It’s worth noting that since
the new fall season began, there’s been a bumper crop of objectionable material
to choose from for this column. In the past week alone, the season premiere of
The Good Wife on CBS featured a much-publicized oral sex scene; NBC's
30 Rock aired an un-bleeped s-word; ABC's Private Practice began
their episode with an extended sex montage of two different couples; and the
same network's My Generation received an indecency complaint for a
topless flashing incident. But, ultimately, Glee took the cake for the
simple reason that in all likelihood no one under 18 bothered watching any of
the other shows. Glee, on the other hand, drew huge numbers from the
youth demographic, no doubt helped by its pandering tribute to toxic teen
role-model Britney Spears. For explicit sexual content, the September 28th
episode of Fox's Glee (8:00 p.m. ET) has been named Worst TV Show
of the Week.
Ditzy cheerleader Brittany
is the lone dissenter among her fellow Glee Club members who ardently want to
perform a Britney Spears number at the upcoming homecoming rally. Her objections
quickly evaporate after experiencing a nitrous-oxide induced dream-fantasy
during her dental appointment with studly dentist Carl (played by John Stamos).
In the dream, Brittany recreates various iconic Britney Spears moments during
her rendition of “I’m a Slave 4 U.” Besides donning skimpy outfits like the red
cat suit that Spears wore in her “Oops!...I Did It Again” video and the sheer
sequined bodysuit Spears slithered around in during a 2000 MTV Video Music
Awards performance, Brittany seductively dances for the much-older dentist,
who is reclined in a chair. The scene also shows Brittany performing some sultry
grinds while flanked by a group of little boys in Mad-Max-like
Brittany emerges from the
dream transformed, convinced of her own Britney-ness, brimming with confidence,
sexiness, and bravado. Soon, the rest of the glee-clubbers are visiting Dr. Carl
for their own self-empowering nitrous-oxide trip. He warns them, “Anesthesia
isn’t something to joke about.” But Santana insists her health plan covers
everything: “So, get up in my grill ‘cause Brits and I wants to get our
anesthesia on.” Brittany and Santana experience a shared fantasy that recreates
Spears’ hit single, “Me Against the Music” featuring Madonna. The number
showcases plenty of girl-girl bumping and grinding.
Even prudish, prissy Rachel
Berry gets in the act. Soon she is making heads turn in her “Baby One More Time”
naughty schoolgirl outfit. Rachel’s new trampy look causes nebbish Jacob to lose
control. Coach Sue Sylvester apparently catches him masturbating in the school
library. Later, she lectures him in her office while he sits in a chair in front
of her, completely naked.
Jacob: "Can I put some
clothes on please?"
Sue: "No, I want you to feel
the beads of your own sweaty depraved stank dripping down your butt crack."
Jacob: "Rachel Berry is
dressing like Britney Spears and I was titillated."
Sue: "Oh, dear God. Please
don’t ever say that word again."
Jacob: "Can I go now,
please? You’re gonna have to turn around when I stand up…you know what I mean?"
He points to his crotch.
Sue warns Will to be wary of
all things Britney. “Britney is a genius pop-culture provocateur and a gateway
drug to every out-of-control impulse ever created. This school is a powder keg
of sexual deviance, William -- and in my office I have a chair with a naked
butt-sweat stain to prove it.”
Ignoring her advice, Will
and the New Directions perform their rendition of “Toxic” at the homecoming
rally. The unbridled sensuousness of the performance creates a stir among the
hormone-addled student body. Jacob, in particular, starts thrusting his hips
uncontrollably as he screams, “Yes! Take it off! Don’t stop doing that!”
Meanwhile, the outcast overweight girl next to him yells, “Mr. Schu, let me be
your Britney!...I want your baby!” Jacob grabs the buttocks of a girl standing
in front of him…only it’s not a girl. The long-haired blonde guy whose butt
Jacob grabbed punches the hapless nerd, causing Sue Sylvester to proclaim, “It’s
a Britney Spears sex riot!”
Glee earned its highest ratings
ever with this Britney Spears tribute, drawing 13.3 million viewers. A scary
thought considering that the mostly young teen/tween audience basically
witnessed an endorsement of narcotics abuse, public masturbation, and
school-sanctioned burlesque. But perhaps most troubling is the deification of a
troubled pop star into a symbol of empowerment and self-esteem. Considering her
stints in rehab, her very public breakdowns, and her questionable parenting
skills, there is absolutely no way Spears should be considered a role model. The
producers of the show can spare us the old song-and-dance about fallen celebs
turning their lives around. What’s next? Portraying Ike Turner as a reformed
This episode is a stark
reminder for parents that Glee is not High School Musical, and
that they must be wary of the show's popularity. Just because the whole school
is watching it, doesn’t mean it’s worthwhile.
For explicit sexual content,
Glee has been named Worst TV Show of the Week.
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