RECAP: How Gay Was ‘Glee?’

Sad Adele song

We know when you ask, “what’s so gay about Glee?” the obvious answer is, “everything.”  But we’re here to break down the queerest bits of Glee into bit-sized morsels for your enjoyment.  Think of us as your gay cheat sheet to Glee fandom.

This week, despite a pretty serious outing story-arc centered around Santana and Finn, there’s still some good-natured gay fun buried in the episode as well.

1. Blaine’s Bootyshorts.  Sure, newcomer Rory was also wearing girl’s athletic shorts in the Hit Me with Your Best Shot”/ “One Way or Another”  mash-up this week, but maybe it’s just something about how Blaine wears them, or perhaps all the flashes of inner thigh we were treated to as he leaped around the gym that tipped the scales.

2. Everything Kurt Hummel Put On His Head.  There were six distinct head-wear choices this episode — sweatband, pageboy cap, hunting cap, equestrian helmet, unicorn horn and some sort of turban.  The turban was paired with an outfit Chris Colfer tweeted as being, “Princess Lea pre-Ewok introduction in Return of the Jedi,” so it’s obviously the gayest of the gay hat options. We’re not sure if there’s any way to top this week’s headwear selection short of putting a dildo on his head.

3. The Porn-Staches.  When the glee club went back to 1980 for their Hall & Oates mash-up they went full stache, with Puck, Mike, Artie and Blaine all sporting faux facial hair for the number. We’re pretty sure there hasn’t been that many moustaches and that much hip wiggling in one place since an 80s porn set.

4. Britt’s Little Song For Santana. The only thing that can get through to an extra-mean Santana this episode is Britt’s sing-song “stop the violence” at the Troubletones piano. The influence doesn’t last outside the room, but her smile at Britt reminds us why we’re rooting for Santana despite everything.

5. Adele. The songstress is here in spirit with the Troubletone’s stellar mash-up of “Rumor Has It” and “Someone Like You.”  And the songs naturally illuminated the gay drama surrounding Santana’s outing.  It’s true what SNL says, when you hear Adele songs the only response is tears.

Bonus. Kurt’s Red Bandanna.  Okay, this is cheating because it’s from last episode, but we have to call out the fact that twice this season Kurt Hummel has worn a red bandanna on his left side (on stage last week and in the auditorium in Episode 3).  Is Kurt trying to tell us, and Blaine, something with hanky code? (Ahem.) We can only hope.  We’ll be on the lookout for more appearances.