lol at that anon. glee and more specifically klaine helped me accept who i am and my own sexuality, and i know i wasn't the only one. "gay shows" help me see the representation i've never had.
Kurt and Blaine are Glee’s legacy. They showed LGBT+ youth that gay kids can have everything they want- friends, a career, a loving relationship, marriage, and kids. That there others out there just like them. That it does get better.
Further, Klaine showed so many others, who perhaps had not been exposed to many LGBT+ people in their communities that in fact Kurt and Blaine were people just like them. They laugh, they cry, and they love just like every other human.
Because of Klaine, and in large part because of Chris and Darren who played these characters with heart and soul, we saw that Kurt, the boy we grew to love over a season and a half, could have a crush on a beautiful boy, get his hopes up when he learns that Blaine knows his coffee order, just to have them crushed. And then to have said boy say “I have been looking for you forever” after which they shared a first kiss that was in my opinion one of the best first kisses ever portrayed on TV because Chris and Darren wanted to tell this story in a true and genuine way:
In an article published by AOL Entertainment,
“On last night’s ‘Glee,’ the New Directions won regionals after hitting the stage with a pair of original songs – a first for the series – but that isn’t what anyone is talking about this morning. After months of hints and winks, fans of FOX’s hit musical finally got what they’ve been waiting for: The characters of Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) kissed for the first time. And it wasn’t a peck. It also wasn’t overtly sexual or desperate, it wasn’t rushed or clouded with turmoil, and it certainly wasn’t played for laughs, the way many kisses between men are on TV. It was perfect.
“It’s hard to overstate the significance of the kiss between Kurt and Blaine on ‘Glee’ last night,” Michael Jensen, editor of Logo’s AfterElton.com tells PopEater. “Even better, it wasn’t the sort of kiss we saw back in the 1990s where the guys pecked each other on the lips – or worse, the camera cutaway – but this was a real kiss that hinted there is much more to come in this relationship. If we still needed proof how far gay characters have come on network TV, 'Glee’ just gave it to us.”
“’Glee’ has raised the bar of what it means to be inclusive on TV, and viewers are tuning in by the millions, sending a clear message to networks that Americans not only accept gay and lesbian characters, but they are beginning to expect them,” GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios tells PopEater. “It’s stories like Kurt and Blaine’s that continue to remind gay youth everywhere that there’s nothing wrong with being who you are.”
Glee then went even further and tackled the issued of Kurt and Blaine losing their virginity, a story line that paralleled Finn and Rachel. Making the statement that Klaine’s first time was just as beautiful, just as relevant, just as significant, and just as full of love as the heterosexual couple on the show. And Chris and Darren’s scene was perfection:
Thanks to Glee, we saw Kurt and Blaine navigate high school, long distance relationships, angst and heartache. The show often got it wrong, but when it got it right, it do so spectacularly. And never as amazing as our Klaine engagement:
And while the wedding certainly left a little to be desired, Glee still allowed our beloved Kurt and Blaine to declare their love to the world and state their vows, at at time before same sex marriage was legal across the country. A time when they had to cross state borders to tie the know and make it legal. And while the creators of Glee left a lot to be desired, as always, Chris and Darren took what they were given and displayed nothing but love and happiness that they were finally husbands:
In 2013, Klaine was named the Greatest TV Couple of all time by Entertainment Weekly (X) The article that accompanied their win described their relationship as:
a timeless, groundbreaking TV love story
On the morning of the finale, in an article entitled “The Gay Legacy of Glee” Klaine was described as follows:
In season two, Kurt met Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss). Not only did he get a boyfriend, but a bonafide, epic love story that’s spanned the remainder of the series. Blaine’s dreamy debut, is the kind of hearts-aflutter teen romance usually reserved for straight kids on TV. They’ve made-out, broken-up, lost their virginity, gotten engaged, broke-up again and eventuallygot married. They’ve evolved into the central relationship and one of the greatest young love stories in mainstream television. (x)
Another article, written in the Fall of 2016 entitled “The Cultural Significance of Glee” stated:
This character [Kurt] attracted many people in the LGBTQ community in which many found comfort in the character, knowing that they are getting some representation.
The couple [Klaine} became one of the most popular couples on television. The couple go through the same obstacles than any other straight relationship would have, creating the image that there is no difference between a straight or gay relationship. The couple broke up twice, causing an uproar of extremely upset and mad fans. By the end of the of show’s seasons, the two end up marrying each other. The couple known as “Klaine” has been “leading TV’s gay-teen revolution”(Entertainment Weekly). The actors have claimed that they have received hundreds of letters from fans both gay and straight saying that the couple has changed their views positively and helped them to keep an open mind. The phenomenon that is “Klaine” definitely has a positive reaction on the majority of viewers. While these two characters are not the only gay men on the show, they have been the most impact.
Kurt and Blaine made a profound impact on society and greatly influenced how people saw members of the LGBT+ community. And that they play a significant part in enabling LGBT+ youth to know that they were not alone.
For everything Glee got wrong, it will always have its legacy- Klaine. And that is mainly thanks to two extraordinary men who fully committed to their roles, Chris and Darren.
And for anyone to minimize this, to state that Chris is not proud of what he and Darren accomplished on screen, clearly knows nothing about him. And that is heartbreaking.
I love you because I love you;
not because I can but because I have to;
not because I want to but because I need to.
I love you for all the reasons I shouldn't and all the reasons I should,
and a million more in between.
I love you like the tide loves the moon and like the earth loves the sun,
I will follow you like fish follow the tide,
I will lead you like the winter leads the spring.
So this is me saying this;
open and empty and full and bared in front of you,
nothing more than
I love you
I love you.
What does it means "Bless his heart, he said yes"?
Thanks for the ask.
told the story of how we went to a dinner and a concert with Chris after his first
day on the set. He has told it more than once. There’s a great post from Michelle about that (x), but to
this story publicly for the first time for a BTS interview in spring 2011, but
he didn’t say much, he didn’t even mention the concert. I believe Darren had
this date in mind also when he was describing what the perfect date is in his view
for the interview in People Magazine in fall 2011 (x). In that interview, he
was talking more in general terms.
didn’t really start unraveling until later. In summer 2014, it was actually Max
Adler who revealed that Darren and Chris went out to a dinner and a concert after Darren’s first day. The first time Darren really told the story publicly was for the BTS interview for Klaine wedding episode in fall
2014. Chris was sitting next to him. In that interview, Darren said: “And I was like ‘do you wanna come?’ And
bless your heart.” By ‘bless your heart’, he was referring to Chris agreeing to
go out with him.
the story again for the Paley Fest interview in spring 2015. In that, Darren
said: “Here I am, just meeting Chris Colfer for the first time and I’m like ‘This is a long shot, man, but I’m going to this concert. Do you want to come?’ Bless his heart he came with me.”
And he told
it again for the interview with Alan Cummings in fall 2015. In that, Darren
said: “I asked him. I was like ‘I know we don’t know each other, but our
characters might have to get to know each other a little better. So if you want
to come with me, if you like Sutton Foster, it’d be my treat.’ And bless his heart,
he said yes!”
So… Darren has, more than once, used the line “bless his heart” about Chris agreeing to the dinner and concert on that first night. Why? I can’t read his mind. The words tell us that he is at the very least grateful that Chris agreed to it. I think it goes beyond this though. I think he
feels grateful to have Chris in his life, a sentiment that is undoubtedly shared
by Chris too. They feel grateful to have each other. I don’t think that has changed through the years and the struggles. If anything, the feeling has grown stronger.