'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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Posted at 5:07 AM on November 18, 2011  

Because automobiles have feelings too. :(

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Brent

Posted at 2:38 AM on November 17, 2011  

So because one person does something sick the topic can no longer be talked or joked about? You’re overreacting, kind of like Kurt in the dodge ball scene.

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Anna

Posted at 4:02 PM on November 16, 2011  

i was actually expecting a recap of the episode…now i’m going to check another site…and yes you’re overreacting

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Sue

Posted at 9:18 PM on November 16, 2011  

You’re overreacting…..

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Lisa

Posted at 11:25 AM on November 16, 2011  

You’re totally right, they overreact to absolutely everything! it´s a TV show and it’s not real so stop being offended about it!!

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Michelle

Posted at 9:59 AM on November 16, 2011  

Yes, you’re over reacting.

It was a joke. A pretty funny one, too.

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