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GleeFail. Oh. My. God.

November 17th, 2009 (09:32 pm)

EDITED TO ADD: if you are a random stranger who shows up to basically tell me to lighten up, or if you are on my friendslist and you use the phrases "overly sensitive, easily insulted," or the laughable "PC," I am no longer going to respond to you except globally with this: if you are too stupid to understand the point of cultural criticism, please do not read this post.

If you want to genuinely discuss my points, post away.




I hated the Wheels episode of Glee so, so, SO much.

WOW what a bunch of offensive, inaccurate, feel-good AB liberal bullshit.

WOW

WOW

WOW

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W
O
W

For the record:

  1. When an old folks home has a tag sale, they do NOT have a dozen state-of-the-art rigid lightweight wheelchairs in funky colors to get rid of for nothing. The hardware they had in there, even massively used, would have paid for dozens upon dozens upon quadrillions of bus rides. Old people get piece-of-shit rundown folding chairs that are nearly impossible to push on your own.
  2. When your sister has Downs? You don't hold her hand as you read her stories in precious, pwecious tears at her pathetic wretched handicapableness. You've known she had Downs your whole life. You're over feeling sorry for her, assuming you ever did, since you're her LITTLE SISTER.
  3. When you are in a wheelchair and you find out that your love interest has been FAKING HER STUTTER? You are not angry because she's now "normal" and you are "stuck in this chair for the rest of your life." You are angry because she's been playing at what you actually experience. You are angry because half of the world treats you already as if you're faking it, and she really WAS faking it.
  4. Noble and adorable cripples do not clasp their hands and give an "aw, shucks" look when their AB comrades in wheelchairs say: "This is for YOU," and point at them cheesily.
  5. Schools that are not fully wheelchair accessible are BREAKING THE LAW. You do not have to give up your bus to pay for handicapped ramps. People do not have to write their own checks. Ramps are not provided out of the goodness of people's hearts. IT. IS. THE. MOTHERFUCKING. LAW.
  6. And no one is worried about getting sued if they don't hire disabled people. Disablism in hiring practices is rampant and accepted. Threatening someone with the ACLU is a way to get yourself laughed out of the place, not immediately hired in a horrible economic climate.
Oh, I'm too angry and repulsed to go on.

But I could. At length. Because that list is just the tip of the goddamned iceberg.

Oh. Also?

NOT ALL MECHANICS HAVE VAGUELY NEW YORK ACCENTS.

And what is up with the gay kid being less public in his gayness to protect his fragile dad? Nobly?

OH THE MOTHERFUCKING NOBILITY THESE CRIPPLES AND GAYS HAVE OH OH OH SO SO NOBLE

wtf

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Posted by: Dwelling in Probabilities - C. Lundoff's Journal (catherineldf)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)

Urk. :-(((
Think I'll go on missing this particular show.

Posted by: Rae (kittenrae)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)

THIS.

Posted by: Mary Dell (marydell)
Posted at: November 19th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Sasha_feather (sasha_feather)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)

I'm sorry you wasted your time watching this!!!

But this post is awesome and is going in my linkspam post-haste.

Posted by: mia_mcdavid (mia_mcdavid)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)

But, how do you REALly feel?

Posted by: burgundy (burgundy)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)

I think I may vomit. Jesus Christ. And my understanding, based on the little I know of Glee, is that this was a Very Special Episode, so it was supposed to be heartwarming and inspiring, rather than a wink-nudge-we-are-so-un-PC-aren't-we-outrageous kind of thing. Is that true?

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)

Yep.

Everyone was so so noble.

Oh, the good they did for their crippled friend through the noble goodness of their noble hearts! Oh, the depth in a formerly evil character because her sister is *gasp* suffering from Downs suffer suffer suffer SUFFERING!

I forgot to mention the Noble Gay Son who blew an audition so he wouldn't be so visibly gay in public to protect his poor mechanic dad. I need to edit.

Posted by: Jam (jamiam)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)

Posted by: burgundy (burgundy)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)

Posted by: Flitterby (flit)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)

Posted by: witchsistah (witchsistah)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Teal (teal_cuttlefish)
Posted at: November 21st, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Naomi (naomikritzer)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)

Posted by: burgundy (burgundy)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)

Posted by: Diatryma (diatryma)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)

Posted by: Jess (raanve)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Lisa M. Bradley (cafenowhere)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)

Posted by: danima (danima)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Lisa M. Bradley (cafenowhere)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Naomi (naomikritzer)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)

Wait, I don't watch Glee and I certainly didn't watch this episode so let me see if I got this straight.

They did a TV show episode in which a school had no wheelchair ramp and it required a huge amount of heartwarming community commitment and fundraising to get one? A RAMP?

And it's a show with a present-day setting? It's not set in, oh, 1983?

Wowza.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)

No. They had one to get in the building. Inconvenient and awkward. They had none to get into the auditorium, so folks have been, apparently, CARRYING HIM IN.

And the school said they weren't going to pay for some special bus for the Glee club to go to finals or regionals or some shit in, so they held a bake sale.

And then the noble, noble cripple said: I will give up a ride with my compatriots to the stupid fucking whateveryoucallit to help OTHER cripples. Let's use this money to build more ramps.

But in the end they didn't have to

Because the Formerly Evil Cheerleading Coach wrote her OWN checks to pay for them because sekritly her sister . . . gasp . . . get ready . . . HAS DOWNS SYNDROME so she knows ALL about wheelchairs.

Everyone was so GOOD and so NOBLE and really should all get Nobel Peace Prizes.

Posted by: burgundy (burgundy)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)

Posted by: burgundy (burgundy)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)

Posted by: witchsistah (witchsistah)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Mary Dell (marydell)
Posted at: November 19th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)

Posted by: badgerbag (badgerbag)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)

Posted by: nightshade1972 (nightshade1972)
Posted at: March 19th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Lisa Mantchev (lisamantchev)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
You did not!

Yeah, the show was slowly losing me (and this was like a near-shove out the door.) Blech.

Please to send this to Fox.

Posted by: Michael Merriam (mmerriam)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
Blind

Glad I don't watch television much. I'd have probably blown a gasket and thrown something through the television.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)

I was watching it on my computer at hulu, otherwise I'm not sure I could have restrained myself.

By the end I was shaking with rage.

Posted by: Some people play tennis, I erode the human soul (firni)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)

I have never heard of this show, and now I am glad I didn't waste precious minutes of my life watching it.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)

I want my minutes BACK, damnit!

Posted by: gailmom (gailmom)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)

Oh for pete's f=ing sake. ~headdesk~

Now I'm off to linkspam your post so that my friends who watch Glee can be aware of the stupid.

Posted by: Athene Numphe (athene)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Dr. Horrible Boogie

The thing about Glee is that it is a high-school soap opera musical. Unfortunately soap operas are soap operas, even if they are on in the evening instead of during the day. I mean if you want to get realistic here, who breaks out in spontaneous song and choreographed dance numbers? And who sings relevant-to-their-life songs in the middle of a high school hallway (without everyone staring at them)?

Posted by: gailmom (gailmom)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 19th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 19th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
sorry; I was logged in as janradder, my husband.

Posted by: Athene Numphe (athene)
Posted at: November 19th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Re: sorry; I was logged in as janradder, my husband.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 19th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
Re: sorry; I was logged in as janradder, my husband.

Posted by: Julia (skogkatt)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)

Whoa. I don't watch Glee, but damn. Srsly?

Posted by: sdn (sdn)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)

wow. i cannot wait NOT to see this show. so many people i know like it. now i know i am not missing a thing.

Posted by: The Absurd Hero and friends (jenlight)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)

Yup. That episode ensured my never watching Glee again.

Posted by: laramiepup (laramiepup)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
United Colors of Benetton

Yup. When I see 'representation' that sucks—and basically tells the same heteronormative story, but adds side objects of color/disability/sexuality— I call it United Colors of Benetton.

And I have to add, the "comic" ocd has been grating on me since episode one. Note to writers: be sure to pick a "funny" ocd, not trichotillomania or dermatillomania, etc.

I tried to watch until now - as a music geek I kept hoping that they might tell something other than the white/straight love stories and actually give us a sense of the high school underdogs/musicians as real characters with depth and genuine motivation. But the disabled gent was hollow (and now pathetic and in need of rescue); the gay boy Lovable and forgiving - tho ne'er to have an onscreen romance of course; the lesbian cruel and even worse OLD and SINGLE and INTERESTED IN HER CAREER - nice trope, that one; the aforementioned sassy, fat, black woman with anger problems singing only gospel, etc. etc. etc.

It is off my list.

Posted by: David J. Schwartz (snurri)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)

I didn't expect much. I know some people are crazy for this show, but I gave it up after the fourth or fifth episode this season.

Posted by: David J. Schwartz (snurri)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)

Wanted to add: the reason I made it that long was that I wanted to like it so much. Some of the musical numbers were awesome.

Posted by: Valsadie (valsadie)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
Ru!

All through the episode I'm like, "Um, writers? A public high school in 2009 with no ramps in the auditorium--?? It's called the ADA and it celebrates 20 years next year!"

And if the show's producers are willing to take the heat over the actor not actually being disabled, you'd think they'd be sure to get everything else right.

Posted by: Rachel Swirsky (rachel_swirsky)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)

"And if the show's producers are willing to take the heat over the actor not actually being disabled, you'd think they'd be sure to get everything else right."

Not really. I'd expect them to have hired a non-disabled actor for the same reason they didn't get anything else right -- ableism...

Posted by: danima (danima)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Erin Cashier (therinth)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)

Wow -- thanks for the eye opener. I only caught half of those things, i need to become much more self aware. Thanks for posting this.

Posted by: That Which Will Not Be Defined Nor Denied (masteradept)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)

I like Glee but this ep was Full of Fail.

Posted by: xray_spex (xray_spex)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)

Huh, I really like Glee. I thought the whole point of the entire show was satirical absurdity, and therefore didn't think there was anything more wrong about this episode than any other.

It's like South Park in that way. If you're easily offended/PC, you probably should just not watch.

Maybe Glee needs a disclaimer, too, so that some people don't accidentally take it seriously.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)

I think that you missed the point of the show entirely; it was earnest and golly gee and Aren't We Able-Bodied People Great To Help The Cripples. It certainly wasn't some insider wink-wink humor.

And the five episodes I watched were like South Park. Nothing. I love South Park.

I am also super irritated that you have decided that I am "easily offended/PC" because I had legitimate complaints about that episode. This is such a tired and hackneyed way to dismiss genuine concerns, and I have no patience with people who use this phrase to dismiss genuine and totally justified criticism.

I didn't "accidentally take it seriously." What a thoroughly annoying comment.

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)

Posted by: badgerbag (badgerbag)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Jess (raanve)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 19th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)

Posted by: sacwentie (sacwentie)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 07:41 am (UTC)

i love this post i love this post i love this post
It is TV< though, you know that right?

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)

This is why I never watch TV -- not because I'm some sort of a snob, but because it DRIVES ME CRAZY.

That said, so many people watch it, I think we need to take it to task sometimes, when we can stomach it.

Posted by: DebW (deborahw37)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 07:42 am (UTC)
seriously?bendy1

I wish to NEVER see this show because I like my laptop and it does not deserve defenestration!

Posted by: Hannah (buymeaclue)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
robot walks into a bar

I only watched the first three episodes of this show, but man, I have never seen such a fast and brutal slide from "fluffy but cute" to "awful enough that I wondered if it was deliberate."

Posted by: Dena Landon (dlandon)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
This is going to sound strange, but...

you know what bugged me?

There are amazing people out there working in wheelchair dance. Doing gorgeous, highly artistic things, in inclusive ways, that involve more than rolling around a stage and waving some arms in the air.

While I realize that having the Glee club suddenly learn how to do wheelchair dance might have been a bit improbable (compared to *cough* a fake pregnancy), they really could have done so much more with that scene. Like hired a choreographer. But it was like the producers said to themselves - this is so much tokenism we're not even going to bother to pay someone to choreograph it! muwhahaha!

As a dancer, that offended me.
- D

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: This is going to sound strange, but...

Me, too.

As I said, my post was the TIP of the iceberg.

Posted by: Clint Harris (wendigomountain)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)

My dad is a part-time mechanic, born and raised in Colorado. His New York accent only comes out when he picks up a wrench. ;)

Yeah, I couldn't get into this show at all. It's like a collection of all the cheesiest crap from a John Hughes film. Did they do the slow clap yet?

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)

My dad was a mechanic.

He had to pay extra dues for not following union rules, of course -- he had a Midwestern accent and didn't fake a New York one.

Posted by: Clint Harris (wendigomountain)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Clint Harris (wendigomountain)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Lisa M. Bradley (cafenowhere)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Gawd teh stupid!

Even using Hulu, I can't keep up with tv shows. I'm disappointed to hear how badly Glee is failing. It is now off my queue.

Posted by: jessie9873 (jessie9873)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
uh

I agree, you're taking the show WAY too seriously. I love Glee and thought the episode was awesome. Also, loved the wicked song!

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: uh

Gosh, thanks for sharing, Totally Random Stranger! Your blithe and uninformed opinion means the world to me.

Posted by: Jess (raanve)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Re: uh

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Re: uh

Posted by: balgar (balgar)
Posted at: November 19th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: uh

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 19th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Re: uh

Posted by: Naomi (naomikritzer)
Posted at: November 20th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
Re: uh

Posted by: balgar (balgar)
Posted at: November 20th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: uh

Posted by: Naomi (naomikritzer)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)

BTW, this in combination with the "Fringe festival now taking applications!" e-mail I got the other day have now got me fantasizing about attempting a satire of the boilerplate Inspiring Cripple Story, done as a Fringe play.

Because satire rules the Fringe. Srsly.

Posted by: Naomi (naomikritzer)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)

Of course the problem with this is that I actually have no idea how to write a play.

I can write all kinds of other stuff, though! How hard can theater be? ::ducks to avoid thrown objects::

Posted by: Haddayr Copley-Woods (haddayr)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)

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