Why I’m not ‘Glee’ful

Lindsay Adams

At least among my acquaintances, one can hardly escape some discussion of the show “Glee.” I watched Glee’s first few episodes fully expecting to enjoy it.

I did in fact enjoy the first part of Season 1. I have continued to watch an episode here and there more to see exactly how far the show will sink and yet still keep its fanatical fans.

“Glee” is like a lollipop that is sweet, bright, happy and colorful, that you realize gives you cavities and type 2 Diabetes.

I have many issues with “Glee,” one of which is the lack of any character continuity through the first and second and the beginning of the third season. Characters manage to change from episode to episode.

I have a more serious complaint with “Glee” than Ryan Murphy’s erratic decisions, bad writing, and worse characterizations. “Glee” is playing a thin line between comedic wry stereotyping and blatant, weak characterizations, that often veers to the wrong side. The problem is that rather than mocking the stereotypes, it just reinforces them.

There is a deeper issue with “Glee” and that is with many of the messages it sends. “Glee” has attempted to take on many issues for youths today: alcohol, bullying, sexual orientation, fitting in, etc. “Glee” claims to be about positive self-image and acceptance, but yet again it only sells its own brand of acceptance, which includes only the people and lifestyles that it approves of.

For example, having a teacher tell two girls who are considering abstinence, after one went through a teen pregnancy, that they are naïve and frigid.

This goes beyond irreverent humor. Rather than teaching kids who are outside the in-crowd to move past it, it constantly victimizes them, and teaches them to treat themselves as victims.

Rather than finding strength within themselves to overcome their own problems, they learn to always blame someone or something else.

The originality and draw of the show is the music, which is usually a watered down auto-tuned version of a classic.

“Glee” is a colorful confection of auto-tuned bubblegum pop songs, upbeat energetic dance numbers that attempts to mask bias, poor plotting and even worse messages.

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