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Glenn Beck launches his newest front on the war on sanity: a war against Glee.

Seriously, what gets this guy so hot under the collar about this show? I’m going out on a limb and saying all of the content where homosexuality is treated maturely and with respect. Or where atheism is mentioned without the atheist character being particularly evil.

Or where people are singing in key rather than barking madly at the TV.

Know which high schoolers probably won’t be watching his proffered “conservative Glee”? I’ll bet SSA members won’t because they’re smart and cool and tolerant, none of which adjectives describe Beck!

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  1. Cliff Hendroval says

    In a way, he’s actually being crafty. Glee is already on its downhill slide and will probably be cancelled in a couple of seasons anyway. This way he can claim credit and his idiot followers will believe him.

  2. NateHevens says

    Damnit. Of course I screwed up the quote tagging…

    I’m going to repost that. Jason, would you do me a favor and delete the screwed up one? I’m just OCD enough that if I don’t fix this, it will haunt me.

    Thank you.

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    I actually really don’t like Glee, either, so I at least share that with Glenn. Of course, my reasons are very different (bad acting, 30-year-old High School students, paper-thin plot, every character is a walking, talking cliche, and so on), but still…

    I have to disagree with one thing, however:

    Or where atheism is mentioned without the atheist character being particularly evil.

    Contrary to popular opinion, that show did not treat the atheist/theist debate fairly.

    First, why was it that at NO point were the “Christians”
    reprimanded for trying to force their prayers on Kurt? Why did no one think to point out that this was not necessarily a good thing?

    Also, could somebody explain why his only ally in the whole thing was fucking Sue Sylvester? Why not Will Schuester? Now making him an atheist would have broken some stereotypes quite nicely.

    Instead, they went with one kid who very nearly prayed by the end, and a very evil person who appears to be lacking in morals and seems to hate everything good and… erm… fuzzy(?) (in short: the usual stereotype of the “Evil Atheist”).

    Sorry, I don’t mean to rant off-topic, but there are still no positive atheist role-models in popular media, and no, Glee did not help. I was offended by the episode, to be honest, mainly because who they chose to be Kurt’s ally.
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    Also, for clarification… I actually thought they were going to break stereotypes when it was revealed that Kurt was an atheist. I loved that. It was Sue Sylvester and where they took it that ticked me off.

  3. says

    Sure, Nate.

    I agree that pretty much every depiction of atheism in popular culture is deplorable. I haven’t seen the Glee episode in question but I do know it’s at least not cast the atheist as the outright villain, which is an incremental improvement.

  4. NateHevens says

    Thanks, Jason.

    You’d have to watch the episode, because they kinda did, actually, cast the atheists as the villains.

    With Kurt, it’s not that he was bad (obviously not). It’s just that he wouldn’t accept their prayers… which is wrong… so they have him saying that maybe he should have prayed by the end of the show (see it to understand what I mean).

    But, like I said above… his only ally; the only person who’d stand up for him; was Sue Sylvester. It’s pretty obvious that she’s been the series antagonist from the beginning, so by making her an atheist they pretty much catered to the “Evil Atheist” stereotype, and she did not disappoint in that regard, either.

    So, really, while they may have taken a step forward with Kurt, they took at least one step backwards with how his peers responded to his atheism and how he responded to them, and they took a few giant leaps backwards with Sue Sylvester.

    In fact, the moral of the episode (at least, the one I got, anyways), is that faith is an awesome thing and it’s wrong to challenge faith… because faith can help your loved ones get better. They did take a shot at evangelism, but it was minor, played for laughs, and mostly brushed off as a non-issue.

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