P.S. A lot of people with depression and other mental illnesses have trouble making decisions or choosing from a bunch of different options. “Wanna get dinner at that pizza place on Tuesday night?” is a LOT easier to answer than “So wanna hang out sometime? What do you want to do?”
I really have to wish Ryan Murphy the best in what will likely be his future attempts to combine Lea and Darren’s DNA to create his perfect petite dark-haired loud muse. I mean, that’s what I assume he does for fun in the mysterious supervillain-esque lair he has under some undisclosed mountain.
Just wait five years and there will be a TV show coming out with a teenager that looks a little familiar and remember this warning.
“You can’t complain when other people have it worse” is a lie that people in power tell because it sets people in bad circumstances up in a competition. It means when we share our stories, we are always quietly fighting for the prize of being the worst off, and getting a tiny scrap of sympathy.
That keeps us from getting together and asking, why are our circumstances so bad and how can we make them better? It means only one person gets to complain and that person does it alone. As opposed to people working in concert to change their lives, to give each other strength and advice and encouragement.
Last week I finished binging the US Queer as Folk. I watched the British version a couple years ago, but didn’t really do much with it. But several Brian/Justin GIF sets had appeared on my dash and I got curious, so I queued it up.
[Disclaimer: I KNOW TPTB replaced the original music and for those who watched the original run, this changes the whole series. I get it, I do. After all, Dawson was my first TV obsession and watching it without the original music kills me. But I don’t know any different about QaF, so I’m not concerned.]
And I have many thinky thoughts. Thoughts that I’m not yet sure how to lay out, how to articulate clearly. Mostly, I’m thinking about Glee. While the two shows are completely different genres, I’m wondering if anyone has laid them out next to each other before. Beyond the queer content and history-in-the-making edginess, I wonder if there’s an argument to be made about how QaF influenced how LGBTQ+ media is made. The 4th & 5th seasons of QaF especially contain some very stylistically interesting scene cuts as well as out of time fantasy scenes that serve to comment on the narrative as it unfolds. It’s very “Zoot Suit,” but also in line with what one might argue has come to be a sort of stereotypical queer aesthetic.
And this seems to be a game Glee plays as well, though admittedly in a very different, decidedly campy way.
I’m also thinking about Justin as the gay ingénue and how Randy’s characterization could be read alongside Chris Colfer’s Kurt.
So thoughts? Ideas? Am I playing too fast & lose with this? Alternatively, has anyone else done this? If so, can you link me?