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Representation of LGBT Characters in Television: Geeking Out

Some spot on discussion about LGBTQ characters on TV shows. Their assessment of Glee is particularly poignant.

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Sending the Wrong Message

Naya Rivera, actress behind Glee’s Santana Lopez, one of the most high profile lesbian characters on TV, is dating in a very public fashion, the misogynistic, (homophobic) rapper, Big Sean.  (I can hear the groaning from here, but stick with me. This is important. Also please note, the focus here is Naya and how her actions are perceived and the much larger problem they represent.)

As is usually the case with an actor, especially actors who play LGBT characters, the actor behind favorite characters become just as special to the fans as the character themselves. Naya Rivera, because of Glee, has become one of these beloved actors, and she has, until now, returned the favor.

In interviews and the causes she supports, like GLAAD and the Trevor Project, has stated the importance of Santana’s role for the LGBT community and been incredibly supportive of the community.  As a matter of fact, Naya’s popularity and career exploded once Santana began her journey to come out and love Brittany on Glee.

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FOX Delusional About Glee Fans

This should speak for itself.

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A New Approach

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, reflecting, reading, listening and talking recently about Brittana, Glee and the ongoing battle of the fans.  And you know what? It might be time for testing a new approach.

The traditional model of fighting for equality involves just that; a lot of fighting.  Everything from advocating for government change through rallies and protests, all the way to TV and boycotting advertisers, or letter writing campaigns.  That’s what the model looks like; something isn’t right, we take up our pitch forks and picket signs and fight like hell.

But equality is most likely not won by fighting alone.  That’s part of the reason culture changes more from TV than anything else. People develop an attachment to or understanding of their favorite characters.  Sometimes those characters are lesbian, gay, or otherwise different from ourselves, and we extend our new found love of those characters to a new found acceptance of real life people similar to those characters.

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Glee Makes a YouTube Mistake

Sometimes, when story lines are not so hot, double standards are the new normal, and everything fans have to say about your failing show are ignored, it’s going to cause some trouble.  This is a lesson Glee has yet to learn as evidenced by their YouTube faux pas today.

Today, out comes a sneak peek video for next week’s Glee episode, an episode that is set to be wrought with Brittany and Sam interaction and Brittany saying “I love you” (allegedly) to Sam.  Again, another example of the double standards which the Brittana fandom (and others) have been fighting against since November.

Well this sneak peak video features Brittany singing a love song to her cat, Lord Tubbington.  And then Glee posted this description as the tagline for the video:

“Lord Tubbington plays a pivotal role in this episode as Brittany prepares to tell Sam that she loves him.”

Well, that was a bad idea.  A large number of Glee fans, (not just Brittana fans) started leaving negative comments and giving the video a thumbs down.  Criticism comes in two forms on this one: First, ridiculous story lines.  Second, the fact that Sam and Brittany are still a couple and Glee is still promoting their double standards ridden relationship.

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Brittana’s Real Because Fans are Real

This season, Glee has been winning approximately zero points from the Brittany & Santana (Brittana) fandom and the ladies those characters represent.  Glee show runner, Ryan Murphy, has struck again.  (Most people try to avoid marginalizing and angering their fans, but it seems that Glee throws rocks at certain fans with abandon.)

One of the worst things for a show runner to say about a beloved lesbian couple?  This…

Ryan Murphy Tweet

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Glee Fans – Go After the Advertisers

Once upon a time, there was this TV show called, Chuck.  The show was on the air around the time of the writer’s strike, and because it had a smaller following, the show was slated to be cancelled after its 2nd season.  However, the studio was messing with the wrong fandom.

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In an innovative, highly successful campaign, Chuck fans didn’t send their mail to the network, but they appealed to an advertiser who could fund the show; the fast food chain, Subway.  Chuck fans organized on social media, and started buying Subway sandwiches like crazy.

They were persistent, organized some really cool events, got strong support from outside sources and by showing their support for Subway, NBC and Subway forged a partnership to fund the next season of the show.  Chuck fans played a large role in saving their show with a small but passionate group of people.

Check out an article about the Chuck Subway campaign here.

Now, for Glee…

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Brittana Trends Some More

Maybe old, boring news, but today marks another Brittana Twitter trend.  For those still counting, that makes something like 32 Twitter trends in 14 weeks.  Not bad for a passionate little fandom without a couple together anymore.

Today was particularly cool, because normally official Glee anything ignores Brittana trends.  But in a refreshing new twist, the official Glee Project Twitter jumped in to congratulate fans on the trend and expressed their own hopes in Brittany and Santana getting back together in the future.

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It’s nice to see some official recognition, and it’s a small step in a better direction for all things Glee.

Oh Ryan Murphy – What say you now?

Ryan Murphy is being honored by the Paley Center for Media for his contributions to the medium.   

The man who set back equality for lesbians, bisexual women, hell all women, was awarded by the Paley Center for Media as being a revolutionary show creator.  Ryan Murphy is not only the creator of Glee, but also The New Normal, American Horror Story, Popular, and Nip/Tuck.

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Fans at Work – Some Updates

Here are some updates on some fan-related missions:  Update on that E! shipping poll, a little bit about Naya Rivera’s Super Bowl M&M commercial, and the Brittana fandom’s continued mission.

First, the E! online poll discussed here has reached the next round.  There are now 8 couples left.  Sadly, Grey’s Anatomy’s Calzona didn’t make it through, but both Brittany & Santana and Lauren & Bo made it through.

It’s also interesting to note that “the big 3” from Glee (Brittana, Klaine and Finchel) made it into this next round.  The Glee fandom has a VERY strong social media presence, so I guess this isn’t surprising.

The current results are below, and you can vote here (vote for the lesbian ships!) until this Wednesday.  It looks like it’s going to be close all the way around.

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