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Glee Jumps the Shark

On one of the frigid, no-school days following winter break, I ran out of things to entertain two of my granddaughters, ages 10 and 7. I’m not proud of this, but it occurred to me I could get an episode of Glee On Demand. They love to dance to the songs, so there was some non-passive activity involved, right?

The 7-year-old insisted we watch the Christmas episode, and so we did. I must preface the next comments with the fact that I am a remote-challenged individual and have no idea how to fast forward something On Demand. So we were stuck watching everything, including the lame talking parts we usually skip when we watch a TIVOed episode.

I guess the little people were supposed to add to the humor?

The little people were supposed to add to the humor?

OMG! After 20 minutes of begging, I finally got them to agree to stop watching and switch to Lady Gaga and the Muppets, a much more wholesome choice (that alone should tell you something). And here’s what we saw on Glee (as they say at the start of each show):

  • A drunk Santa.
  • Children sitting on Santana’s lap telling what they wanted for Christmas while she made crude comments.
  • A bare-chested male stripper (Gramma, he’s naked!) kissing Kurt. (The latter didn’t seem to faze them so thankfully I did not have to explain that.)
  • A girl explaining why she was not virtuous enough to play the Virgin Mary.
  • Becky, who has Down Syndrome, talking to other characters in the most filthy language – is that supposed to be funny because she has a disability but still likes sex? (Luckily, neither girl had a clue what she was saying.)
  • The most offensive nativity scene (a cover of the Motown hit Love Child by The Supremes) in which the transgender character pretended to give birth to a plastic baby Jesus. (As a Jew and a woman of a certain age, I was grateful neither of my granddaughters were too attentive at that point, and, despite the 7-year-old’s protests, I turned it off.)

What’s the deal with Glee? Not only has this show jumped the shark – it’s become a predator of the kids who download its song covers and dance to its music. When I took the same kids to see the Glee movie in 2011, there were positive messages and great songs (if you were a kid).

Granted, this offensive episode, originally aired December 5, came with a warning advising viewer discretion due to "sexual situations, violence, and suggestive dialogue." Viewing it On Demand, I somehow missed the warning by pushing something that started the program 10 minutes late – my bad! But given the incredibly low ratings this show received, I have to wonder why its creators thought this was a good direction to go.

Our family is no longer a fan of Glee. We will avoid it like the plague. If it’s not appropriate for kids, then who do they think will embrace it?  Lots of wasted talent there. At least when the Fonz jumped the shark on Happy Days, it may have been terrible television but it was not mean spirited, hurtful, or offensive.

Do you agree? Has Glee jumped the shark?

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