HolyCoast: "Glee" Stumbles Into a Whitney Houston Tribute and Creates a Christian Stereotype Character

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"Glee" Stumbles Into a Whitney Houston Tribute and Creates a Christian Stereotype Character

Yes, I'll admit we do watch "Glee", but the show has become so gay-centric that I pretty much only look up from the computer when they're doing a number. During last night's Valentine's Day episode one of the characters sang "I Will Always Love You", the biggest hit Whitey Houston ever had and I thought to myself "boy, either they slapped that together really fast or they just lucked into a tribute". Turns out the latter was correct.

 I did a quick Google search and found the song had been planned for that show all along and the completed show had been delivered to the network on Friday, the day before Houston died. They did add a card at the end of the show as a tribute to Houston, but the hard work had already been done.  Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

The show also introduced a Christian character for the first time.  They've had other characters with passing references to God, but this time they're making more of a big deal about it.  I wrote in a past post about a kid who was trying out for the show but decided not to pursue the offer because of his strong Christian beliefs.  After watching last night's episode, he chose correctly.

The new character is a big of a stereotype - a kid with Bible verse tattoos (which are real, by the way) and whose father is a door-to-door Bible salesmen (which isn't real).  The character is played by one of the winners of The Glee Project, one of those shows in which contestants compete and someone is voted off each week.  He's a talented kid and he'll do well on the show, but the gay ├╝ber alles mentality of the show's creators came shining through in this character as well.

A group of kids known as "The God Squad" were offering to sing love songs to boyfriends or girlfriends to raise money for the glee club, and of course a lesbian couple decided to challenge the Christian kid and see if he would sing for them.  And of course, after "praying about it", the Christian kid parked his principles at the door and performed for them.  Not unexpected given the usual theme of the show.

I'm guessing that Cameron Mitchell, who turned down the opportunity to continue on the Glee Project and possibly win a role on the show, is probably glad he followed his belief system after watching last night's show.  He might well have been the new Christian character they wanted and would have had a tough decision if presented with last night's script.  Read about his decision here.

1 comment:

Larry said...

There was a show called Picket Fences where Tom Skerritt played the town sheriff. His role every episode was to be the sole voice of reason, and the rest of the liberal cast would spend the hour convincing him of the errors of his thinking, with Skerritt giving the usual "I guess you guys were right after all" at the end of the episode.