Why “Glee” Sucks…
Dorky one… check. Black one… check. Fat one… check. Asian one… check. Handicapped one… check. Gay one… check. Condescending show tune about inclusiveness… check. Accomplishes the exact opposite of what the show sets out to do… CHECK!!!
We can all agree that “Glee” is a fantasy. It doesn’t even have a basis in the typical high-school reality. The notion of inclusiveness is a noble fantasy that will never ever exist in a world with human beings. The actuality of it is far more sinister and dreary. Racism is rampant. Homophobia causes some of the ostracized to attempt suicide. Fat kids sit alone, downing twinkies in the corner of the cafeteria. The handicapped ones get the token sympathy without ever being included. All the while, the gorgeous rich elite go about their privileged lives filled with puppy dogs and ice cream. A cheerleader’s biggest worry is whether Kristy made a snarky comment about her Prada clutch at the winter formal. A football captain’s biggest worry is whether Kristy found out about his latest blowjob sandwich.
What bothers me so much about “Glee” is that it sells an impossible fantasy of happiness to kids who will never experience it in real life. It is tantamount to setting a song and dance routine in an Auschwitz gas chamber. Inclusiveness is a pipe dream that the “normal” kids like to sell in order to make themselves feel better. It is rather like Bill Gates working at a soup kitchen once a year… not quite enough to matter.
Giving false hope is a cruel joke.
All of that fails to even mention the “American Idol” or “X-Factor” style of music — a karaoke simplification and bastardization of already generic pop hits. Every number sounds like the opening medley sung at the beginning of those atrocious “popularity contests”. Listening to this crap is like stabbing my ears with vanilla flavored dildos.
You may not want to hear it, but people are cruel. Kids are even worse. A show about the kids excluded from glee club or cheer camp who go on to commit mass murders later in life… Yeah, lets do a song a dance number about that.