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May. 25th, 2011

I am not dead. Mainly, Tumblr just ate me, but I'm totally around and I love you all. And tonight is the season finale for Glee, so of course I had all sorts of Feelings. Feelings for Glee. And for you all. And I will share them now:

Thank you, Glee.

Thank you for giving me a love story that has made me feel more feelings than basically any other piece of media I have ever watched.

Thank you for introducing me to (or helping me rediscover) two actors who are incredible men, inside and out, who are multi-talented and open-hearted and inspiring and deserve every last beautiful thing that has been given to them.

Thank you for a big, brash, down-to-earth young woman who engages the world on her terms, and for how she has become my patronus.

Thank you for a warm, idealistic, slightly oblivious, strong-willed young man who is sometimes my spirit animal.

Thank you for giving me characters whose evolution into being open, honest, heartfelt and brave, even when it’s easier not to be, would give me an anchor and a place to look at myself when I was feeling at my worst this year.

Thank you for this fandom, in all its wanky ridiculous hilarious glory, and the friends I have made here in the past six months, and the friends I will continue to make.

Thank you for trying, even when you fail miserably, to create media that represents people of various races, sexualities, religions, sizes, and disabilities, and for working more and more to try and tell a story about all of them.

I remember when you were largely a story about two able-bodied straight cisgendered white people growing up impoverished in Lima, trying to be a story about outcasts and self-acceptance when everyone else felt like an accessory. Some people prefer you when you were smarter, sharper, but ultimately less inclusive and more cynical. I wouldn’t trade you back for a moment. You have changed so many lives up to now. You have helped so many people who need you way, way more than I do.

For all you are a terrible, terrible glitterbomb of a show, when you are wonderful you are so goddamn wonderful, so thank you, thank you, a hundred thousand times thank you.

You have a lot to measure up to in Season Three.

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shaolina
May. 25th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
I drink to those thank yous. I love that the show is acknowledging that women of all sizes can be seen as attractive too (and if I were a lesbian/bi/pan I would go for either for Brit or Lauren to be honest). Just saying that because between the "But Quinn is prettier..." wank with Puck and the "But Sam is too good for Mercedes" I just want to kick some faces. Some guys don't get turned off by not being a size two, hell I know guys who like something to grab. There's a saying in my country that loosely translates to "I love big women because when we go to sleep together my bed is full of woman"

And yay for Klaine. Honestly, I already too Kurt's "nobody can touch us or what we have" as his I love you because, really, what can you say to top that? It's like trying to top "We got each other out of all of this." The I love yous were adorable, and great that they are out there, but nothing I didn't know (and play the Klaine theme in the BG while we are at it)
maggie33
May. 25th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
Yes to this whole post, but especially this:

I remember when you were largely a story about two able-bodied straight cisgendered white people growing up impoverished in Lima, trying to be a story about outcasts and self-acceptance when everyone else felt like an accessory. Some people prefer you when you were smarter, sharper, but ultimately less inclusive and more cynical. I wouldn’t trade you back for a moment. You have changed so many lives up to now. You have helped so many people who need you way, way more than I do.

You took the thoughts from my head and wrote them down so beautifully. :)


naderegen
May. 25th, 2011 07:27 am (UTC)
Some people prefer you when you were smarter, sharper, but ultimately less inclusive and more cynical.

But you know what this is? Development. About acceptance. And about how there's hope. It's not that the show has changed it's tone, but that it was always going there.
jessicareloaded
May. 25th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
This is completely off the subject, but what IS Tumblr all about? I must be getting old, because from the surface it seems like another blogging platform. Is one worth setting up?
mary_flanner
May. 25th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
*just hugging you so hard*
weyrdchic
May. 25th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
*glomp!!!*

Don't love me too much yet, I am about to take your 'oh god what if Kurt is conflicted' stuff to task. XD
mary_flanner
May. 25th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, but dear, that just makes me love you more. I think I told you once that the thing I most respect about you is your ability to respectfully disagree.
pawndilene
May. 26th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
Thanks for this post, and your Kurt/Blaine insights throughout the season!
lesley_green
May. 31st, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
I love reading your episode recaps, and the comments after, and I just wanted to introduce myself because I'm new-ish.

"Thank you for a warm, idealistic, slightly oblivious, strong-willed young man."

I assume this is about Blaine, and it sort of matched my first reaction to Silly Love Songs. Well, first reaction after "OMG BEST EPISODE OF THE SEASON!!" I thought that if Glee were a Jane Austen novel, Blaine is totally Emma. He's warm and friendly and idealistic and oblivious to his own feelings, and repressing his love for his longtime friend so very hard until said love explodes out of him in all the wrong (and sometimes hilarious) ways. Which then makes Kurt his Mr. Knightly - a strong-willed confidant, independent, who isn't afraid to call him out. And in the end, Emma responds to Mr. Knightly's admonitions, and Mr. Knightly loves Emma's strength of character right back. It doesn't quite work completely (Mr. Anderson is no Mr. Woodhouse, for a start...) anymore, but I wanted to share anyways. I hope you don't mind!
biting_moopie
Nov. 1st, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
I know this is an older comment but I think you've got it spot in. And now I want to see Kurt and Blaine in old-timey outfits.
biting_moopie
Nov. 1st, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
I know this is an older post but I just wanted to say that I've re-read it many times. You have explained why this show has such appeal and is important, despite its many failings.

You have changed so many lives up to now. You have helped so many people who need you way, way more than I do.

It really has. Chris has talked about how many people have written to him or come up to him, saying that Kurt has saved their lives. I don't know if you check out Max Adler's twitter but he's always getting messages from people saying that his character and storyline has helped them come out and accept themselves.

And I also want to add that I love all your insights into Blaine. I love the character but sometimes had difficulty relating to him. Your comments and posts about him have made me love him even more.

Hope you're enjoying season three! <333
westheadcu
Nov. 3rd, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
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just_shai
Feb. 10th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
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