Painting of beautiful Amber Riley <3
This is me. I'm inquisitive and unconventional without trying to be a rebel. Perpetual anger is a bore and I think sarcasm is weak. Here's the best summation of what you'll get here:
We won't always agree. I only require one thing: Be real with yourself for a second.
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TODAY I AM IN LOVE WITH: Gina Torres
“i haven’t figured out I’m lesbian yet” doesn’t need to be your default for writing blunt women, perpetually bored/”over it” women or women with caustic attitudes toward everyone.
You'd hate anyone who isn't Mercedes.. just because you like Mercedes more, doesn't mean everyone else's opinion is completely invalid. You are just being rude.
Asked by Anonymous
I don’t hate anyone who isn’t Mercedes; and since I’m actually able to refute people’s BS based on canon, I would actually say I’m more accurate than rude. What I hate is the show not giving Mercedes chances to shine (without needing permission/blessings from the show’s fave white characters). I’m not interested in her excelling at the expense of everyone else, like they’re doing with Rachel; I’m interested in them not breaking and resetting everyone else’s narratives and characterizations just to prop up Rachel on a pedestal. Mercedes is never allowed to win (even when she does), and that’s bullshit. I’m not going to apologize for calling it out or being annoyed about it - especially when making her thus really advocates the status quo of black women always having to stay off the sidewalk for a white woman’s sake and be twice as good (which Mercedes is) just to be considered equal. This goes deeper than some petty show nonsense; it hits buttons. If it were happening in a vacuum, it would be one thing. But it’s not, and I’m going to keep riding or dying with Mercedes, bc there are too many girls of color/fat girls/black girls who may think the way she’s being treated is okay and not even remotely racist/sizeist, which it is.
#glee is not a gift#don’t conflate ‘anyone’ with rachel berry#i like others just fine#unique for example#i like jake#i like puck#quinn santana even though they tried to throw those relationships under the bus so she can prop up rachel#but the people i dislike have earned that over several seasons#and i’m not confusing their characters with the actors either#i know lea stans for amber#as she should
because the tags add to the already great response.
In this context, “you are just being rude” echoes that “time and place for the truth” comment from the when it aired. Here, the demand for politeness is a silencing tactic. It’s not that they want you to find a different way to say it; it’s that they don’t want you to say it at all.
Glee and its double standards when it comes to the treatment of boys vs. the treatment of girls.
the first one is bull…not representative of the actual story AT. ALL.
but the others are true.
Glee: serving sexism with a side of music for the kids. you know everything goes down better with music.
[UPDATED: Previous version was difficult to read]
[ERRATA: Blocks: should read E* (5*), F (6) and Q* (4*)]
Time for a new edition of “Andrew graphs Glee’s ratings” !!!!
This time around, I’ve grouped the ratings according to “broadcast blocks”, which are basically subdivisions of a season. This gives a better picture of the overall trends, I think, rather than the 5-point moving averages I was using before.
- Yellow - maximum viewership in block
- Blue - average viewership in block
- Red/orange - minimum viewership in block
And a broad explanation of block/season equivalences:
- Season 1 - 0, A, B, C
- Season 2 - D, E, F
- Season 3 - G, H, I, J
- Season 4 - K, L, M, N, O
- Season 5 - P, Q*, (R)
For full methodology and explanatory notes, see under the cut.
I used to do this (tracking their ratings on graph) for a very brief period of time… and this is showing what we’ve always known, that Glee’s most watched season was actually the second one…before it became clear how problematic AND poorly written it would be and when it was still very much an ensemble. Once season 3 started, it decreased back to a number similar to who was watching in season 1…. and has been declining ever since then.
I contacted the OP with a few questions about it, but it looks like he’s plotting the average number of viewers per block (keep in mind a block is several episodes). Now, to be fair, it probably makes more sense to plot the demo rating… but i think it would show the same thing when it comes to Glee (unlike, say, Grey’s Anatomy which has seen a decline in the number of millions, but not so much in the demo rating).
UPDATE: the demo ratings proved too difficult to find. Also the three lines aren’t all averages based on three different sources (i was thinking yellow is the average of the highest ratings provided for the episode, the blue is the average of the typical ratings, and the red is the average of the lowest ratings). It’s actually three different values from the same data node.
it’s not three different sources, but three values from one source.
Yellow is the max of the block. Blue is the average of block. Red is the minimum of the block. So you actually see a bit of the spread just from looking at the difference there.
Seasons of Love (Glee Cast Version)
Seasons of Love (Glee Cast Version)
Glee did a great job on the music for what is looking to be the best episode they’ve ever done, and the most painful because of the tragedy surrounding it.
I’ll be sharing one song a day until the episode airs.
sounds like the lead is Amber Riley
Last night Glee did an episode where one of boys revealed he was molested when he was 11 by his 17 yr old, female babysitter. He told his trusted glee club mates and in return the older boys (seniors getting ready to graduate and go to college or the workforce) mocked him. They said he should have been glad to get the attention, that any boy would have been and something is wrong with him. They listed 80s movies where this was the goal. They were completely insensitive to his victimization and patriarchal in their socialization of this kid. It was disgusting, but not unrealistic since we know that’s how men are socialized to respond to the idea of unwanted sexual attention from a “hot” girl to a male in a patriarchal society such as ours… they are taught to think they should always want it and to respond favorably or something is wrong with them.
What was horrifying was the total lack of correction. There was no real admonition of their behavior. There was no resolution involving the young men who mocked him. There was no clear “these young men are wrong for saying these things and need to change their ways of thinking because sexual abuse is real regardless of gender and no, boys, you are not expected to like when someone touches you inappropriately or without your permission. Men can be victims of sexual abuse and often are. Your feelings are valid. Your victimhood is real. It doesn’t make you weak. It’s not funny. And if you’re struggling with dealing with it, there are resources”. (In fact, immediately after the rebuff from his friends and older models of maleness, the character was compelled to retract any acknowledged feelings of victimhood or displeasure with being molested by a young woman and pretend like he was just being ridiculous. They actually made him high five the seniors and say “I was lucky”.)
Instead, we were treated with another student (female) telling him in private that she too was molested, then subsequently bullied into silence. Then they all sang together. All of them. Including the young men who mocked him. That was it. They never apologized. They never realized their egregious error and dearth of compassion and/or tact. They just moved on and led some fun songs and we’ll never hear about it again… and we’ve just further normalized their reaction. We haven’t shown why it was wrong. We haven’t taken a stand against it.
And you’re telling me nobody in control over at Glee had the sense to say “this is wrong; we can’t send this message out to kids”?
Even in the little “if you’re being molested, you’re not alone. call this hotline” PSA at the end, the only two people involved were the two who played the molested characters. They didn’t even take that opportunity to bring in the two guys who played the laughing/mocking/dehumanizing older friends to say “this is not a laughing matter. this isn’t a joke. young boys are sexually abused at the rate of ____. It is very real and no you are not expected to like it. you are not wrong for feeling icky about it”. They never acknowledged that it was wrong to respond the way these young men did. They never allowed young men who had not been victimized to empathize with and support boys who had.
I would like to say I’m shocked at Glee, but I’m not…unfortunately. Glee has had about as much finesse as an SVU writer “not” writing about Chris Brown when it comes to social matters. They’re horrid and that’s nothing new. But I am shocked at the media’s reluctance or complete unwillingness to discuss the level of irresponsibility and general lack of foresight over there.
People or networks who think every lesbian couple portrayed on television should include some “hot” blonde or think it’s perfectly okay to ignore brown/black/asian lgbt or think it’s cool to exclude fat people or think it’s the responsibility of a lesbian to look your definition of fuckable should you ever decide to fantasize about her. Fuck. You.
Well, they aired it, seemingly unchanged. And it’s now for sale in the US iTunes store. They also got in touch with my peeps to basically say that they’re within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged that it’s my version – so you know, it’s kind of SECRET exposure).
in which Glee bullied the shit out of him
For those of you still unaware, I’m trying to spread the word about this to get as many people in the know as possible.
As you will find in the article linked to this picture, Glee has ripped off Jonathan Coulton with their newest acoustic rendition of Sir MixaLot’s “Baby Got Back” - a rendition completely identical to the one Coulton released in 2006 (you can find a side-by-side in the article) without contacting him beforehand. They even sing “Johnny C’s in trouble,” as Coulton did in 2006.
This is a disrespectful and shameful theft of intellectual property and it makes me sick - not only that they stole his idea without asking him or crediting him, but that if this song really does air in six days as is planned (which I hope to God it doesn’t), there will be thousands of people who will think that Glee came up with the idea to do an acoustic version of “Baby Got Back,” and Glee will take all the credit the Jonathan Coulton deserves.
Please, spread the word and contact FOX on Twitter, Facebook, what have you - let them know that what they’re doing is cheap and wrong.
Jonathan Coulton is also the composer who wrote “Still Alive” and “Want You Gone” from the Portal series. Hope this extra information can spread the message a little further!
because this is art theft and belongs where people can see it
as a show full of artists, I’d like to assume the singers just didn’t know.
ohana means family. family means nobody gets left behind. or forgotten.
But the Jones family were both forgotten and left behind. Wonder what that makes them.
RIGHT. for those who don’t know, EVERY character but that Black girl had family on this show called Glee… and the Black girl was a main cast member from day one, season one. You can only say that for 4 of the people in this set.