Because teenagerdom is a mess, but some people handle it better than others.
10 Female Characters We Love, Even Though They’re Barely Geeky In Any Way
by Jamie Frevele and Alanna Bennett | 12:34 pm, August 9th, 2011
If we’re being honest, Sue Sylvester is hardly a nurturing, loving, even likable person. She has an unexplained hatred towards the Glee club and towards Mr. Schuester (especially his hair), and goes way out of her way to make life miserable for all parties involved. And she’s a cheerleading coach. We should hate her.
But we don’t. We love her. We don’t even love to hate her, we just love her. Maybe because she’s just so badass. Sue doesn’t care about anything but her own victory, but so do most of us! We’re just a lot less nasty about trying to attain our goals (at least we’d like to hope so). While some of us might identify with the Land of Misfit Toys that is New Directions, isn’t there a tiny part of us that grins ever-so-slightly when they get a slushy to the face?
The thing about innocent schadenfreude is that it doesn’t extend to actual, malicious acts of bullying. When Kurt is being bullied by Karofsky, Sue (in her temporary role as principal) has no tolerance for it at all and stands up for Kurt. (And then she insults him by offering up a degrading pet name for him, but still. She suspends the kid who physically threatens him.) And this is where the softer side of Sue comes in.
The reason we can grow to love a character who is annoying, mean, and/or totally evil is because they are revealed to be vulnerable — human. For all their bluster, there is a part of them that will still feel heartache and pain, and for Sue Sylvester, her source for humanity comes from her sister Jean. This past season, Jean passed away, and it was devastating. We saw a side of Sue that we never thought we’d see because she did such a successful job at hiding it. Because Jean had Down Syndrome, and Sue was always there to defend her against bullies without giving her special treatment. It was as if Sue made it her mission to give people a thicker skin, even if she had to inflict the blows that built it up.
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