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Glee, God, Gays and Grilled Cheesus
It’s hard to think of a primetime U.S. network TV show (not to mention a comedy) that has managed to combine philosophical arguments about God, teen sexual angst, parents, mental disability with music by Barbra Streisand, The Beatles and Billy Joel into an hour of entertainment — and still get in a few laughs along with the tears.
But “Glee” managed to pull it off in its “Grilled Cheesus” episode, and without apparently offending any of the above mentioned groups. And the show did it just a week after the fun-filled exuberance of its Britney Spears themed tribute.
We got Kurt railing passionately against a God (or at least a Church) that made him gay but then seemed to exclude him from its belief system. Finn offering up juvenile prayers for sporting success and sexual conquest to the apparent face of Jesus burned into his grilled cheese sandwich, and Sue questioning a God that could give her beloved older sister a mental impairment.
Not for the first time in the short history of the TV show, the drama overshadowed many of the musical cover versions – with the exception perhaps of Kurt’s touching rendition of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” as a slow ballad, rather than the bubbly 1960s Beatles original.
Not surprisingly perhaps, the “Glee” cast has now overtaken the Fab Four for appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts with their cover versions of pop, jazz, Broadway and hip-hop tunes. And it took them just less than 17 months to do so.
How do you like your “Glee”? Dark or light? And could the TV show really end up being more successful than The Beatles in the history of pop music?