|HI THERE INTERNET
||[Oct. 19th, 2011|09:04 pm]
I'm pretty sure my cat's been reading my diary.
I'M ABOUT TO HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT A PLOTLINE IN GLEE. Seriously. Yes. Me. I actually have FUCKING FEELINGS about things like this a lot of the time, but it just so happened that I had an open text box in front of me while I was having these particular ones and so hi, have some fucking entitled opinions! I actually really need to get online and post THOUGHTS more often, before my brain turns to design-filled mush and I actually lose all facets of personality I ever had.
Giving a kid up for adoption is a really, really major decision, I would think, having never been in that position this is obviously an ASSUMPTION, but babies tend to kick off a lot of feelings in people no matter WHAT you're doing with them. God knows, I hate kids as a rule but I would still have to seriously think about what to do if I by (some biblical miricle) ever got knocked up. Anyway! Not the point! I think what Quinn thought would be the best idea at the time (and wasn't that decision kind of pressured at the time, too? I actually can't remember the Terri plotline very well but didn't Terri approach HER about it? And then when that fell through, Quinn had to rethink her options AGAIN...right? I don't actually remember...) has been eating away at her since she made that decision - you see teenagers going through way less complex and painful situations that really go off the deep end about it. I actually got really annoyed in S2 that it was all seemingly just..brushed under the rug and barely referenced, I found it really hard to believe that nobody (particularly Quinn!) had any residual feelings about it or even seemed to think about it, especially in a tiny town community like that. I think Quinn's character has alluded to a lot of depth before and I'm pleased we're coming back to look at that more - the whole Shelby and Schue confrontation thing really bothered me on first watch, actually. These adults don't seem to realise that Quinn seems to be very hurt and broken, which while I could buy while she was still "blonde and perky" because it was acting "normal", now that she's behaving like a rebellious trainwreck they seem to think it's just some kind of phase? I would buy their concern for "protecting" the baby from her if they seemed to really believe that Quinn was seriously damaged, but they seem to think her demeanour is very superficial, and that really bothers me. Either you think she's just "going through a teenage phase" in which case, is she really going to be that much of a danger to a young child that she'd be having supervised and structured interaction with, OR you think she's actually got some real trauma going on, in which case, in your respective roles as legal guardian of her child and as an educator, why on EARTH aren't you reaching out to this girl and trying to turn her want for a positive relationship with the baby into something good and helpful for her, instead of judging the hell out of her without so much as a thought towards any support system she might or might not have?
I have a lot of feelings on this. It's a very negative portrayal of adults behaviour towards adolescent mental health issues (and social issues!), which I think gives off a very bad message to exactly the demographics that would be affected by them. Stigmatising Quinn for being "weird, bad and crazy", including something that could be really positive, ie, her need to have an active, adult involvement in her child's life, is both condescending and demoralising, and in my opinion the show is leaning towards displaying that is acceptable. AND I AINT COOL WITH IT.