A reminder that pop culture matters

Picture of kurt with words on top that say 'Each episode he helps me realize that it's okay to be me'

“Glee” is flawed in many ways. Its treatment of people with disabilities is less than ideal, it has a tendency to put white, skinny people front and center, tokenizing the talented non-white or non-skinny people, and its two main characters, Rachel and Mr. Shuester, are terribly unlikeable. And I recognize that Kurt’s storyline has flaws, too. But this submission at PostSecret reminded me that, flawed though it is, this show resonates with viewers who rarely see people like themselves represented on TV. Thanks for that, “Glee.” It completely makes up for the way you butchered Singin’ in the Rain.

New York, NY

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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