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I love how I can make a comment about how fucking annoyed I am that Santana pretty much got the shit beat out of her by Lauren on Glee and it was 100% played off as a joke (specifically because if Kurt so much as gets slushied/thrown in a dumpster/shoved into a locker/etc it's OMG END OF THE WORLD), and the immediate response I get is basically: "Yeah, but did you see what a bitch she was being?"

I love that shows like Glee are instilling that kind of response into people. Physical violence is totally cool when it means an "underdog" character (who, btw, isn't really portrayed as an underdog so I don't buy into that) triumphs over someone who says mean things to them. Obviously it's totally fine, it was played for laughs after all. I haven't seen the rest of the episode yet but from what I've read, that was the follow up to the verbal lashing Santana got from the rest of Glee, which actually made the HBIC cry. Which I believe was also played for laughs, but again, haven't seen it, only have read message boards beyond that one scene.

It just...gah. This shit pisses me off. The same way that Santana/Quinn/everyone else's bullying of Rachel kind of pissed me off in season one. Back then, EVERYONE'S bullying was just for humor, so it wasn't so bad. But now they're basically, though probably unintentionally, drawing lines between what kind of bullying is okay, and what kinds aren't. DEAR SHOW, NONE OF IT IS OKAY. I get that this is a comedy. Slushies are funny. Hurling insults at people is funny. It's clever, it works, I dig it. But a balance has to be kept, especially since it's really a dramedy rather than a comedy, and Glee is not balancing this correctly. I can rage and rage about how I hate that they draw the balance between humorous bullying vs. srs bsns bullying ONLY utilizing "things that don't happen to Kurt," vs. "things that happen to Kurt," respectively (not to mention how Kurt himself IS a bully as well -- let's face it, with the possible exceptions of Tina and Brittany and Mike, THEY ARE ALL BULLIES AT SOME POINT). But people just tell me I'm taking the show too seriously (even though plenty of other fans have expressed this concern/annoyance).

But seriously? This? Yes, the characters had hilarious lines. The actors were great. (The editing was really awkward but let's not get into that.) But "underdog" chick beating another girl up to no consequences? The ex-boyfriend finding it totally hot and, you know, just standing there like an ass? Ending it all on a punch line to make sure everything stays all silly and fluffy and light-hearted? This is totally alright? Did I miss something? 

Whatever. People are gonna say I'm overreacting again, but the writers of this show are the ones who decided they were going to use it as a platform for social issues (read: gay white male issues). That is ALL on them. And now that they've crossed the line from being purely storytellers to stepping up on their soapbox to preach to the masses, they need to fucking accept responsibility for the shit they're putting out there.

But I rant a lot, so maybe I'm just full of it. Watch went down for yourself.

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