The show purports to bend social conventions, but except for the gay themes (and the occasional potshots at the Tea Party and chastity hypocrites), it is deeply conservative; and in the end, everyone reverts to conventional bourgeois morality. Except for one the theme show about drinking, none of the kids ever get drunk. They don’t smoke pot either, take any other drugs, or even acknowledge the existence of a drug culture. They don’t cheat at school. Instead of having an abortion, Quinn carries her baby to term and then gives it up for adoption. And time after time, when presented with a moral dilemma, the kids always do the “right” thing. This allows the show to have it both ways – to appear ground-breaking for their teen audience, but not go too far to offend parents.
And continuing with the point made above, the show is drenched in sexuality but no one ever actually has sex. They dance and sing provocatively and talk about sex constantly, but the characters hardly ever follow through with it. Quinn and Puck had sex once, which resulted in her pregnancy and she hasn’t moved off her celibacy vows since. Quinn [Presumably Finn] lost his virginity to Santana and felt so dirty about it that he might as well have taken celibacy vows. He hasn’t had any action since then. Rachel of course remains a virgin, despite having numerous boys in her bedroom in various stages of undress. Kurt too was a virgin until very recently, and may still be for all we know (it’s not really clear what’s going on physically between him and Blaine.) Emma was engaged to one guy and marries another but she’s still a virgin too. Even the virile Will Schuester has only had sex once on the show – and that was with his estranged wife! In other words, despite all the sex talk, McKinley High might as well be set in the McKinley administration.
via GaryWHolmes.tumblr.com a (somewhat tidied up version can be found here: MediaPost Publications Two Cheers For ‘Glee’ 05/20/2011)
He does have some points. And nevermind drug culture. Puck (if he was a real person) would almost definitely be a smoker (although I’d swallow that Lauren nipped that in the bud). I don’t know about everyone else, but there was a well-attended student smoking area in my high school. And yes, plenty of the band geeks and choir kids smoked too.
Not sure any of the cast strike me as stoners.
What do you guys think? If they were to dirty things up a bit, what would your favourite characters be getting up to?