The idea didn’t sit well with a new homeschooled student, who conveniently fit all the stereotypes liberals have of homeschoolers (the unsocialized, barefoot son of a Bible salesman who listens to talk radio but doesn’t own a TV).
Predictably, by the end of the episode, the homeschooled student saw the light, declaring “love is love” and singing for the lesbian cheerleaders.
The episode was full of “Glee’s” usual instances where the gay lifestyle was pushed on viewers, featuring lesbian kissing in the hallways and a student coming out that he was gay. Lesbian cheerleader Santana complained: “All I want to be able to do is kiss my girlfriend, but I guess no one can see that, because there’s such an insane double standard at this school.”
In a singularly ironic way, she’s right. There is an insane double standard at that school – in favor of the homosexual lifestyle.
via ‘Glee’ Serves up Bible Mockery, Gay Propaganda for Valentine’s Day | Media Research Center.
Sometimes I have to read these things to remind myself of how the other side sees what I see.
I don’t mind the “stereotypes” of the people who are like me. I quiet like the fabulous (quiet, wise, beautiful, stronger than anyone) gay, the fabulous-but-passing-without-his-bowties (who is kind in a way most people aren’t) gay, the angry (super perceptive, speaks the truth) lesbian, the secretly gay football player (who is just like everyone else, except he tortures himself), the bisexual cheerleader (whose strength is self-respect). I like all these stereotypes. Mostly? Because I don’t hate my culture or who I am. I’m not embarrassed. I’m proud.
I was once on the God Squad. Like, in a big way. And yeah, there was a guy in our group we called “Jesus”. He had long hair, and was sort of spacey for a Christian (mostly a button-down collar kind of world) but he loved God, and we all figured that’s what mattered, right? He was also very attractive in all the right ways.
I lived a double life. I had my Christian things then I had my at-home things (try living a double life in a town of 2000 people; it’s a real accomplishment). So did he, really. We met at several parties. One time he contemplated flying from my roof when he was on acid.
So, I didn’t get the stereotype of Joe. I looked at him and thought “Hey, he’s more complicated than just Christian Boy #2”. The Bible bashers look at him and think “I’m ashamed of this image of my culture.” That’s sad, people.
For the record, my home-school stereotype comes from two local sociopaths whose parents were presumably required to home-school by court order or something.
As for the “insane double standard”. Perhaps these people didn’t notice that while Figgins was elongating the words “Teen lesbians” intolerably, there was a cheerleader eating the face off a letterman jacket behind him.
But hey, that’s Christian.
I saw something on my Tumblr dash last night about real equality being perceived as inequality. Like, if a group is 50% women, it’s seen as “mostly women”. So if Glee has a handful of queer characters, it’s “mostly gay”. I think it’s a fear thing. If I walked into a room and there were a handful of spiders in it, I’d run out and tell everyone the room was full of spiders. It’s because I’m afraid of them. It’s because I believe they don’t belong where they are. It’s because I want someone to get rid of them so I can relax.
Sometimes I am tempted to call my old pastor and try to have a conversation with him about sexuality. Occasionally I wonder if the youth group at my old church does sermons about Glee and its “homosexual agenda.” I’ll bet they do. I wonder what they’d think about me now, consider I’m out of the closet now. I wonder what they’d say if they knew what I thought of them. Because most of the people I knew who went to church were the same way. They had a home thing and a church thing…and usually a school thing, too. They kept them all pretty separated. Talk about not letting your left hand know what your right is doing.
Anyway, my point is, I get what you mean, I think. I looked at Joe Hart and the rest of the God Squad as a pretty accurate representation of what I remember churchgoing teenagers being like when I was in high school, with one important difference: in the end, they were accepting and even embracing their LGBT classmates. Not something the church kids in my town would have done. What throws me is the sudden realization that I see this as a positive message to send to teenagers, while there’s a whole group out there that sees this as a mockery or some kind of attack on the minds of their children. And that just makes me very sad.
by this guy’s logic having gay characters exist and represented in a positive light is pushing the gay agenda
I would agree with them that the show’s treatment of the Bible is very shallow, but that’s par for the course, and there ends my agreement with the MRC.
I just… can’t with this one. Double standard “in favor of the homosexual lifestyle” at a school in which the first out gay boy had his life threatened, the first out lesbian was threatened with rape, and the only (and very brief) same-sex kiss that ever took place in front of other people resulted in trouble with the principal?
As for Joe being a Christian stereotype, I don’t see it. I don’t know if church culture has changed radically over the past decade, but tattoos, dreadlocks, and bare feet all would have earned serious condescension at the churches I attended as a youth.
You know, the spider thing really drove the point home. Probably because I am terrified of them. An individual tends to overestimate and magnify what they are psychologically and physiologically trained to focus on. If a white supremist (sorry, raised in the deep south) happened to be in a crowded room with an equal number of people representing african americans and caucasians, I would bet my life’s savings that he would
A: be far more focused on the african american population in the room.
B: feel that african americans outnumbered caucasians.
Imho, it makes a lot of sense.
As someone who was a home schooled Christian I feel very happy with how they declared “Love is love.” What I am unhappy with was the comment of “I think I’m a sophomore.” Something a home schooler of that age is very aware of is where they would be in public school. When you are constantly ridiculed for “not being able to cut it in REAL SCHOOL” you know exactly where you are at.
LOOOVE the spider analogy.
I think this might be a cultural thing about how home schooling and self-study programmes functions across different cultures, but my self-study programme graduate in Europe self interprets that more along the lines of “Well, I’m at college level in mathematics and English, failed my placement exam in French and have to start at beginner level, got sophomore Music and Arts, and freshman sciences. If we average that, I’m a sophomore, right?”
Cultural bias! 😀