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

  • David Kociemba Emerson College
Keywords: Crip drag, Fan community, Integrated dance


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.