|Anonymous said: I've been thinking that maybe the Dean treats Britta the way he does because he's trying to copy Jeff's behaviour, what do you think? I love the Dean but I just... rolled my eyes at him aggressively throughout the latest Community episode because come ON, what has Britta ever done to him to deserve all that resentment?|
I can absolutely see that.
I think it might also be jealousy, because he knows that Jeff had a thing for her for a while, and she and Jeff were friends with benefist for a while, and now even though she and Jeff aren’t a couple by any means, they do have a very close friendship. Even though Jeff can be a douche to her, they’re still pretty close.
It’s possible it’s also a combination of the two. Or something else entirely!
|Anonymous said: I'm so tired of the "Dean keeps pursuing Jeff even if he gets rejected every time" storyline, how about you? It just feels pointless and unfunny, and surely the Dean's social skills aren't that awful? (I mean, I guess they are? But that's really sad and awkward to watch because I've been thinking of the Dean as my favourite.)|
uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh why did you ask this
because this is literally one of my most hated (not least favorite, most hated) parts of the show
I liked last night’s episode on the whole but every single time this comes up it leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I hate it that the joke is “IT’S A MAN WHO LIKES MEN AND IT’S CREEPY! JEFF DOESN”T LIKE IT” It’s not funny, it’s insulting and gross.
I especially hate it because the Dean IS my favorite and I feel like he deserves to be written better. I don’t mind that it’s an unrequited love; that’s a pretty common theme in media and in real life as well! And I especially don’t mind that it’s an unrequited love that will never be returned, because I not-so-secretly love having that in stories; I feel like it’s less addressed and is more common and realistic than one person longing after another for years and then the other finally “comes around”.
I don’t even mind if the point is the Dean has “poor social skills” or whatever. I think a major point of his character is that he wants someplace to belong and be accepted and loved, which is, fun fact, the point of the entire show as well. (It’s pretty obvious that the name Community comes not from the fact that they’re at a community college, but that they come together to form a community, which the NBC MARKETERS WOULD DO A GOOD JOB TO REMEMBER but that’s a point for another time.) The fact that he is so desperate to find a place to belong that it makes him do some more outlandish things doesn’t bother me too much either; it definitely shows in how he runs the school (holding a thousand dances and events, wanting to make the school worth something especially compared to City College,) and how he acts in general.
But the issue really lies in that roughly half the time, he is just portrayed as a joke; that instead of addressing his insecurities and why he acts the way he does, they just decide to make him super skeevy and uncomfortable as a JOKE. as a joke. And it’s not funny. Nothing about it is funny. It’s actually extremely problematic that the one non-heterosexual recurring character on the entire show is portrayed like this.
There’s glimpses of who he is and who he should be in relation to the show as a whole; his speech about how he wants to make Greendale wonderful in the commerical episode is the one that comes to mind first, as well as the little montage of him doing particularly nice things for the study group in the second clipshow episode are examples. But then, when people think about the Dean, they just remember “oh he likes wearing dresses HA HA” or “oh he hits on jeff all the time and thinks jeff is so hot that he falls on the floor hA HA HA” or “oh he said ‘let me get this as straight as I can get things’ get it cause he isn’t straight ha hA HA HA HA HA HA SO FUNNY!!!” and THESE ARE NOT FUNNY IN THEIR OWN RIGHT.
this is not what you should be taking from him as a character
And this is not really the fault of the viewer at all. it’s the fault of the writers and the people who are making the show that this is what they choose to point out. it’s not fucking funny and it makes me really upset. Every time I see that .gif of the Dean collapsing to the floor at Jeff in sunglasses, I just see red. Or when people forget that he likes outrageous and over the top costumes in general and not just ones that are traditionally ‘female’ costumes.
The problem is that the show turns him into a joke instead of making him a character.
The storyline of him being extra, extra creepy this season is the actual worst and it needs to stop.
So yes, to the person who originally sent me this ask before I wrote you a novel in response: I do agree with you. I agree 100%.