Glee released its first character breakdown yesterday, announcing the new roles Glee is casting for their final shortened season 6. Big surprise, all these new characters are high schoolers, 3 of the 5 characters are male, including another gay male character. I am going to place my bets right now that role will be cast as a white gay male.
I laughed a little at the Twitter outrage when TVLine made the casting information public this morning. More males, another gay male, no queer women… Why is anyone surprised? This is Glee, and history doesn’t lie. Glee has never really cared about telling the stories of queer women. The entire series has evolved into a disappointing homage to white men.
Normally, this kind of information would make my blood boil, including this very same Glee fuckery just two years ago. The show is a mess, and has been since it graduated most of its original cast after Season 3. Since then it has been one of the worst examples of coherent storytelling–a tired, emotionally manipulative, petulant, throw-away child of the Ryan Murphy franchise. That’s about the nicest thing I can say about Glee’s last two seasons, and the same reason I just can’t get riled up about it anymore. It’s already over.
The newest character and casting information should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. Back to high school and more men for Ryan Murphy’s fantasy world. It’s the same old Glee, and in its last truncated season, there is no reason to expect a compelling storyline for a queer female character. Let alone any sort of meaningful storyline for that matter. This is the same old, same old, and it’s really time to let it go.
It’s hard to find any reason to care what male-driven crap Glee is going to pull next. It’s not worth it, with a growing number of shows willing to go the extra mile for it’s queer lady viewers, shows like Orphan Black, The Fosters, Orange is the New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, or Pretty Little Liars. Glee already belongs in the rearview mirror.