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'Glee' Recap: Sue Sylvester's Sexual Abuse Joke Was Awful

Wed, November 16, 2011 9:01am EDT by 6 Comments
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In light of the recent scandal at Penn State, should the ‘Glee’ writers have done something about that quip?

Yes, there was singing — and a lot of insult-flinging — on Glee, but the real issue is Sue’s (Jane Lynch) smear campaign against Burt Hummel (Mike O’Malley).

Right before the candidates for McKinley senior class president gave their speeches, Sue threw off a one-liner that in retrospect must seem a tad insensitive.

“I accused Burt Hummel of using his tire shop to sexually abuse automobiles,” Sue deadpanned, explaining one of her commercials in her run for Congress.

Glee should have reconsidered Sue’s banter considering what’s been going on at Penn State. Former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been accused of sexually abusing at least eight young boys. One alleged incident occurred in the locker room at State College. Besides the damage done to the victims, the scandal has tarnished the University and revered football legend Joe Paterno. Sure, it must have been harmless when the joke was born in the writers’ room, but now it’s not.

Maybe I’m overreacting — and I certainly understand that the script was written before the Penn State scandal came to attention — but I feel like we could have done without this particular bit of dialogue.

— Denise Warner

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