Don’t leave me out of Tongue Tied…
“In one day, we had 50 actors on stage, 800 background (extras), and we did 100 different shots on that day,” he recalled. “There was certainly no intention to exclude everybody. There are just times where we have to remind ourselves it’s a television show and we have to make it in eight days… It becomes almost an impossible task to service them all. It’s never an exclusionary moment. Every episode, you disappoint somebody. Where’s so-and-so?’ They’re coming next week. We’re cognizant of being equal opportunity: offending, and representing… Overall, as an aggregate, I think we should give ourselves credit for being a pretty diverse show.”
— Executive Producer Dante DiLoreto, Glee Comic Con Panel, 14 July 2012
“Falchuk reinforced this notion, saying that no one at Fox is demanding less gay kissing.”— Executive Producer & writer Brad Falchuk, EW.com, Comic Con, 14 July 2012
You know, we might buy this line of spin if Kurt & Blaine hadn’t been the only ones excluded. And if the boys had in fact been ‘coming next week’ to have their kiss in the season finale. Oddly, it was Rachel & Finn [again] who kissed, along with Quinn & Puck [not a couple]. So.
Also…Glee managed 17 episodes straight in which Kurt & Blaine didn’t kiss but it’s not “exclusionary”? Alrighty then.
But credit where credit is due. Glee is a very diverse show. We’ve seen straight couples kissing in almost every conceivable situation and location, yes? Take it away for the GEP, Santana!
Public versus private displays of affection; straight versus gay.
Glee reflects reality in that the straight couples do enjoy a PDA privilege young gay couples generally don’t. Kurt & Blaine specifically are wary of expressing their affection in public. So why doesn’t Glee give the boys scenes in safe spaces in which they could hug or kiss without anxiety? Because Glee’s straight characters enjoyed *that* privilege too.
this would also be great to see in bar graph or pie chart form (including brittana) because this is just ridiculous. >:(
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Couples, conversations, resolutions, places.
Only - one of these *isn’t* a couple at all.
Meanwhile two couples don’t get to kiss and resolve their differences in private, period. They have to hug it out in front of a faculty chaperone.
It’s Glee on FOX. Sexy straight people for the win! And, yes, our sarcasm is showing. Isn’t yours?
I happened to hear this…among a few of my 7th grade boys after Prom-asaurus aired.Student A: Did you see glee last night?Student B: Duh, Brittany did a Kes$ha song. She’s hot!Student A: Yeah! It was weird though. Like, everyone in the gym was making out at the end, except for Kurt and Blaine. Wasn’t that weird? Aren’t they like going out?Student C: That was weird, they were like the only couple not kissing.Student B: So? They’re a couple of faggots. They can’t show that stuff on tv.At this point in the conversation I felt I had to drop my casual eavesdropper status and step in. The end result was positive. The student who’d used that word came to understand why it was wrong without feeling attacked or put upon. It actually led to a pretty good discussion with the entire 7th grade during break that day….The message my middle schoolers were getting from Glee (and I should note that they all started watching the show this season) is that being gay is okay as long as the characters act never act on it. When I asked the kids why they thought that, they kept using Kurt and Blaine as their examples. They correctly pointed out that these two were dating but never showed affection so that must be what Glee was trying to say.A few of my 8th grade boys also chimed in with the fact that Santana and Brittany got to touch and kiss occasionally because they’re two hot cheerleaders, but I’ll leave the Brittana fans to delve into the issues of bias surrounding that couple.
A thoughtful, considered letter from a 28-year old Christian woman who is a teacher and librarian. This extract, a good way down the letter, shows clearly why it matters what Glee does with Kurt and Blaine, Santana and Brittany, versus the straight couples. And why we do keep returning to this issue.