Okay it’s ten forty eight eastern standard time on November twenty ninth two thousand and twelve as I start to write this.
As previously stated in my first post of Glee and Social Issues (Part One), Glee has two issues they do pretty well (for the most part) bully and LGBT issues (more on the B and T part in the next installment). Other social issues that glee tackles is done to varying degrees of success.
(The following post contains spoilers up to Season Four, Episode Seven “Dynamic Duets”. So go watch the episode and come back here. Or keep reading. Do whatever you like. The following post will ALSO talk about sensitive subject matter like eating disorders. So if this makes you uncomfortable then please don’t read.)
Glee has brought many things into our current pop culture lexicon: slushie facial, gleek, Klaine… But perhaps the most important one that the show has brought forth is the term mash-up.
A mash-up for those of you not in the know is the act of combining two songs together for a wholly unique musical experience. Now I myself am unsure with the history of mash-ups but I think I can safely say that they came into cultural knowledge thanks to glee.
I certainly cannot remember a time in my twenty years of life when I heard a mash-up pre-glee and neither any of my friends who I asked.
According to the Glee Wiki, glee has done nine mash-ups in season one (two of them not being released in any format) and eight in season two (one not on show but released on album). In season three glee released eleven added that to the four already released in season four (so far as of this writing season four has only completed six episodes).
Glee has released thirty-two mash-ups thus far according to my calculations and information available. The mash-ups released have ranged from really good to why did you to do that to just meh.
However, as something of a glee mash-up connoisseur, I do wonder from time to time about mash-ups glee should have done but didn’t do. Which leads to my very first top ten list!
(Let’s just say spoilers up to general season 4)
Glee has an interesting history of how it attacks social issues prevalent in today’s society.
If I can say a positive thing about this…these issues do need to be discussed with the audience that watches glee, which are mainly teenagers and young adults. Hell even the older sect do need to discuss these issues.
Now with a weakness of fantastically horrible TV primetime soaps of the early 90’s that I have. Well…the issues were tackled (not well but were tackled) and you really don’t see it much these days on television shows.
Now since glee tackles a variety of different social issues, I’ll be splitting this series into parts.
Part 1: Kurt, Santana but Mostly Karofsky-Bullying and LGBT issues
Part 2: Mercedes, Sam and Marley-Body Image
Part 3: Brittany and Unique-Bisexual and Transgender Depictions
Part 4: Terri and Quinn-Mental Illness and Teen Pregnancy (along with other things)
Part 5: Finn, Puck and Rachel: Peer Pressure and Reputation
I will like to take a moment to point out that the following is opinion based on my own observations from rewatching glee.
Now let’s take a retrospective look at how glee tackles issues of the day.
(From this point I will be spoiling up to episode 14 of season 3 “On My Way”. So if you don’t want to spoiled then well get caught up and come back. If you do hey I can’t stop you.)
Call me Bec and I am a out and proud Gleek.
And I am not ashamed of this fact either (most Gleeks during season 3 have started to become ashamed but I didn’t).
I am English major and a Communications minor at University of College USA.
And last year I came up with the idea to rewatch the entire series of glee presented and interpret it in context of the current season. Or at least look for common threads.
But mainly I wanted to figure out my love for the show or what exactly glee is.
However, I had to figure out how to do that out.