I keep getting writer’s block. I don’t know whether it’s because I want to be writing about travel, and I’m not travelling at the moment (kinda vital for that plan) or because the ideas I do have just seem a bit bland, so I thought I’d just pick one and roll with wherever it went. The idea that won is about Glee… I know you may not watch it, you may hate it or you may love it but stick with me on this – they’re doing something great and everyone needs to hear it.
I’ve been a lover of Glee since it started in 2009, back when I was 16 and so were the students of William McKinley High and since then we’ve grown up together. That sounds cliché and although some of the storylines were a bit unrealistic, most of them had a moral or lesson or something that could apply the life of any teenager. It was easy to see yourself as one of them, there was a character for everyone – I’m sure even Tina was someone’s favourite. The reason I’m writing about Glee now is not just to go on about how much I love it but because the final episode is being aired in a few weeks. Six years, 121 episodes and over 700 songs. The plot lines got a little kinda, well… crap towards the end of season 4 and during season 5 however season 6 has bought Glee back to how it used to be with the characters that we all love the most. The narratives in this season are also 100 percent better with real issues such as being transgender and gay marriage which have been brought into the spotlight. Glee is not the only show to have covered these issues, Orange is the New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, Orphan Black, The Fosters and many others have also represented one or both of these issues in the past few years. I’m so glad that Glee as well as the other programmes has chosen to represent, support and whole heartedly celebrate the gay and transgender communities because showing diversity and a reflection of society is important for children and young people; the fans of these shows, to understand and accept everyone that they may come across. Glee prides itself on spreading love and harmony between all groups of people, whether within the school setting or in the wider world and by enforcing these much needed real-life narratives into the mainstream media hopefully we will see positive change within our real-life society as well. That may seem like a sugar-coated view of what I’d like to see happen but the media is a powerful tool and with writers and directors like Ryan Murphy (Glee) and Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) pushing for equality and acceptance for all, it’s only a matter of time. With that, I’d like to say a huge well done and thank you to Glee for an amazing six years, and I know myself and all your other fans will truly miss you.
“We’re gonna win because we’re different and that makes us special” – Rachel Berry