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FANVID: Girl in the Hallway (Glee)
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Title: Girl in the Hallway
Fandom: Glee
Song: Beautiful Disaster by Jon McLaughlin
Character: Rachel, Tina, Mercedes, Santana, Brittany, Quinn
Spoilers: 2x02, Britney/Brittany
Summary: The ways in which the Glee girls, both Gleeks and Cheerios alike, share the same insecurities and struggle to love themselves and be accepted.
Disclaimer: Clips property of 20th Century Fox. Music property of Island Def Jam Records. Quote from Desiderata by Max Ehrmann. Video created for personal entertainment only.

Download: Small version (34MB), Big version (72MB)
Streaming: Youtube, Vimeo (password: gleegirls)



Notes for this vid:

This was not the video I intended to make when I first started.

It was just supposed to be a video examining notions of beauty and the universal feelings of inadequacy among the teenage girls in Glee. Despite being faced with different kinds of pressure and expectation, both Gleeks and Cheerios alike share the same insecurities and struggle to love themselves. When you put them right up next to each other, the similarities between Rachel and Santana, Tina and Brittany, and Mercedes and Quinn when it comes to wanting to be loved, being different from the crowd, and body image are pretty evident, as each girl is judged by her peers according to how she measures up to an unrealistic ideal. In the end, they're all in the same boat, looking for acceptance and love for who they are instead of for what they are told they should be.

However, in light of the suicides by gay teens in the last few weeks, I couldn't help but see these things through the lens of bullying too. On one hand, it's easy to see the ways in which Tina, Rachel and Mercedes are victims of bullying, in some cases at the hands of their fellow Glee club members. It's easy to want to hug them, defend them and tell them to rise above it. We should want to support them. It's the right thing to do.

But it's also easy to forget that girls like our beloved Cheerios need support too. It's hard enough to stand up for someone else when you have your own set of self-esteem issues to contend with. It's even harder to break the cycle when you have so much to lose by trying. That takes a different kind of strength that not enough people possess. To say that Santana's choices are easier than Rachel's would be foolish. They are simply different.

My point is that they all need encouragement if the cycle is ever going to break. Glee club offers each one of these girls a safe haven to be themselves and the opportunity to be better people at the end of the day. Everybody makes mistakes, but when they stick together and care enough to pull each other over the finish line, everything ends up okay, and ultimately, that's what this vid is all about too.

I have more thinky thoughts on the matter, but for now I'll stop there before I turn into Mr. Schue completely, but if you take anything away from this video, it's this:

You are beautiful the way you were born. You are not alone. I promise if you just reach out for one another, it gets better.

Thanks to zerodetorres for sparking the idea in the first place and for taking a look at the first cut. Any and all feedback is welcomed.


Lyrics to "Beautiful Disaster"

She loves her momma's lemonade
Hates the sounds that goodbyes make
She prays one day she'll find someone to need her
She swears that there's no difference between the lies and compliments
It's all the same if everybody leaves her

And every magazine tells her she's not good enough
The pictures that she sees makes her cry

She would change everything, everything, just ask her
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster
She just needs someone to take her home

She's giving boys what they want
Tries to act so nonchalant
Afraid to see that she's lost her direction
She never stays the same for long
Assuming that she'll get it wrong
Perfect only in her imperfection

She's not a drama queen
She doesn't wanna feel this way
Only seventeen and tired, yeah

She would change everything for happy ever after
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster
She just needs someone to take her home

She's just the way she is
But no one's told her that's okay.

She would change everything, everything, just ask her
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster

She would change everything for happy ever after
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster
She just needs someone to take her home
She just needs someone to take her home

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My high school experience wasn't anything like what the girls on Glee experience. I was neither incredibly popular nor a complete outcast, and the schools I went to were small enough that that kind of behavior was noticed and nipped in the bud pretty quickly before the parents got involved. I was incredibly fortunate.

It's because I never experienced the bullying firsthand or even witnessed much of it that this subject fascinates me so much, because it's hard for me to understand how these things happen. So in that sense, this exercise was a really good one for me because I pretty much love all the girls equally, so trying to be fair to each character and see it from their POV without judging them was pretty easy. In doing so, it was easier to breakdown the issue from both sides and see the cycle for what it is.

It's easier to say than do, of course, but if everyone would just calm down and do just that, try to understand the people around them instead of rejecting them outright, we'd all be in a better place.

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Yep. Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and all that jazz.

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