“I don’t care, What they’re going to say.”
-Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
Glee wrapped up its sixth and final season back on March 20th, and it may have been the worst season of television in history. I can’t vouch for that because I haven’t seen every season of every show that was ever made, but it came to a point where even the Glee fans I was watching with began to dislike it and were finishing the program out of courtesy.
This was my first season consistently watching the acclaimed show, but I had picked up spoilers from previous seasons on the internet, caught an episode here and there, and was aware when Cory Monteith overdosed to know enough about what was going on. However, I see why critics have said that the first season was the best and only true ‘Gleeks’ could really get through the rest of the uneven seasons (Hanks, 2015). I understand that the premise of the show was original and the concept was important to introduce to the general public, and the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, deserves a lot of credit for doing so.
On the other hand, I found myself disliking every single character on the show because of their personality to the point that even before someone said something I knew it was going to be overwhelmingly annoying. Not every conversation needs to be meaningful enough to create tears, nor should every situation promote the most difficult existence in all of humanity. Why were all these graduates giving up everything just to come back and hang out at high school? Didn’t anyone have anything better to do? Well it all seemed they failed without each other, and this was a comforting experience for them to rejuvenate and shape their future. Yet, they all kind of needed each other in the end anyway.
There were three things that stood out: Brittany and Santana’s feud with Grandmother Lopez, Harvey Milk Elementary School, and the music. First, the way Brittany and Santana handled their grandmother’s feelings towards their marriage was a little contradictory. I get that people should be accepted for who they are, but you have to remember that not every person in the world is going to agree with you, especially when they are an older Hispanic (probably Catholic) woman. She thought they were wrong in their lifestyle, and they thought she was wrong in her opinion, but to angrily fire back at someone for not agreeing with you doesn’t help your cause. Second, I get that the Harvey Milk Elementary School was meant for children to express themselves and not be afraid to be who they are, but given the dedicated name and rainbow carpets it seemed a little too influential. Kids don’t even know that they’re straight at that age let alone homosexual, but because homosexuality is not a choice, but something that you’re born with, then I guess the persuasion wouldn’t really matter anyway (if you look at it that way). If the writers’ intentions were to name the school after Harvey Milk because of the importance the man had in society then that is deserving recognition, but the curriculum seemed a tad one-sided. Third, I was disappointed in the song choices throughout the season. That’s pretty much it; I thought they would be a little more universal and crowd-pleasing, but that’s just me.
We have the freedom to say what we want to say, write what we want to write, feel what we want to feel, and be whoever we want to be. It’s almost as if Ryan Murphy and the writers were making fun of the homosexual agenda though that isn’t the case. Blogger and LGBTQ supporter June Thomas even wrote, “Glee was the gayest show that’s ever been on television.” I agree with most of Thomas’ blog regarding Murphy’s production, but when she asks at the end, “Who will educate those older, scary farts when Glee takes its final bow,” I’m inclined to think that it may be a lost cause. She of course was talking about the situation between Santana and her grandmother. Older people are set in their ways, progressive people aren’t. If you (the royal ‘you’) want your opinions to matter don’t waste your time with others you refer to as “crazy uptight bitches dying” just because they don’t accept you for who you are. You’re not accepting them for who they are either. All I’m saying that is if you want to push an agenda don’t do it in a way that you’re against, and focus on explaining the importance of the cause to people who have an opportunity to shape the future.
Understanding another person is so important in the world, but it works both ways. I understand that it’s not right to judge people on their race, sexual orientation, lifestyle, looks, how they raise their kids, or whether or not they eat breakfast, but that’s not the world we live in. Some white people still don’t like black people, some black people still don’t like white people, some Germans still don’t like Jews, some Native-Americans still don’t like anybody, some old war veterans still don’t like younger anything, some bikers still don’t like non-bikers when they walk into their local tavern, and some butch lesbians still don’t like straight guys. That won’t change; it’s like America trying to change a war in the Middle East that’s been going on before we were even a country, and we’re trying to force the issue.
If you want world peace in your lifetime you’re on the wrong planet, but if you want cooperation and adaptation then you have a good chance of experiencing such. For example: some people have lived through color barriers being broken, women being able to vote, and gay marriage being legalized. That’s not bad for one’s lifetime in comparison to how long it’s taken the world to get to where it is today. We are always progressing, now faster than ever; let’s try not to take a step backwards.
Hanks, H. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/21/entertainment/glee-finale-reax-feat/ on April 15 2015
Thomas, J. (2015) Retrieved from http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/03/19/glee_finale_in_its_final_season_glee_was_the_gayest_show_that_s_ever_been.html on April 15 2015