So, some people are complaining about how Sam got to be the leader and Glee is making a white, straight hero and Blaine deserved that.
Really? Sam’s had a tougher life than Blaine, just because he’s white and straight doesn’t mean hasn’t suffered. Sure, Blaine had to struggle with his sexuality but he’s a rich boy who always gets everything. He’s the president, valedictorian, has a fiancé
(even though he cheated on him yolo) and always gets all the solos. Sam had to start working when he was young to help his homeless family while they lived in a motel, had to move with his family to a different city and started working as a stripper, his girlfriends either cheated on him or dumped his ass and he doesn’t get to sing as often as Blaine does. So yes, he is white and straight but his life is a lot harder than your little Blaineys.
It doesn’t matter whose life is harder. That is irrelevant to whether or not someone is the leader of the club. Blaine was the leader of ND* not because he was gay or a man of color, but because he gave a shit, he put in the effort, and he simply took on an assertive leadership role within in the club. Sam usually did not, and the only reason that they were naming him leader in the Nationals episode ‘just like Finn’ and dismissing people like Rachel (female! Jewish!) and Kurt (gay! feminine!) as possible leaders is because Sam, like Finn, like Schue, is a straight white boy. The writers privilege whiteness, straightness, able-bodiedness, and being a man above all else, literally dismissing talented people who actually lead and run the show because they don’t fit that mold. They basically say it doesn’t matter how talented, hard-working, driven, charismatic, or brave you are…being straight, white, and a boy makes you more valuable and makes you leadership material, automatically.
Blaine earns what he gets. He doesn’t get it handed to him, and him being president, valedictorian, singing a lot, and having a fiance doesn’t negate the reality that he was the one leading ND (in fact, him singing a lot supports it!). Schue absolutely handed the title of ‘New Directions leader’ to Sam solely because of his privilege as a straight, white, able-bodied boy.
*The other person who often acts in a leadership capacity is Artie, but we all know why Schue didn’t give HIM such a speech.