Opinion – Why does “Glee” get so much hate? by Zachary “Film Wizard” Marsh

Let me first start off by saying that I can proudly call myself a quote on quote “gleek,” because I am a big fan of the hit Fox TV show ‘Glee.’  ‘Glee’ is one of the more diverse shows currently airing on any national TV network.  The show follows a group of teens, all different in their own way, who come together to perform in their school’s glee club, as well as getting through high school one step at a time.  Every time I try to talk about this show to my friends and tell them it’s really not a bad show, they say most of the time “holy fuck Zach ‘Glee’ is so fucking gay!” or something like that.  To them I say why is ‘Glee’ so gay?  Is it because there are a few characters on the show that are gay and lesbian?  Is it because guys dance and sing to songs originally sung by girls?  You see, if you actually decided to watch a few episodes of the show, then you may be able to see why the homosexual characters make the entire plot more intriguing, and actually kind of sad.  As a freshman in high school, I can relate to the struggles some of these characters on the show have.

Everywhere I look I see people making out, guys hanging with guys, and guys hanging with girls.  That’s a part of the four year experience that is high school.  You find out who your real friends are, who you like to hang out with, and what your sexual preference is.  That’s why an entire district puts 1,500 kids into one part of the school: so they can find out who they really are.  Just recently I had a good longtime friend become an asshole, so I switched lunch tables and now I haven’t talked to him in a while.  Of course he doesn’t notice, but that’s not the point.  I realized that he wasn’t a very good friend at all.   He reminded me of the football jocks who really hate the glee club, despite some of their teammates being proud members of the group.  These guys, as well as the entire school, stop at nothing to get at least one slushee thrown into the face of a glee member.  Luckily, that type of bullying isn’t found in too many schools in my area.

You see, ‘Glee’ makes me feel the love of peers that I never really felt in middle or high school.  It’s taught me to express myself and say to myself in the mirror every morning “I am beautiful.”  Even in ‘The 3D Concert Movie,’ they touched upon a few kids who have been inspired by ‘Glee.’  If a TV show can have that impact on someone, then I’d say it’s worth giving a chance.  I would also like to say before I bring this posting to a close that the songs in the show aren’t even that bad.  In fact, some of them are pretty unique.    In fact, listen to ‘Glee’s’ renditions of ‘Poker Face’ and ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ and hear what I mean.  If you still can’t get over the fact that this show is smothered in gay pride while at the same time exploring dark subjects like suicide and teen pregnancy, then I guess this show isn’t for you, which is sad.  Please give ‘Glee’ at least 5 episodes before you bash on the show to a certain degree.  Plus, in case you didn’t realize guys, the girls on this show are pretty hot.  Don’t believe me?  Google “Glee sexy photo shoot” and let the happiness unfold.  Please just let ‘Glee’ teach you about how hard life can be sometimes and how easy it is to feel good about yourself.  Do yourself a favor and let your inner gleek out, because ‘Glee’ may impact your life in ways you can’t imagine.

 

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