One of my guilty-pleasure shows is Glee. It’s not the best show on television (not by a long shot), but it’s an enjoyable distraction nonetheless. I like the musical numbers and the interaction between the too-adorable-for-reality cast members, particularly Chris Colfer’s deliciously snarky Kurt Hummel.
But after watching last night’s episode, I’m a little ashamed of Kurt, sad to say.
In an exchange with new Glee Club member Sam (Chord Overstreet), Kurt tries to convince a hesitant Sam to partner with him for the glee club’s upcoming duet contest, the prize for which is a dinner for two at the club’s favorite restaurant:
Kurt: Team up with me for the duet competition. Listen, unless you team up with Rachel, I am your best bet at winning.
Sam: Aren’t duets supposed to be between, like, a girl and a guy?
Kurt: Well, Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor would protest.
[Confused look from Sam]
Kurt: “Make ‘Em Laugh?”
Kurt: Singin’ in the Rain. 1952. [pause] Nothing. Okay, maybe you are straight.
Kurt: Nothing. Listen, rent it, and then look up the menu for Breadstix online, and call me, because we are gonna win this.
Now, as delighted as I am to see Singin’ in the Rain mentioned in a show that appeals to a younger audience (all of whom should take Kurt’s advice and rent it!), any Rain fan worth his salt knows that “Make ‘Em Laugh” was not a duet between the two stars–that song was all Donald O’Connor, all the time!
And if you don’t believe me, just see for yourself.
Shame, Glee. Y’all should know better!
(Other than that, good episode, though!)