“Glee” And Gay – Does It Make Trying It OK? [POLL]
Truth be told, I never watched “Glee”.
I’m never home to watch it, and am not really a fan of DVR’ing something when there are other things to do during the day.
But, before I leave the house, I do like to watch, at least the first half hour, of “The O'Reilly Factor!”
I enjoy all the “chiachiaones” yelling and screaming over each other.
My wife hates that I do, but she sucks it up anyway, just to have those few moments with me.
Big sacrifice on her part!
However I missed the barnburner the other night when Bill proclaimed that the show 'Glee' might encourage kids to experiment with 'alternative lifestyles' .
According to this report, he was discussing the show's message with guests Gretchen Carlson and (current judge and former Westchester Prosecutor) Jeanine Pirro.
(By the way, I have a “thing” for Jeanine”…but I digress!)
He did give props to "Glee", saying that it was a "good show" with good production values and "positive messages."
(Of course he did…it’s on the same network that signs his paycheck!)
However, he took issue with what he said was the program's "recurring theme: that alternative lifestyles may be a big positive." (Emphasis mine).
The “big positive”, as I see it, is acknowledging that alternative lifestyles exist in the first place.
Just like the idyllic lifestyle of the Cleaver family existed in the 50’s and early 60’s. (Sarcasm intended)
The report continued, that after watching a clip of one character cross-dressing, guest Gretchen Carlson heaved a huge sigh. "Here we go again, pandering to .3% of the American population that considers themselves transgender," she said. "Now I get to explain this to my 8-year-old, if I want her to see a nice family show with some nice music."
Perhaps she needs to look up where to find reruns of “The Lawrence Welk Show.” (I think, PBS, if she could stomach tuning in to it!) Nothing like seeing a rerun of “the Lennon Sisters.”
She also took issue with a storyline about two cheerleaders who are lesbians, and two seniors who are engaged to be married. "[The show seems] to have a positive message about hopes and dreams and taking risks," Carlson opined. "But why do they have to come up with these wild story lines to prove their point? I don’t get it."
I don’t believe these are wild story lines at all. They happen in real life; just as a good deal of television today depicts real life situations (unlike so-called "reality" shows.)
Kids do and will experiment.
With drugs…with liquor…with smoking...with sex, straight and yes, gay.
To think otherwise is to have your head in the sand!
O'Reilly said that the problem was that the storylines, like the one featuring two students making a sex tape, were unrealistic. Kids "might go out and experiment with this stuff," he warned.
The show, in his words, “glamorizes experimentation”.
“A lot of these dopey kids are confused about who they are!”… he said.
Hmmm, though we may be loathe to acknowledge it, but isn’t that how many “dopey kids” figure it out!
No knock on our former Governor, but ask Jim McGreevey if he needed a show like “Glee” to encourage him to experiment with being gay.
Shows like “Glee” don’t egg them on and make it glamorous. Perhaps it appears so because it’s on TV.
Or it's part of a storyline because it does happen.
(Much like one show's story lines are "ripped from today's headlines.")
Then again, you do have the ultimate power in your hands.
It’s called a remote.