Last week’s Glee was really terrible. Not just “makes Social Justice activists cringe” terrible, but poorly executed. Gwyneth Paltrow played a substitute teacher named Holly Holiday with designs on Will’s job, Principal Figgins, one of the show’s few characters of color, was fired, and Kurt was a terrible, shitty friend to Mercedes all the way through. We learned that women essentially have two options: lovable, carefree drifter with no follow-through or uptight, controlling schoolmarm. We learned that faced with fat shaming from her best friend, Mercedes will thank him for his “advice.”
The song choices weren’t suited to the singers and as a result the performances were lackluster. Sorry Glee, doing a shitty job and then filming people clapping and hooting as if you weren’t doing a shitty job just draws more attention to mess you’re making. The Cee-Lo song was by far the highlight of the entire episode, everything before and after was mediocre.
I didn’t really want to write about this episode this week, especially knowing that someone else had already done it better. Satah Cameron, writing for This Ain’t Living about Kurt’s behavior last week:
“Normally, I adore Kurt, but this episode. WOWEE. He indulged in some nice casual racism by deciding that Mercedes should totes date this one dude, which—he’s black, so you have all of the things in common, right? Mercifully, Mercedes called him out: “Why him? It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s one of the five black dudes at this school?” And then at the end, she decides Kurt was right and goes for it. SUGGESTED AD CAMPAIGN FOR GLEE: remember that one time you liked what we did? We take it back!”
Isn’t she the best? [FULL DISCLOSURE: She is.] So go read what she had to say, and I’m going to start baking.