My wife and I love musicals. We love Broadway. We just love music, so–after hearing the music from the pilot episode–we were excited to watch the new TV show Glee. It seemed, on the surface, like a sweet, innocent, light-hearted show that might be fun to watch with our teenaged daughter.
It’s the story of a High School teacher’s desire to start a glee club at his school and how that effort is uniting an eclectic group of students.
We set our DVR, sat down after church last night to watch it, and found ourselves disgusted by the theme, tone, and agenda promoted by the program.
We watched the entire episode to see if there would be some redeeming moment, but there wasn’t. We deleted the show. We were disappointed and we know our teenaged daughter will be disappointed too.
Here’s a list of some of the things that we found offensive:
1) The married teacher and leader of the glee club is being pursued by another female teacher and the show glorifies their playful flirting while–at the same time–demonizing his wife at home. It looks like the show is heading towards them having some sort of inappropriate relationship. As a Minister, I’ve seen the real life results of marital infidelity, so I think this story line is disgusting. There is nothing cute about a marriage being broken apart by a third party.
2) The girlfriend of the young male star of the show is a Christian who is portrayed as a huge hypocrite and down-right evil person. She tells her boyfriend that if he quits the glee club he can touch her breast. He asks her, “Inside your bra or outside?” She’s the president of the abstinence club–which is also portrayed as a bunch of hypocritical nut-jobs. In last night’s episode they show a scene from a meeting of the abstinence club where the boys and girls are placed in couples with a balloon between their lower extremities. They are told to be affectionate without popping the balloon. The scene digresses to the point where the young female star of the show delivers a short sermonette proclaiming the absurdity of abstinence as a logical option for teenagers.
3) In the scene with the abstinence club, the boys are meeting separately and have a lengthy discussion about ejaculation.
4) The glee club sings a song about sex (“Push it!”) for a school assembly. During the song and dance the boys and girls in the group grind on each other and assume various sexual positions through the entire song.
5) The young male star and the young female star are on stage kissing. She’s on her back and he’s laying down kind of over her. After kissing for a few moments, there’s a reference to an image he says he has to think about to keep from being aroused. He jumps up (obviously sexually aroused) pulls his shirt down over the front of his pants and runs off.
Give me a break?!?
Why does Hollywood have to make everything about sex, especially a show that has been aggressively marketed to kids from 12-18?
I’m so disappointed, because this show had so much potential.
p.s. Apparently there was another sexual reference that I missed. Thankfully. It’s mentioned in an article on Time.com about last night’s show:
Speaking of which, the show’s risque streak is even stronger in the new episodes, suggesting that the show, which previewed after American Idol’s finale is not aiming to be the same kind of wholesome-for-the-whole-family programming. When an insecure Rachel [Michele] gets caught by a guidance counselor trying unsuccessfully to induce vomiting in the girls’ bathroom, she says, “I guess I just don’t have a gag reflex.” The counselor: “One day, when you’re older, that’ll turn out to be a gift.”
Click here to read the article on Time.com: A Gleeful Return