Gwyneth Paltrow's Emmy for 'Glee' Is an Insult to Fans

Gwyneth PaltrowThe Emmy Award may have gone to Gwyneth Paltrow this time around for her turn as Holly Holliday on Glee, but the folks who pick the Creative Arts Emmys have created a new problem for Gleeks. Is bitchy Holly Holiday really better than boozy high school dropout with a sweet streak April Rhodes or big lady with an even bigger heart Coach Shannon Beiste? After all, April, or rather the actress who plays her, Kristin Chenoweth, and Beiste, er, actress Dot Jones, were up for the same award (along with some mega talents like Tina Fey and Cloris Leachman).

And yet the sleazy substitute teacher walked away with the prize for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. You know what that teaches us America?


The nice girls -- and outcasts -- finish last.

Not the most Glee-ful storyline, is it? It's a show that makes a point to celebrate the underdog story, which is why we Gleeks love it so much. Then along comes Gwynie, the woman American parents love to hate. The creators were smart enough to play off Paltrow's strengths; I'll give them that. They made the Goop-y Gwyn into a smug self-obsessed sex kitten with little regard for the kids.

Gwyneth was great at the role. Hence the Emmy. But her character was the one we kind of loved to hate.

Holly was the popular girl. The anti-Gleek. The high school cheerleader who comes back on her college breaks and substitutes at school, making all the teenage boys drool. I knew her when I was in high school. Or at least people like her. They weren't outcasts ... not by any stretch of the imagination.

They weren't your typical Gleek fare. Putting them in the show is necessary for, well, comic relief? Realism (that may be a stretch, but you know what I mean)? To point out exactly how awesome the good-hearted folks like Beiste and kooky Emma Pillsbury are when compared to fly by night substitutes with sex on the brain? 

Another win for the show is technically a good thing for us Gleeks. It keeps our favorite show on the air. But if there was ever a hollow victory, this is it, don't you think?


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