Anthony Carter

Glee is Brilliant Television

Filed By Anthony Carter | March 29, 2011 8:30 AM | comments

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Tags: Glee, LGBT youth, parenting gay youth, tv

I write this response to highlight and draw attention to the most sublime television I have seen in over a decade.

glef.pngRyan Murphy is God. He has bestowed on us non-deserving but extremely needy humans a birth child by the name of Glee.

It may sound like I'm gushing. I don't give a shit. I am. This product definitely deserves it.

In a world where reality TV, affairs, and who someone is screwing passes for TV entertainment and garners book deals, it is highly refreshing to view something that is thoughtful, poignant, and significant.

I watched three episodes back to back recently and thought I would lose my mind; finally, someone is telling the truth about gay talent, visibility, and parent and child interaction.

It is a refreshing pace from the queen as witty well-dressed sidekick whose only purpose is to serve the great star and draw even more attention to the fact that while blessed with adulation, popularity and great skin, he/she still could use lessons in both humanity and humility.

As a gay man himself, it is quite clear that Mr. Murphy has spent a great time in dealing with things as both insider and outsider. There is no way to successfully navigate and create these worlds if one has not had firsthand experience on a daily basis.

In the episode "Home," the concept of having no place to go and constantly being at the mercy of powers and entities that determine your fate is examined, stared at, and shown for the extreme hardship it causes psychologically and emotionally. This was no "let's add a song for a bit of levity or some comic relief" episode.

This was groundbreaking in that it exemplified a belief that activists and thinkers have held for years. That when one person is being hurt and or oppressed everybody gets to feel the pain.

Some may have access to tools that lessen, hide, or provide intrinsic denial but the pain and end result remains the same. Ever present always menacing and unrelenting. Watching this gruesome and heartbreaking episode, a great deal of internal bullshit began to melt and fall away.

These kids and adults, like me, have always had a place. Sometimes, we will make it ourselves. Sometimes we will create one and passionately await the arrival of like minded individuals seeking our minds and actions as salve for the wounds inflicted by well meaning, but ignorant and fearful assholes.

Either way, the talented, the ones who are reading Shakespeare at six and producing plays in the basement (that would be me) are no longer relegated to the space of other.

Ryan Murphy has created a weekly universe that is filled with joy, self love, celebration of life and the promise that no young person ever suffer from feelings of isolation, suicide, or doubt again.

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I appreciate the gems that emerge every so often in Glee, but I definitely view them as gems in the rockface of mediocrity, especially this season. it's astounding to get such progressive moments like Kurt and his Dad's interactions, Puck's relationship with Zizes, or Santana's heartfelt confession to Brittany, but admittedly, you have to wade through the eye-rolling swamp of repetitive story telling, dropped continuity, and, most recently, the increasingly hollow "Gleeked Popular Songs of the Week That We Know Everyone is Just GOING to Love" feature. Is it worth giving Glee a free pass where other shows would have long fallen to the wayside?

People have been writing for a while now about Glee losing the charm of its realness (remember all the different red shirts?) in favor of the crowd pleasing glam of its own hype (along with other issues: http://jezebel.com/#!5559560/how-glee-can-save-itself-next-season, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2010/06/tips-on-how-glee-can-avoid-the-sophomore-slump.html, http://www.salon.com/entertainment/tv/feature/2011/02/14/can_glee_save_itself/).

For something that serves as such a progressive platform in many ways, I can only hope that the platform itself gets a boost in quality. Those little gems can't pull the show up by its own boot straps forever.

I thought Glee was too gay according to yesterday's post?

Thank you! Though your post will no doubt be completely ignored among this audience, as a former teacher, and former out high school youth--waaaaaay before it was cool to be out in high school--I can tell you Glee is LEAPS and BOUNDS above what we ever had before. Yeah... not perfect. I haven't seen a show that is. Its television. Television has always been derivative and pedestrian. Its what makes it "MASS" media. Deal with it snobs. For television this is amazing.

Thanks for posting this. You rock. You're one of my favorite new Bilericoers.

Anthony Carter | March 30, 2011 12:10 PM

thanks Phil

Wow, is this the argument to excuse any guilty pleasure? Apparently there's never been a well-written, insightful, well-developed and entertaining television show ever. Everyone's just striving to meet a standard that's never existed and never manifested in the 50 years of serialized television we've enjoyed.

Look, Jersey Shore might be bad, but it's not like there's ever been anything good on TV anyway, right?

Albert Santeler | March 31, 2011 11:50 AM

You are definetely my fave Bilericoer. I think it's high time that we start an Anthony Carter Blog Fan Club. OK ..maybe it could be done in a rather "unofficial" manner but the whole point is this: KNOW that you are quite obviously loved here by many!!! I think that pretty much sums it up.

Peace 'n Much Love! ..-A-

Anthony Carter | March 31, 2011 4:08 PM

Thanks Albert, start her up and I'll make an appearance.....