eclectick asked you:
Hi! I hope you’ll allow a somewhat cavalier question. Any thoughts on Naya Rivera’s comment that ‘(Quinn)’s now been a lesbian for a minute.’? (from Vulture interview). Asking because I was just re-reading your asks and essays about Quinn and wondered if you thought that was at all an accurate description of what happened, what the writers aimed for, or what Quinn is.
Well, describing it that way is perhaps a touch superficial - there’s a lot of nitpicking we can do about labels and fluid sexuality and the like. If we’re taking Quinn’s sexual experience 100% seriously, there’s definitely specificity and history and nuance we could run a comb through. It’s hard to even want to do that though, considering Glee’s shoulder-shrugging when it comes to close character examination these days.
Wow, I am really, really mad at this! So I was checking the news online as I do every day, and I found out that apparently, the Glee episode ‘I Do’ recently aired on Australian TV, but all references to implied gay sex were cut out. So that scene with Quinntana? Cut. That scene with Klaine after they had done it? Cut. The scene with Finn and Rachel about to hook up, the part where Rachel takes off her dress and gets into bed? They left that in.
Apparently after a series of complaints, Channel Ten responded by claiming that it wasn’t about the gay nature of those scenes, but because it’s a ‘PG timeslot’ and they’re concerned about the sexual nature of those scenes. Okay. Let’s go over this one point at a time.
1) This seriously happened in Australia? I can understand why they’d want to censor it in a dodgy part of the Bible Belt in the US, but Australia? What the hell, people?
2) There were no actual sex scenes on Glee. There were scenes leading up to it, and scenes showing the characters in bed after it, and there was nothing, absolutely nothing explicit about these scenes. We saw Quinn and Santana in bed talking about it, but there was no nudity, and their language was in no way gratuitous or explicit. We saw Kurt and Blaine getting dressed after it, and once again, we didn’t see anything else! There was nothing to cut out.
Oh, how explicit!
3) Channel Ten, do you expect me to buy for one second that this isn’t about the gay content, considering that you’ve censored other gay references on Glee before?
4) This whole thing is nothing short of a huge double standard: it’s okay to make references to straight sex, but gay sex is too threatening. Well tough luck, Channel Ten. Sex isn’t something that’s defined by narrow, hetero-normative boundaries. Gay people have sex too. Accept it and move the fuck on.
5) Ultimately, this is all part of a huge societal problem, the problem of homophobia. I’m pretty sure that one day we’re going to look back on this censorship and wonder how people like the decision makers at Channel Ten could ever have thought the way they did.