Let me begin this post with a disclaimer: I, Kate Spencer, find Glee to be insufferable and therefore haven’t tuned in since last season, except when I’m forced to pay attention to the show for work-related reasons. I know this opinion is unpopular, and in fact I work alongside many people who are diehard Gleeks (hi guys). But it’s just not my thing. (Young adult fiction? Now that I can dork out about!) My point in telling you this is to emphasis that I.AM.BIASED. I am coming into this already annoyed by all things Glee.
So it should come as no suprise that I morphed into Kristin Wiig‘s Aunt Linda character when I read that creator Ryan Murphy called Gwyneth Paltrow Glee’s “muse.” Whaaaaat? Oh brother. Not only is the Goopster returning to the show for more flat singing and awkward clomp-dancing, but Murphy says, “Gwyneth is sort of the muse of the show. I’m friendly with her. And Brad [Falchuk] has become quite friendly with her. She’s also somebody who I write on the weekends and say, ‘What do you think about this for an episode even if you’re not in it?’ She has opinions. She’s great.”
I don’t doubt that Gwyneth is the kind of girl you’d want to shoot the s— with over a tequila shot or five. After all, she sent us an email filled with cocktail recipes today. Girlfriend is cool, enviably so. But just because she can act and cook and get away with giving her kids ridiculous names does not mean she can sing. So why are we enabling her, America? (Ahem – I’m looking at you, Ryan).
Watch Gwyneth’s most recent “performance” on Glee and tell us – is this muse-worthy? (The answer’s obviously no, because like I said before: I’m biased. Harumph.)