Sue Sylvester, the sardonic cheerleading coach on the breakout TV hit Glee, is a pretty ruthless character, but thanks to the fabulous actor who plays her, Jane Lynch, there’s at least one thing that Sue will never resort to: Violence against animals.
When a script called for Sue to intimidate her nemesis, show-choir director Will Schuester, by threatening to give him an adorable cat and then kill him or her, Jane balked, reportedly saying, “I’m not going to say that. I work for PETA. I can’t say kill the cat.” So, instead, Sue said:
“I’ll need to see that set list for sectionals, after all. I want it on my desk warm from the laminator at 5 p.m., and if it is one minute late, I will go to the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. I will let you fall in love with that kitty cat. And then on some dark, cold night, I will steal away into your home and punch you in the face.”
Go, Jane! Not only is this line funnier (it’s so Sue Sylvester), it also avoids the very unfunny consequences that occur much too often when sick individuals emulate acts of violence against animals when they see or hear about them in the media—acts that often escalate into attacks on other humans.
This story also offers more proof, if any is needed, that the famous faces who help with PETA’s campaigns are walking the walk, even outside the public eye!
Written by Jeff Mackey