I know Glee isn’t necessarily about Sam, but I think the way that he treated him was awful and I have a lot of reasons why.
First, Sam dated Quinn who cheated on him with Finn and they broke up. He went to Santana but that lasted like two episodes and all they did was make out and she was super mean to him so I don’t really count that lol.
Then there was Mercedes, and though they never really became official after her and Shane broke up… despite Sam’s trying… they did not date. Then came Brittany (ahh my favorite) and he was so cute and nice to her and then they broke up so Brit could be with her OTP, Santana, which we knew was going to happen so I guess I get it.
Back to Mercedes which didn’t work out because of the whole sex thing… and I will admit I hated that they made Sam cheat on Mercedes with the dumb photographer but the way that Mercedes handled it was kinda weird to me. She seemed like she had just been waiting for them to break up because she knew it wouldn’t work out.
Now we come to Rachel. The second I saw how her and Sam looked at each other in the Movin’ Out episode, I shipped them pretty hard. Because Sam reminded her of home and he is the closest thing to Finn she’s ever gonna get.
And season 6 happened and my heart was happy because Sam was helping her heal and she was helping him get over Mercedes and he believed in her. He believed in everyone he dated.
WIth Quinn, he was protective and loving. With Mercedes he posted a video of her on youtube and put her name in lights so she would believe in herself. With Brit he married her because she thought the world was ending and got her another cat so Lord Tubbington wouldn’t be lonely. He showed Rachel she could love again and encouraged her to go back to NYADA because he knew she would regret not doing it.
Sam has been such a wonderful and caring and supportive boyfriend and then what does he get? NOTHING. I like that he is coaching Glee but I can’t tell you how upset I got when Blaine said “Sam’s got another girlfriend” because it completely threw Sam aside. He’s just the boyfriend who gives and gets nothing in return. He is never good enough. Mercedes wanted Sam to “help heal Rachel’s heart” but I didn’t know that was ALL he’d be doing. So she can go back to Jesse St. James who was never on the show and when he was he was a jerk. I can’t tell you how sad I am for Sam and it makes sense to me why Chord has been acting weird at press. He got pushed aside and I think it’s unfair. And thinking back to when Sam said maybe if he’s lucky he’ll always be on Rachel’s wall in his little gold shorts breaks my heart because he deserves to be all over the wall. He’s everything and I love him, and I never even realized how much I did.
I don’t even know how to caption this. This still hits me so hard every time. Not just the emotion, but the message behind this is so important. She was with him because she didn’t think any one else would ever love her, and now she decides that loving herself is enough. She chooses to love herself, instead of being loved by someone who didn’t deserve her.
Love yourself, so no one has to. It’s the most important thing.
i heard a few weeks back that dot-marie jones’ character on glee, Coach Beiste, had recently been rewritten as a trans man for the show’s last season. after 4 years of playing a strong, tomboy-ish, very masculine cis woman who identified with womanhood and identified as straight, jones is now going to play a trans man (presumably gay) – which has also been a convenient excuse to write glee’s black trans girl character out of the show.
this development makes me really angry as a butch woman and as a feminist. Jones was quoted in People, saying: “I just didn’t want to let down the girls who are straight and tomboys that my character represented the last four seasons…But I got the script and I was, like, ‘Oh my God. This is amazing.’ ”
the problem is that this does let down girls and women who do not fit the stereotypical definition of womanhood or who don’t conform to the norm of compulsory femininity. coach beiste was an island of representation, especially for straight masc women who are frequently assumed to be gay because they don’t fit the boxes laid out for women. now that representation has been turned into something else, which has the potential to leave these girls and women confused about who they are and leaves them with no real media representation.
as a masculine woman, i often - so often - feel out of place, othered by my non-performance of femininity, by the ways i perform masculinity, and by what feel like my failures to ever achieve a masculine ideal. i share little with many feminine women with regard to social performance, but i cannot deny what i share with them in our identities, our attitudes, and often our experiences as well.
i have felt pressure to transition; i question my gender all the time and have felt a pull towards immersing myself in masculinity and coming out as a man if only to reduce my cognitive dissonance and others’ inability to put me in a box. i am made to feel like what i am cannot be what a woman is, even though i live as proof to the contrary.
when a person like coach beiste identifies as a woman, that helps to expand our definition of what women are, who they are, and from a feminist perspective helps to distance women from heteropatriarchal ideas of what they can and must be. same when someone like myself identifies as a woman.
part of why i think coach beiste’s coming out and transition are harmful is that glee is reneging on all of the mind-expanding work the character did as a straight masculine woman, who loved being a woman and loved being attracted to men. i know that many trans people do not come out or are not safe enough to come out until late in life, and that does not in any way invalidate their experiences. i know that many are resolutely and often self-destructively or defensively attached to their assigned genders at birth, and that this is a common cover-up for people who have yet to come to terms with their identities. but i think glee is doing this for ratings and PC brownie points, and in the process they are conveying that no matter what coach beiste said in the past about loving being a woman, that doesn’t make any sense and is forgotten in his coming out as trans; they make a mockery of coach beiste’s experience as a masc woman and stand to harm gender non-conforming women – and really all women – by tossing out beiste’s womanhood so cavalierly.
This letter is my first step into legally transitioning from a woman to a man. […] I’ve always been attracted to men, and-and they say that’s not gonna change. […] I know this may seem sudden to you, but it doesn’t to me. […] I’ve felt like this my whole life. Growing up, I was… I was really confused. I thought I was just a tomboy. So, I got into sports, I started coaching football, and I wrestled hogs in my free time, but no matter what I did, I never felt at home in my own skin. I never felt like my body fit who I was on the inside. I don’t hate being a woman, and I don’t regret the things I’ve been through, because they’ve made me the person I am today. A person strong enough to go through with this transition. I got to do it for my own peace of mind. I got to get my body in alignment with how I see myself.
Summary: Set in 6.03, “Jagged Little Tapestry." Jane and Mason might have said that they were watching old competition videos, but they never said who “they” included. The New New New Directions visit the past and find out exactly what they’ve gotten themselves into.
Gen, includes references to Finn, Finchel, and Klaine
“We’ve been watching YouTubes of the New Directions at regionals and nationals.”
“We wanna be as good as you guys were. If we’re gonna do this, we wanna be champions.”
“Have you found the nationals videos yet?”
“ … How about now?”
“Really?” Roderick looked back over his shoulder to find Madison waving and smiling like a proud fifth-grader at a science fair.
He’d spent the last fifteen minutes hunched over Jane’s iPad trying to find old Glee performances on YouTube. Jane watched at his side, while the twins took turns spinning themselves in the astronomy classroom’s single working roller chair. On her turns in the chair, Madison added sound effects, like a tiny, perky propeller whirring around the room.
Roderick rolled his eyes. “We’re almost there, I think. Can’t you wait, like, five minutes until I can figure this out?”
“Well sure I can,” Madison grinned, “but you make better faces when I ask how you’re doing.”
(from an Israeli magazine, sorry for any grammer mistakes)
Time to say goodbye
After 6 seasons, countless songs and one death that broke everyone’s hearts, Glee ends and we say goodbye in tears.
In the 6 seasons of Glee everything that possible happened - weddings, breakups, coming out of the closet and sudden death. Now, that the show is about to end, it’s time to sum up the ten unforgettable moments that made the show as it is and left us shocked.
10. Mini glee club We begin our final countdown with a very funny moment from season 2. The creators of the show decided to go wild and brought to everyone of the glee club “mini me” of their own. The film set filled with sweet little kids that dressed, looked and talked (kinda) like the students of Mckinley high. They were on the show as part of fever illusion of mr. shue.
9. The characters changes identities How Chris Colfer looks as Finn? how will Artie’s haircut will look on Naya Rivera? We’ve got these answers to these questions in a very funny episode in season 3. As a result of a head hit Tina start to imagine everyone like they’ve changed identities: mr. shue is Sue Sylvester, Puck is Blaine, Tina is Rachel and vice versa. For the actors it was an opportunity to demonstrate their great impersonations ability, and they did prove themself.
8. Sue says goodbye to her sister We couldn’t write this list without dedicating at least one moment to Sue Sylvester, the tough coach of the cheerleaders (and later also glee club coach, school principal and the list is long). Sue is usually the bad character who insults everyone, runs over anyone who stand in her way and doesn’t afraid to play dirty. And yet, we learned to love her. In the second season we found out that she also knows to show emotions, like the day her sister Jane, that suffered from Down Syndrome, died. The funeral the student organized was lovely, and we teared up too. Actually, who are we kidding? we cried like a little girl that her ice cream fell on the floor!
7. Kurt and Blaine finally kiss From the first moment Blaine showed up in season 2 it was clear that he and Kurt were about to become a perfect couple. They met when Kurt went thru rough time, and Blaine was there for him, encouraging him and supporting him. Kurt fell in love with him on the first second (can we blame him?), but unfortunately it took Blaine more time to realise it. After half season of anticipation, we finally got the longed kiss, and of course the famous line “you move me, Kurt”. You could say it want pretty good for them, right?
6. Kurt coming out to his dad It’s weird to recall this, but in the first season Kurt was still deep in the closet in the first episodes. We saw him slowly coming out to his close friends, but one of the people he left to the end was actually his father, Burt. His coming out was accompanied with a lot of concerns, many teenagers are well familiar this situation. How did it ends? Burt tells Kurt that he will always love him and melted our hearts! We got one of the most moving and encouraging scene on Glee, and Burt got the “best TV dad in the world” title.
5. Rachel gets her dream role During the show we watched Rachel go thru many changes and upheavals, but one thing always stays the same, the fact that she will do everything it takes to make her dream come true, be on Broadway. We were so happy for her when in season 5 she finally fulfilled her dream and got cast to the role of fanny on “funny girl”. Not just any role - the last woman who played this role was the one and only Barbra Streisand, Rachel’s idol. Therefore, after 4 seasons of struggles,failures and crazy ambition, watch Rachel win this role was the proof that if you want something bad enough, everything is possible!
4. The wedding of Brittany and Santana, Kurt and Blaine During the seasons the creators of the show provided us quite a few exciting weddings - from Finn’s mom and Kurt’s dad wedding, to Will and Emma wedding (the one that ends good, yea?). They also provided us a lot of weddings promises that didn’t come true (Finn and Rachel, for example). But there is no doubt that in that subject season 6 wins - two gay couples got married at the same wedding - Brittana and Klaine. We loved these couples from the beginning and we saw them experiencing many difficulties - breaking up, geting back together and breaking up again. These is two couples that were told again and again the they won’t last, but they did it big time!
3. Rachel says goodbye to Finn (Cory) Even though its year and a half away, our heart breaks every time we think about Cory Monteith. The person that most affected by his death is probably Lea Michele - his on screen partner and in real life. On the beautiful tribute episode that the creators made in his honor in season 5, Rachel/ Lea was barely on screen, but her short performance of the song “make you feel my love” (that lea picked herself) was the saddest and emotional part of the episode. For one moment the boundaries between the show and reality disappeared, and we just took part in the sorrow of a young woman who lost her love and we were mourning on a young man who died too soon.
2. Glee wins nationals Over three years the members of the glee club worked to make it to this moment. On the way there, they overcome many obstacles, falls and fights that made us think that this moment will never come - but eventually it came, and it was amazing!. Suddenly in season 3, the glee club kids stopped being rejected and became winners. The amazing songs and Will’s proud face was worth it all! When you think about this win, everything that happened later doesn’t matter anymore, because we were just happy for this group, that survived everything and proved us that hard work and patience pays off.
1. The first performance of “Don’t stop believing” In the first place the moment that everything began. It’s true that since that performance in the first season the club got much more than 5 members, and there were many performances with invested and very impressive outfits and props, and even this song got several versions, but there isn’t a better moment that shows the essence of Glee than this moment. A group of teenagers that not quite fit, maybe a little outcasts, that don’t even supposed to be friends, without budget or audience - doing what they love, and that all that matter! If there’s something the show taught us it’s that.
This was meant to be a general post and then this point got ridiculously long so I’m separating it out.
I found the Will/ Rachel stuff very interesting this episode.
Will and Rachel had very different motivations in re-starting the Glee club and I think it affects how they teach. Will was unhappy and wanted to recapture the joy he’d felt when he was in Glee club. Truth be told, he wanted to be a part of Glee club. He treated Rachel as a special talent who he should listen to for suggestions from week 1 and started saying Finn reminded him of himself at around the same time. It becomes a running joke that Will doesn’t have any adult friends but… no really, he had no friends and he didn’t like his wife very much any more and he wasn’t crazy about his job. He wanted to be 16 and part of that Glee club again, and teaching it was the next best thing.
Rachel re-started the Glee club because she came back to McKinley and was shocked at what she found there. It was so important to her that Glee club be available to the students that she made an appointment with Sue and when that didn’t work, went over Sue’s head. She didn’t even want to coach Glee club herself, she just believed it was important that the McKinley students had one. So she paid for it herself. And when she was told that the only way The Powers That Be would agree to it being restarted was for Rachel herself to teach it, she looked momentarily freaked out and then she agreed. (Kurt’s there because Rachel suggested he join her for his work experience so that he could stay in Lima and see if he could get back together with Blaine.)
In last night’s episode, Glee confirmed a new plot point that many have speculated about: Coach Beiste came out as a trans man. In the episode, Beiste tells assistant coach Sam (Chord Overstreet) and principal Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) that he’ll be taking a leave to transition medically.
Dot-Marie Jones absolutely KILLS it in this clip. What do you think? How did Glee do here?
I understand glee wanting to add more transgender representation, and I completely support that. But, making coach transgender really enforces the stereotype that masculine women are in the end men. Coach was suppose to represent a girl who wanted more then anyone to be treated like a girl. They should have stuck to Unique’s story or made somebody else trans or add somebody to add more representation.
One little thing I particularly loved in Glee 6.08
When the brides and the grooms walked down the aisle, while almost everybody was still in shock to see Kurt and Blaine there, Sheldon is one on the first to acknowledge and support what these two are going to do.
Because, like Walter who said it to Kurt previously, better than a lot of people there, he knows too. He knows what it is to wait for a long time your happiness, your true you or whatever brings you joy and happiness. And he can’t be happier when he sees Kurt and Blaine choosing to not wait.