Glee……does not make me gleeful.

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So, I grew up quite sheltered, to a certain degree.  I don’t know if it’s my conservative upbringing OR my conservative upbringing, but Glee is just way too liberal for me.  I know there are a zillion people who love the show.  What’s so disappointing for me, is that I love music…I just can’t “get into” Glee.  I guess the show is at times, an attempt to reveal what high school is really like.  For instance, it just flashed a scene with a girl hiding in a closet nervously checking a pregnancy test.  Maybe I just don’t get this, because I wasn’t one of the girls hiding in a bathroom closet checking the test nor did I hang with the girls who were already sexually active (at least they weren’t bragging about it) (I WAS in the show choir, the equivalent of Glee, but I was never privy to any trash talk.  I’m sure it existed, I was just oblivious) .  But, what bothers me is that Glee presents all of these situations with no moral conclusion, other than “life is screwed up” and “anything goes.”  Most of the teachers are not painted in a positive light and belligerence seems to be glorified. And then at the end of a show, at certain times, it takes on subjects like “Don’t make fun of those who are mentally ill” or “Don’t be ashamed of the fact that you’ve been sexually abused, get help.”  Those are both very worthy causes, but it all just seems kind of ironic to me….like the cherry on top of a pile……

Why is Glee even on in my house, you say?  Well, it’s because not everyone in my house agrees with me on this point and it’s one of those things I let slide.  I’m sure that just as crazy as I am to those in my own house where I find mainstream TV quite depressing, you’ll probably have a lot to say about how I need to “get with the times.”

I do know this.  Ever since I had children and adopted girls who are now teenagers/young adults, my radar is seriously more sensitive to what TV might be telling them.  Most of the time, shows seem to say “This is normal, don’t be shocked.”  I really can’t laugh anymore at things that seem way too close to home.

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