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Oh wow, where do i start lol . I think glee has had too many offensive moments to mention, but one thing that's always really bothered me is that from season 3 onwards glee tried to tackle every vaguely relevant social issue under the sun- without dedicating the proper respect and effort needed for sensitive topics. It ends up feeling like cheap exploitation rather than a genuine effort to educate their audience.

 

Like, for example, Coach Beiste's domestic abuse storyline, or Dave's suicide attempt, or the school shooting episode- these produced some really powerful, shocking (perhaps too shocking, even) scenes, but in context they're really not great. Mostly likely they're never mentioned again. And these scenes are sandwiched in episodes alongside quirky gags and politically incorrect one liners, and yeah, it just...doesn't work.

As fondue for two mentioned, it's part of a larger problem glee has with tone- it verves wildly back and forth between broad comedy and Very Serious Drama, which means in some episodes (comeback) suicide is treated as a punchline, while in others (on my way) it's presented in stark, heartbreaking detail. 

 

Anyway! A few Offensive Moments/trends that come to mind are:

 

-like, every asian joke made about Mike and Tina

 

-the way 'Never Been Kissed' completely robbed Beiste of dignity. Schue kissing her was patronising and uncomfortable, and seriously, what is so bad about Beiste that she's never been in a relationship?! The way the writers act like she's unlovable because she's not conventionally feminine just comes off as offensive.  

 

- glee reducing their disabled characters to inspiration porn and sentimental life lessons in the early seasons (the deaf choir, sue's sister, finn's paralysed friend) and in later seasons trying  to backpedal and makes their disabled characters weirdly mean and sexually agressive (betty, becky- even artie with his misogyny).   disabled characters are rarely shown as people in their own right.

 

- when kurt competely dismisses quinn's problems in 'on my way', saying the world never stopped loving her?! her parents literally kicked her out of the house??

 

- when mercedes finally got a storyline and it was about tater tots :/


 

There were actually a couple lines/jokes implying that. Ignore the ugly gifs but

 

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also, yikes, never noticed this :/



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Oh wow, where do i start lol . I think glee has had too many offensive moments to mention, but one thing that's always really bothered me is that from season 3 onwards glee tried to tackle every vaguely relevant social issue under the sun- without dedicating the proper respect and effort needed for sensitive topics. It ends up feeling like cheap exploitation rather than a genuine effort to educate their audience.

 

Like, for example, Coach Beiste's domestic abuse storyline, or Dave's suicide attempt, or the school shooting episode- these produced some really powerful, shocking (perhaps too shocking, even) scenes, but in context they're really not great. Mostly likely they're never mentioned again. And these scenes are sandwiched in episodes alongside quirky gags and politically incorrect one liners, and yeah, it just...doesn't work.

As fondue for two mentioned, it's part of a larger problem glee has with tone- it verves wildly back and forth between broad comedy and Very Serious Drama, which means in some episodes (comeback) suicide is treated as a punchline, while in others (on my way) it's presented in stark, heartbreaking detail. 

 

Anyway! A few Offensive Moments/trends that come to mind are:

 

-like, every asian joke made about Mike and Tina

 

-the way 'Never Been Kissed' completely robbed Beiste of dignity. Schue kissing her was patronising and uncomfortable, and seriously, what is so bad about Beiste that she's never been in a relationship?! The way the writers act like she's unlovable because she's not conventionally feminine just comes off as offensive.  

 

- glee reducing their disabled characters to inspiration porn and sentimental life lessons in the early seasons (the deaf choir, sue's sister, finn's paralysed friend) and in later seasons trying  to backpedal and makes their disabled characters weirdly mean and sexually agressive (betty, becky- even artie with his misogyny).   disabled characters are rarely shown as people in their own right.

 

- when kurt competely dismisses quinn's problems in 'on my way', saying the world never stopped loving her?! her parents literally kicked her out of the house??

 

- when mercedes finally got a storyline and it was about tater tots :/


also, yikes, never noticed 

 

The heavy handed social commentary got so annoying towards the end. It was frustrating to see things that could have been beautifully portrayed completely messed up beyond repair. For example, the show had so many windows to actually talk about eating disorders. Especially with Sam, how often do we get to see men deal with body image issues? His talk in Rocky Hair was heartbreaking, you could hear his self loathing. I wish they went somewhere with that. It drove me up the wall how Glee would pick something up just to drop it.

 

When I first watched Never Been Kissed I thought the kiss between them was cute (I was in early high school). I rewatched that episode over break and I just thought "why did they ruin a nearly perfect episode with an unnecessary and patronizing kiss." The show had the opportunity to portray a not as feminine woman in a new light and instead they make her insecure in a way that was frustrating.

 

I loved the deaf choir, I think that was the best disabled storyline the show ever did. I generally agree with the rest except Artie. I thought he was a real character even if he could be a jerk.

 

I think Kurt's comment to Quinn just shows how much we can all be in our little bubble with our perspectives. It was obviously not true but I think what he was trying to say is that no one would ever look at Quinn and think terrible things about her unless they knew her past. But people could be hateful towards Kurt right off the bat because he "looks gay."

 

Ugh I never noticed that either! I'm so deeply bothered by it I'm not sure how I feel. 

 

Btw my name is Heather, you can call me that instead of my username.


Edited by Fondue For Two!, 17 February 2017 - 05:04 AM.


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Sue's racist comments towards Santana.






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