omg! I CAN’T
Okay, clearly I am not produced screenwriter like Ryan Murphy, so maybe I don’t have the credentials to talk about this stuff, but here’s my problem with how this scene is written:
In this scene, the stage directions tell the actors how to act. In other words, the stage direction before Artie speaks is “hurt,” so Kevin McHale is told to act hurt. Then it says “more sad than anything,” so he is told to act sad. And perhaps worst of all we have “an emotional beat. Then to cover up his emotion—”. In this direction, Kevin McHale is told not only that Artie should be emotional, but also that Artie is covering it up.
This is the problem with the writing on Glee. It is very prescriptive and does not give the actors room to do what they do best—act! When an actor approaches a script, s/he is expected to delve deeply into the mind, world, and perspective of their character, but being told to act “sad” or “hurt” completely sabotages the actor’s work by telling them how to be instead of letting them discover who their character is. Obviously, these actors are excellent or they would not have been cast. Now, Ryan Murphy needs to get out of their way and let this brilliant cast do what it does best and see where the winds of art takes the show.
So, I went along with them when their story lines started boring me around the end of the second season. I went along with them when they replaced sentimentality with earned sentiment. I even went along with them when, for whatever reason, Santana’s coming out was forced on her by Finn and became a catalyst for his growth instead of hers.
But, this is ridiculous. At the beginning of tonight’s episode, “On My Way,” David Karofsky is forced out of the closet and attempts suicide. For the ENTIRE REST OF THE EPISODE, we are just supposed to lay back and accept the fact that his suicide attempt has become a catalyst for the other characters’ growth. Forget about the fact that Karofsky is lying in a hospital bed having just attempted to take his own life. Forget the fact that Karofsky’s father came home to find his son nearly dead. And, forget the fact that Karofsky has feelings. No, once again, Glee uses a minor character to boost how we, the viewers, are supposed to feel about the main cast—mainly Finn, Rachel, Sue, and Kurt.
Granted, something like an attempted suicide does effect all involved, but we don’t get to hear from Karofsky until the very end of the episode, and then one of the first things he says is how strong he thinks Kurt is for enduring the kind of bullying that pushed him—Karofsky—over the edge. Because, once again, Karofsky’s suicide attempt isn’t about how Karofsky felt; it’s about how the main cast reacts to the incident. And then they have the gall to have New Directions sing a song whose main lyric is “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” As if they didn’t delegitimize what happened to Karofsky before, they’re now going to sing about it in the most flippant way.
This is insensitive, offensive, bullshit writing. Glee has had “very special” episodes before—the bullying episode, the lesbian episode, the disability episode, the religion episode—but “On My Way” takes the cake for one of the most exploitative hours of television I’ve seen. And, by the way, I put shit in that cake.
Glee, you better be glad that you have a seven-week hiatus, because I’m not sure I would come back next week.
The Sebastian-as-villian story line was problematic on multiple levels.
Here are just a few ways that the Glee writers could have maintained Sebastian as their villian, injured Blaine as an excuse to write out Darren, and sent the message that when a privileged douche bag out right assaults someone and you have legitimate evidence that will ensure justice is served, you turn that shit over to the Po-Po.
You are a sexy, sexy person.
Amen and amen.
This, this, this. THIS!!! Come on, Glee writers!