OFFSTAGE: Glee Time for Taylor Swift

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This was inevitable, right? Putting a Taylor Swift song on Glee? And because Glee has all the drama of a real high school — and then some — it makes sense that they would choose a Swift song with a message. So, according to E! — who got the scoop from Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy — Swift’s “Mean” will get the New Directions treatment in a couple of weeks. But, ironically, in this upcoming episode, it will not be about the way-too-rampant teenage bullying. Rather, it is going to be a duet between the McKinley High football coach Shannon Beiste and bad-boy senior Noah “Puck” Puckerman (played by Mark Salling). “I do not proclaim to be any kind of singer,” Dot Marie Jones (Beiste) said. The story is that Beiste was being abused by her new husband, Cooter Menkins. So maybe this is her way of telling him that all he’s ever gonna be is mean and a liar and pathetic and alone in life and mean. If the episode gives even one real-life battered wife the guts to tell her husband that she’s not going to take it anymore, then the world will be a much nicer place.