Are you watching "Glee" with your kids?
Just look at this production of Kanye West's Gold Digger and you can see why I am as charmed by the goofy and glorious Glee as anyone, but this is not the family show that Fox hyped it to be. I'm fine with not every show on TV being for the kids, but this one was sold all summer as a rousing, family friendly teen show. Journey's Don't Stop Believing has become an iTunes favorite of geek-empowerment. But as Boston Globe critic Mark A. Perigard notes, "With its emphasis on odd people and peculiar situations, the show is more an Olsen twin to creator Ryan Murphy’s other series, FX’s Nip/Tuck."
I had encouraged my 11 year old to watch it with me. After seeing the pilot I thought this would be a good show to watch as he enters middle school about the freaks and geeks of the high school caste system. But there were some squirm-worthy moments. The raunchy cover of Salt-n-Pepa's 1987 hit Push It has Stuck in the '80s bloggers debating if it went too far, and even Entertainment Weekly was wondering how that got past the censors.
Of course the whole point of the joke was that the kids went way too far (think of the pageant scene in Little Miss Sunshine), prompting the wickedly funny villain Jane Lynch, who plays the jealous cheerleading coach, to say, “That was the most offensive thing I’ve seen in 20 years of teaching — and that includes an elementary school production of Hair." See why I love this show?
But I'm not sure it's for younger kids. Besides the Push It number, there were premature ejaculation jokes at the expense of the school's "Chastity Club" whose head mean girl leads the group in their motto: ``It's all about the teasing and not about the pleasing.''
I'm not sure I'll keep pestering my kid to watch it with me, but I do have to admit the Gold Digger number was awesome.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne
[Members of the McKinley High School Glee Club perform on GLEE]