lesbian, latino, black, bisexual, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, cross dresser, asian, asian, disabled, mental disorder, jewish, jewish, rich, homeless, religious, atheist, untraditionally beautiful, full-figured
glee is horrible at being diverse
- Santana was not a confirmed Lesbian until the second season, before which her sexuality was somewhat treated as a joke; the way they went about her discovering her sexual identity was also strange and it erased a lot of the canon feelings she had had both romantic and sexual for males, while she had even said that she was attracted to pretty much everyone earlier.
- Glee treats Santana, though I do think she’s a good character, as the stereotypical hothead Latina who sleeps around but has a heart of gold. they don’t such a good job with depicting Latin@s.
- Glee might’ve been a little better with race first season than the others, but not by much. I don’t think I need to explain how Mercedes was constantly depicted as undesirable for the first two seasons, and then the extremely offensive tots story line. Not to mention how she was constantly pushed to the background and expected to give up a lot for the pretty, thin, white, ingenue.
- Brittany’s bisexuality/pansexuality/sexuality in general is not treated seriously. She can never say that she’s actually bisexual (oh, and it’s funny how it’s never been treated as a valid identity by the show, and how they had Kurt say that bisexuals were just gay guys who wanted to look normal holding hands with a girl down the hall, and he NEVER apologized). Brittany’s also treated like she’s a child on and off. It would be great to have her if they actually treated her seriously.
- I admit that I loved what they did with Wade/Unique. It is funny how Kurt and Mercedes were discouraging him from dressing in drag on stage, and then tried to act like they were responsible for that success. But anyway, Glee’s used transphobic language in the past, so no points for them on the trans* angle, especially when they started going out of their way to show how cis Kurt was; we all got that he identified as a male, but they had to offensively ram it into us, even though he was perfectly fine with identifying as a male and wearing corsets/skirts earlier.
- Tina was given a story line in the first season rather sparingly, while still not being featured that much; she was then pushed to the background and her entire plot/character became about supporting the other characters, and she was constantly used as a plot device. No points for Glee.
- Mike had barely any lines in S1, and in S2 he was part of the plot device of keeping Tina in the background. The first real spotlight he got was about how stereotypically Asian his family was; he later got a nice story line about dancing, but Glee’s treatment of him before that, and then after he got his ~special snowflake episode was awful.
- All of the ableist language thrown at Artie with no apology, the assumption he couldn’t dance, the explanation that he wouldn’t be lead -despite his stellar voice- because he’s in a wheelchair, and so much else; I love Artie, but the way they treat his disability is awful. They get no points for depicting disability. NONE. Sam’s dyslexia was barely addressed even though it could have been really inspiring, so no points there either.
- Becky was done well, and she’s a bamf, so this is something Glee did do right, even if there are things I wish they’d done with her further. However, they did use derogatory language toward Asians in her voice over “rice queen.” Sugar’s self-diagnosed Asberger’s on the other hand was really problematic in how it was never further explored as something that either had repercussions for her inappropriate use of a real condition or her maybe even actually finding out she really had it and receiving treatment.
- Rachel and Puck’s Jewish identities were only really touched upon in S1, and that was just with Puck talking about Schindler’s list and how he and Rachel were hot Jew, and Rachel saying how both her fathers’ ancestors were slaves. After that, there were some jokes from Puck, who the writers seemed to remember was Jewish more often than Rachel, about Kosher food. They both celebrated Christmas with no mention of Hanukkah or any other Jewish holidays throughout the year, and no talks about Zionism or antisemitism or anything Jewish people struggled with. Glee really just labeled them and left it out after S1 other than a few jokes.
- So what?
- Sam’s homelessness turned to him working at a strip club where he was shamed by his “friends” and insinuated to be selling himself by Blaine. The scenes with his parents/siblings were touching, but Glee still screwed up with the whole interesectionality thing, and had to go and slut-shame him for trying to provide for his family.
- The religion thing is kind of over-stressed in the episodes it’s featured, and they often screwed up big time with the whole respecting others’ beliefs thing.
- Lauren? She’s treated as unattractive by everyone until Puck comes along (who still makes some insinuations about her weight until she shuts him the fuck up about it and demands respect). Then she’s still called the great white whale; then she’s booted off the show because the fandom hated her so much for being a large woman who didn’t take crap. I love Lauren; the way they got rid of her was pretty damn low.
Mercedes? She’s told she’s beautiful first season, and that’s lovely, but then second season stereotypes about food take up an episode of plot for her, and she’s still pushed to the background until season 3.
Shannon Beiste? She’s cheated on by the douchey guy who she ended up marrying because he thought she was beautiful, and then she’s abused by him. They didn’t really do a great job of showing that she, even while having some masculine traits, could find a happy, loving, healthy relationship. I really do love Shannon; I’m just saying that the “untraditionally beautiful” woman on Glee is constantly shat on.
- Lauren/Mercedes? See above
- Glee is horrible at being diverse because just having these people is not enough. They don’t know how to treat them, the issues they face, or how to just be goddamn respectful. There’s so much more I could post about how awful they’ve been with various issues, but I’ll leave it to what I addressed from your listings. Throwing in characters is not enough; they have to work to make sure the characters aren’t reduced to stereotypes and that they actually represent diversity. Also, Lima is over 26% Black; meaning at least 1/4 of their main characters should be Black, but only one is. Don’t tell me Glee’s not horrible at diversity.
I need to make a gif just for when SP is being flawless with logic.
You know now that I’m uploading this I’m kind of regretting not making this a
KURT VS MERCEDES: WHO PULLED THAT ANIMAL PRINT OFF THE BEST-post instead
I wanted to show ya’ll Blaine singing at one of his gigs but
Glee AU | In which Brittany, Santana and Mercedes reform the Troubletones and head to LA to try to make it as a girl group, while Brittany films their journey for an online webseries documenting the struggles they face trying to make it in the industry as women of color, different sizes and/or sexual orientations
…This should be a thing, but Ryan Murphy should have no part of it.
Glee, Season 3 Re-Do, How It Should Have Gone Down: Kurt getting into NYADA