29 November 2012
Analysis of Kurt from Glee
Glee is one of FOX’s newest hit TV sitcoms, earning six Emmy’s, four Golden Globes, and countless other awards. It is a musical comedy- drama that focuses on Mckinley High School’s glee club and the daily lives of its members. It is a show that has broken many barriers in regards to tackling many relevant topics that relate to teenagers and today’s culture. One large topic that the show deals with is sexuality, but even more specifically the topic of being gay and coming out. Even though there is more than one character on the show that is openly gay, the character that this is mainly shown through is Kurt Hummel. Kurt Hummel is a male high school student in the show that at first struggles with his sexuality and does not know how to break the news to his widowed father. After he tells him, Kurt becomes more and more comfortable with being openly gay and begins to embrace it. Kurt fits the typical stereotype of being gay in today’s society, meanwhile another character, David Karofsky, who is also gay, is quite the opposite. Karofsky battles with accepting his sexuality and does not know how to deal with it. He could not be more opposite from Kurt. Though the two characters share many differences, they also share some similarities.
Kurt Hummel is one of the main characters on Glee. He is the first openly gay student at McKinley High School, the high school the characters attend on the show. It is clear from the very first episode that Kurt is gay. He did not even have to say it for the audience to realize that he was gay. This is because the writers for the show make it very obvious by creating this “stereotypical” gay character. Kurt loves Broadway, fashion, singing, and dancing. It is hard to find an episode where Kurt does not talk about his clothes or a fashion designer. This is all apart of this image that the media has created for gay men today. The stereotype is that all gay men are feminine, frilly, love fashion, and all things girly. Even though this is not true for all gay men in today’s society, Kurt does play into this stereotype completely. For example in the opening credits of the first episode of the first season called “Pilot”, right before Kurt is about to get thrown into the dumpster by the football players he says “Wait! This is Marc Jacobs new collection!”. (“Pilot”) Those words are the first words the viewer hears his character say, so right then and there the viewer is able to judge Kurt’s character and stereotype him as gay. Even though it is clear to the viewer that he is gay and to other characters in the show, Kurt has not come out yet and is not open with it. At this point he is still insecure, bullied, and scared of how people will react.
In the episode “Preggers”, Kurt is caught dancing in a unitard to the song “Single Ladies” by his father. Kurt quickly comes up with the excuse that it is a football exercise and that he is now apart of the team. So now to follow through with his excuse, Kurt tries out for the team and low and behold he is a very good kicker. (“Preggers”) During this whole process, the viewer sees Kurt almost acting like how a girly girl would approach football. He dresses unlike how any other guy would dress to play sports, he does not want to get dirty at all, and winces at the slightest toss of a football. This further feeds into the common stereotype of gay men created by the media. But after Kurt scores the winning kick of the game, he goes home to do his daily skin care ritual where he builds up the courage to tell his father that he is gay. His father says that he knew since Kurt was three and he loves him just the same. (“Preggers” ) From then on, it was out in the open and now Kurt had to face a new challenge, bullies. This included football player, David Karofsky, Kurt’s number one enemy. Thankfully Kurt had the support of his family and his fellow glee club members. And while Kurt is lucky to...
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