I listened to the Glee version of 4 Minutes today and remembered my headcanon that Unique watched a video of it on YouTube and that is how she found out about Kurt and Mercedes.
Imagine her, 13ish years old, in love with music and performing, so often disappearing into this other version of herself in her head to get away from who she has to be every day on the outside. A link goes around of a performance by the local championship winning cheerleading team. But this one is different, she only clicks it because one of the kids leading the performance in the screenshot is a big black girl and since when is that how the Cheerios do things?
She watches them, this amazing performance by a big black girl who is not wearing the girls uniform, and this guy unafraid to do this flamboyant performance even though they’re in front of their whole school. They’ve gender flipped it, too, she’s singing JT and he’s doing the Madonna part and everyone is cheering. Unique replays it instantly and can’t even begin to understand what this is making her feel.
Of course this leads to looking them up, she finds the Vogue video which is so fascinatingly weird (and they got a teacher to do this? Sue Sylvester of all people?). She finds out about the New Directions and looks them up, Kurt and Mercedes (she’ll always remember those names - Kurt Hummel and Mercedes Jones) aren’t in the videos from sectionals that much, but they are there, in this group of people that don’t all look at same and have won their first ever competition and how is she going to convince her parents to take her to Regionals? She has to see them in person, has to see that they are real and possible.
When the same person who posted the 4 Minutes video posts the video of Mercedes singing Beautiful the next week Unique cries so much watching it she has to fake being ill to get out of school.
They need to understand is if i’m not being true to myself at least when i’m performing, then there won’t be anything left inside me to protect. So they can keep talking about sending me to a camp for little boys who like to wear dresses, but I will not and I cannot be ashamed of who I am or how I look.
Here’s to actors of color who will sign up for future Ryan Murphy’s projects.
I hope they treat you better than they treated Amber.
I hope they treat you better than they treated Jenna.
I hope they treat you better than they treated Alex.
I hope your characters don’t become targets to offensive jokes.
I hope your characters get storylines they deserve.
I hope you and your characters are treated with respect.
I hope you never have to deal with people like glee fans.
And I really hope the paycheck is worth it.
“I don’t feel right in the men’s locker room, but I can’t go into the girls’. And I don’t feel right in men’s clothing, but I can’t wear dresses every day. It sucks to never know your place. It’s just nice, for once, to feel like I found one." - Unique Adams