Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Find a happy place

In case you hadn’t noticed, I loveGlee.” Fun, fabulous and so fucking gay, the show has almost everything I love. Singing, dancing, snarking. Jane Lynch, jazz hands, gay cheerleaders. That’s just quality television, right there. One of the other things I love about “Glee” is how it has become such a massive cultural phenomena. It’s cool to love this show. Hell, even President Barack Obama has jumped on the bandwagon and invited the cast to sing at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll.

Yay, Gleeks! We’ve arrived! Right? Um, right, sort of. For all the show’s success, it also represents a fundamental dichotomy in our culture. While the larger world is perfectly happy to laugh along with us, they’re still not completely comfortable making us equal. We’re allowed into their living rooms for an hour each week, but we’re not allowed to live totally free every hour of every day.

Even this White House invite, while fantastic, typifies our struggle. Pres. Obama supports and is pursuing the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but does not support full marriage equality. One step forward, one step still stuck in the mud. Granted, that one step forward is a big one. I don’t recall any open invites to tea from W.

Though, as impatient as we are, the “Glee” movement might just be a sign that better days ahead. Because, instead of breeding contempt, familiarity in this case could breed acceptance. Polls have shown over and over again that younger generations are more comfortable and committed to gay rights. The future, it seems is bright – there’s just that tricky matter of getting there, and quickly. The song remains the same: Don’t stop believin’.

6 comments:

frannie said...

Le Sigh.

I love this show so much. Thanks for the post. The next generation is so much more open to possibilities!

Hilarywho said...

I started watching Glee because of your posts about it & love it, too. what fun. But my high-school glee club was NOTHING like this!

Norma Desmond said...

Oh good. I was afraid I was the only one that spotted the hypocrisy in of that invite...

Anonymous said...

Wow, thank you !! Made my day brighter. Love Rachel. (Or I might have forgot her name?)

Ingrid

Anonymous said...

As a part of the "new generation," I definitely see some changes happening in the near future once every "new gen" kid registers to vote. Even the most unlikely people support equal marriage because they "don't see what's wrong with two guys or two girls getting married," which is a huge step forward. Or maybe all this religion-based nonsense is just not working with our generation, I don't know. Either way, I like what's happening.

As far as Glee goes? Can't wait until Idina comes on (even if it is to make out with Schu and possibly be Rachel's mom, since they look so weirdly identical).

Butterflied said...

I'm so happy with spanish TV about the treatment of Glee. We are going to watch Glee on Fox España or Nova, a channel of the main channel Antena 3. I'm so happy, did I tell it. Happy. Jane Lynch. So happy.