Glee is one of the most popular shows on TV. Its feverish cult-like fan base is undeniably huge. But let's face it, the audience is predominately female. That's no surprise, as the musical comedy genre has never been very popular with straight males. Most men just don't get it. The expression of emotions through song and dance is just something that men have a hard time identifying with.
Expressing emotions in general perhaps is something that men in North American society have long had trouble with. Being emotionally expressive is unfortunately perceived as a female characteristic. And to all the alpha males out there, showing emotions is showing a side of weakness.
The most common way the alpha male expresses emotion is through violence. Whether it be rugged sports, violent movies and video games, or just plain old bar room brawling, the alpha male seems to need that physical release to express himself.
Bullying. Why do people bully? They were once bullied. They pick on weaker people to make them feel better because they have low self esteem themselves. They really like that person. They have no friends. They don't know how to express themselves.
All possibilities. All could be true. In Karofsky's case, he's bullying Kurt because he sees something in Kurt that he sees in himself and it confuses him. It confuses him and scares him to death. Karaofsky is confused about himself and his own sexuality. In Kurt he sees someone who knows who he is and is proud of it. But instead of asking Kurt for advice, Karofsky takes out his confused anger on him. There is something inside Karofsky that's brewing and he clearly doesn't like it. And the only way he can express it is through violence and aggression. Unfortunately, Kurt is the victim of that aggression.
The bullying finally goes too far as Karofsky threatens to take Kurt's life if he spreads the word that he kissed him. Karofsky first gets expelled by Sue, but the School Board intervenes and rejects the expulsion. Kurt then feels the need to transfer to Dalton Academy to rid himself of the torture he endured. Sue steps down as principal in protest and we learn that Figgins will return to his duties.
The Kurt/ Karofsky storyline has taken some dramatic turns but doesn't seem to be over yet.
The other major storyline of this episode was the wedding of Kurt's father to Finn's mother. And if the producers of Glee were having trouble broadening their audience, they didn't win any more straight male fan with this episode. What could be more "gay" than a Glee wedding? But that was the case as the New Directions gang gave it their all with some elaborate wedding numbers.
And if one wedding was not enough, how about two? As Sue Sylvestre married herself (nobody is man enough for Sue). Jane Lynch, an openly gay actress herself, is perhaps taking a jab at California's Proposition 8 that denies same sex marriages in the state.
So much and I didn't even mention guest star Carol Brunette as Sue's mother!
Until next week.
That's how Mike C's it.