Saturday, September 12, 2009

Does Anyone Else Find This Offensive?

I was listening to an interview yesterday on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross. She was speaking with the creator of a new show on TV called "Glee". I guess it's about a teacher who is trying to help out a rag tag group of students who want to start a show choir. It's a comedy. They played a short soundbite from the show, and it hit me hard. I found the transcript of the interview and particularly the soundbite transcript. It's a discussion between the teacher trying to form the show choir and apparently his arch nemesis.
(Soundbite of television program, "Glee")

Ms. JANE LYNCH (Actor): (As Sue Sylvester) So I had a little chat with Principal Figgins, and he said that if your group doesn't place at regional, he's cutting the program. Ouch.

Mr. MATTHEW MORRISON (Actor): (As Will Schuester): You know, you don't have to worry about glee club. We're going to be fine.

Ms. LYNCH: (As Sylvester) Really? Because I was at the local library, where I read Cheerleading Today aloud to blind geriatrics, and I came across this little page-turner: "Show Choir Rule Book." And it turns out you need 12 kids to qualify for regionals. Last time I looked, you only had five and a half. Here - cripple in a wheelchair. I also took the liberty of highlighting some special ed. classes for you. Maybe you could find some recruits because I'm not sure there's anybody else who's going to want to swim over to your island of misfit toys.

Mr. MORRISON: (As Schuester) Are you threatening me, Sue?

Ms. LYNCH: (As Sylvester) Threatening you? Oh no, no, no, presenting you with an opportunity to comprise yourself? You betcha.

Oddly, I just had the part about the special ed classes on my brain but wow, that's overly offensive on so many levels now that I read it instead of hear it.

Hey, I have a great sense of humor, and I laugh at a lot of offensive stuff. Clearly they are trying to portray this character as an insensitive bitch, but they are also trying to be funny. I don't think this is funny. I don't think the fact that I personally have to have our son in a grouping of "Special Ed." funny in the first place, or that he has to be segregated by it or that the buses for the "Special Ed." are always short and are the brunt of many jokes. Don't people in "Special Ed. classes" have enough to contend without being put down on television where millions more can laugh and get humor out of their situation?

Am I overreacting to this? I hope to hear from a lot of you on this one. In all fairness, here is the whole transcript to be fair, but reading the rest doesn't really change my feelings.... And if you feel the same way I do, what can we do about this?


Paulette said...


I'm with you completely on this! No matter the artificial labels that we place on each other, every single one of us is a unique human being made by God in His image to be born at the exact moment in time we were! There are no poorly made people! The single most highly offensive thing to me was that a group of people was referred to using a half #....half a person?! Outrageous!! We value life so little in this world that it's not surprising....but thoroughly wrong! This is the reason I vote pro-life as much as I can. If a politician does not value my life enough before I'm born to allow me to be born....what in the world is that person going to do for me after I'm born!?!?

Great call on this one & I think at a minimum we should contact the people responsible for this show & tell them we're highly offended! As we know, might not do a bit of good, but...the reason our country is such a mess now is that we don't open our mouths! I'm done being quiet!

Thanks for getting us moving on this one!


claire p said...

We're lucky over here in the UK that our censors seem to jump on this stuff, I'd hate it if it were on here. Write letters and get stroppy!!

~Mama Skates~ said...

totally offended!!! i agree, my son has way 2 much 2 deal with as it we really need media spreading such hatred?! teaching NT kiddos that it's ok 2 make fun of the special ed group? i haven't watched Glee yet, but i definitely don't plan on checking it out now!

Katie Guthrie said...

I came across this thread late last night as I was looking to see if anyone was complaining about the show Glee. I do remember that scene and was stung as well. I have an 11 year old with autism and I had just spent the entire evening trying to help him with his homework. So heartbreaking to see him look so confused. After he went to bed, I settled in to watch Glee again. I do like the music in the show and it usually calms my nerves. However, in last night's episode one of the characters said that vaccines made her kids stupid. I felt like I was punched in the stomach! I literally felt ill. I immediately sent Fox a letter about how offensive that was to our community. This morning I was hoping to read that more people complained but I haven't seen anything or heard back from Fox.

Miz Kizzle said...

Yes, that is offensive. I think the writers are trying to be "edgy," the the gay kid and the pregnant teenager and the guidance counselor who is germ-phobic and the kid in the wheelchair who has a crush on the girl who pretends to stutter.,.
I just realized I know far too much about Glee for my own good.
The character of Sue is interesting in that, insensitive as she seems, she has a very loving relationship with her sister who has Down Syndrome.
But, yes, the comments about special ed are insulting.