February 10th, 2012

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Friday so far

I stayed up very late reading Autostraddle's Glee recaps, then woke this morning at 7:30 a.m.  I felt really bad, and hoped I could go back to sleep.  No luck with that yet, but I'm feeling somewhat better.  Not better enough yet to do anything really ambitious, but maybe I'll work my way up to somewhat ambitious.

As for the show itself, I'm not really holding that much of a grudge anymore against Finn for outing Santana, as bad as that was.  I've still got a problem with the way he stage-managed her coming out.  I've seen arguments that she couldn't accept help from Kurt and Blaine because she knew what they'd gone through, but she could accept caring from a straight ally.  I think the writing could have been much, much better, and there could have been a focus on Santana and Brittany, with Santana dealing her own way, rather than how Finn was telling her to.

I am still holding a grudge against Sugar.  Last we heard from her, she had self-diagnosed Asperger's Syndrome, which she explained as saying that she could say anything rude about anyone, and it was her condition.  That was the first episode of the third season.  Apparently she had a song at some point since then, but it was cut for time.  Thus we still don't know that she's presumably improved as a singer.

I've seen fangirling over Sugar: "Look what cute things she's doing in the background!  She's adorable!"  My dislike will continue at least until she apologizes for faking a condition.  New Directions seems to have accepted her.  If Finn could apologize to Blaine for the way Finn treated him, Sugar could apologize to the group.  This is one of those things I hope gets followed up on.

Apparently it brought a lot of people who are not familiar with Glee but are familiar with the autism spectrum to criticize the show.  Some may only be seeing the stereotypes, and not know who Kurt is as a person, and why he is the way he is.  I attribute all kinds of intentionality to how Kurt is written and played.  This season, Glee's exploring racism, as it has in previous seasons.  It's somewhat more explicit this time.  Characters are calling Mercedes lazy, when she's not.  It's shockingly easy to buy into the stereotype, and that's the point.

There's some discussion, including from me, about how the season is about passing and not passing.  It's applying to disability as well as sexuality and gender presentation.  It's pretty clear what they're trying to say when Sebastian, the villain, is displaying effeminiphobia, and Kurt's one of the heroes of the show.  I got a lot out of Julia's arguments for Brittany having an intellectual disability.  It would explain much.  Some of the commenters on AfterEllen wish that Santana would find a brighter girlfriend.  They're picking up on something, but Santana knows what Brittany's like and loves her.

I'm waiting to see if they do more with characters with intellectual and developmental disabilities and what it means when someone is faking being on the autism spectrum.  I'm familiar with the show, and Sugar still makes me that mad.  I just wish they'd followed up with it after a few episodes, or at least in the first half of the season.
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more TV-related rambling

I got Glee: The Concert from the local library.  Watching it was a very mixed experience for me, especially seeing the actors stay in character in certain backstage scenes, and seeing the fans.  I was uncomfortable at the proof that I have in fact jumped on a bandwagon thousands, perhaps millions, of teenaged girls have jumped on.  Intellectually I knew this, but it was something else to see it reinforced.

I enjoyed the musical numbers.  I wish they'd put in "Single Ladies."  They did have a few Warbler performances, plus Blaine singing in some songs he wasn't in on the show.  Why not get everything you can from that voice and performance ability, though?

There was a focus on a few fans in particular.  One was a young woman of short stature.  She called herself a dwarf.  I have completely lost track of what the politically correct terminology is.  She was a cheerleader, and there were a few scenes with her cheerleading coach speaking, as well.  Very interesting observations from the young woman.

Another fan was a young woman with Asperger's Syndrome, who was a huge Brittany fan.  Glee had helped her a lot to socialize, she said.  A third was a young gay man who said he'd been outed in eighth grade, and wished he'd had a role model like Kurt at the time.  He had his own "Likes Boys" T-shirt.  There were various other fans who had brief commentary, but the film chose to focus a fair amount of fan time on those three and follow their lives a bit.

Kevin/Artie performed "Safety Dance."  Now that I've been reading a lot more again about disability politics, that was an interesting choice for the concert.  I think it may have been the thought of why not use that dancing ability?

The concert had professional dancers for some of the acts.  Well, the Glee actors get paid to dance, so they're professionals in that sense, but only a couple are really pros, trained dancers.

I liked the musical performances.  I would have liked to see more of the skits.  There was one as an extra bit on the DVD.
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and general rambling

I've been reading various blogs again.  I have such a writer-crush on Julia of crown of weeds and Just Stimming.  The writing is so raw emotionally and lays it out there, and shows that obsessive joy in watching Glee.  I'm still so struck by the "people"/"not-people" breakdown.  I basically knew that was going on, but got that incredible clarity in a few paragraphs of her writing.