Normally, I don’t bother with replying to stuff posted on Glee Secrets because I either clearly agree or disagree with the secret-maker and don’t feel the need to discuss it in any way. But this? I feel like I have to defend Santana here.
Okay, yes, let’s start with Quinn, shall we? Remember when she was pregnant? Remember when Santana didn’t tell anyone about it? She could’ve told Coach Sylvester which would’ve more or less guaranteed her place as the head of the Cheerios yet she didn’t say a thing. Why? Because, on some level, Quinn was her friend and she was willing to put her own wants aside because of that.
And what did Quinn do in return? She ratted out Santana to Sue the first chance she got so she could get back onto the Cheerios and be in charge again. For Quinn, it was all about being popular. For Santana, it was about being a friend. Now tell me, who’s the bitch in this situation?
As for the fight itself, ask yourself - how would you feel in that situation? Put aside the fact that Quinn effectively betrayed Santana, how would you feel always being second best to girls like Quinn Fabray? Sue chose Quinn over Santana as head cheerleader, despite the fact that Quinn had gotten herself pregnant; Quinn is the kind of girl a guy like Puck could - and did - fall in love with, Santana isn’t; Quinn is wanted by almost everyone while Santana struggles everyday with her self-esteem - and goes to extreme lengths in an attempt to rectify it - because she feels like she’s not noticed enough.
Moving on to Artie: Yes, Santana was a bitch to him - she even admitted as much - but she wasn’t being a bitch just to be a bitch. She clearly has feelings for Brittany but, for whatever reason, she doesn’t want to or feel like she can admit them - to herself or to anyone else. Is it so wrong that, in that moment, she was jealous of Artie for what he can have with Brittany that she feels like she can’t? Her saying all those things wasn’t her being a bully because she has ‘no conscience whatsoever’, it’s because she’s afraid of her feelings.
This has come into play several times over the course of Season 2. You mention her ‘using Brittany’ when Puck wasn’t around yet I don’t see it that way at all. It was only when Brittany mentioned Melissa Etheridge’s Come To My Window that Santana freaked out and started talking about Puck. She was afraid of how singing that song in public could be interpreted by others (note how Finn also mentions to Sam in the same episode that singing a duet with Kurt could be a bad idea) and being labelled as ‘gay’ or being slushied because of her feelings for a girl is something she’s just not ready for. So, yeah, she says some mean things but she’s not saying them because she wants to hurt Brittany, it’s a defence mechanism.
Again, the gay jokes? That’s her using humour and snark to hide what she really feels inside. It’s possible that on some level she even resents Kurt a little bit for being able to be who he is, even when he’s bullied for it, because she doesn’t feel as if she’s strong enough to do the same.
The reason Finn and Rachel broke up was not because of Santana. She may have played a part but they had their own issues going on before she was even in the picture. Rachel has insecurities and Santana may have played on them - again, this is more than her just being ‘rude, mean and a bully’ - but Rachel was the one that made a conscious decision to make out with Puck and that’s what lead to the break up with Finn. To say that Santana is the ‘main’ reason they broke up is just ridiculous.
You’re welcome to your opinion, secret-maker, and I respect that even if I don’t agree with it and maybe you’re right that she’s not as well-developed as she could or should be but I still love what we’ve seen of her. You wanna know why? Because of all those reasons you said. Because what they show is that she’s not perfect; that she has flaws. That she’s more than just a ‘bully’ or the typical mean girl. There’s more to her than that.
That’s why I love her.
(P.S. I’ve never hated on Rachel. She’s one of my favourite characters on the show.)