Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kurt's First Kiss



I don't get to watch Glee, but apparently last night Kurt got his first kiss, and it wasn't at all what anyone was expecting. I think the expectation was that Kurt would be sucking face with the ever-shirtless Chord Overstreet - or maybe I was fantasizing that I was Kurt kissing Sam, IDK.

And while I'm like "Wow, cool. A gay-kiss on the most watched TV show. WOW!" Part of me is also like "Why does it have to be all wrapped up with guilt, complications and drama?" First kisses can be awkward but do they necessarily have to leave a WTF expression on Kurt's face and cause the other character to slam his fists against the lockers??

Why is it so necessary for gay characters to be put in pain to allow middle America to identify with gay people? Why can't Kurt have a first kiss that isn't followed by sadness and questions, questions, questions?

Why can't Ennis and Jack buy a ranch together and live happily ever after? Why can't middle America identify with that?!

12 comments:

Steven Anthony said...

I'm a gleek, never miss a show. The kiss was interesting to say the least, I think that story will continue with some surprising results. But Kurt does have a very cute openly gay love interest from the other school now, that is good, right? :)

Gay Money Man said...

yes, I agree

Writer said...

I'm a hypothetical gleek, and yes, it's very good that he has a love interest. No one should be alone. :)

So is Sam (Chord Overstreet) gay?

Writer said...

I like it when people agree with me. Thanks, Gay Money Man. :)

EMikeGarcia said...

You have to watch it to get the storyline. The emphasis was on the bully and his self-shame that causes him to bully. First, Chord Overstreet's character is far from gay. Second, there is another openly gay character who is secure and stable, but having him be Kurt's boyfriend and giving him his first kiss would've been stagnant and killed the story arc this season which is supposed to be about bullying.

What the writers did here was pure genius and will put consideration into why kids bully, rather than just that they are and it has to stop or it that gets better.

Writer said...

Thanks for the context, Mike, but still, so now the assumption is that all anti-gay bullies are gay themselves. That seems too facile. :)

Writer said...

But still, Mike, it doesn't change the fact that all too often you get two kinds of gay people on primetime TV (or even in movies lately): the tragic gay who is constantly struggling (hello, Brokeback Mountain) or the sexless funny gay (hello, Uncle Arthur) - which honestly Kurt is very close to being.

EMikeGarcia said...

I don't think people will go as far as making the assumption that all bullies are gay, bit they will at least consider there's more to it than just hatred. At least people who take scenes like this into consideration... It doesn't say the all bullies are gay, it says that the choice of who is bullied says more about the bully themselves.

Also, about Kurt... He started off as sexless and camp, but he's come a long way since then and now they're even giving him an equally "out" love interest. Even his wardrobe, and his attitude towards the straight guys has changed. A telling point was when he saw Chord Overstreet in the shower and told him he wasn't a natural blonde.

You're right, most gay characters on television are sexless and funny, but not this kid, and a show set in high school isn't the right setting for a completely stable, drama-free gay relationship because that isn't the reality most kids face. Not that most of this show isn't suspended reality, anyhow. But I'm just saying. Like I said earlier, though, the current story arc is about bullying so it'll be a while before they flesh out his love story.

I, like you, wish it could be like any other hetero pairing, but you're right. America wouldn't believe that even on a TV show that has high school football players doing the Single Ladies dance.

Wonder Man said...

Dave is hot

Writer said...

Okay, a couple of points, Mike: you said, "A telling point was when he saw Chord Overstreet in the shower and told him he wasn't a natural blonde." OMG! I so wouldv'e died laughing!!

And the other: "a show set in high school isn't the right setting for a completely stable, drama-free gay relationship because that isn't the reality most kids face." The gay issue set aside for the moment...then why should Willow have a completely stable, drama-free relationship? Granted, yes, Oz was a werewolf, but they had a stable relationship IN high school, and even if it wasn't drama-free (but only three nights out of the month and there was that whole end of the world thing), they had the same goals. I think Kurt's character is mature enough to pull it off, so keep me posted.

Writer said...

Yes, Wonder Man, if I were Kurt, I don't think I would've pulled away from that second attempt at a kiss. :)

Kyle said...

JP, it is frustrating that our art, media, entertainment, science, and tech sources are often held captive by the most conservative segments of civilization and those wanting nothing more than to make a buck. We all suffer from watching filtered/unrealistic material or being offered poorly designed disposable(and unsustainable) items or ideas, but the people paying for development couldn't possibly care any less about that. It's all about making something palatable to the greatest number of people, so it can be sold for the greatest profit.