Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet?
Seriously. What would this fandom be without you? And Emily and her potatoes.
#OTP: Sex x Potatoes #appreciationday
Under a cut, because I don’t want to risk offending my Tumblr fremps. :) Beware, frenzied Monchele shipping feelings lie underneath that line break…
I’m empathetic to a vomit-inducing degree most of the time, and strive to revise my own opinions and perspectives through compromise and effective dialogue with dissenting interlocutors, but right now I’m sleep-deprived and crabby and I don’t feel very empathetic at all, and I certainly don’t want to exchange ideas with you. In fact, I really just feel like bitch-slapping
all some of you. By you I mean anti-Finchel stans whose best ammunition consists of accusing Finchels of being die-hard Twilight enthusiasts or submitting cowardly, not to mention incredibly asinine, anonymous comments in the form of ‘secrets’ to that awful blog.
I just wrote a loooooong
angry diatribe post cataloging all the reasons why shipping Finchel requires patience, foresight, and maturity of thought, but it got lost, and fuck it, I’m too tired to rewrite all that, LOL. Besides, bitchin’ is far more therapeutic at this moment in time.
Dialogue and purposeful debate is exciting, and constructive—indeed, creative. But it’s only a marketplace of ideas if you actually have something of value to offer. /foreverwaiting /not /oops /loggingoffbeforeicutabitch /harumph
Maybe I’m boring, or just not as dirty-minded as the rest of you, but when I envision the kind of activities that could possibly take place between Lea and Cory, for some reason I settle on a giggly and spontaneous game of flashlight hide and seek.
Since they’re in his home this time around, I want Cory to take Lea’s Toronto almost-virginity in the same way she took his NYC virginity. I want them to get out of their beds at like, three in the morning and walk downstairs in the hotel and wander around the Canadian equivalent of Times Square (whatever that may be)
holding hands. (See what I did thur?) Oh wait, I’m a little late, aren’t I?
I really want Chris Colfer and Dianna Agron to do a campaign together. I think that of the cast, they are the most introspective and traditionally intelligent boy and gal respectively, and they’d collaborate very well.
But what I really want to say is that I want Cory Monteith and Lea Michele to do a naked PETA shoot together. Even though I’m not that fond of PETA at all, but that’s irrelevant.
So since one of you went anonymous and asked me about my opinion on the matter, I don’t have a choice but answer, do I?
I’m going to start off by saying that yesterday, I did reblog Dianna’s beautifully written post, so I obviously echo her sentiments as a fellow heterosexual LGBT ally. However, I’m also aware of, and sympathize with, the subtle hints of controversy surrounding her choice of action.
I was Skyping with some close friends yesterday when one of them, a member of the LGBT community, flat out told me she was actually disappointed by Dianna’s actions. She felt that it was ‘inappropriate,’ her explanation being that 1) at a Glee concert, she should have been aware that her target audience was like-minded to begin with and perhaps her display of support could be (mis-)interpreted to be mildly condescending, 2) they paid for light-hearted entertainment, not education, 3) it seemed to trivialize the cause intended because it attracted too much attention to a simple T-shirt change, and also just seemed to focus on, unintentionally glorifying, one-individual, and 4) she took advantage of the Achele rumors and along the process, killed two birds with one stone (I actually think that this was pretty genius on Dianna’s part, maybe a little cruel, but that’s me!).
l think it’s perfectly understandable that some would feel this way, because when you begin to see it in context, it does seem somewhat self-conscious. It’s important to empathize with how people who have the most credibility to talk about this subject truly see this. In defense of Dianna though, people are always going to suspect celebrities of doing things with ulterior motives (e.g. for PR and image purposes), and while this is inevitable, I also feel bad for the fact they can’t escape it. I mean, I don’t think it’s entirely necessary for us to be so concerned with figuring out their ‘true’ intentions (which consists of conscious and subconscious considerations and are far too complicated to begin with) when it’s not exactly an unfair exchange: we get to draw attention to social causes through their influence and they get a little bit of PR. It’s not ideal, but it works, so I wouldn’t be too demanding of them, to be honest (see: the last stanza of Robert Hayden’s poem “Astronauts”).
That said, I think it’s more relevant to talk about whether or not certain actions taken are effective, so my LGBT friend definitely brings up valid points. I wonder if I would have been more effective if Dianna left out the T-shirt change and just went with posting her thoughts on Tumblr. And honestly, the amount of attention this simple gesture is getting from fandom is quite off-putting; it diminishes the original intent behind it.
I just think that as Gleeks, we should be discerning in how we praise our favorite cast members. Lea Michele is by far my favorite, but I don’t go around singing her effusive praises for PETA even if I know she genuinely cares about the cause, just because I find the said organization’s morals a little questionable. So while I appreciate Dianna’s thoughtfully written words, I cannot applaud her for changing her T-shirt.
Dianna is not a goddess. Please, fandom, she isn’t. I feel like you are doing her a disservice by placing her on this pedestal. She’s just a human being doing the best she knows how, and sometimes she gets it right and sometimes she doesn’t. I wish people would understand that.
Personally, I find that the most honest, selfless, moving, and effective instance of LGBT support shown by the Glee cast was demonstrated by Chris Colfer when he dedicated his Golden Globes acceptance speech to a cause that is so close to his heart, one he understands and empathizes with fully and completely and lives out every day in small, mighty ways. If you ask me, that is true inspiration.