Can I be serious for a minute?
Glee is awesome.
But it’s come to my attention that there are a lot of people out there who don’t like it. Now, I’ve never seen a specific comment on this website stating dislike for Glee, but I’m going to assume that there are bunch of you guys who hate it. My first response to you, if you’re out there, is Fuck you faggot Glee rules. My second response is Have you seen it? You probably answered that question with a “no,” because this is a website where we give albums a rating of “1” just because we heard the beginning of “Tik Tok” on the radio and turned it off, repulsed and intent on lowering Ke$ha’s rating when we get home. So what have you heard about Glee? That it’s like High School Musical for people who enjoyed High School Musical but are now slightly older? That it’s full of high school drama that you will most likely find beneath you? That it’s gay?
Well, first of all, High School Musical was awesome too.
Second of all, I got news for ya. It’s all of those things! But in a good way. I can hear you guys now: “But how can something that’s a bit gay actually be good?” Well, we all listen to Animal Collective, right? Those guys seriously just masturbate back and forth onto each other and call it music. Besides, it’s a well-documented fact that being gay is very cool right now. And Glee isn’t really gay anyways. I mean, it has a gay character, and dear lord he’s just about the most inherently gay person I’ve ever seen, but it’s more nerdy than anything. It’s got tons of pop culture references, and I can hear you now: “Pop culture is stupid. Why we glorify fact-finding about meaningless celebrities is something I’ll never figure out.” Listen up, bud; Animal Collective is part of pop culture too. Still wanna argue?
Okay, I said I was going to be serious. Here it goes:
What better network show is there right now than Glee? I could talk about how it makes us happy in an economic climate that leaves happiness locked outside our doors, but that’s missing the point of what really makes the show great. What better show is there for us, specifically? We music lovers who have found ourselves constantly overlooked by network execs who think that a show like Gary Unmarried is a good idea, or who turn music into a mockery, an exhibit, on American Idol? Glee is about drama, yes, about what it’s like to be in high school, about identity, but mostly it’s about music, and isn’t that the thing that we live for here at Sputnikmusic? Look around you! Well, imagine that all of Sputnik’s users are gathered in a big huge circle. Now, look around you! There are people here from all over the world, people of different color, different sexual orientation, different social cliques, and what has brought us together? When everything else fails you, what can you turn to?
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our different favorite bands, our different opinions, that we forget that it really is all about the music. Not in some stupid VH1 way, where a show that’s purportedly about metal only talks about bands like KISS and Def Leppard, or in an American Idol way, where music is used as an escalator to success, where you don’t even need to move your feet to get to the top. So yes, Glee features high school kids with high school problems. But it’s about how music supplements the events in our lives, about how singing your favorite song can ease the pain or heighten the pleasure. My first experience with the show came immediately after I was dumped. By the end of the first episode, which features the cast covering “Don’t Stop Believin’,” I was smiling like a moron and happier than I had been in a long, long time. I guess some people will say that Glee isn’t for everybody, but come on, yes it fucking is for everybody. Dexter isn’t for everybody. Arrested Development wasn’t for everybody. But Glee definitely is.
Watch Glee. Do it for me.