I am officially putting it forward that the G in LGBT, should be changed to Glee. It’s gayer than gay.
SPOILERS AHEAD!! EVERYONE TO THEIR STATIONS!!
Last week, I wrote about how Santana broke this old heart of mine, only to get an email from a friend this week made up of just three words; “Glee gets gayer”. I thought she was yanking my chain, or was just catching up and had only seen Santana get her heart broken. I mean how much gayer could it get? How wrong I was.
Among all that stuff about Rachel’s heartache, there it was. Kurt getting is kissing on! Lip-smacking-goodness (not nearly as satisfying as finger-licking good, but one thing at a time). When Blaine got all misty-eyed, I was thinking “YAY! He’s finally seeing just how wonderful Kurt is”. But I never, ever, thought we’d get to see them kiss. Passionately. Twice!
Ryan Murphy, the creator, one of the writers and the man generally known as Mr Glee, as well as Chris Colfer’s “fairy godfather”, must think he’s living a dream. A proudly out gay man, he is getting to do things that no one has ever dared. He’s pushing the sexual boundries of television characters, showing the confusion of sexuality, the head-wrecking and heart-breaking emotions we all go through no matter what the sexuality. And these characters are teenagers.
When I were a wee lass, there were no gay characters on the telly. None. Now, after a scene like Kurt’s I grin and say to myself “g’wan Ryan ya good thing”. He, like all of us, watched and waited as a teen to see representations of himself on screen. It never happened. Instead of grumbling about it though, he decided to revolutionise tv for the rest of us. It’s not too much to suggest that he has changed television for the gay viewer, simply because there we are on screen.
Now I’m not saying he has done this all on his own, he is on the shoulders of those before him; most shows have “a gay”; but he has taken it further and made us front and centre.
There were murmurs that yeah Kurt is cool, but what about the lezzies and the bis? Some eejits were even saying that he’s anti-lesbian. Ridiculous, the man is on record saying that, had his 1990′s show Popular (like Glee without the songs) been picked up for another season, the main character, Sam would have come out.
Now, Brad Falchuk, writer and Murphy’s right-hand-man, has come out (scuse the pun) and said that Santana is a lesbian. He told AfterEllen:
Santana is now out, internally. Whether she’s dating somebody or not, we don’t know. But we think we’ve made a big step in giving the world that character. Whether her and Brittany will work out we don’t know.
(Lesbian visibility) was our intention. We want to make sure everybody is included. Santana is a lesbian. She might not be ready to come out yet, but she is.
What we’re trying to do is explore that character and what it means to be that character. Brittany will be a part of that exploration but the focus will be on Santana’s struggle with acceptance.
Check out the article for more, including Naya Rivera’s thoughts. My favourite is, when asked what would become of the pair, she replied:
I’d probably get her pregnant and we’d have a spinoff.
Well, if Mr Murphy is involved, we’ll all be there.
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