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“Glee” wins over hearts with powerful “faggy” scene

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: This week’s Lady Gaga episode of Glee had one scene that touched me deeply and I hope it made people think. Finn (Cory Monteith) is upset that his mother has agreed to move in with Kurt (Chris Colfer) and his dad, Burt.

Finn has one of his most unpleasant scenes all season when he starts telling Kurt that the room he has redecorated for them is “faggy” and lashes out at his friend. I gotta say, Finn was put in a difficult position of having to move and deal with the adjustment of all of that and he is aware that Kurt has more than brotherly feelings for him.

But the show decided to use the situation as a teaching moment. Burt (Mike O’Malley), who has really bonded with Finn, overhears the yelling and is furious: “When you use that word, you’re talking about [Kurt]. … You live a few years, you start seeing the hate in people’s hearts — even the best people.”

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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  • May 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    I agree that Kurt’s scheming is unacceptable. However, that is no excuse for Finn to use derogatory slurs as a means to lash out. If he was uncomfortable with Kurts behavior he should have said so.
    I’m so glad the writers of Glee are addressing the issues of homophobia and heterosexism. Also, it is refreshing that they bring up issues of misogny. I feel that a lot of the animosity towards those who are homosexual is rooted in the lack of respect for feminity,even though the notion that gay men are feminine is a stereotype. Does anyone notice after the girls perform a number, a majority of the boys pout and barely clap ?
    By the way, I LOVE Burt!

  • May 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think that this scene was awful and that Kurt AND his father need a slapping. Kurt is the most disgusting form of homosexual, lavishing over his straight friend – and Finn finally reacts, HE is the one getting blame? I am gay and have straight friends – I’d never put them in that position. The writers have destroyed two characters for me.

  • May 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think that this situation was meant for failure. When you have a straight guy who knows that a gay guy has feelings for him and force them to cohabitate in a house that he already has problems with it was meant to fail. Although it was a rather touching moment between father and son, I don’t think that Finn overreacted. He has held his tongue alot with the relationship with the parents and even in moving in, he didn’t freak out too much. This was the final straw. it was an uncomfortable situation and I believe kurt should have seen that and not try to go so over-the-top with the room details.
    I think too much focus is being put on finn’s use of the word ‘faggy’ and not enough on kurt disregard for anyone’s agenda but his own. That is my personal opinion.

  • May 28, 2010 | Permalink |

    “If he was uncomfortable with Kurts behavior he should have said so.”

    He did, at the start of the episode. Burt and Carole completely ignored him.

    I was 100% on Finn’s side (though, of course, saying ‘faggy’ is not right); Kurt has been relentlessly stalking him and has invaded his personal space so thoroughly that he no longer has any. That Kurt seemingly gets away with this completely is appalling.

  • May 30, 2010 | Permalink |

    I have to say I have to go with Kurt on this one. Kurt is over the top kind of person. Yes, he keeps doing things to drive Finn crazy like changing up the room but I honestly think that when Kurt re-did the room he was trying to work a little of Finn into it. I feel Kurt really doesn’t realize that it is still way too much for Finn. Yes, Kurt has been flirting a lot with Finn but that doesn’t give Finn the right to blow up at Kurt and use such language. There are so many, better ways that Finn could have handled it. I believe that Finn is actually better than that but just momentarily lost it. Kurt tried to take it and not respond to something that obviously hurt him deeply until his father came in. I can see how people are team Kurt and I can see how people would be team Finn on this topic… but I don’t see how you can really fault Burt. If I walked in and heard Finn use those words referring to my son I would blow up too!!! And even though Burt blew up he actually had great control. He stood up for his son even though Kurt tried to blow it off. I loved that Burt stood up for son, handled the situation calmly, and said that as much as he loves Finn’s mom that Kurt will always come first and language like that is unacceptable! I am definitely Team Kurt/Burt! Though I will say I see the Finn point of view to and if he hadn’t gone to using such offensive language I would have said that have a yelling match was not all that awful though it still could have been handled better on both sides.

  • June 1, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think we should reserve judgment of the scene until the end of the season. The show still has some time to give us a proper resolution. Now, if the show doesn’t address the fallout of this scene in the next two episodes, then we can start complaining.

  • June 8, 2010 | Permalink |

    Of course the character Finn had every right to be uncomfortable and not want to share a room with Kurt or deal with Kurt’s unwanted crush 24/seven. To not want to be forced to share space with someone who we all agree is going to far in his crush behavior. [As if strait teenage boys and girls never do that !] And I was glad that Finn called Kurt out on his crush behavior.

    BUT- if this had not been a gay situation. If it was a girl who had a crush on him that he didn’t want to deal with because…say it was because she was black. And while he can be friends with a black, he’s not attracted to them. OK so far but …because she is black he doesn’t want her to crush on him. It makes him uncomfortable for her to have that crush. That would be acceptable feelings for Finn- right? No prejudice there- right?

    Say it was Mercedes that he was forced to share a room with and deal with a crush from. Finn shoves her away – gets physically hostile because she dared touch his face with a wipe to try to help him get the make-up off. Would his anger and fears be OK then? Hmm do you start to see? Then when Mercedes asks for his help – asks Finn to help stop serious physical threats and mental torture from the jocks, Finn’s response is that he won’t because it’s already hard enough that people think that they are dating. That because they live in a small mostly white town, she’s too in your face with her black pride and dressing and acting too black,. That Mercedes is making a spectacle of herself – a target and that she should try to blend in instead of being so obviously black. Stop throwing her Blackness in every-bodies face. So- do you get the prejudice now folks?

    So next – Finn’s upset because the black girl turned their room into a mix of traditionally white and black tastes when she redecorated. [Admittedly Mercedes/ Kurt could have asked Finn what he wanted their room to look like- I’m NOT defending the crush driven gay boy’s actions. They were over the top- but no more then whats been deemed as acceptable crush by the strait characters. Emma asking ill to teach her to dance for her wedding to another man, Will getting April into the glee club, Jacob and Rachel’s underwear, Rachel stalking Will in his house in front of his wife, Puck as he…. oh that’s just sexual shark behavior, never mind. But It shouldn’t be any more/less acceptable for a crush for a gay then a strait. Kurt will /did learn.]

    And back to Mercedes having redecorated their room. Finn gets angry- so he starts yelling loudly that “We need to get rid of the niggery lamp, and then this niggery couch.”

    That is hate and prejudice, folks! Burt Hummel is an example what every good father would do. What’s sad is that Burt is not an example of what most father’s would be like!

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