Glee Breaks Our Hearts—But in a Good Way?

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Glee Breaks Our Hearts—But in a Good Way?

Okay, so unless you live under a rock with no TV or internetz, you probably know that last night’s episode of Glee was among the gayest yet—which, after almost two years of Beyoncé-dancin’ football players, PFLAG father-son moments, Brittana scissoring and Jane Lynch, is really saying something. Our favorite sexually fluid cheerleading couple, Brittany & Santana (who have never actually been girlfriends, though they never stop scissoring, and who are also no longer cheerleaders) have finally had a real conversation about their relationship, and it was deep and honest and confusing for both of them, and left every queer girl in America brokenhearted when Brittany chose Artie over Santana at the end of the episode.

I’m not going to rehash everything that happened in the episode here, because our friends over at AfterEllen already do a bang-up job in that department. What I’m most curious about now is people’s reactions to this storyline. Remember when the dude with the Muslim-sounding name ran for president, and we all snorted and rolled our eyes at the idea that America was anywhere near ready to elect someone with the middle name “Hussein” to the White House? Sometimes it’s nice to be proven wrong.

I was similarly pessimistic last night about the reactions I expected of the Glee-lovin’ queer public to the less-than-perfect ending to the Brittana storyline at this particular juncture. I thought the hate-tweets would be pouring in, particularly on Brad Falchuk, who was the one to tweet the promise of “Brittana is on” for this episode back in January. I thought there would be pitchforks and angry tweet mobs. But I was completely wrong.

It seems that, even though Brittany & Santana didn’t end the episode in each other’s arms, the people liked it. They really, really liked it. And let me be clear—I liked it too, even though it completely broke my heart to see Santana finally lay her heart on the line for Brittany, and not get the girl. I liked it because it was honest and real and tender, and even though we didn’t get the happy ending (yet), we didn’t get any more bodies piled onto the ol’ evil/dead lesbian cliché, either. Like one insightful tweeter so eloquently put it, it “made me cry good.”



Comments [11]

Robin Rigby's picture

*double post*

*double post*

Robin Rigby's picture

Finally watched last night.

Finally watched last night. I'm wondering where this storyline with Santana is going to go now that she's confessed to having emotional depth. 

NCSha25's picture

Loved it so much I had to

Loved it so much I had to rewatch it again a bit ago...thank you dvr..made me all weepy both times while singing "Landslide" right along with no shame(yes I do know it, lol)

Conlite's picture

Although I appreciate all the

Although I appreciate all the fuss over the two girls :)  ,  I thought the show was way more radically interesting for its commentary on the almost total lack of gay sex ed in the western world (and the poor state of sex ed in general).  This was also well portrayed.  Kudos to the Glee crew for sure.

Tiff's picture

Definitely my favorite part, also.

One thing I really love about this show is how they use characters' differing opinions to open discourse on hot-button issues. It sort of reminds me of the White House staffer disagreements on The West Wing. Glee's definitely a thinly-veiled politcal platform and the Poly-Sci major in me adores it. Smile The musical theatre geek in me is pretty thrilled, too....

Jenny Aisenberg's picture

YES :)

agree. I fully admit that some of my biggest misty-eyed moments in glee happen when I imagine the conversations going on around the america (and really, the whole glee-lovin' world) between kids, teens, and their parents about whatever just happened on the show, and what it means to them. the media studies geek in me adores it too! ;p

"We're all born naked. The rest is drag."
--RuPaul (appropriating Judith Butler for the masses...)

Julia Watson's picture

Yeah, as much as I became a

Yeah, as much as I became a bti of a sucker for Britanna last night, that was my favorite scene, too, with Kurt and his dad in their ktichen. I came out when I was a sophomore in high school, and in my health class that summer the teacher actually came up to me the morning we were going to do our sex ed unit, shuffled his feet akwardly, and said "since none of this stuff really applies to you, you can go to the library today if you want." I was so taken aback that I took him up on the offer. Now I really wish I had stayed and made a stink about them not teaching inclusive sex ed.

Jenny Aisenberg's picture

absolutely-- that's another blog post altogether!

yeah, I'm with you guys on that, too-- I just didn't include it here because A) I didn't want to split my focus, and B) there didn't seem to be all that much to say about the awesome-as-always PFLAG Hummel moment; it didn't really need to be unpacked. As far as sex ed goes, seems to me that we're all equally screwed when things are left to the school system. I actually had sort of the opposite experience you had, jules-- I was a peer sex educator when I was 15 (through a grant my queer youth group got from the RI state dept of children & family services), so we went around doing lectures and workshops at other high schools around the state to make sure our peers knew how to stay safe. ironically, my own school's health teacher was a very, very old lady who was also the school nurse, who was herself an alumna from the class of '44, and she never talked about ANYthing besides the fallopian tubes. BUT, she did approach me and ask if I'd like to lead the class one day and teach about LGBTQ issues, which I did. good times Wink

"We're all born naked. The rest is drag."
--RuPaul (appropriating Judith Butler for the masses...)

minniesota's picture

Ohhh, that's what happened

I've been living under a rock, apparently. Missed it.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Julia Watson's picture

Aww. A link to a link of the

Aww. A link to a link of the ol' Kittenboard Dead/Evil Lesbian FAQ! It's just like old timeses.  Only with less bitter.

Unforch, my Kittendom experience left me gunshy enough I'm a little suspicious of the idea of a happy ending for a couple like Britanna on a primetime show, even in 2011. Still, I'm more hopey-changey over this one than I thought I'd be, too. It really was well done. Gotta hand it to the Gleek overlords on this one. That was absolutely the best hour of gay teen TV EVER.

Tiff's picture

Artie's adorable, though. If

Artie's adorable, though. If it ends between him and Brittany, I don't want him to get hurt (fictional character though he may be). Poor guy's already been dropped by one Glee girl. I'm happy to hold out for Brittana if it means Artie's feelings get spared. Relationship-wrecking lesbian isn't something that needs to be perpetuated, either....