I would like to preface this post by saying that I like to talk. A lot. I have opinions about everything, and I have “diarrhea of the mouth” because all of my words just pour out of me, not necessarily in a coherent fashion. One of the reasons I love my blog is that it’s about anything, whatever’s on my mind that day. So, anyway, back to the topic. Glee.
Now, I am a Glee fan. I’m not ashamed of it. I love the songs, the dancing, the people, and the drama’s not so bad, either. However, yesterday’s episode, “Asian F” offended me so much that I wanted to get my feelings out in the open.
For starters, (and the main thing that angered me), the episode’s namesake. Shortly into the episode, we find that an “Asian F” is an A-, because CLEARLY, since all Asians are smarter than everyone else on the planet, they’re held to higher standards than the rest of us. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t offended because I’m not Asian. If I was Asian, I would still be highly irritated by the blatant stereotyping on the part of the writers of Glee. Just as the color of your skin does not make you automatically stupider, or poorer, than someone else, it also doesn’t make you a better dancer, or better at math. (If this “Asian F” sentiment was only uttered by the father of Mike Chang, the offending student with the A-, I would write it off as an individual trait. But Tina, Mike’s girlfriend, then says the exact same thing a minute later in the show.)
Glee, I thought you prided yourself on handling social issues and getting past stereotypes. Your portrayal of the struggles of being a gay teen in a public high school goes far deeper and is more forthright than most of the television shows on air. Yet, you followed this stereotype up with another offensive label shortly after.
Brittany, the (stereotypically, come to think of it) blonde cheerleader, is running for class president. Her platform: being a woman. Now, I understand that this is a school election, for pete’s sake, and the popular people win anyway, but Brittany’s monologue about how the last six presidents have been men, and they messed things up, so it’s time for a woman to win, just made me mad. The last six presidents did not mess the school up by virtue of BEING men, they did it on an individual basis. Just as it’s unfair to say that all women are drama queens, it’s unfair to say that because the people in charge happened to do a bad job, and happened to be male, that the two are related.
Furthermore, Brittany then goes on to sing a song about girl power (Beyonce’s Run The World (Girls), which, in her defense, was done very well), and get the female population of the school pumped up, all while wearing one of the sluttier outfits I’ve seen on the show. Like the only power women have is to flaunt our bodies. I expected better, Glee.
One final rant about the episode would have to be Mercedes. Now, this wasn’t offensive, or stereotypical (except in the “because she’s black, Mercedes has to be a diva” kind of way), but it made me so, so angry at the character and the writers. Mercedes is in “booty camp” and doesn’t feel like working, at all, ever. Her ankle hurts, she doesn’t feel well, she just can’t do it. In the form of good coaches everywhere, Mr. Schue yells at her, to keep going, to be the best she can be, that she CAN, indeed, do the dance move. If she would try. But she doesn’t, and instead throws a tantrum about how Mr. Schue always picks on her, and then storms off. How the hell do you expect to get better if you don’t TRY? If you don’t take constructive criticism, encouragement, or feed off your anger, or however it is that you motivate yourself, and keep WORKING. That’s apparently not Mercedes’ style. She’d rather act like a petulant child, and go join the other “choir,” run by Shelby Corcoran, that only consists of one other person, so of course Mercedes can automatically have the best roles without having to work at all.
Okay, I promise my rant is over. Other thoughts about the episode:
- Since New Directions was for people who felt like outcasts in the school, does that make Shelby’s choir the place for people who feel outcast from the outcasts?
- Best part of the episode: Mike Chang waltzing with his mother. Guys, keep this in mind: nothing will make your mother happier than dancing with her when you don’t have to.
- There is NO WAY that Mercedes was better than Rachel in the callback. Rachel deserved that role.
And, for everyone out there who can’t stand Glee, I promise not to talk about for at least another month. Because that’s when the next new episode airs. 🙂