"This isn't something I can fake": Reactions to Glee's representations of disability

David Kociemba

Abstract


Angered by how Glee's creators depict the character of Artie giving up on his dreams of being a dancer, I demonstrate the show's ignorance of integrated dance and wheelchair ballroom dance. A review of other responses reveals widespread criticism by disability studies scholars. However, the fan communities generally are unaware of what is missing, engrossed in shipping and music appreciation debates.

Keywords


Crip drag; Fan community; Integrated dance

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3983/twc.2010.0225

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