I may be embarrassing myself but what the hell- I enjoyed glee; yes, even with all it’s failings. It was ridiculous at times, it was over-the-top-beyond-cheesy, sometimes it was great; but besides all of that, it undeniably brought important topics to prime-time-network television. Serious issues addressed: high school status and social stereotypes, body image, bullies/cyber bullying, teen pregnancy, OCD, discrimination, LGBT teens, physical and educational disabilities, public school funding for the arts, alcohol and drug abuse, modern families, homelessness, just to name a few. And while I admit that the show SERIOUSLY fell short in exploring and portraying a lot of these, at least they were there, in the public consciousness. Doesn’t that start the conversations, even if to discuss how it’s being done wrong? Isn’t discourse of any kind better than no discourse at all? Especially now, teens have unlimited access to air their thoughts and opinions via social networks (and they did), isn’t that a good thing? I’m not sure if oversimplifying any popular teen media is fair to do, especially if it promotes belonging to a community. Fans became artists, fanfiction writers, charity organizers; sometimes not terribly successful, but hey, everyone has to start somewhere. Besides, isn’t it a good thing if teens see people that look like themselves on the screen? The jock that goes with the unpopular girl, the bad ass who winds up in glee club and best friends with the wheel chair kid, gay couples kissing. That should ALL be commonplace, so I think it’s important that it was shown on our TVs. Anyway, that’s my two cents. 🙂 What do you all think?