and real and about loneliness…and overcoming feeling second-rate.”. The writers are enjoying how complicated this situation is, but they are overlooking that while Tina’s feelings for her gay bff may be very complicated and interesting, the concept of not intimately touching people without their consent isn’t complicated at all, it is wrong whatever the circumstances. I don’t think they understand Tina’s feelings stopped mattering the moment she violated Blaine’s rights.

    This entire situation reminds me of Heart and Karofsky and Kurt apologizing and being understanding because Karofsky was in a bad place. They’re placing the focus of this storyline mostly on Tina and her feelings, not Blaine and his right to say no having been criticized and disrespected several times now, most severely with this bedroom scene. He has even apologized to her several times, and while he may not know about her touching him intimately without his consent yet, he had no reason to apologize for anything, being gay and saying no doesn’t make him mean, in fact Tina has been consistently out of line and owes Blaine way more of an apology.

    When this non-consensual groping comes to light, I don’t want Blaine to be understanding, because Tina was having feelings or whatever. We already know through spoilers (SPOILER ALERT!) that Kurt is going to be upset about this situation more than Blaine, which doesn’t leave me confident he is going to take this seriously as a sexual assault. I think it would be bad for Blaine to be friends with Tina after this, or even have Blaine’s friends be friends with Tina after this.

    There can of course be a difference in how the characters respond and how the narrative tells you you should respond. I know in real life people respond to this issue by not taking it seriously like that, but TV is not real life. It teaches us about real life. And so it has certain responsibilities, to be inclusive, to not send bad messages, to not encourage rape culture. But I don’t think this will be a nuanced and aware and smart and critical display of how rape culture works. The narrative so far is very sympathetic to Tina (Ryan’s tweet, sad violin music, touching friendshippy moments, still making lighthearted jokes of her fawning over him, heartbroken looks, focussing on her sads and frustration, emotional songs about her feels, etc.).

    With this bedroom scene I think the narrative will again take this as seriously as Blaine (and Kurt and others) do. If the narrative goes with Blaine’s reaction to finding out about Tina molesting him, which I expect to be negative but temporary and not severe enough, that would be very irresponsible. It sends the message that the victim in such situations should just accept what happened, be understanding, think about how the perpetrator must feel, etc. and that it’s not such a big deal to feel someone up when they’re unconscious, not enough to break off a friendship.

    I expect Glee will minimize severity of this assault because they don’t grasp it themselves, either by making this about Tina more than they should and not having anyone have the appropriately strong reaction with the narrative simply going with this, or by not address the consent issue at all, perhaps just mentioning it. I expect them to be on friendly or okay terms at the end of this storyline and for Tina to face no permanent consequences for what she did to Blaine. I think this storyline is meant to be about Tina and her feelings, and I think the writers just miscalculated how far they could take her actions to show her pain. A writing slip-up doesn’t have to be big deal in most cases for other kinds of storylines, a minor unfortunate misstep in the writing that can be overlooked and doesn’t affect what they’re trying to portray overall, but THIS particular miscalculation lead to accidentally~ having Tina sexually assault Blaine, so it is now (as it should be!) a huge issue for fandom and the media that screws up what they intended for the audience.

    I so very badly HOPE you’re right and this will be made the big deal that it is, but if what I expect to happen comes to pass, I hope you will follow up on this article, and will be as critical of how Glee handles this dangerous and sensitive issue as Glee is not.

  6. Oh hey, listen, I don’t think they’re going to make an after school special out of it. That’s not what Glee does. About anything. That includes topics like consent, suicide, teen pregnancy, adoption, etc.
    I think they’ll address it again, and for people willing to do the math (because Glee does require some work on the part of the viewing audience) it will be explicit that what she did was wrong.

  7. I guess we do think very differently about this then. I think Glee frequently sends the wrong messages and brings up topics that without exception NEED time and weight and nuance if you want to write about them non-offensively, and I think a lot of the fandom online is smart enough to identify these things as such and discuss them smartly, but not necessarily because the show has anything to do with that.

    I’m only slightly worried they won’t point out what Tina did was wrong at all, I think it most likely that they do make it clear that what she did was wrong but in such a way that really doesn’t take the issue seriously enough. Like I said, I think Tina’s behaviour will be considered negative, but not as severely negative as unwanted sexual touching is, it will only be temporarily upsetting to the characters who learn about it, it will include focus on Tina’s feelings as if they should be considered in this situation, she might come to her senses and apologize for letting her crush get out of hand but not nearly feel awful and guilty enough for molesting someone, and then everyone will be more-or-less okay with each other again in the end. And I think the narrative won’t go against this.

    And that’s would be a very irresponsible and harmful way to portray this issue too, because while it does make it clear that this behaviour is wrong, it hand-waves and minimizes HOW wrong intimately touching someone who is unconscious without their consent is. Which is REALLY SEVERELY SHOULD-BE-A-BIG-DEAL-AND-HAVE-LASTING-CONSEQUENCES-AND-IS-PROBABLY-ILLEGAL WRONG. They don’t just need to address this situation as good or bad, they need to address it as important or not, and while I think they get that it’s bad, I don’t think the Glee writers realize just how serious what Tina did is, so I don’t expect the show to treat it appropriately.

    (I also don’t agree Glee never goes into After School Special territory, but I don’t think that’s very important with this because that’s not what I’m asking for here.)

  8. Leaving aside the utter clusterfuck that is the concept of ~responsible storytelling,~ I just want to point out that when Murphy made that comment, this episode had *not* aired and he was talking about Tina’s crush as a concept and her behavior in 4×11 and 4×12 (I believe the tweet was sent during 4×11, but it might have been 4×12. There’s absolutely nothing to indicate that he was talking about something his viewers hadn’t seen yet and weren’t asking him about.) It is 100% possible to believe that Tina having a crush on Blaine is not creepy and makes sense for the character, AND that she handles the crush badly and her actions later cross a line into assault. Taking quotes badly out of context weakens your case.

  9. “@MrRPMurphy please tell me Tina’s obssession with Blaine ends… Its just creepy now (even if it represents a lot of the fandom)

    @IsaMontenegr It’s not creepy. It’s sad and real and about loneliness…and overcoming feeling second-rate.”

    Ryan is responding to a tweet talking about Tina’s ONGOING obsession with Blaine, in general not mentioning any particular incident, specifically asking if it was going to end in the future. I don’t think it is taking anything badly out of context at all if I say “Ryan tweeted to someone upset about Tina’s behaviour this storyline [insert quote]”. It’s not like I said “Ryan tweeted this bedroom scene isn’t creepy [insert quote].” This was tweeted during “Naked” so things had indeed crossed the line into creepiness already. (Having a crush is not creepy, what Tina is doing is.) Ryan’s reply denies any creepiness, is focused on Tina and highly sympathetic to her feelings, and doesn’t mention Blaine. “Diva” is already written and filmed so Ryan knows where this storyline is going as he tweets this. But hey, if he does change his tune about how this storyline is creepy and involves assault and isn’t about loneliness and overcoming feeling second rate anymore now, then awesome! I will gladly consider that tweet to be about Tina’s obsession with Blaine only up to that point then, and not in general. (But trying to kiss your gay friend who told you he’s not interested and then creating a calendar where you can stare at his scarcely dressed body during the shoot will still be creepy.)

  10. And responsible storytelling is quite important and pretty non-clusterfuckish. Media matters and influences society, this has been proven beyond a doubt. If you create media that a lot of people take in, you have influence over these people. Some issues are wrong but are easier to joke about because of who the punchline is aimed at or because all of society already knows how wrong this is. So when Sue pushes a lady down the stairs, it doesn’t make Glee fans as pissed as when Brittany tells the audience she was raped at 14 in the form of a “dumb blonde” joke. Because with society as it is, sexual assault is not one of those “serious issues safe to make fun of” yet.

    Media matters. So if say, you’re not a homophobe and you don’t want to further those ideas, then don’t create a straight-forward story where your hetero hero defeats a bunch of gay rapists, who implicitly rape because that’s what gay people do. That wouldn’t be a good story purely on storytelling level either, because beyond offensive this story is illogical.

    Media matters. If you don’t want to further the idea that it’s not THAT terrible to intimately touch people without their consent, then don’t create a straight-forward storyline in which that happens and neither the characters nor the narrative take it anywhere nearly as seriously as it is. Or else your story will offend people, influence other people’s opinions such as the teens that watch Glee who take away from this how sorry they feel for Tina, and it will be a bad story too because it doesn’t make sense. But this storyline isn’t over yet, (SPOILER WARNING) the next episode Blaine and Kurt will find out what Tina did to Blaine, and I guess we’ll see how Glee handles this. I sure HOPE they do it well.

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  12. I agree what she did was wrong, what I don’t agree is with what most fandom are saying: “this is the worst season EVER! Ryan should never write scenes like that, this is offensive! let’s kill him!”. Maybe the scene was offensive, but I don’t think Glee should play it safe and be cute, funny and correct all the time. RIB want to talk about a girl who’s obsessed with her gay friend, and they have the right to show the danger and seriousness of this obsession through negative actions, because obsessed people do terribly wrong things towards the person they want. Tina has been shown, somehow, as a victim, but I think that’s only a way to make people understand the complexity of the situation, it’s kinda like showing Terri suffering on season 1. That said, I loved the scene and the plot, I like seeing serious conflicts, I like seeing the characters dark side every now and then. It’s a great thing to be discussed and thought about. And even though I believe Blaine and Kurt will be pissed, I don’t think it’s necessary to show her being punished by her action, it’d be absolutely great and I understand people who sees it as very necessary, but I feel like the intention was to show how serious her situation is and where this is taking her, so considering everyone’s reaction (from teen fans to reviewers, almost everyone saw it in a negative way), I think the whole message has been already said.

  13. I think this is where we’re never going to agree. As a writer, I can’t fathom a world where the artist is responsible for the moral education of their readers.

    If Glee audiences do not understand the massive overstep that is Tina being inappropriate with Blaine, that is not a failure of Glee, but a failure of society to educate. Art can inform and inspire discussion/thought, but cannot be the only means by which people learn right and wrong. That’s not its purpose.

    As I said, I believe that this will be revisited and given more weight than it was given so far. Also, let’s remember that Blaine gets to name what happened to him. If he chooses to name it assault, he can, but if he doesn’t, it’s hard to tell someone else that their experience of what happened to them is wrong.

    What Tina did is absolutely wrong, but how wrong it is, will depend on the effect it has on Blaine. He gets to name that.

  14. While I agree that media matters (why else would we even be discussing this?), it’s just not true that audiences only ever see what a show explicitly and obviously tells them. Pretty much all literary theory agrees that how we understand a story’s “message” is majorly influenced by what we already bring to the story (our background, our values, our experiences), and that skill doesn’t begin only after we’ve hit 30. Or even 16.

    If we’re not ready to hear a certain message (women are people, gay/queer people are flawed human beings just like straight people, racism exists, etc.), then no amount of preachy storytelling will change that. Or, put a different way, if the vast majority of the media tells us women are all kinds of inferior, and if we can’t help but believe that because it’s on TV, how come feminists who think otherwise even exist?

    Stories don’t have fixed meanings, no matter how explicitly they seem to push a certain message. I can use a sexist story to point out how misogyny works and turn it into a teaching tool. Someone who is anti-feminist can use a picture-book feminist story and use it as an example for how deluded and crazy we all are. Stories don’t have fixed meanings. And that includes non-fictional stories.

    As far as Glee is concerned, I believe this show deliberately tells us ambiguous, complex, difficult stories over and over again. We get to see both/all sides, we get to see everyone’s feelings and worries and subjective takes, and we always scramble to determine who’s right and who’s wrong, and then we fight over our different takes (because we never unanimously agree!), when it’s actually all about “life is messy, human relationships are messy, feelings are messy, and there is no easy solution to any of this, but, hey, we made you think/talk, right?”

  15. We do disagree, but we don’t? I agree that I don’t think media should be the ONLY means by which people learn right or wrong. But I do think it is part of how society educates, we can’t deny how media has a huge influence on shaping people’s world view, what we read, what we watch, what we listen to. And popular shows like Glee need to be aware of what messages they send to their huge and young audience and show a certain amount of responsibility with all that power because people absorb it. And if they don’t take the ideas their show puts out into the world seriously and sends harmful messages, I think I can critically discuss their choices. Because even if they wish it didn’t; their show has meaning, words mean things, media matters.

    I hope you’re right about this storyline getting proper weight. And while I would agree with Blaine deciding that in real life, stories are not real life. Ryan is the person who will name what happened here, and the audience gets to agree or disagree with how he does this. When it’s not autobiographical people get to criticize the choices an author makes about how they portray serious issues like non-consensual sexual touching and their effects on characters (“people”), Twilight, Glee, whatever.

  16. That’s how I see it, and that’s why I disagree with people that got angry about the situation and the episode. Their reactions shocked me even more than the scene. The plot wasn’t there for nothing. It’s about how Tina’s head is at the moment, about how messy she is at the moment, about how she’s not just a quiet little girl, but someone who can make very serious mistakes. I agree that fiction and media are not here to teach things, cause to me their mission is to introduce situations to people and make them analyse it, think about it, discuss it and take their own conclusions. Being a bad attitude doesn’t mean it’s a bad story. And I saw people liveblogging it on Tumblr, it was scary to see their reactions, cause they didn’t even want the scene to exist. But this kind of thing has to be shown, and there’s no need for moral lessons here. We saw it and that’s more than enough. Now let Blaine and everyone else deal with it the way they think it’s better… Honestly, even though it was a bad thing, I think she needs help, more and with more urgency than just punishment. But this opinion changes from mind to mind – which is the good thing about fiction.

  17. @TeileDesGanzen I agree that people can watch with critical thinking and compare what they’re taking in to what information they already have. But that doesn’t mean everyone does this or can do this and that media has no responsibility at all. That you can use a sexist story as a teaching example for feminism doesn’t mean that the original story isn’t harmful, like in situations where it is not used to teach feminism, it hurts people’s feelings for bigoted reasons even if they know better that to buy into it, and it doesn’t take away it’s original wrongness to learn it is wrong.

    I really disagree that that’s what Glee is generally going for. Which I’m kind of glad about because that sounds kind of like a mess of a show to me. (No offense intended, I get that you watch it like that and enjoy it, I personally just myself would not like to watch Glee like that. Emphasis to me.) Glee can be very cleverly written, like Kurt’s bullying arc in the beginning was one of the best portrayals of bullying I have seen, really showing how sneaky and cruel and prevalent it is and how all the big things and the tiny things slowly break a person down. But Glee has writing flaws too. The show and the writers have their opinions on how the audience should feel about things, and sometimes the narrative wants the audience to feel something that has wrong messages attached to it.

  18. @ Heather. Well, if we’re not approaching the show in a similar way, we’ll never agree on how storylines like this should be handled. And since I don’t see the point of each of us repeating our arguments again and again (since I’m not changing my approach to Glee anytime soon, and you probably won’t be changing yours either), let’s just leave it at that, okay?

  19. @AngieViolet I don’t want to kill Ryan for being offensive myself. And you’re making a false dichotomy, criticizing Glee over this doesn’t mean I want everything on Glee to be safe and be cute and funny and correct all the time, like the real life show choir version of the Teletubbies. The problem here is that I DON’T think they are or will show the danger and seriousness of this obsession and the bedroom scene properly. If I thought they did then I wouldn’t have a problem with them writing about this dangerous, serious issue because I don’t have a problem with people writing about sexual assault in any case, they just need to be competent and sensitive about it. Groping someone without their consent is “complex” like domestic abuse, a line was crossed and we don’t need to sympathetically explore the feelings of the perpetrator, the focus and concern is with the victim here. (No this is not me making comparisons between the severity of these two different situations.) And my reaction of being horrified has not been everyone’s reaction, which has me upset about this issue more. There have been reviews saying this could have been a problematic scene but Tina is just so sad it isn’t, there have been fans defending her actions, saying it’s no big deal, there have been fans saying they would do the same thing if they were in that situation because hey it’s Darren Criss ahahaha~. Our society does not take sexual abuse as seriously as they should.

  20. @TeileDesGanzen Okay. I don’t really feel like discussing what vision and intent the writers of this show have in writing the things they do for their audience, that would be a looooooooooong talk, so let’s.

  21. //I think they’ll address it again, and for people willing to do the math (because Glee does require some work on the part of the viewing audience) it will be explicit that what she did was wrong.//

    I think you mean it will be implicit. Explicit would be no math required, because directly stated/demonstrated.

  22. That’s the thing, though, Kate. I think someone — at least one character — will be very explicit about this. I don’t think they’re going to appear in a chorus saying “What Tina did was very wrong wrong wrong” but I think the truth will be stated by someone. So explicit, but still requires some amount of distillation by viewers.

  23. Hi! Same Heather as the comments above here, I was curious about your thoughts on the Tina-Blaine-Kurt storyline in 4×14 and so I just read your class discussion post. I guess unsurprisingly we have a different feeling about the outcome of this situation. I don’t think making a rape joke was a good way to wrap up this storyline at all, as that one-liner both acknowledged that what Tina did was completely not okay by calling it rape (which is not the word I’d use), and then dismissed the entire situation as hilarious and not a big deal anyway. I’m glad Glee acknowledged it was wrong what Tina did, which I did feel pretty confident they would, not so glad that it was done so flippantly, but as Glee is clearly not going to give this issue the proper weight and focus I think is necessary, I am happy this storyline is over (that is I think at least something we can agree on for different reasons?).

  24. @ Heather: May I point out that the Class Discussion Post for 4×14 was not written by Jacq (who wrote this article about the Tina/Blaine situation) but by our guest writer Deej? Now that this blog has become a group project, our opinions have likewise multiplied, so please don’t expect us to present a single line of argument here for any point. Every member of the DG team may or may not agree with what the rest of us write.

    I’m curious, though: Would you have liked the treatment of that storyline better if the cut scene of Tina apologizing to Blaine would have been left in?

  25. @TeileDesGanzen OH, thank you for pointing that out, I didn’t mean to assume you all shared the same opinion, I overlooked the two posts having different authors.

    Yes, I REALLY think they should have left those lines in. It still doesn’t really allow Blaine to react, which I find very important, and it still doesn’t place what I think is the proper weight on something as serious as non-consensual sexual touching, so I’d still have my problems with the resolution of this storyline. But by keeping this bit, Glee would have addressed the issue further in a less-joking manner than Kurt’s one-liner, would have let BLAINE know what happened, would have given Tina a chance to acknowledge herself that she seriously screwed up and sincerely apologize for it… It’s such a short clip, I don’t know why they didn’t leave it in. Whatever reason they had for cutting it, personally, while it still wouldn’t leave me satisfied with how Glee handled this storyline and issue for the reasons I mentioned, I think it would have been a very BIG improvement to have kept this scene in.

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