During Glee‘s March 21 episode, the New Directions managed to have a really nuanced discussion about Chris Brown, violence against women, and whether or not it’s okay to separate the artist from the art. Can you still like Chris Brown’s music, even if you hate what he did to Rihanna — or any of the other, myriad things he’s done since to piss off the public? It was possibly one of the most intelligent exchanges that has taken place on all four seasons of Glee.
The only problem with the discussion was that, within the same episode, Finn was propped up as some sort of hero for flying to NYC expressly to beat the crap out of Rachel’s gigolo boyfriend, Brody. Double standard much, Glee?
Before you get on our cases about drawing this comparison: no, we do not think Finn beating up Brody is the same as Chris Brown punching Rihanna in the face and threatening to kill her. Finn and Brody are clearly more evenly matched in terms of body mass and strength.
But violence is violence. So if you want to send the message that beating the crap out of someone is beyond the pale, you might not want to have Rachel fawning over what a chivalrous white knight Finn is a few scenes later. (Seriously, Rachel practically popped a lady boner when she found out her ex hopped on a plane just to feed Brody a knuckle sandwich.)
One could make the (thinner than onion skin) argument that Brody started the physical fight between the two of them because he put his hands on Finn first. But we don’t think someone grabbing your shirt is really justifiable grounds for using their body as a human wrecking ball in retaliation. And, while you might have stronger feelings about prostitution than we do, we don’t really think lying about being a sex worker is grounds for beating somebody up, either.
And it’s not the first time Finn has displayed an inability to express his anger — or frustration or whatever strong feeling he’s having — in a nonviolent manner, either. It’s just the latest. Kicking furniture when you’re mad is not constructive. Kissing someone against their will when they’re upset is not helpful. And beating people up because they mess with your girl isn’t manly — it’s childish. And potentially a felony.