I have to admit that I've never watched Glee. Until Saturday night. The Oxygen network was having a night of back-to-back episodes of Glee.
Some of it is really over the top, corny, just-too-much. But as a gay man who loves music, dance, and theater, what can I say. But, I was so impressed with the wonderful way it addressed being gay, being bullied, being accepted, being supported. I know; it's television, not real life.
I've just seen part of three episodes. And I cried. (Don't I always!) Does it really happen that way? No. Television has little relationship to reality, even though we think it should (?) just because it looks like "reality." But maybe it shapes a few people. Maybe it will make a difference.
In one episode, the bully is (finally) confronted by the gay kid. (I can't remember all the characters names). The big, mean, football player bully is shocked at being confronted. He's caught off guard. His true colors emerge, but only for a second. The big, beefy football player leans over and kisses the gay kid. OMG. It's not just the twinky femme guy, but maybe the beefy footballer, too?
Too simple, too TV? Maybe. But when we see it as art, as theater, as story, maybe it can tell us something else. Isn't that why we like plays, and art, and literature? Stories can tell us the Truth in ways we would not otherwise get it. As Picasso said, "Art is the lie that tells us the truth." I hope someone will get some truth from it.