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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Glee’s non-sidekick effeminate boy represents for the show’s true icon

"For many viewers, the villainous cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) has been the show’s breakout star. But Sue doesn’t interest me as much as Chris Colfer, who plays an effeminate boy named Kurt. With his arched eyebrow and disciplined moisturizer regime, Kurt has brothers across network and cable television, including Justin from the recently canceled (and deeply mourned) Ugly Betty and Marshall from United States of Tara," writes Emily Nussbaum. "It’s no coincidence that both shows are, like Glee, highly stylized, with little interest in boring old realism. They are jewel boxes of attitude, perfect nesting grounds for their characters’ teen-queen sensibility, the mix of self-pity, self-mockery, and elbows-out self-assertion that is the purview of a certain kind of coming-out story. Kurt isn’t a sweet victim or a sassy sidekick: He’s a moral mixture, seizing center stage." Glee’s non-sidekick effeminate boy represents for the show’s true icon... Barbra Streisand. READ MORE

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