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Glee 3-D: Propaganda for the Obama Generation

How could one not love Glee 3-D?

It, and Glee, are Utopian fantasies in which a Red America of bigots, malevolent overlords, and religious scolds is finally and definitively vanquished by a Blue America of multicultural, limit-denying, losers.  Oh, and the economy’s strong enough that everyone can afford a ticket.

Savor the ironies of Glee’s presence of the Fox network, whose owner, Rupert Murdoch, funds some of the more vile right-wing propaganda (or, if you’re part of the right-wing, the only “fair and balanced” news on American network television).  Murdoch, evidently, enjoys funding both sides of the culture wars (e.g., The Simpsons).

The three “Gleeks” (Glee fans) whom Glee 3-D chooses to highlight demonstrate the film’s political agenda.  One is a gay, mixed-race, teenager who was accidentally outed at age 14 when his journal was maliciously circulated in his middle school.  One is a dwarf at a Yuma high school who becomes part of the cheerleading squad, is asked to the prom by a member of the football team, and is elected prom queen.  One is an obese young woman with Aspergers who develops social confidence connecting with fellow Gleeks.  All three emerge triumphant (and happy) and all three connect their realization that they are part of “America” to the multicultural-affirming, gay-friendly environment depicted in Glee.

Also note that many of the singers most frequently covered on Glee and in Glee 3-D–Katy Perry, Pink, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga–celebrate a sex-positive, gay-friendly, multicultural world in which outsiders are not just accepted but embraced.  Glee 3-D may be the best multiculturalism propaganda since the 2008 Democratic Presidential primaries.  Baby you were born this way.

As lovely and charming as the Utopian universe Glee inhabits is, I don’t see how we get to a world in which everyone gets to be prom queen.  Of course Utopia is Latin for nowhere.  Or it could be Canada?

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