Brittany might have started as a joke character, but they gave her some depth and character development towards the end of season 2. For whatever reason, they've tried to take it all back, but you can't just drop it and expect fans to not care.
But see, I guess this is where we disagree, because I don't see it as them trying to take it all back but rather, like I said, them trying to have the best of both worlds and that's been the major issue, imo, with the character.
Yes, Finn has had elements of the dumb jock and the writers used him for some cheap jokes but very early in S1 the writers made it clear in many different ways that Finn is really just mostly clueless but he is not stupid. Similarly, I don't think Puck's ever been demonstrated as being dumb but rather as a "bad-boy who thought he was too cool for school" and the last episode showed the culmination of that attitude.
However, with Brittany, the writers have always wanted to straddle the line of keeping her as the scene-stealing character she initially was, which let's face it, was basically built entirely on her being seen as practically brain dead. Then at the same time, they want to sell her as really the wiser than all the supposedly intellectually smart people because she sees the world in this idyllic way. It's supposed to be all Forrest Gump I guess.
Unfortunately, because they want to keep straddling that line, there are many for whom, Brittany is still most a walking joke. Obviously you don't see it that way and I'm sure many others agree but truthfully, I'm sure for a lot of the casual viewers (not referring to the fans who frequent message boards and stuff but instead just watch the show on Tuesday and that's it), Brittany is just that girl who talks about leprechauns and apparently still thinks Santa Claus exists and so if she doesn't graduate, the reaction will probably be, "well duh".
And like I said, personally for me, the writers straddling that line with the character is one of the reasons I've grown to dislike her because I feel like Brittany gets away with a lot of crappy shit because she's treated as some special snowflake. Don't tell Brittany she's acting stupid Finn because then you're a big massive bully (and I can't stand Finn btw) but let's all accept that she believes Rory is a leprechaun and it's all so adorable.
Personally I would be thrilled if the writers just went with a complete turn around and said Brittany's been manipulating people all this time with her dumb act. I'd accept that rather than this uneven characters they've been trying to sell.
She can't be held accountable for anything bad and thoughtless she does because it's Brittany and she either was unaware what she was doing or was being manipulated by Santana. However, don't say she's acting stupid or acting dumb because then that's hateful speech and then you're being a bully and awful and it's Glee's very special lesson of the week. Also, meanwhile she can casually
Edited by lleykian54, May 6, 2012 @ 10:56 PM.