Glee, S3 Ep2 – I Am Unicorn

I Am Unicorn

Quinn’s freshening her eye liner when Puck walks in trying to talk some sense into her about Beth.  Last week it was all the Wemma stuff I didn’t care about, now it’s this Quinn/Puck/Beth/Shelby nonsense.  I need a better way to shorten that.  Or at least something cooler.  How about we stick with baby!Gate.  Quinn tells Puck they’re not going to end up together, which is fine by him, which at least makes me a little happy.  It’s at least a slightly more interesting story if it’s not about them being together, and really just about Beth.  Not much better, but a little.

Director's Meeting

Tough crowd to please.

And then there is one of the first two incredibly painful scenes in this episode.  Kurt’s listening outside of Emma’s office as the three directors discuss the auditions so far and who might be good for what roles.  Rachel seems the obvious choice, but they’ve got Mercedes coming in to audition as well.  Apparently the “Jewish Thing” and the “Not White Thing” both help with the whole “Puerto Rican Thing” for Maria, in Bieste’s opinion.  I’m already feeling uncomfortable.   Then it gets 100 times worse.  They loved Kurt’s performance, but they’re not quite sure he’s right for the part.  This wouldn’t be an issue if they said his performance wasn’t right.  As great as it was, Kurt needed to choose a song that showed how great he was for this specific part, not just how great he is in general.  There’s nothing to suggest Tony in his performance.  So if that had been their logic behind being unsure, of course it’d be perfectly reasonable.  But that’s not what they’re saying.  Instead this is a discussion about whether or not Kurt is believable as a straight man in a romantic role.

Kurt Listens

I hate that he had a tissue like he's prepared to hear these things.

This is again getting into the meta, as this is of course something that people have said about Chris Colfer himself, as well as many other openly gay actors.  It’s disgusting, and yet it happens all the time in Hollywood.  It’s why there are still so many actors who are closeted.  It’s an amazing story line to go with, and I have no problem with them addressing it.  What I do have a problem with is Bieste being the one who brings the issue up, and ends up being the most vicious of the trio with it, because it’s so out of character.  Do the writers really think we don’t remember Bieste talking about her very own gender issues in Season 2’s “Never Been Kissed”?  And yet here she is attacking Kurt for being too “effeminate?”  Worst of all, she calls him a “Lady,” which was the term Sue used to use for Kurt before he confronted her on her own bullying, and how hurtful it was.  I can see Artie being insensitive in this way, because he’s always been a bit of a misogynist and very un-PC in the past.  And Emma, though she makes a comment about Kurt’s “toothpick arms” (which makes me wonder if she was watching the same performance I was), isn’t too out of character.  But Bieste is not the same person we knew before, and it frustrates the hell out of me.

Kurt’s face while he listens to these awful things being said about him, it breaks my heart.

Posters

If that look doesn't scream "OMG" I don't know what does.

When we come back from the commercial break, you can see that he’s pretty numb as he walks down the halls.  The shot of him walking past a pretty familiar pink poster on the wall behind him, as he takes in what he’s seen and wheels around to see it, it’s a great piece of directing and acting on Colfer’s part.  And of course it’s not just one bright shiny pink poster, but Brittany and Santana are putting up many more down the hall.  After what he’s just listened to, you cannot blame the boy for being angry that Brittany disregarded his concerns and is plastering these posters all over the school.  Desperate, he grabs Rachel and asks her to help him with a second audition for the role of Tony.

I do like the parallel that comes up here with Brittany’s story as Santana tells her that she is the unicorn, because that’s always been my favorite thing about this show.  It’s about teaching you to accept who you are, the beauty inside and the things that make you different from everyone else, and how special and wonderful you are because of it.  Colfer likes to quote one of his high school teachers who told her students that “If you truly own who you are no one can use you against you,” and I think that should really be the motto of this show.  Everyone is special, and instead of bullying people for their differences, humanity needs to find a way to accept them and celebrate them.  The question is, is that something we’re capable of?

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