I love “Glee” because I can always count on it to give me something as delicious as Darren Criss twerking. It doesn’t matter what else is happening in my life, what manner of evils are stressing me out; “Glee” makes it all better. Twerking, musicals, Beyonce tunes… I really couldn’t have asked for more this week.
The saga of “Funny Girl” continued this week, too! Show tunes! Fanny! Blunt bobs! Finicky directors! So much fun! It’s like a return to “Glee” season 1 – all about musical theatre and Rachel’s undeniable, big-headed fabulousness. The universe feels balanced again. This is comfortable, familiar stomping ground, and it works. It works because it’s Rachel being her fiercely talented self, with no one getting in her way. It’s the drama and excess of the theatre. It’s the first step in building towards the anticipation of opening night (!!!).
In Lima, it’s also about the desegregation of bathroom genders. Or the reversal of bathroom genders? Whatever it is, it involves LGBTQ bullying and a really touching rendition of Beyonce’s “If I Were A Boy” by a frustrated Unique. Even though Beyonce’s original intent had more to do with gender double-standards in relationships and less to do with transgender issues, the song choice is solid. The lyrics translate well enough (minus the bits about waiting and breakups and loving a girl), and Alex Newell’s delivery is tenderly authentic.
In opposition to Unique’s struggles, “Glee” offered us twerking. Is twerking really as controversial as Sue makes it out to be? Even though it sounds silly, I think Jake is right – it’s a constitutional right of free Americans to be able to move their butts however they want (especially if that butt is attached to Darren Criss). Maybe my sensibilities are not as delicate as they should be, but this whole debate seems a little off-base; a little stale. Like last week’s battle between Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, this week’s twerking controversy left me wondering why we were even talking about it at all. Gaga and Perry fans don’t find themselves at odds with each other. That’s not a thing. And maybe some people do have a problem with twerking, but they certainly aren’t the same people who care what’s happening on “Glee”.
The real scandal in Lima? Jake repeating his half-brother’s unfortunate relationship patterns. Tsk tsk. Poor Marley. Poor plain, gentle, boring Marley. As bland as she is, she deserves so much better. After all, she belted out “Wrecking Ball” pretty bad-assedly. But why are her front teeth so square? Sorry, that’s irrelevant. Jake’s an ass. Marley needs to meet a nice Mormon guy. Maybe one of the Romney boys.
What did you think of all the twerking this week? Did you cry during Unique’s performance? Have you ever used tattoos therapeutically? Am I the only one who thought they were gonna end that episode with “Don’t Stop Believin’”..?
Hannah McIlveen is a freelance graphic designer and TV-obsessed writer living in Nova Scotia, Canada. She grew up riding horses and reading Roald Dahl books, got an art degree, and then spent the next several years moving around the country and watching television. Her greatest goals in life are to write good stuff, produce a web series, build a house with her husband, and have six cats at once. Hannah has contributed to BitchMagazine.org and is a staff blogger for the soon-to-launch TeenSized.com. She also writes her own daily blog, Click Watch Write. Hannah can be accosted on Twitter @ClickWatchWrite.