As we’ve come to expect from Glee, Kurt and Blaine did not kiss or have a private scene in the season opener. We have a lot of thoughts about the opener in general, and we’ll be sharing those in due course, but we believe this warrants more immediate comment. Narratively it made no sense for there not to be a kiss or a private scene between these characters in the episode. They’re a loving couple facing a lengthy separation. They’re committed to making their distance relationship work. In every story like this in the history of basically ever, the young lovers cling to one another, kiss, cry, and say their tearful goodbye. They would definitely kiss. It’s only natural.
Not on Glee.
On Glee, a gay kiss is avoided, once again, by setting their conversations, and especially their big goodbye scene, in public and in a highly homophobic environment. Forget that they have cars, bedrooms, and even empty classrooms, Kurt and Blaine talked briefly about this big decision in a crowded courtyard and shared a hug goodbye.
We’re disappointed, but after all this time we’re not very surprised. They’ve been in public, chaperoned or fighting since the last time they kissed. How long has that been anyway?
That’s over 300 days in real world time. No straight couple on Glee has gone that long without a kiss. It’s over half the length of their entire romantic relationship. It’s also a glaring double standard. We’re not asking for naked make out sessions. We’re asking for equal portrayals that make sense in the context of the stories being told.
This isn’t equality.
A gay hug does not equal a straight kiss. It didn’t in season 3, and it doesn’t now. We’re not impressed.
Stay tuned for a more complete review of all the LGBTQ portrayals, positive and negative, in our Equality Report on Tuesday.