The television series “Glee” broke new ground when it premiered on Fox in May 2009. The majority of its cast members were chosen from Broadway performers, as creator/director Ryan Murphy envisioned a sitcom complete with singing/dancing numbers set to popular music. Many critics predicted the show would not fare well; how wrong they were, as it fast became (and continues to be) one of the most sought-after television programs.
Not only is the show famous for its musicality, but is also known for tackling tough subjects, such as teenage pregnancy, death of a family member, bullying (particularly of gays/lesbians), and underage drinking. Additionally, a major theme of the show is being a proponent to the underdog, as its characters are (initially) viewed by their peers as uncool nerds who participate in a silly high school glee club.
As you might have guessed, I have something of my own to express about “Glee” (duh! I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t). I have watched it sporadically on/off through the years and think the show has some great music and talent (though truthfully a lot of it is annoying, especially with talented but prissy Lea Michele). However, I have a few major problems with it. For this post, I will be focusing on only one: Sex. Casual hook-ups are rampant in the show, particularly with the characters of Brittany and Santana (although virtually every character is sexually active at one point or another). Not only do these girls sleep around a LOT, but their behavior is condoned by the others as normal, acceptable, cute, inevitable, and even admirable. Wow, that bothers me a lot! In real life, teenagers who behaved like this wouldn’t all cute and flirty, but instead would likely be very confused and depressed. And they almost certainly would not earn approval from their peers.
Wickedness NEVER was Happiness!
Unfortunately, (irresponsible) sexual experimentation is nothing new to popular media. But set in a high school?! Come on now, that is WAAAAY inappropriate. Especially because it’s not viewed as wrong! Even if you do not believe in the Christian principle of chastity (which I hope you do!), everyone should agree that it is extremely reprehensible for this show to depict it with such young characters.
“But the sex isn’t graphic!” some may so. Who cares? It’s still there a ton of the time, overtly or covertly. And in some ways, the more subtle it is, the worse it is! If it were graphic, it might not be able to portrayed. But by being sneaky, they’re able to get away with it, which results in the show being seen by more and more viewers, many of whom are young and impressionable.
(By the way, the above picture is from Season 4, where Gwyneth Paltrow guest-stars as a sex-ed teacher. This episode was particularly offensive and inappropriate, as her character all but encouraged the students to seek our “sexual opportunity” and frequently referenced her own sexual past. If a teacher were to do this in real life, he/she would very likely be thrown in jail. Oh, and by the way, what kind of (sex-ed) teacher wears an outfit like that? Come on, now Gwyneth (and Ryan!) That’s wrong.)
Another counter-argument that I anticipate is people saying that teenagers do engage in sexual behavior, so the show is just staying true to real life. To that I would express that I do not concede that young people have sex. However, what is indisputably true as well is that these relationships almost never last. Hate to break it to you girls, but if you sleep with your boyfriend while you’re both still in high school, chances are he’s not gonna stick around and be there to dry your tears when you bomb your first audition for some play in a New York Fine Arts college. And he most certainly will not be asking you to marry him a few years down the road. That does not condone any mistake a guy might make in regards to his female partner, but just being realistic about the teenage male psyche. Not meaning to be vicious or unkind, but just want to tell it like it is.
Not tryin’ to bash,
but Glee is trash!
Oh, and by the way, there ARE young people who believe in waiting ’til you’re married to get it on. And not just Mormons like me! Don’t believe me? Take a look at this video:
What did I tell?
In conclusion, here are 10 of my
specific thoughts about “Glee:”
1) I believe in free speech.
2) I consider Cory Monteith’s death a tragic loss.
3) I don’t hate anyone (except for Satan).
5) I believe the show offers some quality music/dancing and also some decent thematic substance.
6) I ABSOLUTELY without hesitation express that there is talent associated with “Glee.”
7) I ABSOLUTELY without hesitation express that there is some evil associated with “Glee,” particularly with the creator Ryan Murphy, who wrote a series that depicts casual and frequent teenage sex.
(if you think that makes me sound like a religious fanatic, I DON’T CARE! it’s true!)
8) The devil twists truth for his own purposes (“The Merchant of Venice” William Shakespeare).
9) I never intend to be rude or preachy, but I ain’t afraid to have a strong opinion (duh!).
10) There are LOTS of people who make music with their friends while still keeping things clean. Lemme show you one girl in particular:
(I know it’s not great quality; give me a break!)
So yeah, I’m not a big fan of Glee. And I heard it through the grapevine that they’re currently filming last season. Considering all that’s happened, I think that is a good thing. And I don’t mean be self-righteous or undermining that the pain the cast/crew are undoubtedly experiencing in the wake of Monteith’s death. Still, among other reasons, but especially for its portrayal of casual sex with little regard to (emotional) consequence, I am grateful that it is ending soon.
I believe in free speech,
just not a big fan of Glee speech.