Bill O'Reilly recently hosted a “culture warriors” segment at Fox News where both “warriors” agreed that homosexuality is morally acceptable. That same no-debate mentality has been a regular drumbeat on the Fox television series “Glee,” a musical drama/comedy about a high school glee club in Lima, Ohio.
This show is wildly popular because of the music. Songs performed on the show sell feverishly on i-Tunes within hours. It’s not a hit because it's a political or social debate forum. But just as it dazzles viewers with musical performances, it’s hammered hard against traditional values at every turn. How does “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy make it tilt into utter intolerance? It isn’t through smash-mouth indoctrination. The treatments are subtle, but unmistakable.
There’s the mockery of famous social conservatives. In April, the show's villain and most popular character, cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, proclaimed "You may be two of the stupidest teens I've ever encountered. And that's saying something. I once taught a cheerleading seminar to a young Sarah Palin." Interestingly, this Fox Entertainment show has even mocked Fox News. At one point, a pregnant cheerleader is thrown out of her house by her heartless Christian father when he learns of her condition, but only after he's excited by the news that it’s time for Glenn Beck on TV.
Fox's musical/drama show Glee aired a Madonna-themed episode about female empowerment Tuesday night -- complete with an Ann Coulter joke.
The female guidance counselor was fretting about the poor role models for girls today -- she mentioned Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Ann Coulter. There was no verbal explanation for Ann's inclusion -- just a wide-eyed pause.
The show also contained the usual feminist complaint about unequal pay for equal work. Quinn, the pregnant teen on the show, proclaimed "The fact is that women still earn 70 cents for every dollar for doing the same job. It starts in high school."
Must be nice being a leftie and NEVER having to worry about some childish television creator taking a gratuitous shot — from completely out of nowhere — at what you believe in. Not so for we righties. When all we want after a hard day of gay bashing, cross burning and kitten punting is to get lost in mindless entertainment, we always have to worry about stuff like this (see video embed at right).
This is why I stopped watching television over a decade ago. Tired of being insulted. Tired of being disappointed. And you can practically feel the people behind the childish political shot laughing at your Charlie Brown as they once again pull the football away.
“Glee” spent all of last season building up buzz and an audience, and as soon as they get one: POW!
Screw you, righties. We don’t like you and we think you’re stupid for liking Palin.
"Glee" marked its April 13 comeback with a grand tradition in entertainment: a gratuitous slam at Sarah Palin's intelligence.
Sue Sylvester, a conniving high school cheerleading coach played by actress Jane Lynch, told two cheerleaders, "You may be two of the stupidest teens I've ever encountered. And that's saying something. I once taught a cheerleading seminar to a young Sarah Palin."